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House passes education funding plan, voting reforms

The pace at the capitol quickened this week as we worked our way closer to the halfway point of the 2011 legislative session. As committees continued to scrutinize legislation, my colleagues and I in the House passed several important pieces of legislation. The HOPE Scholarship, K-12 education funding, and early voting reform were addressed by the House last week.

March 02, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Most solutions not clear-cut, easy

We see challenges, problems, conflicts on many fronts and we clamor for quick, obvious solutions. No way.

March 02, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Lawmakers tackle budget, HOPE

This week brought some high profile issues to the table, including the budget and a HOPE bill that are putting us on the right track to taking care of the issues most important to Georgians.

March 02, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Working to protect the rights of Georgia citizens

This week, a number of bills were introduced that aim to protect Georgians' fundamental rights.

February 23, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Family shares letter thanking community

The family of Junior Gee gives thanks to all who visited, brought food, sent flowers, cards or e-mails during our time of sorrow. We want to thank the doctors, nurses, pallbearers and singers.

February 23, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Chief justice talks issues

In a joint session with the Senate, the House of Representatives welcomed Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein to the House as she presented the annual State of the Judiciary address.

February 23, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Roads need signs for safer travel

It is my feeling that a great injustice has been done to a former county employee.

February 16, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A lot of people are ‘gettin ’er done’

Many of us watched Larry the Cable Guy interview local citizens as they described the moonshine and car-racing part of Dawson County's heritage on his "Only in America" series on the History channel. Then as I perused the pages of our weekly newspapers, I was very much aware that, just as those early residents did what they had to do in order to make it through a great depression, so are today's residents getting things done in their own way. I want to salute a few, but there's no way to cover them all.

February 16, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Amended 2011 budget is cautiously optimistic

Last year the General Assembly passed the original FY 2011 budget totaling $17.8 billion. That budget directs all state spending from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011 and reflects the effects of our unprecedented economic downturn at the time.

February 16, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Legislation responds to needs

A number of high profile bills have been introduced this week that are aimed at responding to the needs of our state's citizens. Georgians, along with voters across the nation, have told their elected officials loud and clear that they want smaller government and less intrusion. Here at the state level, we're working to meet that request.

February 09, 2011 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Taxpayer’s return of real property

Any property owner in the state of Georgia may file a "Taxpayer's Return of Real Property." If one feels the tax evaluation of their property the previous year is incorrect.

February 09, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


NOA: Needed in 1990, today

There are some organizations that would dearly love to work themselves out of existence - no longer needed. I am sure that the small group of nurses and interested residents who initiated No One Alone (then called NOA's Ark) would have been happy to think that its services would not be required 20 years later.

February 09, 2011 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Support new governor and ‘zero-based’ budgeting

The senate recently voted to override former Gov. Sonny Perdue's veto of SB 1, a zero-based budget bill from the 2010 Legislative Session.

February 09, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Immigration, taxes, healthcare top activity

The committee process started in earnest last week. As Chairperson of the House Science and Technology Committee, I have scheduled meetings at 8 a.m. every Wednesday morning. These sessions can be watched live online or at some later time. They will be videotaped and archived for your review.

February 02, 2011 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Repeal Obamacare

The election results at the national level in November underscored the fact that people do not want government encroaching upon their individual freedoms. One of the most personal aspects of a person's life is their decision regarding their health care needs. President Obama's health care legislation compromised fundamental constitutional rights of citizens as well increase the size of federal government. The U.S. House's vote to repeal Obamacare was a dramatic move to swing the pendulum back to common sense public policy in Washington.

February 02, 2011 | Reader submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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