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Don’t overlook national legislation

In your June 8 article, "Legislation in the Wings," [by Rep. Amos Amerson] you alerted readers to many significant pieces of legislation that were not passed in the recent legislative session. I appreciated your publicity of these issues, and on a similar note, I would like to remind readers not to overlook the larger national pieces of legislation that have equal impact on our own backyards.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a great example of one of the important issues we are missing out on.

June 22, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Thank you Dawson County

There is more to Girl Scouts than cookies and camping.

It is girl leadership, time management, public speaking, decision making, teamwork, money management and community service.

June 22, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Have we become too selfish to make needed sacrifices?

On a recent Friday morning I literally "picked" my way down my driveway. Thursday evening's storm had brought down dozens of limbs and twigs from the many trees which surround my house, and I could not drive over them.

But I wouldn't dare to complain. There have been so many weather-related events during the last year that it is difficult to name even the worst ones.

June 08, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislation in the wings

Several serious pieces of legislation were not passed into law during the 2011 legislative session.

Here's a small list of some of the more important ones currently under review for final approval during the 2012 session.

June 08, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Alcohol vote needed

In the near future, citizens across the State of Georgia will be voting on whether or not to allow Sunday alcohol sales. Dawson County has the opportunity to be one of the first to vote on this issue.

In business, location is everything and our county is in the perfect location. With thousands of people traveling on Ga. 400 each Sunday, passage of a referendum will generate tax revenue for the county, increase sales for local businesses and for a limited time generate additional sales to persons living in surrounding counties. This issue will be decided by the voters, it ...

June 08, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Thanks for support

We would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to each and every one who has reached out to us during the loss of our home. We are humbled and thankful for all of the love, support and compassion our wonderful family, friends and community have poured over our family.

From the visits, prayers and thoughts, donations, helping hands and shoulders to cry on...we are forever in debt! Words can never thank you all enough!

June 08, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Don’t miss out in the life of your children

During the past couple weeks, I was able to attend two pre-kindergarten graduations and the graduation at Dawson County High School. All three of those events were attended by huge crowds, as well they should have been. But, it got me to thinking, however, about the 12 years in between pre-kindergarten and 12th grade. I couldn't help but wonder if the parents of those 241 high school seniors were looking back to when their child was in pre-kindergarten and if they were already thinking about the things they had missed.

Were there awards' ceremonies that they didn't attend ...

June 08, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Prepare for snakes

It's time for the snake calls to begin.

June 01, 2011 | By Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The status of charter schools for fall term 2011?

The Georgia Supreme Court ruling on May 16 that Georgia's Charter School laws are unconstitutional has resulted in dozens of calls from citizens asking about the status of charter schools for the 2011 fall term.

June 01, 2011 | By Amos Amerson | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Your tax dollar value

As residents and taxpayers of this great county, we have become accustomed to many services that we sometimes take for granted. Have you stopped to think how much you pay for these services?

May 18, 2011 | By James Swafford For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What about all the teachers’ benefits?

I write this column not only as a senior citizen and a former educator, but also as a property owner and taxpayer, and I do not see the two in conflict.

May 18, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Education bills from session’s Top 15 list

This week continues with an analysis of what I consider to be the education bills from the "Top 15" pieces of legislation passed by the 2011 General Assembly. I will cover HB 186 and HB 192, two bills designed to improve our education system.

May 18, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The demise of bin Laden

While we can all now breathe a short sigh of relief with the demise of Osama bin Laden the truth remains that all too frequently mankind generates these types of disturbed individuals.

May 18, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Bill places consumer protections, health benefits at risk

During the last session, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 47, which would allow Georgia insurance companies to sell individual health insurance policies with coverage equivalent to those sold in other states. This means they could sell health insurance policies with less coverage than is required in Georgia.

May 18, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Governor continues to take action on legislative bills

The governor continues to take action on bills submitted to him at the end of the 2011 Legislative Session. Many of them I supported and some I did not. The following bills are just a few of those waiting to be signed by Governor Deal:

May 11, 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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