Category: Commentary

Letter: More enforcement and education, not more gun laws

Regarding the May 14 letter “We elected U.S. Rep. McBath for gun safety action”: Ms. Wilkes writes an impassioned plea to “do something” about guns murdering our children. She says Rep. McBath supported a background check bill. How does this differ from the myriad “gun laws” already on the books? The philosopher Cicero is reported to have said, “More laws, less justice.” It’s a pretty good idea to consider in many cases where politicians call for new laws, new restrictions, new procedures, more guarantees of safety. Rep. McBath is enthusiastic about gun control and has made no secret of...

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Letter: $300K is too much to spend on Sandy Springs roundabout design

Regarding the story “Sandy Springs homeowners criticize roundabout threatening 1927 building”: Why would anyone pay $300,000 for this design, when we have already paid for numerous designs in the immediate area? One of these designs, if not completely applicable, could be modified for a very small sum. It is so easy to spend money that is not yours. Where is responsibility? Ted Evans Sandy Springs Have something to say about topics in Reporter Newspapers communities? Send a letter to the editor at editor@reporternewspapers.net. Please include your name, city of residence and contact...

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Letter: We elected U.S. Rep. McBath for gun safety action

I am a parent of a third-grader and belong to Moms Demand Action in Sandy Springs. I want to be clear why we elected Lucy McBath to Congress — to make meaningful gun safety action our top priority. When I ask my third-grader what an intruder drill at her school is like, she describes it as: “First it’s kind of fun, Mommy. We get to hide in crazy places like the cabinets. But then it gets quiet, and I get scared. I start thinking that someone’s going to come and shoot me and my friends and my teacher. And...

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Around Town: A local historian uses new tech to make ancient connections

John Beach clicked a few keys and one of several computer screens on the desk in the library of his Paces Ferry home displayed a map covered with scribbled words highlighted in magenta. The scrawl covered the screen like graffiti on a city wall. The brightly colored words marked locations where nearly two centuries ago surveyors had spotted significant trees when laying out land lots in Buckhead. Beach’s computer laid the locations of the trees over a modern map of the area. As the 64-year-old Beach sees it, this combination of old and new maps can be the start...

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Letter: A Dunwoody mayoral platform of cycling, snakes and marijuana

I read in a recent edition of the Dunwoody Reporter that City Councilmember Terry Nall remains the only declared candidate for Dunwoody mayor; well, I just can’t allow that to stand. It doesn’t reflect well upon Dunwoody if its new mayor is the result of an uncontested election. What next — the Dunwoody City Council becomes a politburo and deigns to the autarchic city ruler with responses of “da” and “nyet” in accordance to His Exalted Highness’s wishes?! Nope – we’re currently suffering that bit of totalitarianism on a national level and definitely do not need to replicate it...

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Commentary: Power and money are at stake in 2020 Census

Come next spring, our country will be in the midst of our most inclusive exercise in civic engagement: a complete count of every person living in the United States. Though April 1, 2020 – the official day of the count – is almost a year away, it’s not too early to start preparing our communities. There is simply too much at stake in the 2020 Census, especially for populations that are hard to count. The decennial Census is about much more than compiling a demographic snapshot of our nation. It is about the allocation of power and money. If...

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Commentary: Simple steps to reduce killing wildlife in parks

We Atlantans are extremely fortunate to live in a forest teeming with plant and animal life. We, not the animals, are the invaders. A few common-sense practices can greatly reduce the number of creatures needlessly killed every year in our parks and nature preserves. As screen time has exponentially increased in our society, the connection with the immediate world around us has suffered. In recent years, I have seen hundreds of people use natural areas as their daycare centers, diaper disposal bins, dog parks, drone training grounds or garbage dumps. Sure, 98 percent of the people visiting these areas...

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Robin’s Nest: Mother’s words of wisdom

Every so often (really, practically daily), I see little gift-store books or internet memes sharing “mother’s words of wisdom” or something to that effect. These are deep, insightful sentiments intended to guide the offspring through the obstacles of life. They are philosophical paradoxes: “It’s not about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself,” or “The future does not lie in front of you, it lies inside of you.” Go ahead, do a quick internet search and you’ll see that Pinterest has 269 “Best Mommy Words of Wisdom,” and that’s just for starters. There’s Mother’s Words of Wisdom to Sons, Mother’s...

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Letter: Georgia should apply for more school violence prevention funds

Each year since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the number of incidents of gun violence on school grounds has grown. That is appalling and simply unacceptable. As a parent and concerned community member, there is nothing more important to me than the safety of our schools. I am heartened to see that the federal government is building on the research and lessons learned in the Sandy Hook tragedy — along with too many other massacres since — by increasing the funding available for the training of youth and adults in our school system. Knowing the warning signs to...

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Letter: Historic Swancy farmhouse’s dilemma raises question about smartness of living in Dunwoody

I used to think that living in Dunwoody was a smart thing. We’re a smart city, right? However, due to a recent zoning issue, I’m not so sure anymore. After purchasing a modest, 1960s ranch-style home in Dunwoody, a developer filed an application with the city to rezone that lot and an adjacent lot from the typical R-100 zoning classification to R-50. The developer bought the property at 5318 Roberts Drive and negotiated with owner of the lot next door at 5328 Roberts Drive, getting him to sign on to his rezoning application. The applicant filed RZ19-01, with a...

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Letter: No to Ga. 400 toll lanes, yes to MARTA

Citizens of north Fulton County awake. The Georgia Department of Transportation just proposed a solution for Atlanta’s regional traffic problem: “Just Pave It,” which is for them the cheapest solution (as they are duly and legally mandated) for the 20-year design/build project period. That’s right, the proposed Ga. 400 Express Lane project by GDOT is their answer for the next 20 years or so. With an estimated $2 billion price tag! Question: With north Georgia growth running close to double digits, what will they do in 2040? And then again in 2060? You guessed it, more (cheapest solution) paving,...

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Letter: Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park decisions lack logic

I recently attended a Dunwoody City Council meeting and it reminded me why I never go to Dunwoody City Council meetings. This time the issue was whether the city should grant the city variances to the city’s 75-foot stream buffer requirement in order to add stuff to Brook Run Park. Fewer trees; more stuff. It should be no surprise that ultimately the city granted variances to the city. And that’s not even what bothered me the most. A number of questions were raised by council members regarding water runoff and the need for variances. The questions were directed to...

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