To the Editor:
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express congratulations to the officers and members of the newly established Dunwoody Bar Association.
We salute co-founders Andrea S. Hirsch of the Hirsch Family Law Firm and Eileen J. Shuman of Shuman & Shuman P.C. for their vision and hard work to provide their Dunwoody colleagues with the opportunity to benefit from a professional association in a growing legal community.
Georgia’s local and voluntary bar associations fulfill an important responsibility in the legal profession’s mission to serve the public and the justice system. We wish the new leaders and all members of the Dunwoody Bar Association much success in the years ahead.
Kenneth B. Hodges III
President, State Bar of Georgia
To the Editor:
Following is a web mail sent to Congresswoman Karen Handel on her official U.S. House of Representatives website:
“In your letter to me of March 20 you stated, ‘It secures $500 million in grant funding …’
Where is the half billion dollars coming from? Is it from borrowed money or the reduction in other already authorized expenditures?”
Since all of our tax dollars are already allocated for expenditures, the half billion dollars cannot come from tax dollars.
This web mail was sent multiple times with no response. Could the reason be that Congresswoman Karen Handel (or her staff) did not respond, is that the Congresswoman voted to spend $500,000,000 without knowing where the funds were coming from?
I write this on Back-to-School eve for DeKalb County students.
Dunwoody High School needs the help of our community. Last week I saw a Facebook post and was reminded again today in the PTSO email of the need to better DHS’ multi-use sports (track & field, football, girls & boys lacrosse, boys & girls soccer and marching band) field. If you haven’t seen the recent improvements behind the school, you should take a look.
The track looks great and beautiful bleachers have been added. Through successful fundraising of hundreds of thousand dollars through the DHS Game On campaign, these additions and more were paid for by Dunwoody families and very generous contributors. The improvements are exciting to say the least in a school system that doesn’t fund the improvement of sports fields.
The ultimate plan for the multi-use field calls for the installation of neighborhood friendly LED lights.
With the addition of the lights, extra practice time can accommodate: DHS sports practice space without requiring teams to find other practice sites off campus; some home JV football, soccer and lacrosse games can be held at the typical early evening time and not called for darkness or moved to the very large and expensive North DeKalb Stadium.
Dunwoody High School will become one of the few—if not only—public high school in DeKalb that has their very own lighted field!
An existing quote for the expense of lighting the field expires at the beginning of September. Currently funds have been raised for all but 25 percent of the lighting expense equaling $80,000.
The timing is not great to ask for money. We all know that back-to-school means all sorts of surprise expenses for families, but I would like to call on the citizens of our great little city to help. If we all give a little, we can collectively raise a lot!
The lighting project potentially benefits every child in the city of Dunwoody. At some point in their life whether they attend Dunwoody High School or not, they could find themselves at an activity on the field. It could be as a DHS fan or athlete playing one of the sports mentioned before, a sports camp, rec team practice, marching band event, or as a fan /member of an opposing team. With lighting, possibilities are open to approved community events when the field is not in use.
According to Wikipedia there are 6000 family dwellings in Dunwoody. If even half those families were to give a minimum of $30 to the lighting fund, the goal of $80,000 would be easily obtained. If you live in Dunwoody, you have a stake in the high school community; the more desirable our high school is the higher property values will climb!
• If you are a Dunwoody HS family, please eke $30 out of your budget over the next month and give to this need.
• If you have pre-school to middle age students that will attend DHS one day, please, invest in the future of the DHS by giving $30.
• If your child attends private school, if you are an empty nester, or don’t have children please don’t pass on this opportunity to boost your local high school and make it shine. The small investment of $30 could help grow your neighborhood property values.
You can donate by visiting GoFundMe.com and search for ‘Dunwoody High Athletic Lighting.’ Funds need to be raised by Sept. 5, less than a month.
Thanks much for taking time to listen.