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Short-falls will continue if the tax system is not changed

It has become abundantly clear that the current tax system in Georgia will not produce the revenues to support requirements for our growing population. An expected short-fall of $1 billion to $2 billion is expected this fiscal year, and short-falls are expected to continue in future years if the tax system is not changed.

October 13, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Sometimes it pays to think twice

Thinking twice about a decision doesn't necessarily mean changing one's mind: It really should ensure that we have garnered facts and considered angles.

October 13, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Understanding amendments on the ballot

Many voters do not understand the five proposed State Constitutional Amendments on the November ballot and have asked me what they mean.

October 06, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Guide to 2010 ballot questions

As you cast your vote in this year's general election, you will be asked to vote for or against five proposed changes to the state constitution. Each amendment was passed by the General Assembly during the 2010 legislative session and will appear on the ballot this year for voter approval. Following is a breakdown of each proposed amendment to give you a clearer understanding of the proposals you'll be voting on as you fulfill your important role in our state's electoral process.

September 29, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Some events just demand comment

I'm writing this hurriedly to slide it in past deadline, but I promised the papers that I'd do it today. I just had to wait to see how the "10 Years of Bowen Center" gala turned out. And it was great.

September 29, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Deal would give significant flexibility for local schools

As chairman of the House Science & Technology Committee, I was encouraged and enthusiastic with gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal's educational platform. He considers job creation to be the state's top priority and knows that jobs are "reliant on a top-notch education system that focuses on math, science and technology."

September 15, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Hospitality key to draw tourists

As autumn approaches, the North Georgia mountains are gearing up for a busy fall season. Our beautiful mountain communities play host to a variety of activities in the fall, from the Ellijay Apple Festival, Oktoberfest in Helen, Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega and of course my personal favorite, the Dawsonville Moonshine Festival. These experiences are made all the more unique with Georgia's touch of Southern hospitality. Our ability to make anyone and everyone feel welcome is a quality that can give our state a competitive edge in tourism.

September 15, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Getting our eyes back to the fall

During summer months, a number of regular activities are canceled or relaxed. Families are on vacation or just playing around at home; picnics and cookouts replace ordinary dinners; here in Lake Lanier country, water sports help to relieve heat stress.

September 15, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


It’s a sermon to struggle with

Although I sometimes mention something about my personal religious beliefs and I often get "preachy" about civic responsibilities, this may be my first attempt to use my column to deliver a sermon.

September 01, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Finally, two consecutive months of positive revenue collections

Following the unprecedented downturn of the economy during the past two fiscal years, the positive revenue collections for June and July seem to signal a significant change in direction. But are two back-to-back months of positive revenue really good news?

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


Gutherie joins county

With the downturn in the economy many businesses and individuals have had to reinvent themselves. We all have had to look for ways to cut back and to be more efficient with the limited resources that are available. Your local Dawson County government is no exception.

September 01, 2010 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Americans work more every year

When our country's financial deficit reaches into the trillions, it's hard to put such excessive government spending into perspective.

September 01, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Home still is where heart lies

An overwhelming number of homeowners are happy with their decision to purchase a home, despite the challenging housing market.

September 01, 2010 | By Missy Castleberry-Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Looking back as we move forward

As the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce moves into new quarters on Hwy. 400, I reminisce about the pride we felt when the Historic Old Jail was restored and renovated as a home for the expanding chamber.

August 25, 2010 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Suggestions for HOPE appreciated

I want to thank all of you who responded with suggestions for saving the HOPE Scholarship programs. It's the most responses I've gotten on any subject from you during my 10 years as your state representative.

August 25, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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Is this bed-wetting liberal really a right-wing redneck?

Oh, great. I have just been outed. It turns out that I am a bed-wetting liberal redneck. You were sure to find that out sooner ...

September 28, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Former teacher and coach inspired successful blood drive

In his long career as a teacher and coach in Dawsonville, the late Charles Finley inspired thousands of students, and his memory inspired a blood ...

September 28, 2016 | By Toni Holmes | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Trees for shady locations

Many homeowners ask me about recommendations for certain plants that will fit their landscape. Since many of us have wooded lots, a question I often ...

September 21, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Dawson BOE Opposes Amendment 1

On Sept. 12 the Dawson County Board of Education passed a resolution opposing Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment which would create a state run school ...

September 21, 2016 | By Bette Holland | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Current drought may require another divine solution

Uh. Oh. Here we go again. I have been told that we are beginning to experience drought conditions in the state.

September 20, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Backyard poultry courses offered soon

UGA Extension will be offering a free backyard poultry management course from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Lumpkin County ...

September 14, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The freedom to disrespect works both ways

Who cares what Colin Kaepernick, the sage of San Francisco, thinks? Really.

September 14, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Community’s support is appreciated

Ben and I would like to thank everyone who participated in the LifeSouth blood drive Aug. 27 in memory of Charles [Finley].

September 14, 2016 | By Kathy Finley | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A salute to a group of unsung heroes in Georgia

I spoke recently to the Peace Officers' Association of Georgia at their annual conference in Savannah and was privileged to witness a group of dedicated ...

September 07, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Plan now for tall fescue planting

Tall fescue is one of the most popular turf-type grasses in north Georgia. People love tall fescue for its dark green color in fall and ...

September 07, 2016 | By Clark MacAllister | LETTERS/COLUMNS


“Be the Key” survey results are in

"Be the Key," Dawson County Family Connection's underage drinking prevention campaign, conducted a community-wide survey in spring 2016 to find out what adults think ...

August 31, 2016 | By Tiffany Burgess | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Junior E. Lee says this is one presidential candidate that rocks

One of my loyal readers and a person of some political gravitas in his community says he has had a gullet full of Donald Trump ...

August 31, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | LETTERS/COLUMNS


We have got to end the violence

I just turned 69.

August 03, 2016 | Gary Pichon | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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