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Raising high school standards to meet needs

Children are our most important resource. Educating them is the best use of our tax dollars. Over 56 percent of our state budget goes toward education. As a member of the House Higher Education Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee for Education (K-12), I am expected to keep up with what is happening educationally in other states, as well as in Georgia.

May 20, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


New laws could soon take effect

This week marked the governor's deadline for signing and vetoing bills. With his signature, these measures will become law either immediately or upon the new Fiscal Year, beginning July 1.

May 20, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


‘Think small’ can make Georgia as big as California

Nanotechnology could do for Georgia what Silicon Valley did for California. It can be our ticket to jobs of the future. The essence of nanotechnology is to "think small" - not in inches, not in millimeters, not in pin heads, not even in hairs, but in atoms.

May 13, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Park, recreation continues to grow

The residents of Dawson County have many things for which to be thankful. We all have been blessed to either have been born or to have moved to a wonderful community. I believe that we all can agree that one of our community's greatest assets is our youth.

May 13, 2009 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


State parks are an important economic tool

Summer is quickly approaching, and this year the idea of planning a "staycation" at home is becoming a popular alternative to investing in pricey travel arrangements. At a time when money is tight and the luxuries in life seem few and far between, we need to consider what diversions our local communities have to offer.

May 06, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Celebration of life

You and the community are invited to attend a Celebration of Life for Traci Lamar Scates. The event will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at Bethel United Methodist Church, 100 Lumpkin Campground Road, South, Dawsonville, GA.

May 06, 2009 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Final wrap up of session: Tax relief

Although we are facing the toughest economic times in recent memory, the 2009 Session of the General Assembly proved to be a successful one for Georgians.

April 22, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Taxes, tea parties and constitutional principles

Thousands of discontented Georgians lined the streets around our state Capitol this week to protest excessive Washington spending and an increasingly burdensome tax code.

April 22, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Keep the motorsports tradition alive

The recent discussion about Atlanta Motorsports Park has been littered with misinformation by people that live far away from the proposed site and do not have a dog in this hunt -but oppose anything and everything.

April 08, 2009 | By Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Session update on budget, transportation

The 2009 Legislative Session ended at midnight last Friday with the governor thanking us for a productive session.

April 08, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Park a positive economic move

Many thanks to all of you who are proponents of the Atlanta Motorsports Park. With your support and the vision of the developer our community will thrive with new opportunities and growth.

April 08, 2009 | By Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislative priorities fulfilled

Now that the gavel has fallen on the 2009 legislative session, Georgians will soon begin to see the product of the past 40 legislative days.

April 08, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Tax assessments could be frozen

As a first step towards permanently eliminating "back door" ad valorem property tax increases statewide, the House and Senate passed House Bill 233 and sent it to the Governor for his signature.

April 01, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


General Assembly offers real stimulus to Georgians

The General Assembly took heed this week to provide Georgia residents with solutions that will stimulate the state's economy. Two important sectors of the economy are targeted under measures on their way to final passage: Housing and jobs.

April 01, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Volunteer for the Special Olympics

Special Olympics recently announced a new campaign, "Spread the Word to End the Word - 3.31.09," encouraging people to stop using the derogatory word "retard" in casual conversation.

March 25, 2009 | 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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