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Organic fertilizers

Many home gardeners and small-scale producers have a growing interest in organic production. Defining what "organic" means can vary from one person to the next, but generally the intent is to avoid using synthetic or man-made inputs, such as pesticides or fertilizers.

April 12, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


We no longer have a legislature

I wish I could tell you that Georgia's lawmakers are getting better at the way they handle the people's business, but that would be a lie.

April 05, 2017 | By Tom Crawford | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Broccoli up the nose ends any thoughts of a political career

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I inform you today that I am not now nor will I become a candidate for public office. I felt compelled to share my decision with you after I was deluged with mail this past week urging me to offer myself for public service. (Note from editor: He got three emails. Big deal.) However, there is much work yet to be done in carrying out the awesome responsibilities with which you have entrusted me. (Note from editor: Barf.)

April 05, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Climate change a hoax?

Last week the Trump Administration launched an attack on the health of American families and our environment when Trump signed an executive order rolling back some of the previous administration's critical climate protections and clean energy policies.

April 05, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Fast Approaching Sine Die

This week marks Day 38 of the 40-day legislative session. We have reached the point where committees are no longer meeting and we are working through the House bills that have been reported favorable by their respective committee.

March 29, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Atlanta Motorsports Park is here to stay and wants more

The county originally turned the AMP rezoning request down, so in 2007 the City of Dawsonville went slipping through the wood all the way from the city annexing property as they went out into the middle of the country and impacted the country's peace and quiet, quality of life, wildlife, nature and turned it into a racetrack.

March 29, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Busy week headed toward session's end

The Georgia General Assembly reconvened under the Gold Dome on Monday, March 20 for day 36 of the 2017 legislative session. Sine die is this Thursday, and the House had another busy week of reviewing legislation in committee hearings, voting on bills and resolutions on the House floor and giving final passage to several bills that will now be considered by Governor Deal.

March 29, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Annual 4-H Rabies Clinic

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital, and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be hosting an annual rabies clinic on Saturday, April 22. It will be held at three locations throughout Dawson County.

March 29, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Finalizing Georgia's budget

As the General Assembly marches closer to Sine Die, our constitutional duty of passing a balanced budget for Georgia's government has become our biggest priority for the last few legislative days. The Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) general budget, House Bill 44, is near completion. The Senate and House both have their own versions and each is standing steadfast, so the $25 billion budget will now head to a Conference Committee that will work to come up with a compromise on a budget that is fiscally responsible.

March 22, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


House bill 217: Another attempt to siphon money from public schools for private schools

House Bill 217 has passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration. It seems to me that the legislators are again trying to support private schools with state tax dollars. Before we increase tax credits to individuals and corporations from $58 million to $100 million, let's look at the record of student performance in students who have already been using this tax credit.

March 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Promises not delivered

On March 6, Ken Akins, Marissa Pyle, and Bette Holland met with Rep. Doug Collins (R) at his Gainesville office to talk about the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). We were joined outside his office by over 100 friends from all over the 9th district. Since Rep. Collins refuses to hold in person town halls, we went to him!

March 22, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Being a modest and much-beloved columnist can get testy at times

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces or what life was like in Mongolia during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Please be patient. I have both subjects at the top of my To-Do list in the coming weeks.

March 22, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Baits work well for fire ant control

Fire ants can be a nasty problem in the home landscape. They love to make unsightly mounds in the middle of our lawn turf and flower beds. The loose soil of a freshly turned garden plot is also the perfect environment for a fire ant colony. Besides being unsightly, fire ants can be downright dangerous, as some people can be seriously allergic to their stings.

March 22, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Working after Crossover Day

Crossover Day was a wild ride for everyone involved, but like every year, we made it through-even if it was late into the night.

March 15, 2017 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Crossover Day is complete

We returned to the Gold Dome on March 6 for legislative day 29, which began the ninth week of the 2017 session.

March 15, 2017 | By Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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Sometimes the answer is right in front of you

Have you ever had one of those moments when you don't see that the answer to your problem is sitting there right in front ...

May 31, 2017 | By Tom Crawford | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A loving farewell to the world's greatest preacher

In my book, the word "unique" is an absolute.

May 31, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some things the poet didn't envision

"Out of the hills of Habersham, down the valleys of Hall" -- ln 1879 when Georgia poet Sidney Lanier wrote those lines of "Song of the ...

May 31, 2017 | By Helen Taylor | LETTERS/COLUMNS


No parliament here

In the United States of America, if an elected body wishes to remove a leader that has been elected by the people, that removal process ...

May 31, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Herbicide carryover in mulches, manure

Home gardening season has been officially started for several weeks now. Seeds and transplants have taken off and begun to grow tall and strong.

May 24, 2017 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Remembering a day that was as good as it gets

Sometimes things come together better than peanut butter and jelly. Take last week, for example. I was invited to speak at the 20th annual Awards ...

May 24, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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