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Immigration, taxes, healthcare top activity

The committee process started in earnest last week. As Chairperson of the House Science and Technology Committee, I have scheduled meetings at 8 a.m. every Wednesday morning. These sessions can be watched live online or at some later time. They will be videotaped and archived for your review.

February 02, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Repeal Obamacare

The election results at the national level in November underscored the fact that people do not want government encroaching upon their individual freedoms. One of the most personal aspects of a person's life is their decision regarding their health care needs. President Obama's health care legislation compromised fundamental constitutional rights of citizens as well increase the size of federal government. The U.S. House's vote to repeal Obamacare was a dramatic move to swing the pendulum back to common sense public policy in Washington.

February 02, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


More questions than answers

Ms. Bette Holland's (Democratic Party Co-Chair) Letter to the Editor touts the wonders of Obamacare, while denigrating attempts to repeal it by people who were elected to do that very thing. As facts in Obamacare slowly ooze out, I shudder as I recall Nancy Pelosi's comment, "we have to pass the bill to know what's in the bill."

February 02, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Time to reveal a ‘well-kept’ secret

Now that I'm so old that people don't expect very much of me and compliment me on just being able to be out and about, I can admit something that many may already know: If you really don't have talents, just act as if you do.

February 02, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Developing the state budget is a journey of many steps

Developing the state budget is a lot like making sausage. You have to follow the rules (recipe) carefully. Many steps are required and they have to be done in the proper order.

January 26, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Library expresses gratitude

On behalf of the Dawson County Library, I would like to commend the Dawson County Roads Department for their admirable performance during the recent snowstorm.

January 26, 2011 | Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Taking the reigns of District 51

Despite an icy start to this year's legislative session, I'm eagerly beginning my journey as state senator for the 51st District.

January 26, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Snowstorm doesn’t stop session from beginning

What do a snowstorm, Inaugural Address, and State of the State Address have in common? They all occurred last week in Atlanta as the General Assembly attempted to get the 2011 session underway.

January 19, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Republicans should work for the people

Next week the new Republican Congress will act to repeal the Affordable Care Act or "ObamaCare" as the Republicans and their pundits call it.

January 19, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Some wishes about the new and the old

Of course, my first message must be "Happy New Year." I do hope that 2011 will be a good one for each of you.

January 05, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Looking forward to the new year

I trust that each of you had a blessed Christmas this year.

January 05, 2011 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Take another look at the death of common sense

This piece was first published in the Indianapolis Star, but as we get ready for the next sessions of Congress and the Georgia General Assembly, I believe it deserves repeating. It is probably more true today than it was when Dr. Borgman first wrote it. Enjoy and reflect.

December 29, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Our Community

As we come to the end of another year in Dawson County, we can't help but look back on what the past 12 months have brought.

December 29, 2010 | | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Assembly is the time for leaders to ‘fish or cut bait’

As we near the 2011 Session of the General Assembly, discussion topics get tougher because we are getting closer to the time we must either "fish or cut bait."

December 22, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Christmas traditions shaped us

Many of the traditional customs we've come to observe during the holiday season, like decorating our homes and sending Christmas cards, were uncommon practices in the early years of our country. Before the 19th century, most Americans worked on Christmas. For generations, it was treated just like any other day.

December 22, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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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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