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Legislative priorities fulfilled

Now that the gavel has fallen on the 2009 legislative session, Georgians will soon begin to see the product of the past 40 legislative days.

April 08, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Tax assessments could be frozen

As a first step towards permanently eliminating "back door" ad valorem property tax increases statewide, the House and Senate passed House Bill 233 and sent it to the Governor for his signature.

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


General Assembly offers real stimulus to Georgians

The General Assembly took heed this week to provide Georgia residents with solutions that will stimulate the state's economy. Two important sectors of the economy are targeted under measures on their way to final passage: Housing and jobs.

April 01, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Volunteer for the Special Olympics

Special Olympics recently announced a new campaign, "Spread the Word to End the Word - 3.31.09," encouraging people to stop using the derogatory word "retard" in casual conversation.

March 25, 2009 | By Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Projecting revenue is not an easy job

The Georgia Constitution requires that the House of Representatives appropriate money for an annual budget to operate the functions of the State. That is the main reason we have an annual legislative session. This year the economy has declined so quickly, that projection of future revenues is like hunting rabbits in a briar patch. The target keeps moving, while the thorns keep grabbing you. When it's over, you are bleeding and covered in scratches.

March 25, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The continuing crisis of common sense

As the crisis in common sense continues in Washington and across the nation, here in Georgia I'm working with my Senate colleagues for real stimulus solutions to put the economy back on track.

March 25, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


In touch with your local government

There is a Jewish proverb that says: "Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength."

March 25, 2009 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


‘Crossover Day Deadline’ signals end of session

Last Thursday marked the 30th legislative day of the 2009 Session. Known as "Crossover Day," it marked the deadline for legislation to pass from one house to the other.

March 18, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Ethical treatment of human embryos passes

The legislature cleared the annual Crossover Day hurdle this week with both the Senate and House working feverishly to pass bills out of their respective chambers before the midnight deadline on Thursday.

March 18, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Thanks to all opposing the park

My name is James Thurmond and I love my family.

March 18, 2009 | Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Taxpayers punished by gain in value

"Georgia's property tax system is a broken relic of a bygone agrarian-based economy. It fails every test of what constitutes good tax policy. It is not transparent, it is not easy to understand, it is not fair, it is not flat and, worst of all, it does not facilitate accountability.

February 18, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Senate debates Nuclear Energy Financing Bill

Consumer concerns were high on the Senate's list of priorities this week. We engaged in a spirited debate over how to finance two nuclear generators that will be built at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

February 18, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Sheriffs and noise ordinances

When I was a boy up in rural Tennessee I got really interested about the county sheriff.

February 18, 2009 | By Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Senate improves transportation

The senate made great strides this week in bringing needed relief to Georgians on the road and at home.

February 11, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Everybody has good reasons for not cutting budget

It should come as no surprise to anyone that every department in state government has compelling reasons for not cutting "their" budget during these challenging economic times.

February 11, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Why can’t every day be like Christmas?

It's Christmas again, which means we were granted another year. Ben Franklin was right: "Time is the stuff life is made of." It behooves us to give thought to its swift passage.

December 24, 2014 | By Roger Hines For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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


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