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One-time fee replaces sales, ad valorem taxes

The most sweeping legislation passed during the recent 2012 Legislative Session was HB 386, which is a comprehensive reform of how taxes are collected in Georgia.

HB 386 eliminates both the sales tax and ad valorem tax on non-commercial (privately owned) vehicles and replaces them with a one-time title fee that is paid when the title is transferred from one owner to another. Currently owned non-commercial vehicles will continue under the old ad valorem tax system until they are sold.

April 25, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Somber reflections from the beach

Generally, my beach-reading consists of light stuff - romances, mysteries and humor.

During this two -week stay at "our beach" (Cape San Blas), I have done my share of that.

April 25, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Center rebuilds lives, lifts spirits

Those of you who regularly check this space know this, but to the newcomers out there: I am a whiner. Like Goldilocks, I whine when the porridge is too hot. I whine when the porridge is too cold. But unlike Goldilocks, I whine even when the glop is just right.

Recently, my whining was put to the test and found wanting. After turning down several opportunities to visit the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, I finally agreed to go but not because I wanted to. The Woman Who Shares My Name said I had to because she was going and I ...

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


FY 2013 budget overview

As highlighted last week, state lawmakers approved a $19.3 billion budget, listing public safety as one of the state's top priorities.

In an effort to continue strengthening policies that promote the well-being of our citizens, the fiscal year 2013 budget included funding for Georgia's Department of Corrections and the State's Judicial Branch.

April 18, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


State budget boosts education funding

During the recent legislative session, the General Assembly passed a $19.3 billion dollar budget, including a significant boost to statewide education funding.

Since education makes up one of the largest components of our yearly state budget, the General Assembly worked hard to ensure that Georgia's students and teachers were a top priority, particularly in light of our current economic situation.

April 12, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Daydreaming about clouds, headlines

I tend to daydream. Sometimes I look at the shape of the clouds above me and I can see a tea kettle or maybe the little fat guy that runs North Korea.

And then sometimes I just close my eyes and think of headlines I would like to see, such as:

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


Legislature doesn’t always do what it says it will do

Do you really think if the state takes control away from local school boards to establish charter schools as the upcoming constitutional amendment proposes, they will do it better? If so, you are smoking rope. Once our legislators get control of the process, there is no guarantee that they will do what they say.

As evidence, look at how the Legislature has gone back on its word regarding special fees that were to be collected and spent for such things as environmental cleanup, drivers' education and other purposes.

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


Let’s celebrate this glorious season

I write this on the eve of what we Christians designate as "Holy Week," beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter.

Other religious groups and even non-religious folks are aware, however, that this is the pre-Easter season; advertisers never let us forget it.

April 04, 2012 | For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Dear Mr. Grogan, Mayor Pro Tem

The officers, and membership, of the Reading and Education Association of Dawson County extend their condolence to both the family of Joe Lane and, to the citizens of Dawsonville.

Joe Lane served Dawsonville well and will be missed.

April 04, 2012 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Session concludes with $19.3B budget

The Georgia legislature concluded the 2012 session by passing a $19.3 billion dollar budget, keeping in line with the state's commitment to pass fiscally sound money management policies.

Through the passage of HB 742, Georgia's economy will be better positioned to grow, create more jobs and get more Georgians back to work. Due to these fiscally conservative management policies, Georgia has continued to maintain its AAA bond rating, which is extremely attractive to businesses seeking to grow or expand their business in Georgia.

April 04, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Tax reform makes Georgia friendlier

Thursday, March 29, also known as Sine Die, is the 40th and final legislative day, our last opportunity to pass legislation this year. We have worked long hours to ensure the passage of vital legislation that will reform our state's tax code.

HB 386 implements a variety of tax reform measures that were recommended by the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians. The council conducted an in-depth review of our current tax structure and submitted their recommendations in December 2010.

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


Justice for Lady Liberty

I was, shall we say, nearby when the statue of Lady Justice was placed on top of the new Dawson County Courthouse just prior to its opening. The operation to place her there went without drama.

That got me to thinking about the history of Lady Liberty, which is of course better known as the Statue of Liberty.

March 28, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Junior E. Lee thinks he has picked next president

Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, called me all out of breath.

I usually am not that concerned because after Junior has sprayed Arven Ridley's barn for fleas, it sometimes leaves him winded. But I knew this wasn't the case.

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


Legislators brief public on issues

"Members of the Legislature, my name is Figby and I have been asked by House Speaker David Ralston - he is the gentleman over in the corner eating the Twinkie - along with Senators Tommie Williams and Chip Rogers to discuss some potential campaign issues this fall. They are, of course, your leaders and have helped make the General Assembly what it is today.

For you House members who may not know him, Sen. Williams is the distinguished gentleman covered in pine straw. Next to him is Sen. Rogers, who seems to be putting a cotton swab on a cut.

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


Mayor’s shoes will be hard to fill

Mayor Joe Lane Cox's shoes will be hard to fill.

As I am sure many of those paying tribute to Dawsonville's mayor will say, he has loomed large in the recent history of this county.

March 14, 2012 | By Helen Taylor 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


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