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Capping property taxes will require lobbying

Friday, House Resolution 1, the cornerstone legislation of this session to cap ad valorem property tax increases statewide, was scheduled to make it to the floor of the House for the first time. It didn't make it to the House floor on Friday.

February 04, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Budget discussions begin with agency hearings

This week, as I sat with my Senate and House colleagues through state budget hearings, I was encouraged to see a sense of cooperation emerging. Our state leaders have been advocating such cooperation since the beginning of session, as it is the only way we will solve the serious issues facing our state.

January 28, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Watch bills, resolutions during session

During each legislative session, some 2,000 bills are introduced by legislators.

January 28, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Governor, don’t eliminate our Homeowners Tax Relief Grant

When Roy Barnes was governor, and the state economy was riding high, he instituted the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant, which started as a $2,000 homestead exemption credit against the assessed value of property and topped out a few years later as an $8,000 credit.

January 21, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Budget the hot topic of first week

The one thing on everyone's mind during the first week of the 2009 session was the budget, which will be sure to dominate all business under the Gold Dome this year.

January 21, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


File residential property tax return

The real estate and foreclosure crises have played havoc with property values throughout this nation.

January 14, 2009 | Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Georgia government gets more open in 2009

Many folks still feel that too much government is conducted behind closed doors.

January 14, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Important initiatives riding on session

The 2009 legislative session has begun and is shaping up to be a crucial time for Georgia as the legislature determines how to best carry the state through these difficult economic times. The local media has been saturated with stories on the critical issues facing our state, including the budget, our economy and the transportation system.

January 14, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A Republic helps guarantee minority rights

Ever since George W. Bush was elected as President, there has been a push to eliminate the Electoral College and go to a popular vote for electing the President. Had the 2000 election been decided by popular vote, Bush would have lost to Al Gore by 543,816 votes. Bush was not the first President to be elected while losing the popular vote, simply the last.

January 07, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Will state law hurt the numbers?

I was interested to see that READ, Dawson County's literacy advocate organization, announced that it will partner with the Adult Learning Center (Lanier Technical College as the county's vendor of service) in becoming a Certified Literate Community Participant for Dawson County.

January 04, 2009 | Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


County looks for ways to save money

We are quickly approaching the end of a challenging 2008, and we are excited about the possibilities for 2009.

January 04, 2009 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The gift of Christmas

During this hopeful season we are reminded of the many blessings we enjoy, and we renew our sense of what is important in our lives. We gather with our family and friends to share old traditions and create new ones.

January 04, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Are there any presents in recession?

I am a child of the "Great Depression."

January 04, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


No hollow victories in learning

I read with interest the letter in your Dec. 24 edition in which the writer referred to a community becoming a Certified Literate Community Participant as a "hollow victory" and feel compelled to write as this is a very personal thing for me - something very "near and dear to my heart."

December 31, 2008 | Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What has the legislature done for you lately?

At year's end, it's a good time to review what your Georgia Legislature and local legislators have done for you, not to you, as some believe.

December 31, 2008 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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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


What’s your American legacy?

For more than 40 years I was fortunate to be able to work in international business. I traveled the globe, not as a simple tourist, but living, in some cases for years, in other countries, getting to really know the people, the cultures and the governments in those many places.

October 15, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Jason Carter shares views on education

I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public school teachers about their respective education platforms. This week the floor belongs to Jason Carter, the Democratic challenger. Next week, it will be Republican Gov. Nathan Deal's turn.

October 15, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Thinking out alternatives for deer in Jekyll Island

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to "look within myself spiritually." The last time I looked within myself, I saw my navel. It was full of lint. Never again.

September 24, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Trying to find positive in this world can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Tragedy is a reminder to text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 27, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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