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Well-informed electorate equals good government

I've been ending my weekly columns for the last eight years with, "The secret of good government is a well-informed electorate."

October 12, 2008 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Georgia’s budget is one big hole

America's budget is in turmoil. Our national debt is at an all-time high, home prices are falling, financial institutions are failing and people are losing confidence in the American dollar.

October 12, 2008 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A toast to our championship wines

Last Spring's freeze cost our vineyards up to 80 percent of their grapes. The freeze was followed by the second year of a drought which stressed wine makers physically and financially.

September 21, 2008 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Improving credit scores should be easier

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how credit scores affect our financial lives. A number of you who read that column have called me and pointed out how difficult it is for sub-prime consumers to improve their credit scores. They are absolutely correct. Some areas of consumer loan laws need to be changed.

September 14, 2008 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Home energy relief is just one portion of a strategy

We are finally feeling some relief during the energy crisis with the decline of gas prices. Although this relief is welcomed, we should not ease the pressure on our national leaders to develop a long-term, comprehensive energy strategy.

September 14, 2008 | For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Consumers control economy with spending habits

It's been proven. In a down economy, if you get to keep more of your earnings, government gets more tax revenue. The reverse is also true. When governments raise your taxes in economic downturns, they generate less in taxes. Consumers control the economy by their spending habits.

September 07, 2008 | By Rep. Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


From the county manager

For the past three months it has been an honor to serve as your county manager.

August 31, 2008 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The facts behind low credit scores and mortgages

It's not always easy to understand about Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, sub-prime mortgages and credit scores. How do these things affect your life?

August 31, 2008 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


New laws from the Session that can affect you

Every Legislative Session yields many new laws that can affect your life. I have picked out 10 bills from the 2008 Session on which to comment because they continue to come up during conversations with you. They concern bills that are designed to make government consumer-friendly, protect families and protect our natural resources.

August 24, 2008 | By Amos Amerson State Representative | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Hooray for the new county manager

An opinion poll in a local publication asked in March, "Should Kevin Tanner be appointed county manager?"

August 24, 2008 | | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Elected officials confused about tax cuts

I don't understand why some elected officials and candidates for local office are still confused about tax cut referendums on the November ballot. Most taxpayers seem to get it. They understand the need for some property tax relief for their parents and grandparents and the permanently disabled who are on fixed incomes and being taxed off their land.

August 17, 2008 | By Amos Amerson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Oil prices, state budget on the agenda for lawmakers

Just a few weeks ago, President Bush issued an executive order to lift prohibition on oil exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf. With the action, the executive branch's restrictions on this exploration have been cleared away.

August 10, 2008 | Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Under attack by Japanese Beetles

It's not a repeat of World War II, but many plants are under attack by Japanese beetles. This insect was first found in the United States nearly 80 years ago.

August 03, 2008 | By Clark Beusse Dawson County Extension Coordinator | Opinion: Letters/Columns


November ballot to provide tax relief for seniors, disabled

During my recent campaign for re-election, my focus was on the need for ad valorem tax relief. Your overwhelming vote of confidence leads me to believe that you are in favor of tax reform and want me to go about the business of instituting change in our current system.

August 03, 2008 | By Amos Amerson District 9 State Representative | Opinion: Letters/Columns


I have a question

Each month I receive hundreds of calls from gardeners with questions ranging from how to keep deer out of a garden to disease control in a home lawn. A few questions you may have thought about but never got around to asking are as follows:

July 28, 2008 | By Clark Beusse Dawson County Extension Coordinator | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Trying to find positive in this world can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 17, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough Columnist | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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


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