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Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 11:08 am | Updated: 11:11 am, Tue Oct 23, 2012.

DeKalb schools

To the Editor:

As DeKalb public school teacher salaries and benefits are cut and they are forced to take furlough days, it is irresponsible for the DeKalb School Board to approve a $10.5 million legal budget for 2013.  

Much of the money is expected to be paid to several of Atlanta’s largest, most expensive law firms.  It’s not surprising that outside auditors are looking into allegations of Board financial mismanagement.  

Please email Dr. Atkinson and the School Board and demand that they put the children’s education first and resolve the current expensive litigation expeditiously, either through mediation or other form of dispute resolution. 

Anne Hicks


Village Parkway

To the Editor:

Compliments of the Dunwoody City Council, we now have George Soros here in Dunwoody. The Dunwoody Village Parkway master plan is essentially a cookie cutter version of the master plans advocated by the Soros founded organization ICLEI that include his leftist agenda of complete streets, sustainable growth, parkway apartments and MARTA type grants that enable central planning or federal control.

Since most voters in Dunwoody are conservative, these leftist agenda items that have been approved by the Dunwoody City Council obviously need to be rescinded – either by the incumbent city council members or their replacements. If the incumbent city council members and the mayor believe they are protected by the Georgia Code to serve the remainder of their terms, they are badly misinformed. The will of the people to keep the four lanes and center median will prevail – this is America.

Jim Dickson



To the Editor:

The city council is considering how to reduce congestion at the Womack and Vermack roads intersection during peak times. The city council is partial to the most expensive, unnecessary changes possible.

Intersections: The safest intersection for walkers and bikers is the four-way stop sign with a flashing red light which is what they have now. Adding a pedestrian push button strobe light alert could help. The Walk / Don’t Walk button devices don’t work as well because drivers don’t see what is says. A police officer directing traffic during peak times could be less expensive.

The traffic light systems are more dangerous for walkers because of right-turners and the urge to keep moving if the light is green. If there is a button at the crosswalk, walkers can follow it, but drivers can’t see what it says. Strobe light alerts are safer.

Roundabouts are the most expensive and Atlanta drivers have the least experienced with these. They are more dangerous for walkers and drivers, because nobody knows where the cars are really going to go. Roundabouts are just an overly expensive, more decorative replacement for speed humps. The $1 million cost is too much.

The consultants and traffic engineers lead customers to the most expensive options, even if they aren’t the best. Their grading system gives an A to the most expensive and an F to the least expensive, even when the least expensive is the best solution. The analysis they use converting time to dollars is laughable.

Norb Leahy


Gun control

To the Editor:

My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting London for the first time. We were impressed with that country’s lack of crime.

They are experiencing a mild depression as we are but their crime rate is on a decline. They have very strict gun control as we all know. Law enforcement doesn’t even carry weapons. The laws are strictly enforced and they seem better off for it.

Here in this country guns have gotten way out of hand. Escalating from hand guns to fully automatic assault rifles on our streets. I am not advocating the defiance of our right to bear arms but I do advocate keeping the guns out of the hands of criminals. Until our law enforcement agencies are given more freedom in keeping weapons out of the hands of everyday street thugs we won’t make any progress. A firearm in the home or properly stored in a vehicle for protection has become a must in today’s society. To rid  the firearm from the hands of a criminal is an essential obligation.

Bob Durkis



To the Editor:

The Dunwoody Village Parkway issue pales in comparison to what will occur two weeks from tomorrow —perhaps the most critical election in our history as a nation.It seems the whole world is crumbling and newspapers, television and the internet confirm that America is crumbling as well. If I allow myself to think about it, I am overwhelmed.

What can I do, I plead? I am told I can vote for responsible leaders, I can offer myself as a candidate, I can get my friends and family out to vote, I can put a yard sign in our yard, I can get involved with a campaign and or I can read and be informed about the candidates. All of these actions are my responsibility as a citizen and I have done them all and it seems it still hasn’t made a difference.

What can I do to preserve this once robust nation for my children and grandchildren?

While sorting through some of my  papers last week I found a quotation.The following from Abraham Lincoln answered my question, “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We  have forgotten the gracious hand that preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”

What wise advice to Americans today.

Sharon Trense

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