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No texting while driving is just plain common sense

The "no texting while driving" legislation (HB 944) had its first hearing last week. I want to thank Sally Sorohan for coming to the Capitol and testifying on behalf of the bill. Thanks also to all of you who have sent e-mails, written letters and made phone calls.

February 10, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Senate plans to overhaul property taxes

Georgia's current property tax system places unnecessary financial burdens on families and individuals who are already struggling to survive in this grim economy.

February 10, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


When the people speak, Georgia’s Legislators listen

Unlike Washington D.C., when the people of Georgia speak, Georgia's Legislators listen.

February 04, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Legislative focus on jobs continues

Moving into the third week of session, we continue to focus on the legislature's role in job growth for Georgia.

February 04, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The battle has just begun

Last week's budget hearings continued to produce frustrations with more predictions of revenue shortfalls. Gov. Sonny Perdue introduced both the FY 2010 Amended Budget and the FY 2011 General Budget on Tuesday.

January 27, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Budget dominates the session

As the Georgia General Assembly kicks off the 2010 Legislative Session, I'm honored to again represent the people of the 51st Senate District at the State Capitol. While our most immediate task is to balance the statewide budget, our overarching goal must be to revitalize Georgia's job sector. The state cannot hope to move forward until we create more jobs and get Georgians back to work.

January 27, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Motorsports park should not defend speeders

I am writing regarding a troubling announcement made by the Atlanta Motorsports Park on Jan. 16. In a press release, the park offered any person ticketed under the new "Super Speeder" law a free half day of access to the park - if and when it is built. All they have to do is bring in their speeding ticket.

January 27, 2010 | Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Check property values closely

The real estate foreclosure crises have played havoc with property values throughout the nation now for more than a year.

January 27, 2010 | Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Bill introduces limiting texting, cell phone use while driving

Last week at the Capitol was not what we usually expected at the start of a session.

January 20, 2010 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Commenting on others’ comments

As I write this on the last afternoon in 2009, I probably should be considering some of the many resolutions that could be made for 2010. Instead I am remembering the theme, which I had intended to use as a focus for a column a couple of weeks ago. Obviously, my first resolution might be to take my own frequent advice: Don't just intend, do it.

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


This year may also be interesting for home sales

Ready or not, 2010 is here. For the most part, 2009 was a year that will go down in the record books as a year of adjustments in the real estate industry.

January 13, 2010 | By Scott Whelchel For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Saturday breakfast and politics

As I have done for the last nine years during the Legislative Session, I will hold Saturday breakfast with constituents in the district to keep you up to date on what's happening under the Gold Dome.

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


Job creation important factor

Along with the arrival of a new year comes the start of another legislative session. It's no secret that this year, legislators must find solutions to some challenging problems - a shrinking budget, securing access to water resources, funding transportation and fixing a broken property tax system.

January 06, 2010 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Courthouse under budget

In 2006 the Dawson County Board of Commissioners initiated the necessary steps to determine the need for a new courthouse and administration facility. A company with expertise and a background in this type of project was hired by the county to research the need and to determine the size and scope of this project.

December 23, 2009 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Too little God and too much government

The above title may seem a bit unconventional, but if the wise men came back today they'd probably agree that we have too much government and not enough God.

December 23, 2009 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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House approves Amended FY 2015 budget

During the third week of the Georgia General Assembly's 2015 legislative session, my colleagues and I passed one of the most important pieces of legislation of the year: The 2015 amended fiscal year budget (AFY 2015).

February 04, 2015 | By Kevin Tanner Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The first bill of 2015 passes the Georgia Senate

The third week of the 2015 legislative session saw a significant piece of legislation pass through the Georgia State Senate. I am proud to say that with unanimous consent, Senate Bill 1 passed the Senate and is now under consideration in the House.

February 04, 2015 | By Steve Gooch Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


‘Don’t Shoot’ T-shirt aimed at wrong target

Let's get off the backs of law enforcement, shall we? Most of us couldn't do their job, or wouldn't do it, if we had the chance.

February 04, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


What goes down will also go up

Forty years ago I embarked on a career in the oil industry that has covered decades. That career has taken me around the world far more than once. It has taken me from oil rigs to refineries, to massive tanker ships to the highest corporate towers.

January 28, 2015 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Georgia’s juvenile justice system going to the dogs and that’s a good thing

The State of Georgia's Juvenile Justice System is going to the dogs. And that's a good thing.

January 28, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Gov. Deal wants to add to the number of uninsured in Georgia

Georgia is still refusing the federal funds to expand Medicaid to cover more than 500,000 uninsured people. This decision will cost the state's health care system about $34 billion over the next decade, according to a new report by two well-respected research organizations.

January 28, 2015 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


The State of Our State

Gov. Nathan Deal made it clear during his annual "State of the State" address that Georgia's economy continues to grow in the aftermath of the worst economic collapse of the 21st century.

January 28, 2015 | By Steve Gooch | LETTERS/COLUMNS


State of the column: Never been stronger

My fellow Georgians: In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

January 21, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


2015 session underway

We began the 153rd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly on Jan. 12. Last Monday marked the first day of the 2015-2016 term, all the members of the Georgia House of Representatives were sworn into office. We then promptly got to work on our first order of business: Electing leaders to guide the Georgia House of Representatives through our next two years of public service.

January 21, 2015 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Time to pay attention

It's that time of year again.

January 21, 2015 | | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Getting down to business

The 2015 legislative session is off to a fast and busy start. The Georgia State Senate swore in all 56 senators last week, including 10 new freshman senators, and announced committee assignments shortly thereafter.

January 21, 2015 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Lawmaker on a medical mission

Allen Peake is a man on a mission. The five-term Republican state representative from Macon is the driving force behind proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia.

January 14, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


To Cameron Charles Yarbrough: Some advice from an old man

Dear Cameron Charles Yarbrough:

January 07, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Technical education plays vital role in rehabilitation

When I was growing up, my parents instilled in me the importance of a good education. They both graduated from high school, but did not attend college.

January 07, 2015 | Kevin Tanner Columnist | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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