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Recent trip a reminder to take nothing for granted

I have just returned from a memorable trip to Valdosta. I went there to speak to the Rotary Club. The members laughed in all the right places, which not only was memorable, but downright remarkable.

What made the trip even more special were two visits I made while there. I dropped by to see my beloved college professor, Dr. Raymond Cook on his 93rd birthday. My detractors will find little comfort in this but I would not be where I am today had I not been assigned Dr. Cook's English Literature course in the spring term of my freshman ...

July 25, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Airport authority necessary?

One of the most contentious issues facing Dawson County has been the conversion of Elliott Field to a regional airport.

All studies have concluded this is not a suitable location for such a facility and the vast majority of the areas residents are opposed to such a drastic transformation.

July 25, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Officials wasteful with tax dollars

The courthouse is beautiful, right? Most agree that it is. Just like a large diamond ring, it is beautiful to see. But in these strained economic times neither is practical.

In 2007 (economic boom times) the voters approved SPLOST V by a large percentage of those few who voted.

July 25, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


I am now certified

Would you allow an unlicensed electrician to install a bug zapper in your living room?

Would you let an unlicensed plumber unclog the throne in your reading room?

July 18, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Correct decisions made for government center

I saw a candidate sign that seemed to me to say that our new county courthouse was wasteful government spending and that the county could have gotten along just fine with what we had.

People that used our old building or tried to keep it going know that the now gone courthouse was too small and at the end of its useful life and that it had no architectural value that warranted preservation.

July 18, 2012 | By Gary Pichon For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The other side of what health care decision means to Georgia

Last week Rep. Amos Amerson (Republican, 9th District) wrote about the Supreme Court Decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare as the Republicans like to call it.

He called it a tax that would fall primarily on young people and the poor people who can't afford it.

July 18, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Everybody is talking about …

Of course, everyone talks about the weather, although we can't control it.

Records substantiate our complaints about the heat: It really hadn't been that hot on any other Independence Day - all over the country.

July 11, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Plum Nelly Pitts: Higgs boson won’t fix stupid

News bulletin: Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher near Geneva have announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle that looks remarkably like the long-sought Higgs boson.

Sometimes called the "God particle" because its existence is fundamental to the creation of the universe, the hunt for the Higgs involved thousands of scientists from all over the world.

July 11, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What the Supreme Court decisions mean to Georgia

Recently the United States Supreme Court issued rulings and then ran for cover.

Not all of the rulings were generally acceptable to ordinary citizens, particularly to those living in the 28 states which had opposed "The Affordable Care Act," commonly referred to as ObamaCare.

July 11, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Safe boating needs a priority for Lanier

In boating vernacular, "setting a course" means to plot one's journey before raising the sails in hopes of arriving at one's destination safely. As the chairman of the board for Islands Management Company, the entity responsible for the operations of Lake Lanier Islands Resort, I feel it is high time we - as a cohesive community -proactively set our course for a safer Lake Sidney Lanier together.

The recent tragedy on the lake that resulted in the senseless and tragic loss of the lives of two young boys should sound a warning signal to all lakeside homeowners, businesses associated ...

July 04, 2012 | By Virgil R. Williams For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Congratulations Judge Gosselin

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to congratulate Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Kathlene F. Gosselin on her appointment by Chief Justice George H. Carley of the Supreme Court of Georgia to serve on the newly formed Accountability Court Funding Committee.

Judge Gosselin will have the opportunity to have a positive, lasting impact on Georgia's justice system through her service on the committee, which is part of the state's efforts to establish drug courts and mental health courts to provide sentencing alternatives for some non-violent offenders.

July 04, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


We don’t find lobby reform ‘silly’

Everyone seems comfortable with the relationship between lawmakers and lizard-loafered lobbyists except We the Unwashed. But, then, what do we know?

Rep. Don Parsons, R-Cobb County, a seven-term member of the House, views the fuss over trying to curb unlimited lobbying expenditures as "silly." Parsons has some serious competition in the Republican primary. I would have suggested he employ a more appropriate term. Most of us don't find this matter to be silly.

July 04, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Deforestation not welcomed

For the last three months, we have awakened to the sounds of heavy equipment clearing trees in the neighborhood.

Hundreds and hundreds of acres have been cleared from Frank Bruce Road through to Hwy. 136 and further west just below Hwy. 9.

June 27, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Business owner takes time to donate to worthy cause

I don't know much about Blake Adams but I like him.

Adams owns the Subway restaurant at the end of Ga. 400, at the intersection with Hwy. 60.

June 27, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Menu not threatening longevity of women

I read several news reports recently about a study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and the Imperial College in London that says while women are still expected to live longer than men, the gap is closing.

The study concludes that life expectancy for women in Georgia increased by a little less than three years while men increased more than five-and-a-half years.

June 27, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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The inordinate power of a district federal judge

We have just witnessed the result of an appointed government official who has claimed that his understanding of constitutionality is supreme in the land.

February 08, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Wrapping up our first month back

January has been a productive month for the Senate, but this last week has been especially busy. Committees are now in full swing, and I ...

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


Taking dissidents on a trip to nowhere

Varoom! Putt! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Varoom!

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


Broadband access moving forward

The Senate reconvened for legislative day five on Monday. Standing committees started meeting to adopt their rules in preparation for bill hearings starting next week.

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


Plans for public education—vague and discouraging

When Gov. Nathan Deal announced his budget for Georgia on Jan. 11, he bragged about how he has raised the budget for public education again.

February 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Transplant overgrown shrubs now

Many people plant shrubs in places where they don't belong.

January 25, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Look for a different approach to fixing failing schools in Georgia

Education is all about learning.

January 25, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Legislative session is underway

The first day of the 154th legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly and the first day of the 2017-18 term was Jan. 9.

January 25, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


2017 budget hearings update

The Senate reconvened for week two after a day off in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 25, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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