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Two weeks off, except for those on the appropriations committee

By now a lot of you know that most members of the General Assembly are taking a two-week recess while the rest of us work on the FY 2011 Budget.

February 24, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Crucial to economic growth

Halfway through session, the Senate and House have passed a Fiscal Year 2010 Amended budget that takes us to July 1 and has been reduced to $15.5 billion.

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


Setting the record straight

In (Real story on Gov. Perdue's performance pay for teachers, Feb. 17, 2010), we at the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE), felt compelled to set the record straight for your readership. Rep. Amos Amerson's contention that we spread "pay myths" is incorrect.

February 24, 2010 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Real story on Gov. Perdue’s performance pay for teachers

I applaud the school boards in the 9th Georgia House District for making the same tough decisions that we at the capitol have been coping with. We have tried to cut the least from those who are the most vulnerable; still, some people and organizations can't seem to accept or deal with today's reality.

February 17, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Real estate market in the new year

Greetings from your 400 North Board of Realtors.

February 17, 2010 | By Missy Castleberry-Taylor | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Consumer-driven legislation headlines the week in session

Georgia consumers and businesses stand to benefit from two bills that have already received final passage by the full legislature this session. Banking customers in good standing, notably businesses and homeowners, now have a greater chance of getting their loans renewed.

February 17, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Time for fire officials to change ways

Technology has improved and personal protective equipment and apparatus are safer, while building codes are better, but we are still losing 100 or more firefighters and around 2,000 civilians a year to fire.

February 10, 2010 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


No texting while driving is just plain common sense

The "no texting while driving" legislation (HB 944) had its first hearing last week. I want to thank Sally Sorohan for coming to the Capitol and testifying on behalf of the bill. Thanks also to all of you who have sent e-mails, written letters and made phone calls.

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


Senate plans to overhaul property taxes

Georgia's current property tax system places unnecessary financial burdens on families and individuals who are already struggling to survive in this grim economy.

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


When the people speak, Georgia’s Legislators listen

Unlike Washington D.C., when the people of Georgia speak, Georgia's Legislators listen.

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


Legislative focus on jobs continues

Moving into the third week of session, we continue to focus on the legislature's role in job growth for Georgia.

February 04, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The battle has just begun

Last week's budget hearings continued to produce frustrations with more predictions of revenue shortfalls. Gov. Sonny Perdue introduced both the FY 2010 Amended Budget and the FY 2011 General Budget on Tuesday.

January 27, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Budget dominates the session

As the Georgia General Assembly kicks off the 2010 Legislative Session, I'm honored to again represent the people of the 51st Senate District at the State Capitol. While our most immediate task is to balance the statewide budget, our overarching goal must be to revitalize Georgia's job sector. The state cannot hope to move forward until we create more jobs and get Georgians back to work.

January 27, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Motorsports park should not defend speeders

I am writing regarding a troubling announcement made by the Atlanta Motorsports Park on Jan. 16. In a press release, the park offered any person ticketed under the new "Super Speeder" law a free half day of access to the park - if and when it is built. All they have to do is bring in their speeding ticket.

January 27, 2010 | Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Check property values closely

The real estate foreclosure crises have played havoc with property values throughout the nation now for more than a year.

January 27, 2010 | Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | 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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