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Reservoir is a bad deal

The question posed in your Nov. 10 article about the proposed Shoal Creek reservoir-"Right for a Reservoir?"-is the right one to ask, right now.

December 01, 2010 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


HOPE at the top of Ralston’s list

When asked to prioritize his 2011 Legislative Agenda, Speaker David Ralston put keeping the HOPE Scholarship viable at the top of his list.

December 01, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Focus on the positive this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is more than just a day of feasting. The holiday reminds us to put aside our personal and political differences for at least one day to pause with family, friends and neighbors to give thanks for all we have.

November 24, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Numerous reasons for giving thanks

Several people have chided me for not having written a column recently, so in keeping with the Thanksgiving spirit, I'll be thankful that someone is interested enough to notice my absence.

November 24, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Traffic light needed at Hwy. 53/Thompson Road

The DOT plans on installing turning lanes at the above intersection next spring. They plan on routing all traffic by Thompson and Hugh Stowers roads.

November 24, 2010 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Stand behind our superintendent

In these tough economic times, I would ask all our residents to support our superintendent and board of education as they make decisions which impact our children's education.

November 17, 2010 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Tea Party is active across the country

Rarely have more people in the United States been more deeply concerned about the direction of their country as right now. During the past two years, millions of men and women have literally marched in the streets for political change. They are not demanding new entitlement programs or striking (like the French) if their demands are not met; they simply want their country back.

November 10, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Americans dependent on the government

There is a startling number of Americans who rely on government services these days. About one in eight people receives food stamps, totaling a record enrollment of more than 41 million recipients in July.

November 10, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Amid colors are streaks of gray’

For most of the month, October lived up to its "bright blue weather" description, not only with warm, sunny days, but also with gorgeous "harvest moon" nights.

November 03, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Thanks for the support

I want to thank you for the support you've shown towards our veterans for the past several years. We will celebrate our 6th Annual Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 11, 2010.

November 03, 2010 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


We need to do what is best for the system

It is our goal to inform our constituents on the implications of some actions regarding funding to our schools.

October 27, 2010 | By Keith Porter For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A senior citizen’s view on homestead tax exemption

With the 2010 General Election less than a week away, I feel compelled to speak out on this timely and important issue of homestead tax exemption for senior citizens in Dawson County.

October 27, 2010 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The thought police are alive and well

Recently, "National Public Radio" terminated the contract of Juan Williams after comments the veteran journalist and news analyst made about Muslims on FOX's "The O'Reilly Factor" a few days before.

October 27, 2010 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Senior citizens property tax relief does not hurt Georgia education

An opinion article recently printed was full of misleading information. The author of the column seems to believe that the senior citizens property tax relief items on the ballot would be detrimental to the school system. Her information is incorrect, as I will explain.

October 27, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Energy and the environment

As the chairman of the House Committee on Science & Technology and as a member of the House Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications, I have been asked to be a participant on the "Energy and Environment" panel for Georgia Tech's annual Legislative Roundtable.

October 20, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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House approves Amended FY 2015 budget

During the third week of the Georgia General Assembly's 2015 legislative session, my colleagues and I passed one of the most important pieces of legislation of the year: The 2015 amended fiscal year budget (AFY 2015).

February 04, 2015 | By Kevin Tanner Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The first bill of 2015 passes the Georgia Senate

The third week of the 2015 legislative session saw a significant piece of legislation pass through the Georgia State Senate. I am proud to say that with unanimous consent, Senate Bill 1 passed the Senate and is now under consideration in the House.

February 04, 2015 | By Steve Gooch Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


‘Don’t Shoot’ T-shirt aimed at wrong target

Let's get off the backs of law enforcement, shall we? Most of us couldn't do their job, or wouldn't do it, if we had the chance.

February 04, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What goes down will also go up

Forty years ago I embarked on a career in the oil industry that has covered decades. That career has taken me around the world far more than once. It has taken me from oil rigs to refineries, to massive tanker ships to the highest corporate towers.

January 28, 2015 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Georgia’s juvenile justice system going to the dogs and that’s a good thing

The State of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.

January 28, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Gov. Deal wants to add to the number of uninsured in Georgia

Georgia is still refusing the federal funds to expand Medicaid to cover more than 500,000 uninsured people. This decision will cost the state's health care system about $34 billion over the next decade, according to a new report by two well-respected research organizations.

January 28, 2015 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The State of Our State

Gov. Nathan Deal made it clear during his annual "State of the State" address that Georgia's economy continues to grow in the aftermath of the worst economic collapse of the 21st century.

January 28, 2015 | By Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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 | 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 | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Time to pay attention

It's that time of year again.

January 21, 2015 | | 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 | 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 | LETTERS/COLUMNS


To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Some advice from an old man

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

January 07, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | 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 | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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