Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Game On Tom Taylor

We wanted to think the DeKalb County School Board would do the right thing and approve the Druid Hills Charter Cluster, but we weren't holding our collective breaths either.  Last night the charter cluster was shot down 5-4.

Ok, Tom Taylor - you are up and we are 100% behind you.  Whatever you need to help pass HR 486, A Better Dunwoody stands ready to help.  Folks - this our chance to truly make a better Dunwoody.  Imagine a school system not run by self-serving politicians, where the kids truly do come first.

Whatever you think of the parkway, roundabout, paving - it is trivial compared to the push for an independent school system.  We need to stand united behind Tom and scream loud and clear -we want our own school system!  Sending emails is not enough, we need to be seen and heard in person.

Bring it Tom and let us know what you need.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Kindergarten Lessons

The election is over and it is time for all of us to come together and work to make Dunwoody a better place to live, work and play.  There are, of course, a lot of different opinions in our community about how to do that.  We should continue to have those discussions but we need to move away from the acrimonious tone, the accusations and the exaggerations.

I’ve got a friend who is a real estate agent.  She HATES showing houses in Dunwoody.  You know why?  She doesn’t want to answer the questions: “Save Dunwoody?  Why does Dunwoody need saving?  What is wrong in Dunwoody that these folks need to save? Do I really want to live here?”

Dunwoody is a great place live, but you would never know it from the tone of the debate over the last year or so.   The world may not be watching what we do, but our neighbors are.  It is time for us to turn over a new leaf and find ways to disagree without being disagreeable. 

Put away your signs.  Tone down your public comments.  Moderate the tone of your letters to The Crier.  Curb your outrage.  Distance yourselves from the spreaders of unreasoned dissent and twisted malice.
In other words, stay involved, but be civil.  To remind everyone how to act, I refer you to the book “All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum   Here are the 16 things we all need to remember from kindergarten:
“These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):

1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don't hit people.
4. Put thngs back where you found them.
6. Don't take things that aren't yours.
7. Say you're SORRY when you HURT somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
9. Flush.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life - learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first workd you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.”
Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The polls are open!

Go exerise your right to vote.  Those of us in District 1 and 2 are jealous of those voters in District 3 - y'all have no chance of a run-off.  Hopefully everything will be decided tonight.

District 1 - Shortal
District 2 - Wescott
District 3 - Thompson