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No desire to run for office here

It is flattering to have readers tell me I should run for public office. There are also an equal number of adoring fans that say I should stick my head in a bucket of tar. But that is a topic for another day.

September 11, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Mental health issues need to be addressed

When the news broke recently of a school shooting in Dekalb County, I'm sure each of you joined me in saying a prayer for the safety of the children and employees. Thankfully, in this situation no one was hurt and the individual that was responsible was taken into custody.

September 04, 2013 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislator with a sense of humor

Rats! As if creating this profound and pithy prose each week wasn't hard enough, now I have discovered a legislator with a sense of humor. The apocalypse is upon us.

September 04, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Why the Push for STEM

The local economy is slowly getting better. Statistically that is true, although many people think the economy is still in the tank. They have a point. Analysis suggests that the recovery is about 40 percent at this point. That is significant, but for many people the recovery has yet to appear at their doorstep.

September 04, 2013 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Each day is precious

Please indulge me a moment of introspection and feel free to think along with me. Chances are what I am going to say may apply to you as well.

August 28, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Residents need to know laws

Editor's Note: This is the first of several articles by Dawson County Sheriff Billy Carlisle designed to give readers a better understanding of applicable state laws and responsible firearms ownership.

August 28, 2013 | By Billy Carlisle For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Rouse anniversary pleasant to read

Thank you for the article about Dot and Loy Rouse.

August 28, 2013 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Important to portray correct image of our town

Is the Dawsonville Music & Beer Festival portraying the right image for the kids of our county and for the kids for Zac Brown's camp for which some of the funds are being raised?

August 28, 2013 | By Reader Submitted For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


State school superintendent weighing run for governor

If public education in Georgia doesn't have enough problems, there is now a high-profile ruckus between Gov. Nathan Deal and State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. It has gotten so peevish that there is talk that the school superintendent may challenge Deal in the Republican gubernatorial primary next spring.

August 21, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Raising level of literacy in Dawson County

In recent years the term illiteracy has been used to describe the condition of people unable to cope with printed materials relevant to their needs.

August 14, 2013 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Informational meetings held across the state

I have had a productive and busy summer, and I have been able to enjoy some much needed down time with Stacie and our girls. It is amazing how quickly the summer break has passed by with school starting back for most of our children last week.

August 14, 2013 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Informational meetings held across the state

I have had a productive and busy summer, and I have been able to enjoy some much needed down time with Stacie and our girls. It is amazing how quickly the summer break has passed by with school starting back for most of our children last week.

August 14, 2013 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Some of the things I’ve been missing

Anyone who has lived in Dawson County for a while and has been involved in at least a few church and community activities knows that you will normally be busy.

August 14, 2013 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A reminder to be careful what you pray for

You may have read that the United States Supreme Court is going to hear a case about whether or not prayer can be uttered in town councils across America. Last year, a federal appeals court ruled that such a nefarious deed violated the First Amendment's ban on an "establishment of religion."

August 14, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Journey through Mount Hagen

Our team was getting a bit desperate. We had been working in the rain forest deep in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea for almost two weeks.

August 07, 2013 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Solving a problem that doesn’t exist

The scene: I-16 near Dublin. Waaangh! Reep! Reep! Reep!

March 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Crossover Day critical point

March 3 marked the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session. Known as "Crossover Day," the critical point in the session is the last chance for bills to pass the legislative chamber from which they originated.

March 12, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Rally time at the Capitol

Some of you might remember a popular song from the '80s called "The Final Countdown."

March 12, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Bills relate to child welfare

Last week consisted of an important few days, as it was the last week for bills to pass out of committees, since "Crossover Day" was on Monday.

March 05, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What’s next on the agenda

This week, the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline: Crossover Day.

March 05, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Senator working to improve education

As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.

March 05, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Ken Newell did much for Dawson County

I had the pleasure of knowing Ken Newell for the past eight years. Ken was a well-liked and respected man, and had a real love for the people of Dawson County.

February 26, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislator barking up wrong tree

The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District house seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes ... watch out. You have been warned."

February 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Education is top priority

The snow and ice melted from Winter Storm Pax, and we returned to Capitol Hill on Feb. 17. This was the sixth week of the 2014 legislative session and an important one. This past week, we passed the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, as well as many other significant pieces of legislation.

February 26, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A solution to child welfare system

State projects are often hindered by two things: Personnel needs and a lack of funding. We do not have an unlimited bank account or line of credit, and every taxpayer dollar counts. This means we often look to creative methods to bring in the employees and technology needed to address Georgia's biggest needs.

February 25, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Weathering the storm: What Georgia learned

Severe winter weather in Georgia is a rare occurrence. Although a few snowflakes do fall during the winter months, the snowflakes only stick around long enough to take a few pictures before melting away the next day in 50 degree weather.

February 19, 2014 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Session reaches halfway point

Monday, February 10, 2014, marked the 20th day and half-way point of the 2014 legislative session. With only 20 days left to pass laws this year, we quickly got to work, voting on legislation and reviewing bills in committee.

February 19, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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