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Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 11:15 am


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.

Mark Zamora



Backyard Chickens

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.

Jeanette Smith

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1 comment:

  • Mykidsmom posted at 10:38 am on Fri, Apr 6, 2012.

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    I read with amusement and frustration Jeanette Smith's letter regarding chickens etc. While I did not take part in the Dunwoody chicken debate and I personally don't wish to own chickens, I am frustrated with the misinformed who so vehemently express their opinions. The latest research shows that our "germ killing" habits are actually severley harming the immune systems of our children. I have clipped a portion of an article below, dated last month, on the positive benefits of exposure to farm animals in particular! There are other studies with similar evidence.
    While Ms. Smith has the right to not own animals, she does not have the right to deny others of their rights. Unless she lives in a zero lot line development (are there any in Dunwoody?) I don't believe she should have a legitimate argument. Ms. Smith seems to be against any house pets given her snide comments, i.e. "your precious" animals are "nasty". We moved to Dunwoody because of its established neighborhoods with larger lots, that developed over time and not overnight into cookie cutter houses in a row. Perhaps Ms. Smith would be happier living in one of those, with strict over-controlling HOAs and bitter feuding among neighbors. That's what she appears to be trying to establish here.

    Amish Farm Kids Have Lower Asthma, Allergy Risk: Study

    TUESDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) --

    The study could support the "hygiene hypothesis" that a too-clean world is causing today's urbanized kids to be more sensitive to allergens than their country cousins.
    "In Europe, children living on traditional farms seem to have a very low prevalence of asthma and allergy," noted the study's lead author, Dr. Mark Holbreich, an allergist with Allergy and Asthma Consultants, in Indianapolis. In contrast, he said, "in the general population as many as 50 percent will have evidence of allergic sensitivity. They may not have all the symptoms of allergy, but they will test positive for
    A random sample of those who completed the questionnaires was selected to be given allergy to their non-farm-dwelling counterparts (about 5 percent vs. 11 percent). Swiss farm children had a rate of asthma of nearly 7 percent.
    The rate of allergic sensitization followed similar patterns. Non-farm children had the highest rates, at about 44 percent, compared with 25 percent in the Swiss farm children and just above 7 percent among the Amish children.

    But, the study's findings would seem to support the hygiene hypothesis, which is the idea that allergy and asthma are on the rise in today's world because the immune system isn't exposed to a variety of germs from a young age. This low level of exposure somehow creates dysfunction in the immune system, causing it to attack harmless substances, such as pet dander or peanut proteins.