Friday, July 16, 2010

Tammy Anderson versus Tom Taylor, GA House District 79



Tuesday you'll need to vote for either Tammy Anderson or Tom Taylor to represent our area in the GA House. I don't think there has been a lot of information out there comparing the two candidates. Part of the 'problem' is that both have fairly similar opinions and values. There are some differences, obviously. One is male, one is female. One has held public office; one has not held public office. I don't think those two 'issues' make a difference to the average voter in the district.

I sent each candidate the same list of questions and asked that they respond to each question, limiting said response to 30 words or so.

1. Do you favor keeping the GA 400 toll in place?

Taylor
No. The initial agreement between the toll road authority and the people was that it would be used to pay for GA-400, then stopped. Of course that is not what happened. The revenues were directed to other areas.

Anderson
Absolutely not. I believe that a promise made to the people must be kept. Trust in the government needs to be restored by not electing a career politician.

2. Should taxpayer funds be eligible for use by taxpaying residents for private school vouchers?


Taylor
In any of the proposed voucher legislation, only the state portion of the school budget would “follow the child”, not the county portion. As businesses compete, so should schools based on performance.

Anderson
Yes. Educating our children is vital to the future prosperity of Georgia. We need to elect candidates not afraid to take on the local power structure.

3. Would you support an immigration law for Georgia that is similar to the Arizona law?


Taylor

Yes. The State of Georgia now spends $1.8 billion annually on services for illegal immigrants. That is over 13% of the ENTIRE state budget. You have entire counties, such as DeKalb that do not participate in the ICE 287-G program, which allows local law enforcement to hold for immigration authorities, persons who are determined to be illegal in the normal course of law enforcement duties.

Anderson

Yes. Congress has the power “to establish a uniform rule of naturalization” and the 10th amendment empowers the States to enforce those laws. Further, the cost to taxpayers is astronomical.

4. Do you think the DeKalb County School System should redistrict Dunwoody’s elementary school attendance zones, going back to all k-5 schools? Or, do you feel the new 4th & 5th grade school and having three K-3 schools is a better option?

Taylor
As a State Representative, you can enter opinion on this, but the legislature does not have policy-making decisions on that. At the end of the day, that is an issue that will be solved by the DeKalb County School Board and the officials that we elect to that body, not the State of Georgia or the City of Dunwoody.

Anderson
I believe in local schools and local control of those schools.I fought to keep Austin a local K-5. Although, Dunwoody Elementary turned out to be a fine school and my daughter had a great year there. The fact
remains we moved into our house to be able to walk to our local K-5 elementary school.


5. Why do you wish us to vote for you vs. your opponent?

Taylor
Experience and proven results in delivering for constituents. From the organizational level with Citizens for Dunwoody, to the city level as a Councilman, to the state legislative level where I had lead responsibility for both CFD and later the City of Dunwoody for legislative matters, I have spent 5 years operating in the State Capitol. With Tom Taylor, there is no learning curve.

Anderson
I am not a politician. The only interests I have are to improve and protect the community in which we live. Grant local control of schools, zero based budgeting, pass again the jobs bill, and demand accountability and transparency.

6. What is your #1 goal, if elected?

Taylor

It is difficult to narrow that to one, but I would give these equal weight and priority this legislative session.
1. Reduce state spending 2. Settle the water dispute. 3. Education policy.

Anderson
Gain Control of our schools by any and all means.

MY NOTE: I asked candidates to keep it to 30 words or so. In an effort to be fair, I trimmed down some responses by Mr. Taylor. I encourage you to email directly the candidates if you want clarification or additional information regarding their stance on a particular position.Also, part of Anderson's response to question 4 was not copied correctly but I have since added the missing text.




Thursday, July 15, 2010

RunDunwoody Event Announced

The Rotary Club of Dunwoody has announced it will organize and host a community fundraiser called RunDunwoody.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dunwoody School Daze

When I first started the blog, I got a lot of readers thanks to the referrals from Dunwoody's top-dog blogger, King John.  Now that I have overtaken John in number of visitors (according to media tracker FarmHouser Analytical Inc), I'd like to share the wealth and suggest you to bookmark the Dunwoody School Daze blog.  The author of the blog is a mystery to me.  I thought it was a particular person, but I was wrong.  No matter, the content is what's important, not the author. 

Today she has a post regarding the No Child Left Behind program that has pushed government schools to a lower level then previously 'achieved'.  It is important to note that the overcrowded Peachtree Middle School is now a 'receiving' school for 8th graders.  What does that mean?  It means that rising 8th graders (last year's 7th graders) who attended a failing school last year can now transfer to Peachtree Middle for 8th grade.  Not sure if this means the new transfers get to stay in the cluster for their remaining years or not.  I know that if a 6th grader transfers in to a 'receiving' middle school, they can stay all the way through 8th grade.  Anyway, go check out the Dunwoody School Daze blog.

(in regards to blog visitors, I was joking.  John is still King and will remain so, unless he holds out and signs with the Miami Heat)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Harvest Time

I was late to plant my raised bed gardens at home and at the Dunwoody Community Garden.  While others have been picking fresh tomatoes from the vine, I've been waiting.  Today I harvested the first tomato of the year - hopefully one of many.  We've also picked a dozen or so cucumbers and a few hot peppers.  No bounty yet from the super hot 18,000,000,000 BTU pepper plant, but they'll be ready soon. Today we picked a funny locking squash - it's a pattypan squash.  I thought about giving it to Sustainable PattiPan, but it's the first one so we'll eat it here.


The Community Garden is a nice place to go and relax, and get some exercise.  Farmer Bob needs some help this week spreading mulch.  If you want to help, let me know.

People at the garden like to name the beds and put colorful decorations up -so I decided to join.  Take a guess as to which decoration is mine:

Here's an interesting planting bed at the garden: I like this shopping cart idea.  If I had that, I'd simply wheel it over to the watering hose once week for a drink.

I don't mind all the cute type names in the garden plots. As long as no one gets political with their messages I'm fine with it.  Keep it fun and festive.  Radioactivity is fun and festive, right?