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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


Two more blessings just in time for Christmas

Last Thursday, two more blessings were heaped upon us. First, we had U.S.

December 23, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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