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Watching nature fly from the Gulf side

Lazy, sunny, warm October days at Cape San Blas are not what they used to be. No more swimming in the surf, floating on calm waters, not even walking on the beach.

For several years, I'm content to enjoy sea, sand and sun from a comfortable seat on the porch or deck.

November 02, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Protesters un-bearable idea

News bulletin: The state Department of Natural Resources is reporting that black bears in north Georgia seem to be migrating toward the Atlanta area.

Ring! Ring!

October 26, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


It’s not the schools, it’s the stupid government

To quote the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live, "Well, isn't that special?"

State School Superintendent John Barge and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., have asked U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a waiver of the controversial No Child Left Behind law and, instead, to measure school performance on a broader basis, consisting of scores on a Criterion-Referenced Competency Test along with other factors in a "performance index."

October 19, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


To be read aloud with tongue in cheek

Since several of my readers said they enjoyed the columns dealing with vagaries in our language, I'll do one more.

An old friend sent this, in an e-mail, entitled "Lexiphiles."

October 19, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Heroes found on tragic day

On Aug. 27, my family and I were involved in a serious boat accident on Lake Lanier near Toto Creek Park at the Dawson/Hall County line. My granddaughter, Katelynn Smith, 12 (Katelynn turned 13 in the hospital) and I were injured. Sadly my nephew, Trevor Aaron Jones, 14 years old, did not survive after being thrown in the lake as a result of the collision with another boat, and drowned.

A thoroughly bad situation could have been much worse if not for the response and actions of the authorities from Dawson, Forsyth, Hall and Lumpkin counties as well as ...

October 19, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Electoral College still relevant

Why is the Electoral College so important in electing our presidents? This question comes up every four years.

Recently someone sent me a copy of "Every Vote Equal," a discussion of reasons the president should be elected by national popular vote. This was followed by The Gainesville Times Sept. 26 opinion page article: "My biannual rant about the Electoral College," in which Len Robbins asked the question, "Why should a person's vote in Wyoming count more than mine?"

October 12, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Inventor is proud of the past, focused on the future

David Petite has a simple view on the immigration issue raging in the United States.

"You are all immigrants," he says with a smile. "We didn't invite any of you here."

October 12, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Morgan Freeman is uninformed or ill informed

I've been a Morgan Freeman fan as long as he has been a Hollywood movie star. I was shocked to see him play the "race card" in a recent interview just last week. During his interview he referred to the Tea Party as being "racist."

He has just been the latest to climb on the "race-card bandwagon."

October 05, 2011 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


English can be a strange language

We who have spoken English all our lives take many of its oddities for granted, but even natives will find some of these interesting. They are some more "gleanings" from various e-mails.

For example, see how many of these you can read correctly the first time:

October 05, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Skeeter doesn’t care much for due process for terrorists

Everybody needs a guru. Someone you can go to whenever you find yourself stuck on the horns of a moral dilemma.

Some climb the mountain tops of Nepal to sit before an old guy wrapped in a bed sheet and listen to him prattle about inner beauty.

October 05, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Who cares what Moore thinks about Georgia?

In case you were rearranging your sock drawer and missed the big announcement, filmmaker Michael Moore, who is about as relevant as a female appendage on a boar hog, is asking "all Americans with a conscience to shun anything and everything to do with the murderous state of Georgia."

I can hear the shudders from Aragon to Zebulon.

September 28, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Should we tax the rich more, not just income but wealth too?

A recent article in the "Los Angeles Times" maintained that government should "put a levy on wealth, not just income."

It was written by two law professors at Yale University. The authors claimed that these rich people did not pay enough income taxes and suggested putting a 2 percent wealth tax on all persons with assets over $7.2 million.

September 28, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Everything borrowed; something new to you

As I have admitted before, many of my "Fwd: Fwd:" e-mails get deleted, particularly the ones that are obviously derogatory. Occasionally, I read one and think: "That would be fun to share." This column is that sharing, even though I don't know the authors and can't give credit.

This one seems especially true for me; it's about friends: "Why do I have a variety of friends who are all different in character? Some of them can be considered marginal, even. How do I get on with them all? I think that each one helps to bring out ...

September 21, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Becoming a mover, shaker frustrating

When Nathan Deal was elected governor, I made myself a promise that I was going to get along better with him than I did with his predecessor, George E. Perdue.

If our new governor wanted to build a few concrete fishponds, I'd look the other way. If he wanted to dress up like Dr. Seuss' "Cat in the Hat" and talk to school kids while shafting their teachers, I would just shake my head in bemusement. If he rode a motorcycle around the Capitol or drove a bus across town for reasons that made no sense at all or ...

September 21, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


‘We have met the enemy’

Have you noticed the rapidly rising food and gasoline prices? It seems like the prices go up on a daily or even hourly basis. What's a major cause of this? Corn-produced ethanol is the culprit.

Several years ago, I wrote about the stupidity of using corn to produce ethanol for fuel and predicted that food prices would climb. I said then that we would pay for it either at the pump or the supermarket. Now corn prices have risen from the about $3/bushel it was six years ago, to well over $7/bushel today.

September 21, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Thinking out alternatives for deer in Jekyll Island

I have one of the most interesting jobs in the world. One day I am advising world leaders on the nuances of international monetary policy. The next day I am consoling a distraught reader who thinks I need to "look within myself spiritually." The last time I looked within myself, I saw my navel. It was full of lint. Never again.

September 24, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Trying to find positive in this world can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Tragedy is a reminder to text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 27, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


One letter not enough to polish liberal credentials

Rap. Rap. Rap.

August 20, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What’s wrong with Southern accents?

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent."

August 13, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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