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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


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


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


On the go but still in the know

With all the available technology, many travelers can easily check what's going on at home base. Being technologically dumb, I depend on others to keep in touch. It worked for the past two weeks (almost) that I was at beautiful Cape San Blas beach.

May 11, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | 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


May tips for landscape

May is a month when most gardeners are busy planting and maintaining plants in the landscape.

May 04, 2011 | Clark Beusse For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Issues are illegal immigration, sex trafficking and solar energy

During the coming weeks, I will continue to discuss some of the most important legislation passed during the 2011 Session of the General Assembly. This article is about illegal immigration and sex trafficking - two subjects for which Georgia is becoming infamous - and solar energy.

May 04, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


HOPE, sales on Sundays and troopers

Since the 2011 session ended I continue to have numerous questions about the new rules for HOPE Scholarships and Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages. I wrote about the HOPE Scholarship program in early March, but some points should be clarified about future participation.

April 27, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Two groups that do much

If you turn on the evening news or read any regional or national newspaper you will see the debate playing out in our country everyday on what the role of government should be.

April 27, 2011 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Progress made in session

The General Assembly completed its 40th and final legislative day April 14.

April 27, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Session ends, special session starts Aug. 15

The 2011 Legislative Session came to an end last Thursday when the House and Senate completed the 40th day.

April 20, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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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


My deepest appreciation to so many

I am humbled. I am grateful. I am honored. And I am overwhelmed. I said it to the people who came to my 90th birthday celebration at Bethel, and I say it again to the many people who made that lovely celebration possible and to those who sent good wishes even if they couldn't attend.

July 09, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Junior E. Lee knows his polls, pests

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.

July 09, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Help on way for the humor impaired

The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material. Did you know that there is a National Association for the Humor-Impaired? May Jimmy Carter (speaking of the humor-impaired) wash my socks if I am not telling the truth.

July 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Blood drive is appreciated

This year in memory of Charles [Finley] on his birthday, Ben and I have asked LifeSouth to hold a blood drive. They have made arrangements to have it at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, 59 Main Street, in downtown Dawsonville, from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. July 5.

July 02, 2014 | By Reader Submitted For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


It has been an amazing century

With all the flurry some friends are making about my upcoming 90th birthday, and with watching the CNN specials on the momentous changes our nation made in the '60s, I've been made particularly aware of the amazing changes that I have witnessed in this near-century that I've lived.

June 18, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Athens is my heaven on Earth

I have said it before but it bears repeating: If I don't qualify for heaven (a distinct possibility), my preferred alternates are: (a.) Athens, Ga., on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon; (b.) Athens, Georgia, on a warm spring day or (c.) Athens, Georgia, on any day.

June 18, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A salute to a man who achieved his dream

Before the start of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Billy Payne, the organization's CEO, reminded everyone that while much of the attention during the Games would be focused on the high-profile athletes, not to forget that all 10,000 athletes from the 107 countries represented were and would forever be Olympians - a title few people in the world would ever attain.

June 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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