Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CEO Ellis? Commissioner Lee May?

How soon after a hung jury does Mr. Ellis head back to his head-honcho desk at DeKalb County? Does Lee May have an empty box on the floor, ready to move out of Ellis' office?  

Living in DeKalb is never dull; its a Made-for-TV reality show playing out in reality, funded in part by Dunwoody taxpayers.  Of course all of DeKalb funds this ongoing fiasco.  Before long we'll forget about Lee May taking orders from Obama and setting up early voting in Democrat areas only, but a photo of Lee May carrying a cardboard box with his pencil pouch and notepads and picture frames as he vacates his office should be front page material for The Crier and provide a lifetime of memories.

Stay tuned as we bring you up to speed on the commissioner's race, including a piece on the Butler Buckler Druid Hills zoning issue and a special report on how Michael Bell scammed DeKalb taxpayers to enrich himself and other friends and family.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dunwoody Full of Events Saturday, Some Think Too Many?

Saturday, October 18 is set to be a busy day in Dunwoody. 

Event #1 CV Classic 5k and Fun Run, Peachtree Middle School (free health screenings by Northside Hospital) 
(advertised in The Crier on Sept 10 and Sept 17, advertised on Aha! Connection August 12, for those curious of such things, and emails sent to the feeder schools in mid August, FYI for those interested in such things)

Event #2  Peachtree Middle School Fall Festival  (on the Dunwoody CVB web site HERE)

Event #3  Tour de Dunwoody at Dunwoody Elementary School (a bike ride)

Event #4  Run Your Happy Tails Off  Another 5k race, 100 yards away from the CV Classic, but self-contained in Brook Run Park (dogs included)

Event #5  All Saints Catholic Church Fun Run for Kids and Festival  9 AM

Event #6  Great day of Service.  See HERE

These events and more can be found at the Dunwoody School Daze calendar HERE and  the Aha! Connection HERE.  A couple of council members were recently kicking the idea of ONE official Dunwoody calendar.  The Dunwoody CVB has a HUGE budget and spends lots of money on web development so maybe they can do it.  Or, maybe it is left in the hands of the private sector?

All these events are competing for the same things:  1. Money 2. People

The problem we have is does any entity get to claim a day for their event?  Long-time readers may recall when Lemonade Days tried to have a certain weekend (actually someone proposed a 45 day block) set aside and no other events were to be scheduled.  Of course that idea died quickly.  On one hand we have the CVB working to bring people to Dunwoody and put heads in beds and all that, then we have some wanting a day reserved only for their bike ride or whatever.  The CVB usually doesn't get involved with school festivals and such.  They seem to work mainly with the businesses in the Perimeter.

In regards to school festivals and events, there is a need to get the schools to communicate more.  Elementary school moms, for the most part, have not learned to play with the other schools kids in the sandbox yet.  Life is all about the elementary school, and the middle and high schools are irrelevant.  Many elem. moms plan to send kids elsewhere after 4th or 5th grade so they could care less beyond the K-5.  But things change and many of those kids do go to PCMS and/or DHS.  Then many see the bigger picture.  But that's a different post for a different day.

All these events on one day is a sign of an active and vibrant community.  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rampart, This is Squad 51. We Need Nurse Dixie McCall to Help with Ebola

 A few weeks ago we posted about the silliness of bringing Ebola victims into the USA instead of sending mobile labs to treat in Africa.  Hey, don't fault us - we were just relaying best practices of isolation.  Of course isolating folks and restricting travel is out of the question with our current leadership, so no need to prepare for anything.  After all, none of here got SARS or MERS.  And do know millions die every year from diarrhea and the flu.  So set aside your fears of Ebola, right?

After our post we received a couple of comments and several emails.  And we were also shown the Washington Post op-ed letter from the head nurse at Emory.  The nurse reminded us all how paranoid and stupid we are about everything.  We were told of the great benefits (over two months ago) of bringing the virus to Atlanta.  Nowhere did we hear why the nurse and other staff could not be flown to Africa to treat it.  Surely the CDC has mobile units that can be flown around the world.

People responded viscerally on social media, fearing that we risked spreading Ebola to the United States. Those fears are unfounded and reflect a lack of knowledge about Ebola and our ability to safely manage and contain it.  said Nurse
"Lack of knowledge"?  Yes, we lack knowledge and so does Emory and the CDC.  That's why they welcomed the virus here, because they lack knowledge, right? 
We can either let our actions be guided by misunderstandings, fear and self-interest, or we can lead by knowledge, science and compassion. We can fear, or we can care. said Nurse
I'll let my actions be guided by everyone's (Gov't, Emory, other medical experts) 'misunderstanding'.

I'll continue to 'fear', but that doesn't mean I don't 'care'.

So what happened to the patients treated at Emory?  I hope they are doing well and fully recovered.  But, is the virus still in them?  Can they transfer it now or in the future?  it's a simple question i haven't seen answered.

Many of our "unfounded" fears and "lack of knowledge" issues concern how the virus is transferred.  How many times have we been told it is not airborne?  Now we hear the virus does exist in even tiny droplets of water.  In normal-speak we call that a SNEEZE.  But don't worry, people don't sneeze in public.  No one would ever sneeze on an airplane, MARTA train, or anywhere else.  No one would sneeze into their hands, pick up an item at the supermarket, then put it back down.

Hopefully the Ebola virus is eliminated soon.