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What’s Amendment 2 on the ballot all about?

Now that early voting has begun, many voters are learning for the first time that there are two different constitutional amendments to the Georgia Constitution at the end of the ballot.

The first amendment, concerning public charter schools, has received a lot of attention.

October 24, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


It’s more about how than what

Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, majority whip in the Georgia House of Representatives says he finds himself bordering between "amused and disturbed" by opponents of the charter school amendment, which is set for a vote on Nov. 6.

Specifically, he doesn't like the assertion that the state school board retains the power to overrule on appeal a local school board's decision to deny a charter school after the Supreme Court's ruling on the subject in May 2011.

October 24, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Do research before making a decision

Amendment 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot asks each voter: "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

As life-long educators, we have sought insight and answers to the reason for this question.

October 24, 2012 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Vote ‘no’ on Nov. 6

It has been my honor to serve our students, parents and community on the Dawson County Board of Education for 23 years.

During that time, I have taken my responsibility to act in the best interests of children very seriously. During the 23 years, I have never felt it necessary to write a letter to the newspaper on a single issue, as I now feel compelled to do regarding a constitutional amendment.

October 24, 2012 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Pro-charter amendment forces bullying opponents

If the pro-charter amendment people are trying to win friends and influence voters to pass the measure in November, they have picked a bad way to do it.

Attorney Glenn Delk and proponents are clearly trying to intimidate opponents of the amendment by accusing the state's 180 local school districts of illegally using taxpayer money to campaign against the amendment.

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


Agreeing with opinions of others

Recently, I've read several statements that I find highly interesting and want to share.

I have also heard some good things, but it's safer to quote the written word unless one has a recorder.

October 10, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


School had impact on students with special needs

If you aren't careful, it is easy to get pessimistic these days. We have gotten too loud, too adversarial, too politically-correct, too ethically-challenged, too secular and too narrow-minded - not to mention slightly humor-impaired.

Just when I think that maybe this world and those that occupy it are beyond redemption, I run across someone like Ava White and I am reminded that there are good people quietly doing good things for all the right reasons.

October 10, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Like it or not, we have to make choices

Last week I had a chance conversation with a friend who succinctly summarized part of what many of us ordinary people have been thinking about present-day politics: "I just want to understand how some of these policies and pieces of legislation will affect me."

Well, I thought, maybe politicians and pundits do explain their versions and it's like studying the Bible from different translations: It may be a matter of interpretation.

October 03, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Junior E. Lee says UGA tops on list

Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Greater Garfield, Ga., just called me with what he said was an exciting development.

It either had to be that he had the latest poll numbers on the presidential race - Junior runs our polling firm, Round or Square Polling Inc. - or that he had finally gotten the termites out of Arveen Ridley's barn - Junior is also a certified pest control professional.

October 03, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What is that amendment about?

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?" That sounds like an innocuous question to be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

My first question was: Why is a constitutional amendment necessary?

September 26, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Leader refutes charter claims

With the vote on the charter school amendment just over a month away, the heat is getting intense. I know. I have felt it.

I wrote a column a few weeks ago giving the pro-charter folks an opportunity to make their case for the amendment. For my trouble, a number of anti-charter advocates wondered if I was going soft on them and backers of the bill continued to accuse me of giving out "misinformation." I love this job.

September 26, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Fear can paralyze

You would have thought someone would have checked this out before they sent this guy to help me, but apparently not. I came down out of the Mt. Hagen highlands of Papua New Guinea after about four weeks to finish up some work in the coastal swamps.

I was out of the cool mountains and into the hot sticky flatlands. I met my help at the airstrip and we soon found ourselves pitching tents in a grassy reed area near some bogs.

September 26, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The party may be over for legislators

When the gavel bangs to open the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly, I would suggest the first order of business be to have Willie Nelson serenade our solons with "The Party's Over." Willie sings that song better than almost anybody and it would be an effective way to remind our intrepid public servants that there is a new sheriff in town.

We the Unwashed are calling the shots on lobbying reform these days and it tickles my ribs.

September 19, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


If you haven’t already, you should

For this week, I really wanted to tackle a political issue, but that can wait a bit.

Time is passing for some local events that, if you haven't already done so, I hope you will consider.

September 19, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Advocates present case for charter amendment

Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, majority whip of the Georgia House of Representatives asked me if I would talk to the proponents of the upcoming constitutional amendment on charter schools and get their side of the story.

This was after Lindsey and I had publicly crossed swords over the issue.

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


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