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Counties responsible for higher taxes

Property owners beware. Some counties are sadly misleading taxpayers to believe the Legislature is responsible for any potential property tax increases this year. They suggest this is due to there being no Homeowners Tax Relief Grant in the Fiscal Year 2010 state budget.

September 09, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Reconsider benefits of plan

It was with great disappointment that I read that the Dawson County Commission had voted to notify the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that it opposes the Etowah Habitat Conservation Plan - an effort on the part of numerous local governments along the Etowah River to protect endangered fish species that live in the river and the creeks feeding it.

September 09, 2009 | Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Plan could save darters

Since 2002, local governments and their partners in the Etowah Watershed have devised a proactive plan to address development impacts on federally protected fish. If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approves it, and participating cities and counties implement it, the plan would require new subdivisions, retail centers and offices to meet construction standards that keep pollution out of the river and its streams.

September 09, 2009 | Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


It’s time for the second annual citizens academy

School is back in session, summer is almost over and fall is around the corner. With the arrival of fall comes time for the second annual Dawson County Citizens Academy.

September 02, 2009 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Housing sales up in Dawson

Is there a billboard somewhere in Dawson County that says "Hurry and Buy a House Before It's Too Late?"

September 02, 2009 | By Scott Whelchel For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Where does Socialism begin?

Socialism is defined by Webster as a "system based on government control of the production and distribution of goods and services." For the last eight months we have seen the federal government move toward control of the banking, automotive and healthcare industries.

August 26, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Ongoing crisis of no sense

Disclaimer: Though this is a serious issue with serious implications, large amounts of sarcasm are used in the following opinion. Sometimes it's better to laugh than to cry. Proceed at your own risk.

August 26, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Georgians will be without drinking water

Recently, a federal judge ruled that metro Atlanta residents have no right to tap Lake Lanier for their drinking water. Because that function was not originally authorized when the lake was built 50 years ago, 3 million people could be without a single source of water if a compromise with Florida and Alabama is not reached within three years.

August 19, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Act takes power away from you

My dad used to say: "Your freedom ends where my nose begins."

August 12, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Are DDT, nuclear power, swine flu scary?

How soon we forget who the "boogie man" is. In the 1970s it was the little ice age followed by mad cow disease. Then DDT became the bad guy on the planet.

August 05, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


No place to hide when taxes go up

I've written about my aversion to backdoor property tax increases since before I was first elected to the Legislature in 2000.

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


Health care reform puts health of the U.S. at risk

Despite President Barack Obama's utopian fantasy to provide "free" health care to all Americans, Congress cannot help but make someone pay the price for such reform.

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


Lucky for us, Georgia isn’t California

On July 1, California became the first state in the country to issue IOUs instead of being able to pay its bills.

July 15, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Banks continue to be aggressive with assets

Last month, the 400 North Board of Realtors reported a total of 17 sales county wide for April.

July 01, 2009 | By Scott Whelchel For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Is Independence Day 2009 different than 1776?

There will be Independence Day celebrations in virtually every county in the state. The Independence Day celebration in Dahlonega should be another showcase event. Once again we will be reading portions of the Constitution.

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


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Progress made in state’s charter school efforts

You may recall that I vigorously opposed passage of a constitutional amendment in 2012 creating the State Charter School Commission that would allow an alternative method for authorizing charter schools in Georgia.

December 10, 2014 | Progress made in state’s charter school efforts For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


If Bora-Bora doesn’t care about the game, why should we?

This was written in a cave somewhere in Greater Bora Bora. The column was floated across the ocean in an RC Cola bottle to this newspaper.

December 03, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


You think you’re not being heard?

If you're expecting this column to deal with the recent protests, you will be surprised. Protests are, indeed, being heard, but not always in a positive way. And certainly, the violence is deplorable.

December 03, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The ways to win the battle: Learning to overcome

I stepped nervously through the glass door of the main exhibition racquetball court to start my semi-final match.

November 26, 2014 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Carl Sanders: A great man who did great things for Georgia

On my "To Do" list last week was a reminder to call former Gov. Carl Sanders and see if he had any thoughts on how to get the field at Sanford Stadium named for UGA's former coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.

November 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Event was a wonderful tribute

I am writing regarding Dawsonville's Veterans Day Celebration.

November 26, 2014 | From Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Junior E. Lee predicts the next president

I was on St. Simons Island last week scarfing down massive amounts of corn-fried shrimp at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill when someone came to the table to inquire if Junior E. Lee had finished his analysis of the recent election. That really puffed Junior up when I told him that.

November 19, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Letter to the Editor

Well, this morning (Nov. 11) I got up out of bed, exhausted and not motivated to do much. I turned on the computer and thought maybe this year I would attend some veteran's appreciation event.

November 19, 2014 | | Opinion: Letters/Columns


This is one terrorist that deserves thanks

This is a story I shared with some of you a couple of years ago but given the well-deserved tributes this week to our veterans, it seems an appropriate time to share it with all of you. It is about a terrorist; an honest-to-God terrorist. Not only does he not deny the appellation, he's proud of it.

November 12, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Junior E. Lee bullish on his analysis

I called Junior E. Lee and asked when he would have some post-election analysis to share with you. Junior, as you know, is general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., home of Round-or-Square Polls, whose motto is "You supply the dough and we will cook the results." Junior E. Lee is also a certified pest control professional. That is a rare combination these days and I am very proud of him as are the citizens of Greater Garfield.

November 05, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Family hurt by accusations

My name is Judy Cox, wife of "good ole boy" Joe Lane Cox.

November 05, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A salute to one trying to make this world better

A wise man once said that our only reason for occupying space on this earth is to leave things better than we found them. Unfortunately, not enough of us will. Len Pagano is an exception.

October 29, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Governor: Everything on the table

Last week Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.

October 22, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Three responses to readers

"You need to write something about domestic violence," a friend told me recently. I hadn't thought about tackling that subject because so many others have done so.

October 22, 2014 | Helen Taylor Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Good news for Georgia students

With all of the attack ads running on TV this election season, Georgians have no doubt had their fill of pessimism and negativity.

October 22, 2014 | Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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