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Finally, two consecutive months of positive revenue collections

Following the unprecedented downturn of the economy during the past two fiscal years, the positive revenue collections for June and July seem to signal a significant change in direction. But are two back-to-back months of positive revenue really good news?

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


Gutherie joins county

With the downturn in the economy many businesses and individuals have had to reinvent themselves. We all have had to look for ways to cut back and to be more efficient with the limited resources that are available. Your local Dawson County government is no exception.

September 01, 2010 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Americans work more every year

When our country's financial deficit reaches into the trillions, it's hard to put such excessive government spending into perspective.

September 01, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Home still is where heart lies

An overwhelming number of homeowners are happy with their decision to purchase a home, despite the challenging housing market.

September 01, 2010 | By Missy Castleberry-Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Looking back as we move forward

As the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce moves into new quarters on Hwy. 400, I reminisce about the pride we felt when the Historic Old Jail was restored and renovated as a home for the expanding chamber.

August 25, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Suggestions for HOPE appreciated

I want to thank all of you who responded with suggestions for saving the HOPE Scholarship programs. It's the most responses I've gotten on any subject from you during my 10 years as your state representative.

August 25, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Takeover disguised as financial regulatory

Washington has released its latest assault on American liberty with the president's recent signature of the massive financial overhaul bill.

August 18, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Scholarships reward pupils, not rich or poor

This fiscal year, the expenses of funding the HOPE Scholarship, or Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally, will exceed the revenues from the lottery.

August 04, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Immigration reform crucial for recovery of economy

The 2010 Legislative Session will be remembered as one of the worst budget years in Georgia's history. We did our best to minimize the impact on citizens, yet some cuts were unavoidable. Amid the worst recession since the 1930s, it's expected that states would feel a budget crunch.

July 28, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Real mail is still best way for me

I've been somewhat frustrated as I clear out my mailbox and fill the wastebasket each day. So an article in Sunday's Gainesville Times caught my eye; it was about the possibility of a "Do not mail" list, like the "Do not call" one to which I already subscribe.

July 28, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Our state has more illegal immigrants than Arizona

Arizona has held the headlines for its recently passed immigration laws. Much of the controversy is a result of the federal government passing laws but failing to enforce them. Under President Bush, the government acknowledged that illegal immigration was a problem and set out to build a border fence. Increasing costs led to the apparent demise of that solution. In the minds of many, the problem has become too expensive to ignore. Here are facts which you can check yourselves.

July 21, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Confessions that won't surprise

We Protestants don't have confessional booths like Catholics - or is that done only in books and old movies? In fact, we may be more likely to conceal our faults and impress our pastors. Our true selves, however, may really be obvious.

July 21, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Marking some special dates

There are a number of special dates on my calendar these days - some may also be important to you.

July 07, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Rereading the U.S. Constitution on the Fourth

Dahlonega has established a tradition of having the U. S. Constitution read aloud on the Public Square every Fourth of July.

July 07, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Realtor group supports changes in legislature

On June 11, the National Association of Realtors expressed thanks on behalf of America's homebuyers to three U.S. Senators for introducing a measure to extend the present homebuyer tax credit closing deadline to Sept. 30.

June 30, 2010 | By Missy Castleberry-Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Week’s focus on legislation

We returned to the Gold Dome for the ninth week of the 2014 legislative session on March 10. In that week, we focused on reviewing, debating and voting upon legislation that had already been passed by our counterparts in the Senate. Many pieces of the Senate's legislation were reviewed by committees throughout the week. Other pieces of Senate legislation made it through the committee process and on to the House floor for a vote.

March 19, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Celebrating life, legacy of journalist

I was at the sausage-making plant last week, better known as the Georgia General Assembly. I was there for a good cause. The state Senate was honoring Dick Pettys, one of the finest journalists to walk through the doors of the state Capitol, and I was asked to be a part of that special day.

March 19, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Solving a problem that doesn’t exist

The scene: I-16 near Dublin. Waaangh! Reep! Reep! Reep!

March 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Crossover Day critical point

March 3 marked the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session. Known as "Crossover Day," the critical point in the session is the last chance for bills to pass the legislative chamber from which they originated.

March 12, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Rally time at the Capitol

Some of you might remember a popular song from the '80s called "The Final Countdown."

March 12, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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


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