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State balances its checkbook

Just like families across our state and country, the Georgia legislature has had to drastically limit spending in order to balance its checkbook.

April 28, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


First year analysis of senior homestead tax exemption

Last year was our first year of experience under the 65-plus Senior Homestead Tax Exemption program voted in by Lumpkin County voters by over 80 percent.

April 21, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


In Georgia, National Tax Day to bring fewer taxes

On the morning of April 15, America's dreaded "tax day," Georgians awoke to the news that their state legislature had voted to completely eliminate two separate state taxes.

April 21, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some decisions hard to make

As usual, we continue to revel in the beauty of spring: azaleas, wisteria, dogwood, tulips, pansies and green, green, green everywhere. And as usual, we suffer through the pollen that accompanies all that green - but we understand the importance of pollination, so we go through it.

April 21, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Two heroes only 9 years old

Last Wednesday I was privileged to join Gov. Sonny Perdue in recognizing two local 9-1-1 heroes from Forsyth County. Both were 9 years old at the time of their emergencies.

April 07, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Don’t stop the peanuts

I am a new face to the Dawsonville Community and love it here.

March 31, 2010 | Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


In touch with your Dawson County government

After a long, cold and wet winter, spring has finally arrived in North Georgia.

March 31, 2010 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Washington can’t ignore will of the people

Congress' passage of national health care reform proves that despite speaking loudly, Americans' voices were not heard in Washington. For the 59 percent of Americans who did not want Washington to pass such reform, we have been abandoned by a government that used to work for us, not against us.

March 31, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


‘No texting’ law passes House

Congratulations to Sally Sorohan for all of her work to get a "no texting while driving" bill passed. We still have a long way to go, but SB 360 and HB 938 both passed their respective houses. Surely one of them will make it to the Governor's desk. It was my privilege to be a sponsor of a House version of the bill. The final bill will incorporate the best efforts of all legislators who participated in this landmark legislation.

March 31, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Tax cheats, deadbeats beware

Many of you have contacted me wanting to know what the General Assembly is doing to collect from delinquent taxpayers. We are determined to make sure everyone is paying their fair share of taxes and are looking at ways to reform our tax code to make it fair for all Georgians. This is what you honest, hardworking, taxpaying Georgians deserve.

March 24, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


State budget continues to be the focus

Based on state revenues, Georgia's government is 25 percent smaller than it was two and a half years ago. In order to meet the demands of our state's growing population, we are finding ways to do more with less. To that end, the Budget Task Force released their recommendations to the Senate this week on new ways to cut state spending.

March 24, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Georgia’s doing better than most states during these tough times

When we are looking at all the red ink in the FY 2010 Budget, it is very difficult to find ways of dispensing hope. In spite of the difficulties, I'll try my best.

March 17, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Working for residents in legislature

For those who can't come to Atlanta to see first-hand how the state legislature operates, I'd like to take this opportunity to explain how business works under the Gold Dome.

March 17, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Government needs lifestyle change in ’10

To cope with a sluggish economy and plummeting revenues, Georgia's state government needs a major lifestyle change. We're putting our budget on a lean diet of essential spending by concentrating funding in the vital areas of government; such as education, public safety and transportation.

March 10, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Georgians need to speak up before 2011 budget passes

Passing a responsible, balanced state budget that meets the needs of all Georgians is the House's greatest responsibility and number one priority.

March 10, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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Wrapping up our first month back

January has been a productive month for the Senate, but this last week has been especially busy. Committees are now in full swing, and I ...

February 08, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Taking dissidents on a trip to nowhere

Varoom! Putt! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Varoom!

February 01, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Broadband access moving forward

The Senate reconvened for legislative day five on Monday. Standing committees started meeting to adopt their rules in preparation for bill hearings starting next week.

February 01, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Plans for public education—vague and discouraging

When Gov. Nathan Deal announced his budget for Georgia on Jan. 11, he bragged about how he has raised the budget for public education again.

February 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Transplant overgrown shrubs now

Many people plant shrubs in places where they don't belong.

January 25, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Look for a different approach to fixing failing schools in Georgia

Education is all about learning.

January 25, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Legislative session is underway

The first day of the 154th legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly and the first day of the 2017-18 term was Jan. 9.

January 25, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


2017 budget hearings update

The Senate reconvened for week two after a day off in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 25, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some observations on the national scene and then it’s back to broccoli

I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits ...

January 18, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Sometimes it is helpful that others do your work

This column was conceived and intended for last week's paper, but it did not get transferred to my computer and thus not to the ...

January 18, 2017 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Getting started in 2017

On Jan. 9, we reconvened for the first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly. This year promises to be very busy and offers endless ...

January 18, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Hide the silverware! The legislature is coming!

I thought Paul Revere would have shared the news with you, but he seems to think it is more important that you know about the ...

January 11, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Looking Forward: 2017 Legislative Session Priorities

For your state lawmakers, a new year brings motivation and a fresh perspective on the needs of Georgians. Jan. 9, 2017 marks the beginning of ...

January 11, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Trade and the balance of payments

The USA is running a negative current account balance of about $500 billion dollars per year.

January 04, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Work hard and dream big

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

January 04, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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