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Last chance for Georgia

The Georgia Legislative session will end soon, but it may not be too late for the residents of Georgia if they make some changes quickly.

March 30, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Easier to agree on what we don’t want

It's a whole lot easier getting agreement at this point on what we don't want to see in the tax reform bill than what we do. I have received dozens of e-mails asking me not to vote for HB 385 because the Council on Tax Reform recommended taxing some of their favorite things.

March 30, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Bill will increase efficiency

We worked hard this session to balance the state budget and make necessary spending cuts while continuing to provide vital services for Georgians.

March 23, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Surveys help establish needs of community

Over the past three years we have made every effort to monitor the concerns and needs of the residents and to make appropriate adjustments in how we operate. One of the tools we have utilized to gauge what you expect from us is to conduct electronic surveys of customers in our planning and development office, the parks and at other locations in county government.

March 23, 2011 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Stop creation of the airport authority

The 1,500 acre annexation in 2007 drove a spear into the heart of Dawson County.

March 23, 2011 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Are you ready to turn purple?

Purple is already a color that reminds us of Spring, as well as the Lenten season, but did you know that purple is a color that restores faith and hope to so many who are fighting cancer in our community?

March 23, 2011 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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House approves Amended FY 2015 budget

During the third week of the Georgia General Assembly's 2015 legislative session, my colleagues and I passed one of the most important pieces of legislation of the year: The 2015 amended fiscal year budget (AFY 2015).

February 04, 2015 | By Kevin Tanner Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The first bill of 2015 passes the Georgia Senate

The third week of the 2015 legislative session saw a significant piece of legislation pass through the Georgia State Senate. I am proud to say that with unanimous consent, Senate Bill 1 passed the Senate and is now under consideration in the House.

February 04, 2015 | By Steve Gooch Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


‘Don’t Shoot’ T-shirt aimed at wrong target

Let's get off the backs of law enforcement, shall we? Most of us couldn't do their job, or wouldn't do it, if we had the chance.

February 04, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What goes down will also go up

Forty years ago I embarked on a career in the oil industry that has covered decades. That career has taken me around the world far more than once. It has taken me from oil rigs to refineries, to massive tanker ships to the highest corporate towers.

January 28, 2015 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Georgia’s juvenile justice system going to the dogs and that’s a good thing

The State of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.

January 28, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Gov. Deal wants to add to the number of uninsured in Georgia

Georgia is still refusing the federal funds to expand Medicaid to cover more than 500,000 uninsured people. This decision will cost the state's health care system about $34 billion over the next decade, according to a new report by two well-respected research organizations.

January 28, 2015 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The State of Our State

Gov. Nathan Deal made it clear during his annual "State of the State" address that Georgia's economy continues to grow in the aftermath of the worst economic collapse of the 21st century.

January 28, 2015 | By Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


State of the column: Never been stronger

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

January 21, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


2015 session underway

We began the 153rd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly on Jan. 12. Last Monday marked the first day of the 2015-2016 term, all the members of the Georgia House of Representatives were sworn into office. We then promptly got to work on our first order of business: Electing leaders to guide the Georgia House of Representatives through our next two years of public service.

January 21, 2015 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Time to pay attention

It's that time of year again.

January 21, 2015 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Getting down to business

The 2015 legislative session is off to a fast and busy start. The Georgia State Senate swore in all 56 senators last week, including 10 new freshman senators, and announced committee assignments shortly thereafter.

January 21, 2015 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Lawmaker on a medical mission

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.

January 14, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Some advice from an old man

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

January 07, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Technical education plays vital role in rehabilitation

When I was growing up, my parents instilled in me the importance of a good education. They both graduated from high school, but did not attend college.

January 07, 2015 | Kevin Tanner Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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