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Ethical treatment of human embryos passes

The legislature cleared the annual Crossover Day hurdle this week with both the Senate and House working feverishly to pass bills out of their respective chambers before the midnight deadline on Thursday.

March 18, 2009 | By Chip Pearson For the Dawson Community News | LETTERS/COLUMNS


Thanks to all opposing the park

My name is James Thurmond and I love my family.

March 18, 2009 | Reader Submitted | LETTERS/COLUMNS


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


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