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What is that amendment about?

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?" That sounds like an innocuous question to be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

My first question was: Why is a constitutional amendment necessary?

September 26, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Leader refutes charter claims

With the vote on the charter school amendment just over a month away, the heat is getting intense. I know. I have felt it.

I wrote a column a few weeks ago giving the pro-charter folks an opportunity to make their case for the amendment. For my trouble, a number of anti-charter advocates wondered if I was going soft on them and backers of the bill continued to accuse me of giving out "misinformation." I love this job.

September 26, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Fear can paralyze

You would have thought someone would have checked this out before they sent this guy to help me, but apparently not. I came down out of the Mt. Hagen highlands of Papua New Guinea after about four weeks to finish up some work in the coastal swamps.

I was out of the cool mountains and into the hot sticky flatlands. I met my help at the airstrip and we soon found ourselves pitching tents in a grassy reed area near some bogs.

September 26, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The party may be over for legislators

When the gavel bangs to open the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly, I would suggest the first order of business be to have Willie Nelson serenade our solons with "The Party's Over." Willie sings that song better than almost anybody and it would be an effective way to remind our intrepid public servants that there is a new sheriff in town.

We the Unwashed are calling the shots on lobbying reform these days and it tickles my ribs.

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


If you haven’t already, you should

For this week, I really wanted to tackle a political issue, but that can wait a bit.

Time is passing for some local events that, if you haven't already done so, I hope you will consider.

September 19, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Advocates present case for charter amendment

Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, majority whip of the Georgia House of Representatives asked me if I would talk to the proponents of the upcoming constitutional amendment on charter schools and get their side of the story.

This was after Lindsey and I had publicly crossed swords over the issue.

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


Valuator useful to clarify opinions

I got called a "liberal" the other day by a reader in Cherokee County who doesn't think much of my opinions and suggested "Someone should retire his word processor."

My word processor, Barney, was elated at the thought. Barney hates this job. When I brought Barney home, it was with the promise that he and I would create poetry. I was afraid to tell him the truth about writing snarky columns because I figured he might rip out his hard drive and die in a high-tech version of Hari-Kari. Instead, Barney shows his displeasure by going on strike about ...

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


Wait times for Georgia driver’s licenses improving

On July 3, 2012, the Georgia Department of Driver's Services (DDS) enacted a secure ID program to enhance the integrity and security of your Georgia driver's license or identification card.

In order to ensure that your renewal or application process runs smoothly, I would like to discuss how these changes will affect you - the constituents of the 51st Senate District.

September 05, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some ‘gleanings’ that are good anytime

With summer winding down, with school and football (How about those Tigers?) reving up, with the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention energizing the political scene, it's time to leave commenting on the contemporary to experts.

Instead, let's relax with some quotations I have taken from various sources.

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


Skeeter Skates weighs in on Middle East

I was in the middle of preparing a Power Point presentation for you on why House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, needs a campaign war chest of $356,415.19 to run unopposed for reelection in his district.

The neat part was going to be explaining the $1,000 campaign contribution from the American Kennel Club, located in New York. You will be interested to know The American Goat Association, located in Pipe Creek, Texas, did not contribute to Mr. Ralston. I think this proves beyond doubt why goats have so little influence under the Gold Dome. (When was the ...

August 29, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Reflections from a rocking chair

Actually, it's a recliner, but "rocking chair" creates the image of a retired senior, which I have been for many years.

After returning from Linda Williams' memorial service a few weeks ago, I was reflecting on the wonderful service that Linda gave to Dawson County during her 16 years with the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, and realizing, sadly, that she had no time at all to enjoy her retirement.

August 29, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Perfect steak tartare

Technically we were not to be where we were. There was a corporate policy about driving through dangerous jungles after sundown. It was an ivory tower policy, but we were now nearly lost as we worked our 4x4 along a muddy, red clay slop of a path in the western rain forest of Suriname.

We figured senior management wouldn't even try to find us out here.

August 29, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Parents best for local control of charter schools

A controversial 4-3 Georgia Supreme Court decision in May 2011 is jeopardizing Georgia's ability to establish statewide K-12 public education policy. The decision narrowed the state's general ability to authorize public charter schools.

Since the end of the 2012 Session of the General Assembly, I have discussed HR 1162 and HB 797 with many constituents. More recently, GAE and PAGE have increased their objections to the "Charter School Amendment" and its enabling legislation, to the point of disseminating misinformation.

August 22, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Amendment debate gets ugly quick

I knew it was going to get ugly, but I didn't know it would get this bad this quickly. I am talking about the constitutional amendment on charter schools to be voted on in November that asks, "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

Dr. John Barge, Georgia state school superintendent, opposes the amendment. House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, infers that Barge is a liar. Is the charter school crowd running that scared this early? They have to resort to personal attacks ...

August 22, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Contact legislators, EPD about sludge spreading

Sen. Steve Gooch opened his talk at the Tea Party meeting Aug. 14 by referring to two words that he heard from his preacher "which seemed to speak directly to" him in church the prior Sunday - "Stewardship and Responsibility."

Perhaps we need to get hold of that sermon and share it with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, or EPD, and all our state legislators, to help them understand the role they play in the lives of those they were appointed to "protect" or those they were elected to represent.

August 22, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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I appreciate Rep. Kevin Tanner's commitment to providing a forum for the public to ask questions and express concerns.

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