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Taxpayers punished by gain in value

"Georgia's property tax system is a broken relic of a bygone agrarian-based economy. It fails every test of what constitutes good tax policy. It is not transparent, it is not easy to understand, it is not fair, it is not flat and, worst of all, it does not facilitate accountability.

February 18, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Senate debates Nuclear Energy Financing Bill

Consumer concerns were high on the Senate's list of priorities this week. We engaged in a spirited debate over how to finance two nuclear generators that will be built at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

February 18, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Sheriffs and noise ordinances

When I was a boy up in rural Tennessee I got really interested about the county sheriff.

February 18, 2009 | By Reader Submitted | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Senate improves transportation

The senate made great strides this week in bringing needed relief to Georgians on the road and at home.

February 11, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Everybody has good reasons for not cutting budget

It should come as no surprise to anyone that every department in state government has compelling reasons for not cutting "their" budget during these challenging economic times.

February 11, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


In touch with your local government

Those of us who have children know what a positive influence they can have on our lives.

February 11, 2009 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Transportation and tourism highlight of the week

Session is now officially in full swing as lawmakers filed key bills this week.

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


Capping property taxes will require lobbying

Friday, House Resolution 1, the cornerstone legislation of this session to cap ad valorem property tax increases statewide, was scheduled to make it to the floor of the House for the first time. It didn't make it to the House floor on Friday.

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


Budget discussions begin with agency hearings

This week, as I sat with my Senate and House colleagues through state budget hearings, I was encouraged to see a sense of cooperation emerging. Our state leaders have been advocating such cooperation since the beginning of session, as it is the only way we will solve the serious issues facing our state.

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


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


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Tragedy is a reminder to text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 27, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


One letter not enough to polish liberal credentials

Rap. Rap. Rap.

August 20, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What’s wrong with Southern accents?

I just learned of a book called, "Say Goodbye to your Southern Accent."

August 13, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Who is the outsider in senate race?

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate "outsider."

July 30, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Taxpayers on hook for ethics probe

In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission.

July 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


My deepest appreciation to so many

I am humbled. I am grateful. I am honored. And I am overwhelmed. I said it to the people who came to my 90th birthday celebration at Bethel, and I say it again to the many people who made that lovely celebration possible and to those who sent good wishes even if they couldn't attend.

July 09, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Junior E. Lee knows his polls, pests

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.

July 09, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Help on way for the humor impaired

The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material. Did you know that there is a National Association for the Humor-Impaired? May Jimmy Carter (speaking of the humor-impaired) wash my socks if I am not telling the truth.

July 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Blood drive is appreciated

This year in memory of Charles [Finley] on his birthday, Ben and I have asked LifeSouth to hold a blood drive. They have made arrangements to have it at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, 59 Main Street, in downtown Dawsonville, from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. July 5.

July 02, 2014 | By Reader Submitted For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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