To the Editor:

I hope many people read Drew Koehler’s insightful recount of the recent March 14 student walk out events at Dunwoody High School.

Based on his review, it appears the opportunity for students to be exposed to many facets of very complex issues was perhaps less than optimal due to the circumstances as Koehler referenced:  to “choose a side between “pro-gun,” “anti-gun” or going to a memorial.”

As we all know, there are many aspects in life that aren’t clear cut, that require respectful discussion and understanding of different points of view but not necessarily arriving at consensus.

Yet there often can be agreement on a positive end-game result (acknowledging divergent ways to get there.)

Respectfully listening and welcoming diverse opinions  is so integral to our society. Every stage of educational development from pre-school through college and beyond has the opportunity to foster this critical learning path and growth.

I would be delighted to see more instances of this practiced daily among all of us; but especially providing this opportunity among our young, emerging leaders of tomorrow.

Sue Morgan

To the Editor:

I echo the concerns raised by City Councilman John Heneghan regarding the staggering number of tagged trees in Brook Run Park. But rather than just taking our word for this, I urge every reader to walk through Brook Run and take note of the number of trees marked with white ribbons.

I truly hope that only a fraction of the tagged trees will be cut down, but I have my doubts. And don’t be fooled by the one-for-one tree replacement policy — many of the identified trees are beautiful mature trees, whereas the replacements are young trees which can be planted anywhere in the city.

According to city spokesman Bob Mullen, the final design of the great lawn project has not yet been completed. Maybe there still is time to convince city officials that we value Brook Run’s natural beauty more than a great lawn and other so-called improvements. Speak now, before the tree cutting begins.

Jane Leitz

To the Editor:

Many of you have observed how Dunwoody has become a city with trash constantly being in the streets. It is difficult to drive though some Dunwoody neighborhoods any day of the week without seeing trash in the streets.   A few weeks ago I observed house garbage and recycle cans put in the street for pick up and left there for a full week (7 days).

This issue has been brought to the attention of Dunwoody city council for several months. Within the last few weeks I received an email from a city council member stating, “The city of Dunwoody does not have a policy in regard to yard waste. My statement below says; it was on the agenda at our retreat, and no action was taken to add a policy - or I should have said a new policy/ordinance because we do not handle sanitation - DeKalb does at this time.” 

DeKalb County has a written policy that refuse which includes yard waste, shall not be put at the street before 7 p.m. the day before pickup. DeKalb County has no legal authority to enforce their policies in the city of Dunwoody.  

The city of Dunwoody Council has the legal authority to duplicate the DeKalb County policy or create their own. They have chosen to do neither.

What do visitors think when they drive though our neighborhoods and see all the trash in the streets on a daily basis?  Many of these visitors are friends and relatives of Dunwoody residents. Not to mention prospective home buyers. 

Paul Stuber

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