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Valuator useful to clarify opinions

I got called a "liberal" the other day by a reader in Cherokee County who doesn't think much of my opinions and suggested "Someone should retire his word processor."

My word processor, Barney, was elated at the thought. Barney hates this job. When I brought Barney home, it was with the promise that he and I would create poetry. I was afraid to tell him the truth about writing snarky columns because I figured he might rip out his hard drive and die in a high-tech version of Hari-Kari. Instead, Barney shows his displeasure by going on strike about ...

September 05, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Wait times for Georgia driver’s licenses improving

On July 3, 2012, the Georgia Department of Driver's Services (DDS) enacted a secure ID program to enhance the integrity and security of your Georgia driver's license or identification card.

In order to ensure that your renewal or application process runs smoothly, I would like to discuss how these changes will affect you - the constituents of the 51st Senate District.

September 05, 2012 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Some ‘gleanings’ that are good anytime

With summer winding down, with school and football (How about those Tigers?) reving up, with the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention energizing the political scene, it's time to leave commenting on the contemporary to experts.

Instead, let's relax with some quotations I have taken from various sources.

September 05, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Skeeter Skates weighs in on Middle East

I was in the middle of preparing a Power Point presentation for you on why House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, needs a campaign war chest of $356,415.19 to run unopposed for reelection in his district.

The neat part was going to be explaining the $1,000 campaign contribution from the American Kennel Club, located in New York. You will be interested to know The American Goat Association, located in Pipe Creek, Texas, did not contribute to Mr. Ralston. I think this proves beyond doubt why goats have so little influence under the Gold Dome. (When was the ...

August 29, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Reflections from a rocking chair

Actually, it's a recliner, but "rocking chair" creates the image of a retired senior, which I have been for many years.

After returning from Linda Williams' memorial service a few weeks ago, I was reflecting on the wonderful service that Linda gave to Dawson County during her 16 years with the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, and realizing, sadly, that she had no time at all to enjoy her retirement.

August 29, 2012 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Perfect steak tartare

Technically we were not to be where we were. There was a corporate policy about driving through dangerous jungles after sundown. It was an ivory tower policy, but we were now nearly lost as we worked our 4x4 along a muddy, red clay slop of a path in the western rain forest of Suriname.

We figured senior management wouldn't even try to find us out here.

August 29, 2012 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Parents best for local control of charter schools

A controversial 4-3 Georgia Supreme Court decision in May 2011 is jeopardizing Georgia's ability to establish statewide K-12 public education policy. The decision narrowed the state's general ability to authorize public charter schools.

Since the end of the 2012 Session of the General Assembly, I have discussed HR 1162 and HB 797 with many constituents. More recently, GAE and PAGE have increased their objections to the "Charter School Amendment" and its enabling legislation, to the point of disseminating misinformation.

August 22, 2012 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Amendment debate gets ugly quick

I knew it was going to get ugly, but I didn't know it would get this bad this quickly. I am talking about the constitutional amendment on charter schools to be voted on in November that asks, "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

Dr. John Barge, Georgia state school superintendent, opposes the amendment. House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, infers that Barge is a liar. Is the charter school crowd running that scared this early? They have to resort to personal attacks ...

August 22, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Contact legislators, EPD about sludge spreading

Sen. Steve Gooch opened his talk at the Tea Party meeting Aug. 14 by referring to two words that he heard from his preacher "which seemed to speak directly to" him in church the prior Sunday - "Stewardship and Responsibility."

Perhaps we need to get hold of that sermon and share it with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, or EPD, and all our state legislators, to help them understand the role they play in the lives of those they were appointed to "protect" or those they were elected to represent.

August 22, 2012 | By Reader Submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Speaker may propose full ban on gifts

Are you sitting down, dear reader? House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, has announced that he will propose a full ban on gifts from lizard-loafered lobbyists in the next session.

Before you fall over in a dead faint, let me remind you that politicians are crafty sorts. They excel at saying one thing and doing another - "another" being whatever is in their self-interest. That is why we need to wait and see if the speaker really means it and if the General Assembly really does it.

August 15, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Reflecting on the election

Now that the dust has settled from our recent Dawson County election, I would like to offer some reflections on the various candidates' campaigns - reflections on the good, the bad and the ugly campaign tactics and strategies.

The good: We were most impressed by three candidates who cared enough to walk in the sweltering heat and knock on our door and share their thoughts and vision with us.

August 08, 2012 | By Reader Submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Support for Chip Rogers raises doubts

What in the world was State School Superintendent John Barge thinking when he endorsed the reelection campaign of State Sen. Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock? Chip Rogers, in case you are not aware, is not exactly public education's best friend.

Rogers talks about education "being in his blood" and then proceeds to bleed public schools by promoting a variety of schemes, including school vouchers, virtual schools and pushing the state to take control of the process for creating charter schools (and the campaign contributions of for-profit charter school management companies that comes with that) away from local school systems.

August 08, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Chivalry is still alive in Dawson County

I wanted to let everyone know that chivalry is still alive and well in Dawson County.

I went to the post office last week and as I got in my car to leave, my car would not start.

August 01, 2012 | By Reader Submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS

Watching games 16 years after Atlanta

Hard to believe, but it has been 16 years since the Olympic Games were held in our state.

As I watch the festivities in London, I remembered the phone calls I had received over the past year from media members in Great Britain, asking me if I had any thoughts on what was going to happen when the Games began in London.

August 01, 2012 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

College dean earned a lifetime of respect

In one of my favorite Merle Haggard songs, "Okie From Muskogee," Haggard writes about the local college saying "Football's still the roughest thing on campus and the kids there still respect the college dean."

Herbert Robinson was the first dean of what was then Gainesville Junior College. They didn't have football, but I am quite confident the kids truly respected the college dean.

August 01, 2012 | By Harris Blackwood For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS

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Remembering a day that was as good as it gets

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May 24, 2017 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS

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