The 2011 Legislative Session came to an end last Thursday when the House and Senate completed the 40th day.
We are in the midst of what all Christendom celebrates as Holy Week, culminating in Easter Sunday. Those inside and outside the Christian religion are also celebrating Easter with eggs, bunnies, new outfits, sales and family dinners.
Now is not the time to be raising taxes. Unemployment is more than 9 percent in Dawson County, gas prices are taking more out of family budgets, etc.
I have read with interest the letter of Susan Baldwin, which was published in the March 30 edition of the paper, rallying against the proposed Dawsonville Regional Airport Authority.
Relay for Life teams in Dawson County are going strong.
Although the 2011 Legislative Session ends on April 14, we will be called back into Special Session this summer to handle redistricting of state Senate, House and Congressional districts based on the 2010 census.
It's funny how analogies or metaphorical sayings can seemingly stem from the same basis, but have different meanings. For example, one would expect that having a full plate and a full cup would both indicate blessings or something good. Not the case.
Since the recession hit in 2007, the Georgia legislature has been faced with balancing the state budget amid sharply declining revenues. We are constitutionally prohibited from spending more than we take in, which prevents us from running up a trillion dollar deficit like the federal government. Smart financial planning is crucial for any government, just as it is for every family.
In response to Karen Wilson's letter to the editor, I was encouraged to write one of my own.
I agree with recent letter writers, Karen Wilson and Arlene McClure regarding the formation of a regional airport authority.
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.
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.
We worked hard this session to balance the state budget and make necessary spending cuts while continuing to provide vital services for Georgians.
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.
The 1,500 acre annexation in 2007 drove a spear into the heart of Dawson County.
You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.
This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper.
If you're expecting this column to deal with the recent protests, you will be surprised. Protests are, indeed, being heard, but not always in a positive way. And certainly, the violence is deplorable.
I stepped nervously through the glass door of the main exhibition racquetball court to start my semi-final match.
On my "To Do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for UGA's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.
I am writing regarding Dawsonville's Veterans Day Celebration.
I was on St. Simons Island last week scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed Junior up when I told him that.
Well, this morning (Nov. 11) I got up out of bed, exhausted and not motivated to do much. I turned on the computer and thought maybe this year I would attend some veteran's appreciation event.
This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.
I called Junior E. Lee and asked when he would have some post-election analysis to share with you. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., home of Round-or-Square Polls, whose motto is "You supply the dough and we will cook the results." Junior E. Lee is also a certified pest control professional. That is a rare combination these days and I am very proud of him as are the citizens of Greater Garfield.
My name is Judy Cox, wife of "good ole boy" Joe Lane Cox.
A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.
Last week Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.
"You need to write something about domestic violence," a friend told me recently. I hadn't thought about tackling that subject because so many others have done so.
With all of the attack ads running on TV this election season, Georgians have no doubt had their fill of pessimism and negativity.
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