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Georgians will be without drinking water

Recently, a federal judge ruled that metro Atlanta residents have no right to tap Lake Lanier for their drinking water. Because that function was not originally authorized when the lake was built 50 years ago, 3 million people could be without a single source of water if a compromise with Florida and Alabama is not reached within three years.

August 19, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Act takes power away from you

My dad used to say: "Your freedom ends where my nose begins."

August 12, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Are DDT, nuclear power, swine flu scary?

How soon we forget who the "boogie man" is. In the 1970s it was the little ice age followed by mad cow disease. Then DDT became the bad guy on the planet.

August 05, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


No place to hide when taxes go up

I've written about my aversion to backdoor property tax increases since before I was first elected to the Legislature in 2000.

July 22, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Health care reform puts health of the U.S. at risk

Despite President Barack Obama's utopian fantasy to provide "free" health care to all Americans, Congress cannot help but make someone pay the price for such reform.

July 22, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Lucky for us, Georgia isn’t California

On July 1, California became the first state in the country to issue IOUs instead of being able to pay its bills.

July 15, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Banks continue to be aggressive with assets

Last month, the 400 North Board of Realtors reported a total of 17 sales county wide for April.

July 01, 2009 | By Scott Whelchel For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Is Independence Day 2009 different than 1776?

There will be Independence Day celebrations in virtually every county in the state. The Independence Day celebration in Dahlonega should be another showcase event. Once again we will be reading portions of the Constitution.

July 01, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Gold Museum will open 7 days

Last week, Dahlonega's Mayor hosted a meeting with the State Director of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites to discuss keeping the Gold Museum open every day, rather than having to close it Mondays and Tuesdays to meet DNR budgetary requirements.

June 24, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Take advantage of a staycation

ATLANTA - Kids are out of school and ready for their summer vacation. But right now, most families are more worried about keeping a steady paycheck and putting food on the table than booking costly airline tickets or hotel rooms.

June 24, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


In touch with local government

As most everyone knows, the Dawson County Government is in the process of designing and building a new courthouse and administration building.

June 10, 2009 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Dining out on the taxpayers’ dime

Just a day before President Obama promised another $30 billion of taxpayer money to bail out General Motors, he and the First Lady jetted to New York City for a night out on the town. They enjoyed a lavish dinner and choice seats to a Broadway show - all on the taxpayers' dime.

June 10, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Raising high school standards to meet needs

Last Wednesday, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, reeling from a 39 percent state budget cut, announced a series of "heart-wrenching" moves designed to deal with the spending cuts and a 24 percent drop in revenue.

June 03, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Remembering our military on Memorial Day

"The kids today don't know the history. That's because their teachers and parents don't know. But I try to tell them."

May 27, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Now is the time to buy a home

It's late May, schools out, and it's time to think about buying or selling your home.

May 27, 2009 | By Scott Whelchel For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Solving a problem that doesn’t exist

The scene: I-16 near Dublin. Waaangh! Reep! Reep! Reep!

March 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Crossover Day critical point

March 3 marked the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session. Known as "Crossover Day," the critical point in the session is the last chance for bills to pass the legislative chamber from which they originated.

March 12, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Rally time at the Capitol

Some of you might remember a popular song from the '80s called "The Final Countdown."

March 12, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Bills relate to child welfare

Last week consisted of an important few days, as it was the last week for bills to pass out of committees, since "Crossover Day" was on Monday.

March 05, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What’s next on the agenda

This week, the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline: Crossover Day.

March 05, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Senator working to improve education

As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.

March 05, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Ken Newell did much for Dawson County

I had the pleasure of knowing Ken Newell for the past eight years. Ken was a well-liked and respected man, and had a real love for the people of Dawson County.

February 26, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislator barking up wrong tree

The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District house seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes ... watch out. You have been warned."

February 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Education is top priority

The snow and ice melted from Winter Storm Pax, and we returned to Capitol Hill on Feb. 17. This was the sixth week of the 2014 legislative session and an important one. This past week, we passed the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, as well as many other significant pieces of legislation.

February 26, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A solution to child welfare system

State projects are often hindered by two things: Personnel needs and a lack of funding. We do not have an unlimited bank account or line of credit, and every taxpayer dollar counts. This means we often look to creative methods to bring in the employees and technology needed to address Georgia's biggest needs.

February 25, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Weathering the storm: What Georgia learned

Severe winter weather in Georgia is a rare occurrence. Although a few snowflakes do fall during the winter months, the snowflakes only stick around long enough to take a few pictures before melting away the next day in 50 degree weather.

February 19, 2014 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Session reaches halfway point

Monday, February 10, 2014, marked the 20th day and half-way point of the 2014 legislative session. With only 20 days left to pass laws this year, we quickly got to work, voting on legislation and reviewing bills in committee.

February 19, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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