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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


The place is what you make of it

My grandfather was a John Wayne kind of guy. When he came into the room it was just like The Duke entering a saloon in those westerns. You knew he was there.

June 30, 2010 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


No stimulus money for 2012

FY 2010 and 2011 budgets couldn't have been balanced without getting some of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars back from the federal government. That's the only thing that kept a lot of elected officials from the dreaded task of raising taxes. Raising taxes in good times is risky business for elected officials; in bad times it's a death wish.

June 23, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


American taxpayers under siege

While the steady stream of illegal immigrants continues to flood American streets, our country's leaders do nothing more than offer a political nod to securing our borders.

June 23, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Squinting through some political fogs

As most of you know, I seldom dabble in politics in this column. For one thing, my own political views often differ from those of many of my friends and relatives, and, since I am not likely to change anyone's mind, why provoke? But this week, I felt an urge to drop a few comments.

June 23, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislative wrap-up, final report

The 2010 Legislative Session officially ended on April 29, but for those of us waiting for the governor's signature, the session has been much longer.

June 16, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Celebrate the troops

"The military is at war. America is at the mall." This has become a popular phrase used by military service members and Internet bloggers alike to remind Americans that U.S. troops need our support, encouragement and prayers every day.

June 02, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Visit the local pool this summer

With the end of school and the start of summer, the Dawson County Parks department is getting ready to open the pool located at Veteran's Park on Hwy. 9 just north of Dawsonville.

May 26, 2010 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Greece’s money woes serve as a cautionary tale for U.S. debt

Backers of the reckless spending that has permeated Washington have found company in our European neighbors. The mega bailouts on which modern governments rely threaten to drown entire countries in their own debt.

May 19, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Last of legislative wrap-up

The 2010 Session has ended with the passage of about 250 bills that are now under consideration by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

May 19, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


’10 assembly changes the face of state’s economy

Now that we've reached the end of what has been one of the longest sessions in Georgia's history, it's time to move forward on new policies that will change the face of our state economy. Job creation is at the center of this transformation.

May 05, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


One of the longest sessions ends, wrap up reports begin

One of the longest legislative sessions in the history of the Georgia General Assembly finally came to an end on April 29. This final day is known as "Sine Die," a Latin term meaning "without assigning a day for further meeting."

May 05, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Speaker Ralston challenged the House and we delivered

Working with David Ralston as Speaker of the House this session has been a real joy, just like sharing representation duties for Dawson County with David the past several years.

April 28, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


State balances its checkbook

Just like families across our state and country, the Georgia legislature has had to drastically limit spending in order to balance its checkbook.

April 28, 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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