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Deal would give significant flexibility for local schools

As chairman of the House Science & Technology Committee, I was encouraged and enthusiastic with gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal's educational platform. He considers job creation to be the state's top priority and knows that jobs are "reliant on a top-notch education system that focuses on math, science and technology."

September 15, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Hospitality key to draw tourists

As autumn approaches, the North Georgia mountains are gearing up for a busy fall season. Our beautiful mountain communities play host to a variety of activities in the fall, from the Ellijay Apple Festival, Oktoberfest in Helen, Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega and of course my personal favorite, the Dawsonville Moonshine Festival. These experiences are made all the more unique with Georgia's touch of Southern hospitality. Our ability to make anyone and everyone feel welcome is a quality that can give our state a competitive edge in tourism.

September 15, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Getting our eyes back to the fall

During summer months, a number of regular activities are canceled or relaxed. Families are on vacation or just playing around at home; picnics and cookouts replace ordinary dinners; here in Lake Lanier country, water sports help to relieve heat stress.

September 15, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


It’s a sermon to struggle with

Although I sometimes mention something about my personal religious beliefs and I often get "preachy" about civic responsibilities, this may be my first attempt to use my column to deliver a sermon.

September 01, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Finally, two consecutive months of positive revenue collections

Following the unprecedented downturn of the economy during the past two fiscal years, the positive revenue collections for June and July seem to signal a significant change in direction. But are two back-to-back months of positive revenue really good news?

September 01, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Gutherie joins county

With the downturn in the economy many businesses and individuals have had to reinvent themselves. We all have had to look for ways to cut back and to be more efficient with the limited resources that are available. Your local Dawson County government is no exception.

September 01, 2010 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Americans work more every year

When our country's financial deficit reaches into the trillions, it's hard to put such excessive government spending into perspective.

September 01, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Home still is where heart lies

An overwhelming number of homeowners are happy with their decision to purchase a home, despite the challenging housing market.

September 01, 2010 | By Missy Castleberry-Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Looking back as we move forward

As the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce moves into new quarters on Hwy. 400, I reminisce about the pride we felt when the Historic Old Jail was restored and renovated as a home for the expanding chamber.

August 25, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Suggestions for HOPE appreciated

I want to thank all of you who responded with suggestions for saving the HOPE Scholarship programs. It's the most responses I've gotten on any subject from you during my 10 years as your state representative.

August 25, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Takeover disguised as financial regulatory

Washington has released its latest assault on American liberty with the president's recent signature of the massive financial overhaul bill.

August 18, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Scholarships reward pupils, not rich or poor

This fiscal year, the expenses of funding the HOPE Scholarship, or Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally, will exceed the revenues from the lottery.

August 04, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Immigration reform crucial for recovery of economy

The 2010 Legislative Session will be remembered as one of the worst budget years in Georgia's history. We did our best to minimize the impact on citizens, yet some cuts were unavoidable. Amid the worst recession since the 1930s, it's expected that states would feel a budget crunch.

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


Real mail is still best way for me

I've been somewhat frustrated as I clear out my mailbox and fill the wastebasket each day. So an article in Sunday's Gainesville Times caught my eye; it was about the possibility of a "Do not mail" list, like the "Do not call" one to which I already subscribe.

July 28, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Our state has more illegal immigrants than Arizona

Arizona has held the headlines for its recently passed immigration laws. Much of the controversy is a result of the federal government passing laws but failing to enforce them. Under President Bush, the government acknowledged that illegal immigration was a problem and set out to build a border fence. Increasing costs led to the apparent demise of that solution. In the minds of many, the problem has become too expensive to ignore. Here are facts which you can check yourselves.

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


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Baits work well for fire ant control

Fire ants can be a nasty problem in the home landscape. They love to make unsightly mounds in the middle of our lawn turf and ...

March 22, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Being a modest and much-beloved columnist can get testy at times

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces ...

March 22, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Promises not delivered

On March 6, Ken Akins, Marissa Pyle, and Bette Holland met with Rep. Doug Collins (R) at his Gainesville office to talk about the Affordable ...

March 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


House bill 217: Another attempt to siphon money from public schools for private schools

House Bill 217 has passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration. It seems to me that the legislators are again trying ...

March 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Finalizing Georgia's budget

As the General Assembly marches closer to Sine Die, our constitutional duty of passing a balanced budget for Georgia's government has become our biggest ...

March 22, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some random thoughts on some random subjects

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button.

March 15, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Crossover Day is complete

We returned to the Gold Dome on March 6 for legislative day 29, which began the ninth week of the 2017 session.

March 15, 2017 | By Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Working after Crossover Day

Crossover Day was a wild ride for everyone involved, but like every year, we made it through-even if it was late into the night.

March 15, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Low-performing schools initiative takes a major step forward

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law.

March 08, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Contradictions in Bills on public education

Last week Rep. Kevin Tanner's bill on how to help our challenged schools in Georgia passed through the State House and will now be ...

March 08, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A new future in Georgia

With the completion of Legislative Day 28 last week, the State Senate continues to work hard as we approach Day 40, when the 2017 Legislative ...

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


Broadband Access Moves Forward with Senate Bill 232

Friday marked the end of a very busy week at the Capitol. The Senate picked up the pace with committee meetings running late into the ...

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


Good customer service may be going the way of the dodo bird

Sometimes I wonder if good customer service has gone the way of the dodo bird and 8-track tapes.

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


Crossover Day approaching

On Feb. 21, the House reconvened for another lively week under the Gold Dome where we were hard at work drafting, discussing and passing legislation ...

March 01, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Commissioners fail taxpayers when rejecting Paladin request

I have been a homeowner in Dawson County since 2008.

March 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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