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‘Grasshoppers in an elephant fight’

Dear public school teachers:

August 07, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Congratulations to Judge Deal on state appointment

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to congratulate Northeastern Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Jason J. Deal on his gubernatorial appointment to serve on the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform.

August 07, 2013 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Bringing back Front Door Politics

We cannot turn on the news without hearing another story about the dysfunction that is occurring in our nation and in our federal government. We are faced with a continuous erosion of our moral fiber that has traditionally held us together as a nation.

July 31, 2013 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Skeeter should be included

I read recently in the Atlanta newspapers that our intrepid public servants just keep on going - on trips, that is.

July 31, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Looking back on career

This month, I begin my 16th year as a syndicated newspaper columnist in Georgia. Time flies when you are having fun and I am having a ball. I hope you are, too.

July 24, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Thankful for news coverage

Thank you for writing about the ID show on Meredith Emerson. She was a brave young woman who caused a lot of key evidence to be left behind to expose a monster and bring an end to the evil he was perpetrating. She deserves to be remembered and I hope they honor her with this account.

July 17, 2013 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Staying busy after session

During my first legislative session I was fortunate to be able to bring seven bills to the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives for a vote. Four of these bills had been originally introduced in the senate and three I personally authored.

July 17, 2013 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Reflection on impersonal systems

This is an update for my regular readers. It is also a "venting."

July 17, 2013 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Education top priority

We have recently witnessed the devastation caused by weather events across our country.

July 10, 2013 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Commandos get inside info on radio gig

There is no way I could produce such pithy and thought-provoking essays each week without the help of my columnist commandos.

July 10, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Salute to a smart man

I try to make it a habit to hang around with smart people. Given that my IQ is not much larger than my waist line, this isn't difficult to do.

July 03, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Remember founding principles

For my family, the Fourth of July means picnics, baseball, parades and fireworks.

July 03, 2013 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The dark waters of the Amazon

As the lines were cast off from our small, old research ship, the cook finished stowing fresh banana stalks and other fruit through the galley doorway.

July 03, 2013 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Calhoun Creek as I see it

There seems to be confusion on the processes the City of Dawsonville has taken with regards to the Calhoun Creek Reservoir. The approach is not the ready, fire, aim approach some are saying, yet we are carefully readying and aiming to define if this project brings value to our community and is viable to move forward once we have a defined, clear and concise plan.

June 26, 2013 | By Chris Gaines For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The story of friends

This is a story about heroes - good people doing good things. The cast of characters in this performance shares one thing in common: They are strangers to one another. They will meet for the first time via this column. That is what makes this such a good story.

June 19, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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Solving a problem that doesn’t exist

The scene: I-16 near Dublin. Waaangh! Reep! Reep! Reep!

March 12, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Crossover Day critical point

March 3 marked the 30th legislative day of the 2014 session. Known as "Crossover Day," the critical point in the session is the last chance for bills to pass the legislative chamber from which they originated.

March 12, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Rally time at the Capitol

Some of you might remember a popular song from the '80s called "The Final Countdown."

March 12, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Bills relate to child welfare

Last week consisted of an important few days, as it was the last week for bills to pass out of committees, since "Crossover Day" was on Monday.

March 05, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


What’s next on the agenda

This week, the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline: Crossover Day.

March 05, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Senator working to improve education

As predicted in this space a few weeks ago, there is compromise legislation pending in the General Assembly regarding the Common Core curriculum, the controversial program which seeks to establish consistent education standards across the country.

March 05, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Ken Newell did much for Dawson County

I had the pleasure of knowing Ken Newell for the past eight years. Ken was a well-liked and respected man, and had a real love for the people of Dawson County.

February 26, 2014 | By Reader Submitted editor@dawsonnews.com | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Legislator barking up wrong tree

The Cherokee County Republican Party has a blurb on its website about Rep. Sam Moore, who won the 22nd District house seat earlier this month following the death of veteran lawmaker Calvin Hill. Among other tidbits about Moore are his hobbies, including this: "Playing jokes ... watch out. You have been warned."

February 26, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Education is top priority

The snow and ice melted from Winter Storm Pax, and we returned to Capitol Hill on Feb. 17. This was the sixth week of the 2014 legislative session and an important one. This past week, we passed the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, as well as many other significant pieces of legislation.

February 26, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A solution to child welfare system

State projects are often hindered by two things: Personnel needs and a lack of funding. We do not have an unlimited bank account or line of credit, and every taxpayer dollar counts. This means we often look to creative methods to bring in the employees and technology needed to address Georgia's biggest needs.

February 25, 2014 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Weathering the storm: What Georgia learned

Severe winter weather in Georgia is a rare occurrence. Although a few snowflakes do fall during the winter months, the snowflakes only stick around long enough to take a few pictures before melting away the next day in 50 degree weather.

February 19, 2014 | By Sen. Steve Gooch | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Session reaches halfway point

Monday, February 10, 2014, marked the 20th day and half-way point of the 2014 legislative session. With only 20 days left to pass laws this year, we quickly got to work, voting on legislation and reviewing bills in committee.

February 19, 2014 | By Kevin Tanner | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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