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Home sales drop in the month of August

Ahhh, fall is in the air. The pumpkins are on sale at Wal-Mart, football is in full swing, the days are getting shorter, and so is your opportunity to take advantage of the Federal and State tax incentives to buy a home.

October 07, 2009 | By Scott Whelchel For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


A freeze in Social Security benefits affects Medicare

Forecasts by the Obama administration and the Congressional Budget Office indicate that Social Security beneficiaries will not receive any cost-of-living (COLA) increase in 2010 or in 2011.

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


How Georgia can protect health care freedom

I've felt a swell of pride for my fellow Georgians and every American who flooded town halls across the state and country in August to raise their voice against a government take-over of health care. To every mother, father, doctor, nurse and concerned citizen who took time out of their day to tell their congressman what they think of health care reform - thank you. You raised concerns shared by millions of Americans. By speaking up about the damaging effects this administration's policies could have on our country, you forced these elected officials to listen to the very people ...

September 23, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


SAT scores need fair comparison

In his Gainesville Times Sept. 2 column, Tom Crawford takes unjustified shots at Gov. Sonny Perdue and State School Superintendent Kathy Cox over Georgia SAT scores. Crawford uses his brand of statistical reporting to indicate how poorly Georgia has done in education over the past seven years.

September 09, 2009 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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