To the Editor:

I read with interest the page-one Crier story by Sue Stanton that the Mount Vernon turn lanes at Vermack Road could take up to ten months. 

At the rate this project is progressing, my guess could be five to six years. 

This is a travesty what has been done to the homeowners affected by the by clear-cutting of trees in their yards, and then doing absolutely nothing further.

David Andersen

To the Editor:

“Do unto those downstream as you’d wish those upstream to do unto you.” I’m not sure who said it first, but it sounds like a golden rule to live by. Wherever we live, wherever we step, we are part of some watershed, with the rain from our gutters and streets flowing into some creek that flows into a larger one, and so on, until the creeks all converge and flow into the Chattahoochee River.

Brook Run Park is an essential part of rainwater flow, channeling drainage into two streams that flow directly into Tributary A of West Nancy Creek. The fact that Tributary A is directly behind my home is not the reason for this letter. The water belongs to all of us, it’s our drainage, our safety, our flooding, and our inconvenience.

So, what do the Brook Run mature trees have to do with all this? Trees not only clear the air, stabilize the soil, provide shade, act as sound and wind barriers, house wildlife, and strengthen the character of a place, but they also slow storm water runoff. A mature tree can intercept gallons of water annually. That’s a good thing. A young, replanted tree can replace a fifty-year old tree in 50 years. That’s a long time.

Park surveys have not asked citizens how they’d rank the importance of stream restoration at Brook Run. They have not asked how many trees you’d be willing to sacrifice for a ball field or a great lawn.

These questions have to be asked by the seven citizens we’ve elected. They are the ones who will eventually decide how many mature trees will be felled, what soil preservation methods will be employed, and what water retention techniques will be installed.

The character of the park itself is at question. The folks downstream are counting on you.

Beverly J. Armento

To the Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly salute Chase Bank for the design of its new Ashford Dunwoody branch. It managed to erect a brand new building that looks like a converted 1980 gas station. I pulled in for a fill-up and was disappointed not to find some pumps and a BOGO Slurpee. Silly me. Kudos to the architect and Chase developers. We really do need more banks in Dunwoody, and we especially need more that look like converted gas stations.

Christopher Press

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