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Are you ready for your Yottaflop?

It has been a few years since Vice President Joe Biden visited Dawson County to announce the grant award for the North Georgia Network, or NGN.

Since that time, construction of the all fiber optic network has almost been completed. The dream has become a reality.

May 02, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


More wrap up from Legislative Session

When I started reviewing important bills passed during the 2012 Legislative Session, 20 bills immediately came to mind. Last week's article only looked at four of those. Here are six more.

The General Assembly passed the Government Accountability Act (HB 456), which will establish a review process for agency efficiency by creating the Legislative Sunset Advisory Committee.

May 02, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Federal judge sees majesty in law, not jokes

While May 1 is designated Law Day in the United States, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, chief judge of the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, says we Americans should remember that every day is a day of law in this country. There would be anarchy without it.

I had the privilege of following Judge Wood on a program in Savannah a couple of weeks ago and I have never heard anyone explain our system of law better or with more passion than she did.

May 02, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Giving Deal good marks for his job performance

Dear Governor, I know you have been waiting to hear how I think you are handling things these days, but I wanted to give you time to get the legislators out of town and to be sure all the silverware is accounted for. Plus, I have been busy trying to help your pal, Leroy Gingrich, understand he has blown his chances of becoming President of the United States and that he might want to go back to Washington and moonlight as the Pillsbury Doughboy.

I like your low-key style and the way you are willing to work with both parties ...

April 25, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


One-time fee replaces sales, ad valorem taxes

The most sweeping legislation passed during the recent 2012 Legislative Session was HB 386, which is a comprehensive reform of how taxes are collected in Georgia.

HB 386 eliminates both the sales tax and ad valorem tax on non-commercial (privately owned) vehicles and replaces them with a one-time title fee that is paid when the title is transferred from one owner to another. Currently owned non-commercial vehicles will continue under the old ad valorem tax system until they are sold.

April 25, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Somber reflections from the beach

Generally, my beach-reading consists of light stuff - romances, mysteries and humor.

During this two -week stay at "our beach" (Cape San Blas), I have done my share of that.

April 25, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Center rebuilds lives, lifts spirits

Those of you who regularly check this space know this, but to the newcomers out there: I am a whiner. Like Goldilocks, I whine when the porridge is too hot. I whine when the porridge is too cold. But unlike Goldilocks, I whine even when the glop is just right.

Recently, my whining was put to the test and found wanting. After turning down several opportunities to visit the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, I finally agreed to go but not because I wanted to. The Woman Who Shares My Name said I had to because she was going and I ...

April 18, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


FY 2013 budget overview

As highlighted last week, state lawmakers approved a $19.3 billion budget, listing public safety as one of the state's top priorities.

In an effort to continue strengthening policies that promote the well-being of our citizens, the fiscal year 2013 budget included funding for Georgia's Department of Corrections and the State's Judicial Branch.

April 18, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


State budget boosts education funding

During the recent legislative session, the General Assembly passed a $19.3 billion dollar budget, including a significant boost to statewide education funding.

Since education makes up one of the largest components of our yearly state budget, the General Assembly worked hard to ensure that Georgia's students and teachers were a top priority, particularly in light of our current economic situation.

April 12, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Daydreaming about clouds, headlines

I tend to daydream. Sometimes I look at the shape of the clouds above me and I can see a tea kettle or maybe the little fat guy that runs North Korea.

And then sometimes I just close my eyes and think of headlines I would like to see, such as:

April 12, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Legislature doesn’t always do what it says it will do

Do you really think if the state takes control away from local school boards to establish charter schools as the upcoming constitutional amendment proposes, they will do it better? If so, you are smoking rope. Once our legislators get control of the process, there is no guarantee that they will do what they say.

As evidence, look at how the Legislature has gone back on its word regarding special fees that were to be collected and spent for such things as environmental cleanup, drivers' education and other purposes.

April 04, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Let’s celebrate this glorious season

I write this on the eve of what we Christians designate as "Holy Week," beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter.

Other religious groups and even non-religious folks are aware, however, that this is the pre-Easter season; advertisers never let us forget it.

April 04, 2012 | For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Dear Mr. Grogan, Mayor Pro Tem

The officers, and membership, of the Reading and Education Association of Dawson County extend their condolence to both the family of Joe Lane and, to the citizens of Dawsonville.

Joe Lane served Dawsonville well and will be missed.

April 04, 2012 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Session concludes with $19.3B budget

The Georgia legislature concluded the 2012 session by passing a $19.3 billion dollar budget, keeping in line with the state's commitment to pass fiscally sound money management policies.

Through the passage of HB 742, Georgia's economy will be better positioned to grow, create more jobs and get more Georgians back to work. Due to these fiscally conservative management policies, Georgia has continued to maintain its AAA bond rating, which is extremely attractive to businesses seeking to grow or expand their business in Georgia.

April 04, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Tax reform makes Georgia friendlier

Thursday, March 29, also known as Sine Die, is the 40th and final legislative day, our last opportunity to pass legislation this year. We have worked long hours to ensure the passage of vital legislation that will reform our state's tax code.

HB 386 implements a variety of tax reform measures that were recommended by the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians. The council conducted an in-depth review of our current tax structure and submitted their recommendations in December 2010.

March 28, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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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 ...

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


Some random thoughts on some random subjects

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button.

March 15, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | 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


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


Low-performing schools initiative takes a major step forward

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law.

March 08, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Contradictions in Bills on public education

Last week Rep. Kevin Tanner's bill on how to help our challenged schools in Georgia passed through the State House and will now be ...

March 08, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A new future in Georgia

With the completion of Legislative Day 28 last week, the State Senate continues to work hard as we approach Day 40, when the 2017 Legislative ...

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


Broadband Access Moves Forward with Senate Bill 232

Friday marked the end of a very busy week at the Capitol. The Senate picked up the pace with committee meetings running late into the ...

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


Good customer service may be going the way of the dodo bird

Sometimes I wonder if good customer service has gone the way of the dodo bird and 8-track tapes.

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


Crossover Day approaching

On Feb. 21, the House reconvened for another lively week under the Gold Dome where we were hard at work drafting, discussing and passing legislation ...

March 01, 2017 | By Rep. Kevin Tanner | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Commissioners fail taxpayers when rejecting Paladin request

I have been a homeowner in Dawson County since 2008.

March 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Conservatism questioned

I appreciate Rep. Kevin Tanner's commitment to providing a forum for the public to ask questions and express concerns.

March 01, 2017 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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