To the Editor:
I read Emanuel Jones’ comments last week regarding Brookhaven and just shook my head. He does not want DeKalb voters to decide if they want a city of Brookhaven, but he wanted voters to decide if Sunday alcohol sales should be allowed, and he voted yes on that issue.
Now, Jones decides to inject race into the Brookhaven vote by saying that the the bill’s sponsors are “trying to separate all whites in a private city.”
Sen. Jones, I’m not white, but I support the right to vote on this issue. I live in the footprint of the new Brookhaven. In fact, if you bothered to drive the roads of the proposed city you’d see kids of different races waiting at bus stops all over Brookhaven. You would see a middle school that is 85 percent minority enrollment in that same proposed city, with families living in the area of Brookhaven. You would see African American business owners, Hispanics, and Asians living here.
Instead of taking to the roads, you do what other DeKalb politicians have done— ignore the reality of the Brookhaven area and preach nonsense. You’d see shoddy service for Blackburn Park. Nonexistent customer service for residents of the area. It’s not about race, Senator — it’s money. You are too caught up in the dollars your little kingdom would lose.
Disenfranchisement is a term not used lightly in the civil rights struggle. Don’t disgrace its importance by grafting onto a vote the people want.
To the Editor:
The events leading to the episode in Roswell with regard to the “chicken situation” is indeed a tragedy. As disgusted as we may be about what happened, what we do not need to do is jump in and start a blame campaign against the city of Roswell.
Many decades ago the existence of germs became known as did their many sources. It was realized that man and beast had to live separate, protective gear had to be worn as well as the practice of frequent washing.
Once we learned these facts and people began to congregate in urban settings, it became clear that laws and ordinances were needed to make sure everyone got the message that long gone were the days when people could have their own barnyard on their own small piece of land.
Keep in mind that this is not a recent concept; it has been around for centuries. This leads to the question as to why anyone would think it is acceptable to have barnyard animals in an urban environment. Even if he thought chickens were cute, he had to have known they poop constantly. This poop spreads contamination as it seeps into the surrounding areas, into the watershed, is tracked into homes of neighbors/visitors if deposited on their shoes, and once dried can become airborne to contaminate areas belonging to others.
As sad as I feel about what happened, I do not want to breathe in chicken poop—not to mention the smell—and I doubt anyone else does either. Nor do I want my small piece of land to become contaminated because my neighbor thinks pigs or goats are precious.
Untreated animal waste is nasty and dangerous. That is why it is important to frequently put out lime in your yard if you have any animal—yes, even your precious pet is nasty and their waste needs to be treated.
Dunwoody is in the process of rewriting zoning codes and our elected officials have the responsibility to ensure the safety of the many above the wishes of a few. This may sound harsh but when people live in close quarters, this is the way it has to be.