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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


Bill introduces limiting texting, cell phone use while driving

Last week at the Capitol was not what we usually expected at the start of a session.

January 20, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Commenting on others’ comments

As I write this on the last afternoon in 2009, I probably should be considering some of the many resolutions that could be made for 2010. Instead I am remembering the theme, which I had intended to use as a focus for a column a couple of weeks ago. Obviously, my first resolution might be to take my own frequent advice: Don't just intend, do it.

January 13, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


This year may also be interesting for home sales

Ready or not, 2010 is here. For the most part, 2009 was a year that will go down in the record books as a year of adjustments in the real estate industry.

January 13, 2010 | By Scott Whelchel For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Saturday breakfast and politics

As I have done for the last nine years during the Legislative Session, I will hold Saturday breakfast with constituents in the district to keep you up to date on what's happening under the Gold Dome.

January 06, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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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


Weathering the storm: What Georgia learned

Severe winter weather in Georgia is a rare occurrence. Although a few snowflakes do fall during the winter months, the snowflakes only stick around long enough to take a few pictures before melting away the next day in 50 degree weather.

February 19, 2014 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Session reaches halfway point

Monday, February 10, 2014, marked the 20th day and half-way point of the 2014 legislative session. With only 20 days left to pass laws this year, we quickly got to work, voting on legislation and reviewing bills in committee.

February 19, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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