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Senior triumphs, inspires

This is the story of courage. This is a story of tenacity. This is the story of Hill Daniel.

May 08, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Thankful for the community support

We just wanted to say thank you to everyone who supported the Lady Tigers basketball team this season.

May 01, 2013 | | Opinion: Letters/Columns


The continued budget cuts

Senator Gooch recently wrote about the final budget for Georgia for fiscal year 2014.

May 01, 2013 | | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Concert supports recovery

Relay for Life is a stunning example of what the caring, compassionate and hard-working people who live in Dawson County can accomplish.

May 01, 2013 | | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Nothing to do but dress as Big Bird

RING! RING!

May 01, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Ensuring returns on state’s transportation investment

When I was named chair of the Senate Transportation Committee in January, it was becoming clear that there could be some struggles with producing a balanced FY 2014 budget for Georgia.

April 24, 2013 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Brings back memories of Atlanta attack

When the terrorist attacks occurred in Boston during the running of the Boston Marathon, memories came flooding back of our own dark days in Atlanta.

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


You never really get back home

A friend and I met up in the massive Frankfurt airport's central lobby just by coincidence.

April 24, 2013 | By Charlie Auvermann For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Education, Medicaid are areas of concern

One of the most challenging tasks the Georgia General Assembly takes on each year is sorting through the state's finances.

Unlike legislation, the budget isn't something that can be carried over to the next biennial year.

April 17, 2013 | By Steve Gooch For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Does this column sound familiar?

Has it really been 43 years since the first "Earth Day?"

I remember it well; that's when I became an environmentalist.

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


Legislators need a push

It turns out that you can go home again. I recently established a chair in crisis communications leadership at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communi­cations at my beloved University of Georgia.

UGA President-elect Jere Morehead, along with Dink NeSmith, chairman of the Board of Regents came for the ceremony and both made my family and me feel warmly welcomed on campus. That is something we haven't felt at my alma mater for a long time.

April 17, 2013 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Team is UGA’s best-kept secret

They are the best University of Georgia athletic team you have likely never heard of.

They have won five national titles and go into next week's national championships one of the favorites to win it all again.

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


Knocking down the silos

I stood on an oil rig miles off the coast of Africa as the final pipe joints were pulled from a just completed well. The mood was somber because we had not found oil. The following week I sat in an uncomfortable meeting where our corporate vice president declared my efforts had resulted in the driest well in years.

Back in my office overlooking the beautiful San Francisco hills I pondered what to do next with the project.

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


Skeeter not impressed with reform

When the phone rang, I knew who was on the other end: Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter's Tree Stump Removal and Plow Repair in Greater Metropolitan Pooler. I can't tell you exactly why but the phone always sounds more urgent when Skeeter calls.

One thing about Skeeter Skates. He gets right to the point. Niceties aren't his style.

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


The final countdown

In January, the Georgia State Senate started the first term of the 152nd legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly with a challenging task list.

We were asked to find a way to fill a large anticipated Medicaid shortfall, evaluate the ethical behavior of elected officials, do more with less in the state budget, revamp the state's juvenile justice system, clarify points from 2012's tax code overhaul and find ways to expand access to higher education - among many, many other items on the agenda.

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


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Taxpayers on hook for ethics probe

In 1997, Gov. Zell Miller appointed me to fill a vacant seat on the five-member State Ethics Commission and then reappointed me to a full term where I served until 2002. It was a rewarding experience and I am proud of the good things we accomplished at the commission.

July 23, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


My deepest appreciation to so many

I am humbled. I am grateful. I am honored. And I am overwhelmed. I said it to the people who came to my 90th birthday celebration at Bethel, and I say it again to the many people who made that lovely celebration possible and to those who sent good wishes even if they couldn't attend.

July 09, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Junior E. Lee knows his polls, pests

With the July 22 runoff elections fast approaching, I called Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located in Greater Garfield, Ga., to get his thoughts on the various races and to see who he thinks will make it to the finals of the November general election and who will be eliminated this round.

July 09, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Help on way for the humor impaired

The things you learn while surfing the Internet in desperation for column material. Did you know that there is a National Association for the Humor-Impaired? May Jimmy Carter (speaking of the humor-impaired) wash my socks if I am not telling the truth.

July 02, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Blood drive is appreciated

This year in memory of Charles [Finley] on his birthday, Ben and I have asked LifeSouth to hold a blood drive. They have made arrangements to have it at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, 59 Main Street, in downtown Dawsonville, from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. July 5.

July 02, 2014 | By Reader Submitted For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


It has been an amazing century

With all the flurry some friends are making about my upcoming 90th birthday, and with watching the CNN specials on the momentous changes our nation made in the '60s, I've been made particularly aware of the amazing changes that I have witnessed in this near-century that I've lived.

June 18, 2014 | By Helen Taylor For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Athens is my heaven on Earth

I have said it before but it bears repeating: If I don't qualify for heaven (a distinct possibility), my preferred alternates are: (a.) Athens, Ga., on a crisp fall Saturday afternoon; (b.) Athens, Georgia, on a warm spring day or (c.) Athens, Georgia, on any day.

June 18, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


A salute to a man who achieved his dream

Before the start of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Billy Payne, the organization's CEO, reminded everyone that while much of the attention during the Games would be focused on the high-profile athletes, not to forget that all 10,000 athletes from the 107 countries represented were and would forever be Olympians - a title few people in the world would ever attain.

June 10, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


Advice for candidates

To David Perdue, Jack Kingston and Michelle Nunn: Congratulations on making it this far in your quest to become our newest U.S. Senator. As you prepare for the next phase of your campaign, I thought I would pass along to you some unsolicited advice for your consideration. Please don't thank me. It was either this or clean out my sock drawer.

May 28, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough For the Dawson Community News | Opinion: Letters/Columns


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