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Baits work well for fire ant control

Fire ants can be a nasty problem in the home landscape. They love to make unsightly mounds in the middle of our lawn turf and ...

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Being a modest and much-beloved columnist can get testy at times

I regret I won't have time this week to get into the details about how Barack Obama managed to wiretap Donald Trump's shoelaces ...

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Promises not delivered

On March 6, Ken Akins, Marissa Pyle, and Bette Holland met with Rep. Doug Collins (R) at his Gainesville office to talk about the Affordable ...

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House bill 217: Another attempt to siphon money from public schools for private schools

House Bill 217 has passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration. It seems to me that the legislators are again trying ...

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Finalizing Georgia's budget

As the General Assembly marches closer to Sine Die, our constitutional duty of passing a balanced budget for Georgia's government has become our biggest ...

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Some random thoughts on some random subjects

After almost two decades of doing this, you think I would have figured out by now what pushes your hot button.

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Crossover Day is complete

We returned to the Gold Dome on March 6 for legislative day 29, which began the ninth week of the 2017 session.

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Working after Crossover Day

Crossover Day was a wild ride for everyone involved, but like every year, we made it through-even if it was late into the night.

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Low-performing schools initiative takes a major step forward

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law.

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Contradictions in Bills on public education

Last week Rep. Kevin Tanner's bill on how to help our challenged schools in Georgia passed through the State House and will now be ...

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A new future in Georgia

With the completion of Legislative Day 28 last week, the State Senate continues to work hard as we approach Day 40, when the 2017 Legislative ...

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Broadband Access Moves Forward with Senate Bill 232

Friday marked the end of a very busy week at the Capitol. The Senate picked up the pace with committee meetings running late into the ...

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Good customer service may be going the way of the dodo bird

Sometimes I wonder if good customer service has gone the way of the dodo bird and 8-track tapes.

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Crossover Day approaching

On Feb. 21, the House reconvened for another lively week under the Gold Dome where we were hard at work drafting, discussing and passing legislation ...

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Commissioners fail taxpayers when rejecting Paladin request

I have been a homeowner in Dawson County since 2008.

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Conservatism questioned

I appreciate Rep. Kevin Tanner's commitment to providing a forum for the public to ask questions and express concerns.

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Patchy tall fescue lawns

Fall of 2016 was a rough season.

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A salute to an Olympic champion and his pursuit of excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...

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Sharing some concerns for better, for worse

As a former educator, an environmentalist, a Christian, and a (very) senior citizen, I have been concerned about a number of recent news items on ...

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Here we go again

The specter of Elliott Field has resurfaced.

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A government owned airport in Dawson County?

The City of Dawsonville is proposing that they buy an airport with everybody elses' money.

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What will Republicans do?

The Republicans in Congress are working towards repealing the Affordable Care Act, known to many as Obamacare. Unfortunately, although they always said they would "repeal ...

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The halfway point

This week marked the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session and the end of week six here at the state Capitol. From committee meetings ...

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Boxelder Bugs

We have experienced several periods this winter of above-average temperatures. If you've been outside, you may have noticed that these warm days have led ...

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Secretary of Agriculture-Designate Perdue knows a bit about draining swamps

You may have read that unusually cold winter in parts of Europe as well as drought conditions in the southwest United States have created a ...

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Affordable health care

A new independent study from the Urban Institute found that repealing the ACA Law without a replacement would leave 30 million people, including 4 million ...

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Actions of Commissioners Called into Question

3-1 votes have cost the county thousands of dollars as Commissioners Julie Nix, Sharon Fausett and Jimmy Hamby, by coincidence and without public comment, vote ...

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Act now to prevent summer fruit problems

Backyard apple trees are very popular in this area of Georgia. Many people see the apples being grown just down the road in Ellijay and ...

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Busy time at the capitol

The past two weeks have been extremely busy at the Capitol.

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Thank You Rep. Kevin Tanner

First, I want to thanks to Rep. Kevin Tanner for meeting every Saturday during the legislative session with his constituents.

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The inordinate power of a district federal judge

We have just witnessed the result of an appointed government official who has claimed that his understanding of constitutionality is supreme in the land.

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Wrapping up our first month back

January has been a productive month for the Senate, but this last week has been especially busy. Committees are now in full swing, and I ...

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Taking dissidents on a trip to nowhere

Varoom! Putt! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Putt! Putt! Varoom! Varoom!

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Broadband access moving forward

The Senate reconvened for legislative day five on Monday. Standing committees started meeting to adopt their rules in preparation for bill hearings starting next week.

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Plans for public education—vague and discouraging

When Gov. Nathan Deal announced his budget for Georgia on Jan. 11, he bragged about how he has raised the budget for public education again.

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