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I wish I could have been there

This column was a favorite of my friend, Otis Brumby Jr., publisher of the Marietta Daily Journal and Neighbor Newspapers, who passed away earlier this year. It is dedicated to his memory.

I wish I could have been there. In Bethlehem.

December 19, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Funding challenges for education during recession

During my 12 years in the General Assembly, we have always been in some form of a recession. While economists say the recession ended in 2009, you can't tell it from our housing market and unemployment records. This has created ongoing challenges in funding education at all levels.

Budget cuts have affected higher education much more than K-12 (two of the House Committees I serve on).

December 12, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Former coach talks football, family, history

I called Hall of Fame football coach Vince Dooley this week to get his perspective on UGA's heart-breaking loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship game.

There are few people more qualified to comment than Vince Dooley. Let's start with the fact that he won 201 football games, six SEC championships and a national title during an illustrious career that stretched from 1964 to 1988.

December 12, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


More about that other hidden treasure

When I wrote a column about the Old Courthouse's decorations, including new lights around the square, one of the main purposes was to also tell about the hidden treasure inside that building.

Obviously, my memory trail of the Historic Courthouse-Woman's Club relationships became so winding that it had to stop before it led to the Historical and Genealogical Society office.

December 12, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A Dawson treasure hiding in plain sight

If you haven't been in downtown Dawsonville within the last week, you haven't seen the Historic Old Courthouse in its Christmas finery. When you do, be sure to notice the new (old-fashioned) lights around it.

Members of the GFWC-Dawson County Woman's Club spent hours getting decorations ready and the Dawson County Public Works Department put them up.

December 05, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Random thoughts on random subjects

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss is catching heat from right-wingnuts for doing exactly what he should be doing - trying to help the federal government find a way out of the financial morass the country is in.

The wingnuts want him to honor a 20-year-old no-tax pledge. The senator says he is not talking about tax increases, but tax reform and cites loopholes that need to be closed, like the current $6 billion annual tax credits for ethanol production. Good for him. I support his efforts 100 percent. Maybe the wingnuts would rather see some moron representing us who thinks rape is ...

December 05, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Property tax relief for seniors is a good old American principle

Getting meaningful ad valorem property tax relief for our senior citizens was a major promise I made to voters when I first ran for the Georgia House of Representatives in 2000.

Eventually, I came to understand that ad valorem property taxes were the most hated taxes by Georgians. And, after 12 years of writing weekly columns in the local newspapers, I have written on this subject more than any other.

November 28, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


If you don’t secede, why try again?

In case you have been busy doing mundane stuff like eking out a living, you may have missed the news that there is a petition going around that would allow Georgia to secede from the union. As of this writing, there have been 24,579 signatures to the petition.

The impetus for the secession drive is a White House Web site that encourages We the Unwashed to petition the Obama Administration to hear our concerns. (Insert joke here.)

November 28, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Leave and let die

My father had some medical issues in the '60s that sent us to Corpus Christi, Texas. While he received his treatments at the Naval Hospital, I joined other young kids playing in a turquoise swimming pool at a nearby motel.

We got to play for endless hours in the summer sun, swimming, splashing and just enjoying ourselves without a care in the world. It was an idyllic moment.

November 21, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


We are all to blame for decline

A recent study from the Pew Forum on Religion and Life reveals that for the first time in our history, fewer than half of American adults say they are Protestant (48 percent). This marks the first time in Pew Research Center surveys that the Protestant share of the population has dipped significantly below 50 percent.

There are now more than 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics (nearly 6 percent of the U.S. public), as well as nearly 33 million people who say they have no particular religious affiliation. Why is that?

November 21, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Yes, indeed, we should be

Thankful. Although we specifically focus on being grateful for our many blessings at Thanksgiving, neither the blessings nor our awareness of them are limited to this time.

Veterans Day gave us opportunity to say "thank you" to our military protectors and to people like Pam Hamalainen whose planning brings such opportunities to the forefront.

November 21, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Thankful for many things

During this season of thanksgiving, Ben and I reflect on many blessings we have had.

Certainly one of the greatest of these is having shared the life of a devoted and loving husband and father, Charles Finley.

November 21, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Thank you to the community

Thank you Dawsonville for displaying your patriotism during our Veterans Day Parade last Saturday.

Your "Welcome Home" signs and "Thank you" signs meant more to our veterans and active military than you will ever know.

November 14, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Ordinary routine can be a blessing

In case anyone missed this column for several weeks, it was because I spent a delightful two weeks at our family's beach house, and then it honestly took almost a week to sort out mail, e-mails, etc., and to catch up with bills and other responsibilities.

If I were a 21st century business person instead of a "plugger," some of that could have been done online.

November 14, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Junior talks election results

I have just received Junior E. Lee's analysis of the recent elections. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Georgia, and a certified pest control professional.

When not trying to get rid of termites in Arveen Ridley's barn, Junior manages one of the most highly respected polling organizations in the country, Round or Square Polls Inc. His motto is, "We will cook the results as long as you've got the dough."

November 14, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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Having a chance to repay a debt owed to my alma mater

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May 03, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The Yankee and his music

Tink returned from a trip to Los Angeles and was recounting a conversation between himself and a friend during lunch.

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Destructive beetle kills trees

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April 26, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Legislature turns adoption efforts into political sausage

There is a saying that the two things you don't want to see made are law and sausage. Sometimes, they are hard to tell ...

April 26, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Wonderful park experience

I started going to work out and walk at Rock Creek Park around three years ago with my fiance.

April 26, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Taking a look beyond April

This is another column that should have been written last week or even two weeks ago.

April 26, 2017 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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