As residents and taxpayers of this great county, we have become accustomed to many services that we sometimes take for granted. Have you stopped to think how much you pay for these services?
I write this column not only as a senior citizen and a former educator, but also as a property owner and taxpayer, and I do not see the two in conflict.
This week continues with an analysis of what I consider to be the education bills from the "Top 15" pieces of legislation passed by the 2011 General Assembly. I will cover HB 186 and HB 192, two bills designed to improve our education system.
With all the available technology, many travelers can easily check what's going on at home base. Being technologically dumb, I depend on others to keep in touch. It worked for the past two weeks (almost) that I was at beautiful Cape San Blas beach.
The governor continues to take action on bills submitted to him at the end of the 2011 Legislative Session. Many of them I supported and some I did not. The following bills are just a few of those waiting to be signed by Governor Deal:
May is a month when most gardeners are busy planting and maintaining plants in the landscape.
During the coming weeks, I will continue to discuss some of the most important legislation passed during the 2011 Session of the General Assembly. This article is about illegal immigration and sex trafficking - two subjects for which Georgia is becoming infamous - and solar energy.
Since the 2011 session ended I continue to have numerous questions about the new rules for HOPE Scholarships and Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages. I wrote about the HOPE Scholarship program in early March, but some points should be clarified about future participation.
If you turn on the evening news or read any regional or national newspaper you will see the debate playing out in our country everyday on what the role of government should be.
The General Assembly completed its 40th and final legislative day April 14.
The 2011 Legislative Session came to an end last Thursday when the House and Senate completed the 40th day.
We are in the midst of what all Christendom celebrates as Holy Week, culminating in Easter Sunday. Those inside and outside the Christian religion are also celebrating Easter with eggs, bunnies, new outfits, sales and family dinners.
Now is not the time to be raising taxes. Unemployment is more than 9 percent in Dawson County, gas prices are taking more out of family budgets, etc.
I have read with interest the letter of Susan Baldwin, which was published in the March 30 edition of the paper, rallying against the proposed Dawsonville Regional Airport Authority.
Relay for Life teams in Dawson County are going strong.
We returned to the Gold Dome for the ninth week of the 2014 legislative session on March 10. In that week, we focused on reviewing, debating and voting upon legislation that had already been passed by our counterparts in the Senate. Many pieces of the Senate's legislation were reviewed by committees throughout the week. Other pieces of Senate legislation made it through the committee process and on to the House floor for a vote.
I was at the sausage-making plant last week, better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause. The state Senate was honoring Dick Pettys, one of the finest journalists to walk through the doors of the state Capitol, and I was asked to be a part of that special day.
The scene: I-16 near Dublin. Waaangh! Reep! Reep! Reep!
March 3 marked the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session. Known as "Crossover Day," the critical point in the session is the last chance for bills to pass the legislative chamber from which they originated.
Some of you might remember a popular song from the '80s called "The Final Countdown."
Last week consisted of an important few days, as it was the last week for bills to pass out of committees, since "Crossover Day" was on Monday.
This week, the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline: Crossover Day.
As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.
I had the pleasure of knowing Ken Newell for the past eight years. Ken was a well-liked and respected man, and had a real love for the people of Dawson County.
The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District house seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes ... watch out. You have been warned."
The snow and ice melted from Winter Storm Pax, and we returned to Capitol Hill on Feb. 17. This was the sixth week of the 2014 legislative session and an important one. This past week, we passed the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, as well as many other significant pieces of legislation.
State projects are often hindered by two things: Personnel needs and a lack of funding. We do not have an unlimited bank account or line of credit, and every taxpayer dollar counts. This means we often look to creative methods to bring in the employees and technology needed to address Georgia's biggest needs.