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Legislature reaches important deadline on Crossover Day

Crossover Day marks an important milestone in the legislative process. It falls on Day 30 of the 40-day legislative session and is the last day that bills can cross from one chamber to another.

March 23, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


In the present, voices from the past

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of America's Civil War.

March 16, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislature preserves HOPE, debates billboard legislation

The legislature took the final step this week in preserving Georgia's greatest gift to its students, the HOPE Scholarship.

March 16, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


’12 budget is passed by House

March 16, is Crossover Day and Day 30 of our 40-day legislative session. For the remaining 10 days, each body of the general assembly will only consider bills passed by the other body. Before the night is over, the House will have considered close to 100 bills.

March 16, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Residents should speak up about airport

I am writing in regards to the development of a 'regional' airport in Dawson County.

March 09, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Save the HOPE grant and Pre-K

Georgia's lottery-funded HOPE program has been the envy of many states since its inception in 1993. But because of the downturn in the economy the program is facing a financial deficit.

March 09, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Social networking I can do

Confession: I'm not on Facebook or Twitter; although my phone has the capability, I do not text and do not wish to; I open my e-mail every two or three days, but admit that I don't forward all the entries which carry that request.

March 09, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Providing for the HOPE scholarship

March 7 marked the 25th day of the Georgia General Assembly's 40-day 2011 Legislative Session. The House has already succeeded in passing legislation improving our early voting system, increasing the safety of bicyclists, and amending our Fiscal Year 2011 Budget.

March 09, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


House passes education funding plan, voting reforms

The pace at the capitol quickened this week as we worked our way closer to the halfway point of the 2011 legislative session. As committees continued to scrutinize legislation, my colleagues and I in the House passed several important pieces of legislation. The HOPE Scholarship, K-12 education funding, and early voting reform were addressed by the House last week.

March 02, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Most solutions not clear-cut, easy

We see challenges, problems, conflicts on many fronts and we clamor for quick, obvious solutions. No way.

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


Lawmakers tackle budget, HOPE

This week brought some high profile issues to the table, including the budget and a HOPE bill that are putting us on the right track to taking care of the issues most important to Georgians.

March 02, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Working to protect the rights of Georgia citizens

This week, a number of bills were introduced that aim to protect Georgians' fundamental rights.

February 23, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Family shares letter thanking community

The family of Junior Gee gives thanks to all who visited, brought food, sent flowers, cards or e-mails during our time of sorrow. We want to thank the doctors, nurses, pallbearers and singers.

February 23, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Chief justice talks issues

In a joint session with the Senate, the House of Representatives welcomed Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein to the House as she presented the annual State of the Judiciary address.

February 23, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Roads need signs for safer travel

It is my feeling that a great injustice has been done to a former county employee.

February 16, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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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


My deepest appreciation to so many

I am humbled. I am grateful. I am honored. And I am overwhelmed. I said it to the people who came to my 90th birthday celebration at Bethel, and I say it again to the many people who made that lovely celebration possible and to those who sent good wishes even if they couldn't attend.

July 09, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Junior E. Lee knows his polls, pests

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.

July 09, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Help on way for the humor impaired

The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material. Did you know that there is a National Association for the Humor-Impaired? May Jimmy Carter (speaking of the humor-impaired) wash my socks if I am not telling the truth.

July 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Blood drive is appreciated

This year in memory of Charles [Finley] on his birthday, Ben and I have asked LifeSouth to hold a blood drive. They have made arrangements to have it at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, 59 Main Street, in downtown Dawsonville, from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. July 5.

July 02, 2014 | By Reader Submitted For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


It has been an amazing century

With all the flurry some friends are making about my upcoming 90th birthday, and with watching the CNN specials on the momentous changes our nation made in the '60s, I've been made particularly aware of the amazing changes that I have witnessed in this near-century that I've lived.

June 18, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Athens is my heaven on Earth

I have said it before but it bears repeating: If I don't qualify for heaven (a distinct possibility), my preferred alternates are: (a.) Athens, Ga., on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon; (b.) Athens, Georgia, on a warm spring day or (c.) Athens, Georgia, on any day.

June 18, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A salute to a man who achieved his dream

Before the start of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Billy Payne, the organization's CEO, reminded everyone that while much of the attention during the Games would be focused on the high-profile athletes, not to forget that all 10,000 athletes from the 107 countries represented were and would forever be Olympians - a title few people in the world would ever attain.

June 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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