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Watch bills, resolutions during session

During each legislative session, some 2,000 bills are introduced by legislators.

January 28, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Governor, don’t eliminate our Homeowners Tax Relief Grant

When Roy Barnes was governor, and the state economy was riding high, he instituted the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant, which started as a $2,000 homestead exemption credit against the assessed value of property and topped out a few years later as an $8,000 credit.

January 21, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Budget the hot topic of first week

The one thing on everyone's mind during the first week of the 2009 session was the budget, which will be sure to dominate all business under the Gold Dome this year.

January 21, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


File residential property tax return

The real estate and foreclosure crises have played havoc with property values throughout this nation.

January 14, 2009 | Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Georgia government gets more open in 2009

Many folks still feel that too much government is conducted behind closed doors.

January 14, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Important initiatives riding on session

The 2009 legislative session has begun and is shaping up to be a crucial time for Georgia as the legislature determines how to best carry the state through these difficult economic times. The local media has been saturated with stories on the critical issues facing our state, including the budget, our economy and the transportation system.

January 14, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A Republic helps guarantee minority rights

Ever since George W. Bush was elected as President, there has been a push to eliminate the Electoral College and go to a popular vote for electing the President. Had the 2000 election been decided by popular vote, Bush would have lost to Al Gore by 543,816 votes. Bush was not the first President to be elected while losing the popular vote, simply the last.

January 07, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Will state law hurt the numbers?

I was interested to see that READ, Dawson County's literacy advocate organization, announced that it will partner with the Adult Learning Center (Lanier Technical College as the county's vendor of service) in becoming a Certified Literate Community Participant for Dawson County.

January 04, 2009 | Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


County looks for ways to save money

We are quickly approaching the end of a challenging 2008, and we are excited about the possibilities for 2009.

January 04, 2009 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The gift of Christmas

During this hopeful season we are reminded of the many blessings we enjoy, and we renew our sense of what is important in our lives. We gather with our family and friends to share old traditions and create new ones.

January 04, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Are there any presents in recession?

I am a child of the "Great Depression."

January 04, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


No hollow victories in learning

I read with interest the letter in your Dec. 24 edition in which the writer referred to a community becoming a Certified Literate Community Participant as a "hollow victory" and feel compelled to write as this is a very personal thing for me - something very "near and dear to my heart."

December 31, 2008 | Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What has the legislature done for you lately?

At year's end, it's a good time to review what your Georgia Legislature and local legislators have done for you, not to you, as some believe.

December 31, 2008 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The ripple effect of the housing market

The housing market slump is a multi-faceted issue and declines in this industry are affecting jobs, state and local taxes, property values as well as peripheral industries such as banking, local jobs, automotives and retail.

December 28, 2008 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Thanks for help during hard time

The family of Glendon Cook would like to express their appreciation for all of your gifts and kind words or for just being near.

December 28, 2008 | By Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Solving a problem that doesn’t exist

The scene: I-16 near Dublin. Waaangh! Reep! Reep! Reep!

March 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Crossover Day critical point

March 3 marked the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session. Known as "Crossover Day," the critical point in the session is the last chance for bills to pass the legislative chamber from which they originated.

March 12, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Rally time at the Capitol

Some of you might remember a popular song from the '80s called "The Final Countdown."

March 12, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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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