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Why aren’t charter schools on the list?

At the risk of sounding like Johnny One-Note, let me go back over my concerns one more time about the charter school constitutional amendment bill in the State Senate that may or may not have been passed by the time this gets to you. (My deadlines and legislative deadlines don't always coincide.)

I don't have a problem with charter schools. In concept, charter schools are fine. My problem is that nobody seems to be talking about for-profit charter schools. That is a different matter.

March 14, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Residential property tax returns

The real estate and foreclosure crises have played havoc with property values throughout this nation for the last four years. Wide areas of Georgia, as well as Dawson County have seen so many properties flood the market causing values to plummet.

Owners who believe their property's worth is below its appraised value for taxes can possibly lower their taxes by filing a residential property tax return. This law is in accordance with O.C.G.A. 45-5-15(a) and is form number PT-50R.

March 14, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


USA is becoming Argentina

If you want a peek at the future, look at the past.

One hundred years ago, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world.

March 14, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Thanks to the community

Thank you to the Dawson County community from the Dawson County basketball team

I do not know how I can put into words how special this community has been to our basketball team and coaches over the last two weeks.

March 07, 2012 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Crossover Day for new legislation is March 7

The Georgia General Assembly has completed 28 days of the 40 days allowed.

"Crossover Day" is scheduled for March 7.

March 07, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


State Rep. defends current lobby laws

Rep. Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, has figured out something many of his colleagues in the General Assembly seem unable to grasp: If you disagree with something I say, tell me so and give me your side of the story.

Wilkinson called after my column advocating limits on lobbying expenditures to say that he believes the current laws are working just fine. A member of the General Assembly since 2001, Wilkinson has served as chairman of the House Ethics Committee for the past eight. It is not the most fun job in politics.

March 07, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some things surprise me

Surprises come in many categories and degrees. Some are sudden and may be astonishing, some develop gradually and some are just there to be discovered as one becomes aware.

On the Saturday morning of the annual meeting of Dawson County Homeowners Civic Association, Feb. 25, I received one of the sudden variety. I was truly astonished when Association President Jane Graves presented me with the "Mike Brown YOU CARE" award.

March 07, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The supreme decision: State-run charter schools

Education reform has taken center stage recently with the passage of HR 1162 in the Georgia House, which would create a constitutional amendment to expand educational options for Georgia's students.

This bill was precipitated by a Supreme Court ruling that deemed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission unconstitutional.

March 07, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Cut-and-run approach to school issues

Dear public school teachers: The "school choice" crowd in the General Assembly is after you again. I am beginning to think this is all your fault.

Evidently, you did something to them in their prepubescent period that has scarred them for life.

February 29, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Decreased revenues require reassessment

Just when you believe that everything is under control, something will jump up and bite you.

Fiscal Year 2011 revenues were well ahead of FY 2010, and for the first six months of this year, revenue collections were running about 4.5 percent ahead of FY 2011.

February 29, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Budget sees adjustments

Each year, the General Assembly is constitutionally mandated to pass a balanced state budget.

On Thursday, we were one step closer toward fulfilling this goal with the passage of the Senate's FY 2012 amended budget.

February 28, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Assembly reaches halfway point

The General Assembly is at a critical juncture as we mark the midpoint of the 2012 Legislative Session. With many bills still being reviewed and debated in committees, there is a growing sense of urgency to pass legislation prior to Crossover Day.

One bill in particular that I would like to highlight this week is SB 292, also known as the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act.

February 22, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Laws should make you mad

I seem to have an innate ability to make folks mad. Usually, it is the humor-impaired and special interest twits.

Today, I hope to make everybody mad, no matter your race, creed, color or university affiliation. This diatribe is for all.

February 22, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Do we need a constitutional amendment on education?

Over the past two weeks, I have received at least 200 e-mails pertaining to HR 1162 (a proposed constitutional amendment on public education) and its companion legislation, HB 797. The e-mails are split about 50/50, with most of those asking for a "no" vote being from school teachers and most of the "yes" votes coming from parents.

This begs the question: Why does Georgia need a constitutional amendment on public education this year?

February 22, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


HOPE scholarship back on track after restructuring

As we've discussed in previous columns, Georgia is currently one of the most generous providers of merit-based financial aid in the nation. However, the HOPE scholarship is currently under attack by opponents who have proposed an income-based salary cap for students whose families make more than $140,000 per year.

When HOPE was originally created, eligibility was partially based on family income levels; this restriction was removed in 1995. No other state lottery restricts eligibility based on family income; every state lottery scholarship is set up to be a merit award program.

February 15, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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The inordinate power of a district federal judge

We have just witnessed the result of an appointed government official who has claimed that his understanding of constitutionality is supreme in the land.

February 08, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Wrapping up our first month back

January has been a productive month for the Senate, but this last week has been especially busy. Committees are now in full swing, and I ...

February 08, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Taking dissidents on a trip to nowhere

Varoom! Putt! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Varoom!

February 01, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Broadband access moving forward

The Senate reconvened for legislative day five on Monday. Standing committees started meeting to adopt their rules in preparation for bill hearings starting next week.

February 01, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Plans for public education—vague and discouraging

When Gov. Nathan Deal announced his budget for Georgia on Jan. 11, he bragged about how he has raised the budget for public education again.

February 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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