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The pledge to never raise taxes

I have spent the last four months attending the Dawson County Board of Education work sessions, meetings, and retreats in an effort to learn what goes into budgeting for our school system.

I knew there were cuts to the state education budget, but didn't realize how drastic these cuts became when combined with property re-evaluation, the 70 and over exemption, and the 5 mills provision.

July 27, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Thanks to emergency personnel

In light of the recent storms that we have had all over our area here, I would just like to say a huge "Thank You" to all of the people who helped to get our electricity back up and running.

On June 18, my power went off and was off for 18 hours, going into Sunday.

July 06, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The world continues to roll on

Candidly, I have never thought that the world revolved around me, not even my own personal world.

And certainly, during the past decade I have purposely limited participation in many areas that previously claimed much time and effort.

July 06, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Fourth, important day in history

The Fourth of July or "Independence Day" is the national day of the United States set aside to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This piece of paper declared our independence from Great Britain, and was signed by 56 great men who risked treason to create our great nation.

From that day on, the Fourth of July is one of, if not the most important day in American history.

June 29, 2011 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Golf tournament raises funds

On June 6 the Georgia Mountain Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, a group of active, retired and former military officers, sponsored a golf tournament at Lake Lanier Islands for Wounded Warriors (wounded service members of any war or conflict) to raise funds for Homes for Troops, Fisher House and Wounded Warrior Transition and related programs.

The chapter will donate over $30,000 to those programs.

June 29, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Could electric vehicles be in Atlanta’s future?

The House Science & Technology Committee, which I chair, spent two days in Atlanta listening to representatives of General Electric and Atlanta City Government talk about electric vehicles and how they could help Atlanta meet the clean air standards.

We attended technical and business workshops and got to drive and ride in the vehicles. Before discussing today's electronic vehicles, I will give a little historical background of their use in the United States.

June 29, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Don’t overlook national legislation

In your June 8 article, "Legislation in the Wings," [by Rep. Amos Amerson] you alerted readers to many significant pieces of legislation that were not passed in the recent legislative session. I appreciated your publicity of these issues, and on a similar note, I would like to remind readers not to overlook the larger national pieces of legislation that have equal impact on our own backyards.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a great example of one of the important issues we are missing out on.

June 22, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Thank you Dawson County

There is more to Girl Scouts than cookies and camping.

It is girl leadership, time management, public speaking, decision making, teamwork, money management and community service.

June 22, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Have we become too selfish to make needed sacrifices?

On a recent Friday morning I literally "picked" my way down my driveway. Thursday evening's storm had brought down dozens of limbs and twigs from the many trees which surround my house, and I could not drive over them.

But I wouldn't dare to complain. There have been so many weather-related events during the last year that it is difficult to name even the worst ones.

June 08, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislation in the wings

Several serious pieces of legislation were not passed into law during the 2011 legislative session.

Here's a small list of some of the more important ones currently under review for final approval during the 2012 session.

June 08, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Alcohol vote needed

In the near future, citizens across the State of Georgia will be voting on whether or not to allow Sunday alcohol sales. Dawson County has the opportunity to be one of the first to vote on this issue.

In business, location is everything and our county is in the perfect location. With thousands of people traveling on Ga. 400 each Sunday, passage of a referendum will generate tax revenue for the county, increase sales for local businesses and for a limited time generate additional sales to persons living in surrounding counties. This issue will be decided by the voters, it ...

June 08, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Thanks for support

We would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to each and every one who has reached out to us during the loss of our home. We are humbled and thankful for all of the love, support and compassion our wonderful family, friends and community have poured over our family.

From the visits, prayers and thoughts, donations, helping hands and shoulders to cry on...we are forever in debt! Words can never thank you all enough!

June 08, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Don’t miss out in the life of your children

During the past couple weeks, I was able to attend two pre-kindergarten graduations and the graduation at Dawson County High School. All three of those events were attended by huge crowds, as well they should have been. But, it got me to thinking, however, about the 12 years in between pre-kindergarten and 12th grade. I couldn't help but wonder if the parents of those 241 high school seniors were looking back to when their child was in pre-kindergarten and if they were already thinking about the things they had missed.

Were there awards' ceremonies that they didn't attend ...

June 08, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Prepare for snakes

It's time for the snake calls to begin.

June 01, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The status of charter schools for fall term 2011?

The Georgia Supreme Court ruling on May 16 that Georgia's Charter School laws are unconstitutional has resulted in dozens of calls from citizens asking about the status of charter schools for the 2011 fall term.

June 01, 2011 | By Amos Amerson | 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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