Category: Commentary

Letter: Malachi’s Storehouse offers thanks for support in a challenging year

At Malachi’s Storehouse, 2020 has been a year filled with challenges but also overflowing with enormous gratitude. Since March, we have provided more than 500,000 pounds of fresh as well as shelf-stable food to more than 2,700 households, all via our new drive-thru system that was implemented because of COVID-19. In other years, we serve about 125 families per week, but this year that number has grown exponentially with the addition of people who lost their jobs, as well as a large number of families with young children who no longer can count on regular school lunches. We are...

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Robin’s Nest: Sorry, word processor, you’re just not my type

Did you ever wonder how Shakespeare did it all without the help of a word processor? I can’t even write an email without drafting it and redrafting it 12 times. Then again, maybe Shakespeare had more time to write because he didn’t need to waste so much of it rebooting his laptop. But consider all the things he did without: the cut and paste, the thesaurus, the spellcheck, the handy tab of CliffsNotes at the ready.  That’s a lot of brilliance flowing freely without the aid of helpful tools, plus he had to come up with plots and jokes...

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Commentary: Feeling thankful in a challenging holiday season

Thanksgiving 2020 will be like no other in recent memory. How to celebrate is a question that weighs heavily in the midst of a pandemic that continues to take lives and livelihoods. The Reporter asked some local leaders how they will gather and what they feel thankful for. Keeva Kase President and CEO, Buckhead Christian Ministry This year, Thanksgiving is going to be different. Our family will visit relatives in Virginia, but we are still working out the details of how to serve the dinner, whether or how older and more at-risk relatives will attend, and what social distancing...

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Commentary: No matter election’s outcome, Brookhaven is united

Change is something all of us have been facing on a daily basis in these difficult and interesting times. Today, there may be some in Brookhaven who are disappointed or frustrated with the outcome of the election, while others are elated with the results. And others who are indifferent. One thing I can tell you, no matter the election outcome, we are all still in it together. While we may disagree politically, it is our differing opinions and viewpoints that make us stronger. They allow us to understand different perspectives and allow us to make better, more inclusive decisions....

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Around Town: Planning for a bigger, booming suburbia

It’s been 15 years since Sandy Springs Mayor-to-be Eva Galambos launched a new age of “let’s get small” political thinking in the sprawling Atlanta suburbs. Things have changed a bit since then, of course. Inspired by Sandy Springs’ incorporation in 2005, more “new cities” roared to life as their voters became convinced that governments that were smaller and closer-to-the-ground had to be better than the ones running counties that were as populous as major cities. Now “new cities” carpet north Fulton and DeKalb and western Gwinnett counties wall-to-wall in a crazy-quilt pattern of interlocking towns. Last month, a few...

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Commentary: The exhausted state of the pandemic’s front-line healthcare workers

Being a hospital medicine physician and leader, I am accustomed to chaos and working through daily challenges in a hospital environment. As stressful as it is, I thrive on solving and troubleshooting issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a whole new level of challenges  and stress, and it initially was exhilarating. At the beginning, information was constantly changing as we were learning and adapting to this new disease process. It brought the worst of fears to most of us. But, at the same time, it felt thrilling as I was part of a historic pandemic by leading and caring...

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Letter: Dresden Village tax break is based on a change communities don’t want

Within the vicinity of the planned Dresden Village, there is strong residential neighborhood opposition to the infrastructure development which the developer cited as its “rationale” for the tax abatement: the implementation of a connection between Green Meadows and Ellijay Streets. This connection would result in the elimination of a traffic light at Dresden and Caldwell. We coordinated community activities in Ashford Park and Brookhaven Fields. We presented our findings and requests to Councilman John Park and Councilwoman Madeleine Simmons on Oct. 5. Eighty-nine percent of the 119 residents who expressed an opinion oppose the connection between Green Meadows and...

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Worth Knowing: A hard worker follows the path from jail to a second chance

These days, the most popular person on Buckhead’s PATH400 greenway seems to be Walter Dixon, the new community programs coordinator for the Buckhead Community Improvement District. People along the path say he knows the name of every dog-owner and dog he meets. “We first met Walter in March, when my dog Lou was a puppy and we had just begun walking the PATH400,” says resident Jackie Greene. “Walter always stopped to say hello, and Lou got used to seeing him every day. She can spot him from far away and starts tugging on the leash to get to him.”...

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Letter: Target’s Buckhead South store will listen, learn and support community

Target’s Buckhead South store serves people all across Atlanta who live, work and shop in the community. At the store, we do more than provide groceries and essentials: We aim to build genuine connections between our team and our guests so they feel joy and pride when they visit. That’s why it was hard, for our team and for guests, when the store closed in May after it was damaged during the racial justice demonstrations in our city after the murder of George Floyd. That’s why it was a priority to rebuild the store as soon as possible —...

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Letter: Five organizations say to vote ‘yes’ on DeKalb Board of Ethics ballot question

DeKalb voters are once again voting on revisions to an Ethics Act passed in 2015 by 92% of voters. This time, leaders of several DeKalb citizens’ groups are encouraging you to vote yes.  Here are the reasons why: The Board of Ethics remains independent; no one under the purview of the Board of Ethics is making appointments to the board. Unlike the 2019 bill, this bill does not provide for the CEO to make a Board of Ethics appointment and does not call for the board to submit its policies and procedures to review by the CEO and confirmation...

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Robin’s Nest: Answers to life’s (food) questions

I’ve been married for 25 years and I’ve raised four kids, but I still call my mother with food questions. On this particular evening, however, I started out very confident in my culinary abilities. The sky was storm-cloud gray outside and the wind was blowing the patio furniture from one side of the deck to the other, but the ominous weather didn’t deter me. I had a bag of frozen seafood, and I was going to whip up a week-night defying dinner of linguine with sautéed scallops. I had stocked up frozen seafood for my daughter’s return from college....

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Letter: Dunwoody Police chief should resign due to lawsuit, complaints

Editor’s note: The following letter was submitted to the Dunwoody City Council and Mayor Lynn Deutsch as public comment at their Oct. 12 meeting. Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan has served our community honorably and with distinction, since our founding as a city 12 years ago. Over these years, I have come to know Chief Grogan as an honest, hardworking law enforcement officer of impeccable character. Chief Grogan’s leadership at the Dunwoody Police Department has helped our city to hire and retain a police force that has grown to be as diverse as it is professional. I am proud...

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