One of the first things I contributed to the startup of the New City of Dunwoody was to write a mission, vision and values statement. These are the guideposts that any successful operation uses to develop a roadmap to the future. Lewis Carroll, author of “Alice Adventure in Wonderland” and “…

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Oliver Wendell Holmes once said: The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, but what direction we are moving….we must sail, sometimes with the wind, sometimes against it, but we must sail and not drift nor lie at anchor.

We all hate traffic and the congestion caused by too many vehicles on highways that have outlived their useful lives. At GDOT, we’re motorists and residents of our local communities just like you. It is our responsibility to find solutions that improve quality of life for our residents by pr…

Like all things Hyundai builds, you get a whole lot of bang for the buck. The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited is no exception. It has the look, feel and drivability of a much more expensive car but with a price tag starting around $27,550, you’ll have extra money to go more places. In fact, the…

America is experiencing the greatest economic turnaround in U.S. history. Two weeks after President Trump was inaugurated, I was in a small meeting in the Oval Office to establish the agenda for 2017 and 2018. He said that job one was to grow the economy, and he laid out a plan to focus on r…

I must admit, in theory I’m all for all-electric cars. In practice, not so much. I still have nightmares of driving an all-electric car and praying to find a charging station before my engine died. And, once it did.

It’s always a relief (and a bit of a surprise) when the reality lives up to the the hype — and that is exactly what we found after a week of driving Nissan’s Kicks. Aimed primarily at city dwellers, the Kicks is the sixth member of Nissan’s crossover and SUV line-up and is definitely going t…

Today, attitudes towards trucks are changing. They are no long simply work vehicles on farms and back roads. No, today trucks are a family vehicle that does car pools as well as haul equipment. Women are buying trucks, driving trucks and loving it.

Fine. Call me “Old School.” My son does. But — I’ll say it — I like sedans. Yes, those two- or four-door vehicles that years and years ago used to be only known as “a car.” Today with the advent of minivans, SUVs, five-door hatchbacks, trucks and who knows what, the sedan has taken a back se…

When the only thing you have to complain about in a car is that the driver’s side massage only goes halfway up your back instead of all the way to your neck, well, you’re driving an outstanding vehicle.

Saturday marked the tenth anniversary of the creation of the city of Dunwoody and I have had the distinct privilege of serving on the city council since the very beginning. Please allow me to give some personal perspective for those who are not aware of our history.

A natural oasis nestled amid a booming metropolitan area, Dunwoody Nature Center is a critical resource for environmental education and preservation, not only of the natural environment, but also our community’s connection with nature.

Our city’s recent comprehensive community input effort on Dunwoody’s overlay district made one thing very clear — Dunwoody residents, now younger and more diverse than ever, overwhelmingly want change that can bring us into the future. Similarly, we need leaders who understand and can serve …

As I close out the end of my time in the Georgia House of Representatives, I am glad that I can look back and see mostly success. When I came into office in 2011, the state was still reeling from the effects of the recession, revenues were down and there was no reserve. From there, with Gove…

This is in response to question that I am frequently ask by fellow citizens … whom should I vote for and how should I vote on the “Special Amendments, etc” in the current election?

One of the main reasons Brookhaven became a city was to improve its parks which had been badly neglected by DeKalb County. Over the last six years we’ve seen considerable improvements in the parks but during that time citizen committees worked on master plans for the parks and came up with d…

Incorporation in 2008 was to protect our quality of life and to provide basic services needed, paid to DeKalb County, and not received. The DeKalb County delegation fought hard against incorporation but we succeeded, fulfilled our promise, and have prospered as a city. 

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata SEL is like a pair of well-worn sneakers or, in my case, a pair of Uggs. It just feels right. The Sonata is comfortable, reliable and exactly what you want to make you happy. Sexy? Well, not really. A heart-racing speedster? Nope. Four wheels and an engine? Wrong agai…

Today’s cars are almost expected to do it all — be economical, loaded with amenities, green, stylish and safe. It’s almost too much to ask a mere vehicle. But, there are some, like the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, that rises to the occasion and delivers. The 2018 hybrid has been refreshed and mak…

When the only complaint one has about a car was that it was a little difficult for your hands to fit in the opening to plug in the USB port, then you know that it’s a pretty special car — and you may want to lose a few pounds. Oh, and there was only one port, which is really a negative in th…

Monsignor R. Donald Kiernan, beloved pastor, chaplain, friend, community activist and spiritual advisor made his scheduled first flight on a cold winter evening on Jan. 9 – non-stop to heaven. This was indeed his first flight. As many of you who knew him know that he had a fear of flying and…

“I like this car,” my 25-year-old said out of the blue. “Me, too,” I replied. Well, when a Millennial and a Baby Boomer like the same vehicle, and a sedan at that, you know it’s a special car. And, it is! Welcome to the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited.

When I was the mayor of Brookhaven, I launched a project to gather our new city’s history so we could better understand and celebrate our roots. I turned to local historian and Crier columnist Valerie Biggerstaff to kick off the project. She came up with a wealth of information—some new and …

Volkswagen has always had a special place in the heart of young adults. The Beetle was so different, funky and cool that every young adult drove it with pride. And, its German engineering was so spot-on that it made parents comfortable and confident that it was a perfect first or second car …

As most Fulton County residents are aware, there is a systemic problem with not only the recent property tax assessments, but with issues that have involved the Fulton County Tax Assessors Office for many years. This department has come under scrutiny for issues with inaccurate appraisals, u…

The SUV market is crowded and confusing. While they don’t all “look alike” there is enough similarity that one might think that the ever reliable “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” decision-making process is just as good when selecting a new SUV as anything else.

“Don’t you love your Ford Fusion?” Tonya asked me. As a matter of fact, I’m really impressed, I answered. “Well, I love mine,” she retorted. “Is that a ’17?” Yes, I answered. “What year is yours?” 2007. “I have 150,000 miles on it and figure I’ve got another 50,000 left. It’s the best and I …

Buying a car is similar to dating. There’s always the flashy guy who has lots of toys and lives a fast life; but you always think in the back of your mind that he will cost you money in the end. So, you go looking for someone with no flash — just a bare-boned nice guy. It’s like buying a car…

No matter what the product, there are lots of focus groups and testing involved in its development, and so often it comes up short. The proverbial committee trying to make a horse. But whatever Chrysler did in designing the Pacifica, they got it right. For drivers, moms, kids and anyone who …

The Mazda CX-9 fills a void in the market place — a spacious, three-row car that can carry kids, dogs, groceries, and junk and still have a cool factor to it. Not off the charts cool, but enough that people don’t automatically ask you about your kids and your knee operation.

Buick’s latest advertising campaign is to take unsuspecting consumers and let them check out the look, affordability and performance of a car that — surprise — turns out of be a Buick. The company almost protests too much. After several good years of respectable cars and reviews, consumers s…

The Ford Explorer was one of the first and most popular SUVs and, with the updates done in 2016 and some more for the 2017 edition, the Explorer has regained its crown as the SUV that delivers high-tech features, quality, plenty of passenger space and an excellent value. In short, a great fa…

Hype can be a bad thing. I’ve never driven an Audi and I’ve heard nothing but fabulous things about them. I heard they were fast, agile and the hidden secret of those who love and appreciate German engineering.

The Fiat 124 Spider is intriguing. It has a style that instantly gives a big wow and then draws you in as you keep surveying it and kicking the tires. Several friends noted it looked like a Mazda Miata but it’s leaner, longer and has a bit more tertesterone in it. The elongated front evoked …

A Honda is like a mom. Reliable. Always present. Loyal and always does its best. Notice we didn’t use words like “exciting,” “showy” or “eye-catching.” Of course, sometimes moms surprise us and, with a day at the spa, shopping and new attitude, can come back and make everyone’s jaws drop. Sa…

Mazda is an intriguing brand. It is solidly in the middle market but its approach is much more of a high-end, high performance car. Mazda’s mantra is that driving matters and that a person should celebrate the drive, not just go from Point A to Point B. Every car, the company says, should be…

Last week, in a front-page story titled “Fallout from theater vote,” the Dunwoody Crier quoted five statements by Councilor Terry Nall made in an email to a constituent who questioned the rush to demolish the Brook Run theatre. Councilor Nall’s statements were misleading, if not false. There…

There’s some good news and some not-so-good news. The Volkswagen e-Golf SE is a terrific car. The not-so-good news is that it’s not sold in Georgia.