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Sometimes thank you is not enough

I haven't yet met the new manager of our local Kroger, but I hope he will be in the tradition of the previous ones, especially in community participation.

From the store's opening with a lady named Susan through several succeeding managers, Dawson County has been fortunate. Each one has been cooperative with various civic organizations, and it seems that the last one was the cream of the crop - or perhaps he was just here for a longer time.

September 07, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


10th anniversary of 9/11 is a time for reflection

As the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, please take time to remember the innocent Americans who were lost on that fateful day at the hands of terrorists. Also, take time to remember the courage and dedication and sacrifice of the police officers and firefighters who perished at the Twin Towers 10 years ago. And who can forget the bravery and inspirational teamwork of the passengers of Flight 93?

I give thanks that we live in a country guided by morality. In fact, our founding fathers created a Constitution for a moral people. John Adams was one of America's ...

September 07, 2011 | By Clint Smith For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Governor signs state House, Senate maps

Last week Gov. Nathan Deal signed the state House and Senate legislative district maps, and by the time you read this, he may have also signed the congressional maps which add a new 14th district.

Lumpkin County is in the center of that new district, which will continue to be the 9th Congressional District.

August 31, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


On the way to a slow recovery

Does my title herald another political treatise? Well it might, because that is the message of some politicians and pundits. It is also my personal message of the moment.

I write this on Friday afternoon of a week in which I can really see light at the end of this "tunnel summer."

August 24, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


School store could promote togetherness

Another school year is here and the excitement of new friends, teachers and new experiences are the first thought of all of us. I wanted to just mention something that I've been thinking about for a while.

It's not too late, although the classes have already begun. I hope each school and their teachers may see this column and will consider the possibilities that providing this one thing can change everyone's outlook for the day, month or year.

August 24, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Redistricting and impact on the 51st District

Special Session

The General Assembly was called in special session last week to undergo the arduous task of reapportionment. This is a process done every 10 years to redistrict the state to ensure equal representation based on current population.

August 24, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Treatment Court makes a difference

By all accounts the Dawson County Treatment Court is a huge success. However, no one should be misled to think that the Drug Court is easy for the participants.

The requirements are stringent, there is no tolerance for noncompliance, all personal search rights are waived, and if the participant fails to meet the criteria and is removed from the program, they face full sentencing for the original drug charges.

August 17, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


House, Senate maps posted on Internet

The Georgia Constitution requires that the Legislature reapportion the General Assembly, as well as the Congressional seats in the year following the decade census. The Special Session started on Aug. 15, and already the House redistricting map has been introduced. You can see the proposed House and Senate maps at www.legis.ga.gov and click the link to the reapportionment maps.

The 2010 census found that 68 current House districts had too many people and 112 House districts had too few when compared to the ideal of 53,820 people.

August 17, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Small incident, big consequences

"For the want of a nail, a shoe was lost ... all the way to a big battle loss, and all for the loss of a two-penny nail."

I don't remember the exact context of this old story, but I certainly understand the point: A seemingly small incident can have long-lasting results.

July 27, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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


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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


Who is the outsider in senate race?

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate "outsider."

July 30, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Taxpayers on hook for ethics probe

In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission.

July 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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