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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


At the halfway point of the 2014 legislative session

The Georgia General Assembly is now halfway through the 40-day legislative session and just days away from a significant deadline. The 30th day of the legislative session - also known as Crossover Day - is the last day for Senate bills to transfer to the House for consideration, and vice versa.

February 11, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Productive week at Capitol

We returned to the Gold Dome on Feb. 3, 2014. With the 2014 legislative session heating up, we had a very busy and productive week.

February 11, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Random thoughts, subjects

Many of you have written to say you oppose HB 875, which would allow weapons in houses of worship and is currently making its way through the legislature faster than a speeding bullet. I suggest you let the bill's author, State Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, know, too. Call him at (404) 656-0188, or email: rick.jasperse@house.ga.gov.

February 11, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Protection of resources, property rights

Do you know how much water a family of four uses in one day?

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


Why run for office?

In case you haven't noticed, it's an election year. Soon, those of you who are responsible citizens will begin receiving prerecorded phone calls from candidates and their supporters asking for your vote, and your mailbox, well, it will begin to fill up with mailers from candidates asking for your vote, too.

February 05, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A message to the superintendent

Thank you for your leadership in making the difficult decision to close school last week because of the weather.

February 05, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Work continues at Capitol

Last week, Winter Storm Leon brought snow and ice to many parts of our great state. Leon's impact on the metro Atlanta area was particularly harsh.

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


Most of us in this country are becoming bi-dialectic

Columbia University's John McWhorter lectures on English linguistics and he, along with other linguists, are excited people these days. That is good because I would hate to think of them being bored.

February 05, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Progress made in state’s charter school efforts

You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 10, 2014 | Progress made in state’s charter school efforts For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


If Bora-Bora doesn’t care about the game, why should we?

This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper.

December 03, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


You think you’re not being heard?

If you're expecting this column to deal with the recent protests, you will be surprised. Protests are, indeed, being heard, but not always in a positive way. And certainly, the violence is deplorable.

December 03, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The ways to win the battle: Learning to overcome

I stepped nervously through the glass door of the main exhibition racquetball court to start my semi-final match.

November 26, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Carl Sanders: A great man who did great things for Georgia

On my "To Do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for UGA's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.

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


Event was a wonderful tribute

I am writing regarding Dawsonville's Veterans Day Celebration.

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


Junior E. Lee predicts the next president

I was on St. Simons Island last week scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed Junior up when I told him that.

November 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Letter to the Editor

Well, this morning (Nov. 11) I got up out of bed, exhausted and not motivated to do much. I turned on the computer and thought maybe this year I would attend some veteran's appreciation event.

November 19, 2014 | | Opinion: Letters/Columns


This is one terrorist that deserves thanks

This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.

November 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Junior E. Lee bullish on his analysis

I called Junior E. Lee and asked when he would have some post-election analysis to share with you. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., home of Round-or-Square Polls, whose motto is "You supply the dough and we will cook the results." Junior E. Lee is also a certified pest control professional. That is a rare combination these days and I am very proud of him as are the citizens of Greater Garfield.

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


Family hurt by accusations

My name is Judy Cox, wife of "good ole boy" Joe Lane Cox.

November 05, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A salute to one trying to make this world better

A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.

October 29, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Governor: Everything on the table

Last week Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.

October 22, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Three responses to readers

"You need to write something about domestic violence," a friend told me recently. I hadn't thought about tackling that subject because so many others have done so.

October 22, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Good news for Georgia students

With all of the attack ads running on TV this election season, Georgians have no doubt had their fill of pessimism and negativity.

October 22, 2014 | Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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