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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


Tea time: Testing the GOP and citizens’ resolve

Amid some of the most flagrant abuses of the federal government in our country's history, the Tea Party movement has emerged to give voice to Americans' frustration with Washington. It has energized thousands of voters to respond to out of control government spending and encroachment on American liberty.

December 08, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


There’s enough for everybody to do

It really is true: There is no need for Dawson County residents to be bored.

December 08, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What are we teaching our children?

My nephew is a Riverview Middle School wrestler and recently, I went to watch The King of the Mountain Wrestling Tournament in Towns County.

December 08, 2010 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Reservoir is a bad deal

The question posed in your Nov. 10 article about the proposed Shoal Creek reservoir-"Right for a Reservoir?"-is the right one to ask, right now.

December 01, 2010 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


HOPE at the top of Ralston’s list

When asked to prioritize his 2011 Legislative Agenda, Speaker David Ralston put keeping the HOPE Scholarship viable at the top of his list.

December 01, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Focus on the positive this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is more than just a day of feasting. The holiday reminds us to put aside our personal and political differences for at least one day to pause with family, friends and neighbors to give thanks for all we have.

November 24, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Numerous reasons for giving thanks

Several people have chided me for not having written a column recently, so in keeping with the Thanksgiving spirit, I'll be thankful that someone is interested enough to notice my absence.

November 24, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Traffic light needed at Hwy. 53/Thompson Road

The DOT plans on installing turning lanes at the above intersection next spring. They plan on routing all traffic by Thompson and Hugh Stowers roads.

November 24, 2010 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Stand behind our superintendent

In these tough economic times, I would ask all our residents to support our superintendent and board of education as they make decisions which impact our children's education.

November 17, 2010 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Tea Party is active across the country

Rarely have more people in the United States been more deeply concerned about the direction of their country as right now. During the past two years, millions of men and women have literally marched in the streets for political change. They are not demanding new entitlement programs or striking (like the French) if their demands are not met; they simply want their country back.

November 10, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Americans dependent on the government

There is a startling number of Americans who rely on government services these days. About one in eight people receives food stamps, totaling a record enrollment of more than 41 million recipients in July.

November 10, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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State of the column: Never been stronger

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

January 21, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


2015 session underway

We began the 153rd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly on Jan. 12. Last Monday marked the first day of the 2015-2016 term, all the members of the Georgia House of Representatives were sworn into office. We then promptly got to work on our first order of business: Electing leaders to guide the Georgia House of Representatives through our next two years of public service.

January 21, 2015 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Time to pay attention

It's that time of year again.

January 21, 2015 | | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Getting down to business

The 2015 legislative session is off to a fast and busy start. The Georgia State Senate swore in all 56 senators last week, including 10 new freshman senators, and announced committee assignments shortly thereafter.

January 21, 2015 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Lawmaker on a medical mission

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.

January 14, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Some advice from an old man

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

January 07, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Technical education plays vital role in rehabilitation

When I was growing up, my parents instilled in me the importance of a good education. They both graduated from high school, but did not attend college.

January 07, 2015 | Kevin Tanner Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Potato bowl already looking like the highmark for 2015

I had just returned from the local toxic waste site where I had disposed of my holiday fruit cakes and was busy cramming my Christmas tree down the garbage disposal (don't ask), when I heard a knock at the door. I figured it was the Environmental Protection Agency coming to talk to me about polluting the toxic waste site with fruit cakes.

December 31, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A time to reflect on the year

Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. It is a time to spend with family and friends and to celebrate the birth of our savior. It is also a time to reflect back over the past year and to begin to plan for the year ahead. This season I have taken time to look back over my first term serving as your State Representative.

December 31, 2014 | Kevin Tanner Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


West Texas Christmas

About this time of year my family would be part of the decision to either head out to the family ranch in West Texas or not.

December 24, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A few end-of-year comments

As 2014 winds down, all sorts of groups and individuals tend to take a look at where they've been, are, and are heading. I am not tackling that big job; I'm just tying up some of my own dangling ends.

December 24, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Why can’t every day be like Christmas?

It's Christmas again, which means we were granted another year. Ben Franklin was right: "Time is the stuff life is made of." It behooves us to give thought to its swift passage.

December 24, 2014 | By Roger Hines For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Progress made in state’s charter school efforts

You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 10, 2014 | Progress made in state’s charter school efforts For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


If Bora-Bora doesn’t care about the game, why should we?

This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper.

December 03, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


You think you’re not being heard?

If you're expecting this column to deal with the recent protests, you will be surprised. Protests are, indeed, being heard, but not always in a positive way. And certainly, the violence is deplorable.

December 03, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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