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Some parting thoughts on 10-year mark

Before we leave the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93 over Shanksville, Pa., allow me a couple of parting thoughts.

As with everybody who witnessed the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, I have vivid memories of that day. I was on St. Simons Island, having helped kick off the local United Way campaign for a few days. The volunteers had laughed in all the right places and were busy preparing to go do what Americans do best - donate their time and talent and tithes to help those less fortunate ...

September 14, 2011 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Maps reflect realities today, simple math

The 2011 Special Session for Redistricting has come to an end but the questions, comments and discussions have not.

Most of us understand that redistricting is primarily a numbers game. Redistricting was made necessary by the 2010 Census which showed that the redistribution of the national and state populations, since the 2000 Census, would violate the one man, one vote requirement unless districts were redrawn.

September 07, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Sometimes thank you is not enough

I haven't yet met the new manager of our local Kroger, but I hope he will be in the tradition of the previous ones, especially in community participation.

From the store's opening with a lady named Susan through several succeeding managers, Dawson County has been fortunate. Each one has been cooperative with various civic organizations, and it seems that the last one was the cream of the crop - or perhaps he was just here for a longer time.

September 07, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


10th anniversary of 9/11 is a time for reflection

As the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, please take time to remember the innocent Americans who were lost on that fateful day at the hands of terrorists. Also, take time to remember the courage and dedication and sacrifice of the police officers and firefighters who perished at the Twin Towers 10 years ago. And who can forget the bravery and inspirational teamwork of the passengers of Flight 93?

I give thanks that we live in a country guided by morality. In fact, our founding fathers created a Constitution for a moral people. John Adams was one of America's ...

September 07, 2011 | By Clint Smith For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Governor signs state House, Senate maps

Last week Gov. Nathan Deal signed the state House and Senate legislative district maps, and by the time you read this, he may have also signed the congressional maps which add a new 14th district.

Lumpkin County is in the center of that new district, which will continue to be the 9th Congressional District.

August 31, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


On the way to a slow recovery

Does my title herald another political treatise? Well it might, because that is the message of some politicians and pundits. It is also my personal message of the moment.

I write this on Friday afternoon of a week in which I can really see light at the end of this "tunnel summer."

August 24, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


School store could promote togetherness

Another school year is here and the excitement of new friends, teachers and new experiences are the first thought of all of us. I wanted to just mention something that I've been thinking about for a while.

It's not too late, although the classes have already begun. I hope each school and their teachers may see this column and will consider the possibilities that providing this one thing can change everyone's outlook for the day, month or year.

August 24, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Redistricting and impact on the 51st District

Special Session

The General Assembly was called in special session last week to undergo the arduous task of reapportionment. This is a process done every 10 years to redistrict the state to ensure equal representation based on current population.

August 24, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Treatment Court makes a difference

By all accounts the Dawson County Treatment Court is a huge success. However, no one should be misled to think that the Drug Court is easy for the participants.

The requirements are stringent, there is no tolerance for noncompliance, all personal search rights are waived, and if the participant fails to meet the criteria and is removed from the program, they face full sentencing for the original drug charges.

August 17, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


House, Senate maps posted on Internet

The Georgia Constitution requires that the Legislature reapportion the General Assembly, as well as the Congressional seats in the year following the decade census. The Special Session started on Aug. 15, and already the House redistricting map has been introduced. You can see the proposed House and Senate maps at www.legis.ga.gov and click the link to the reapportionment maps.

The 2010 census found that 68 current House districts had too many people and 112 House districts had too few when compared to the ideal of 53,820 people.

August 17, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Small incident, big consequences

"For the want of a nail, a shoe was lost ... all the way to a big battle loss, and all for the loss of a two-penny nail."

I don't remember the exact context of this old story, but I certainly understand the point: A seemingly small incident can have long-lasting results.

July 27, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The pledge to never raise taxes

I have spent the last four months attending the Dawson County Board of Education work sessions, meetings, and retreats in an effort to learn what goes into budgeting for our school system.

I knew there were cuts to the state education budget, but didn't realize how drastic these cuts became when combined with property re-evaluation, the 70 and over exemption, and the 5 mills provision.

July 27, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Thanks to emergency personnel

In light of the recent storms that we have had all over our area here, I would just like to say a huge "Thank You" to all of the people who helped to get our electricity back up and running.

On June 18, my power went off and was off for 18 hours, going into Sunday.

July 06, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The world continues to roll on

Candidly, I have never thought that the world revolved around me, not even my own personal world.

And certainly, during the past decade I have purposely limited participation in many areas that previously claimed much time and effort.

July 06, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Fourth, important day in history

The Fourth of July or "Independence Day" is the national day of the United States set aside to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This piece of paper declared our independence from Great Britain, and was signed by 56 great men who risked treason to create our great nation.

From that day on, the Fourth of July is one of, if not the most important day in American history.

June 29, 2011 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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