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• This is in reply to the caller who talks about the water price in Farragut. We’ve lived here over six years, we do laundry almost daily, we have a dishwasher, we take showers and baths, we water the lawn, we water the plants, and our water bill’s never been over $40. If they’re paying $200 a month in water, or more, they need to get their lines checked. They’ve got a leak somewhere. Either that or they’re just another person that’s bitter against First Utility (District).

• In response to the presstalk article of Nov. 18, 2004, I also enjoy stopping at the Weigel’s on Smith Road at the intersection with Kingston Pike. And I too share the (caller’s) comments with regards to wishing the town of Farragut could get their problems worked out. I think these problems could all be worked out if we could get rid of Ruth Hawk (town community development director), who quite frankly, I think, is an impediment to progress in this town and not a forward thinking person. I think we need to make changes within the administration, and that’s the first place I would start. That’s not a personal attack, that’s just reality, having dealt with her in the past.

• I’m calling about the burning of the flag (at Patriot’s Corner, Nov. 11 issue). I think it is disgraceful that the flag was flown the way it was, it was torn and it was tattered. There might have been a more diplomatic way to go about repairing it or replacing it.

• People beware if you go gift certificate shopping at [some area shopping malls] — they are thieves. Not only do they charge you a $1.50 service charge to buy gift certificates, but they fail to tell the people if they do not use those gift certificates right away, they lose $2.50 a month service charge because they have gone from gift certificates to using Visa credit cards. What is the difference between the stealing that they are doing to us versus somebody shoplifting from them? This is just so ridiculous. What is this world coming to that they can’t give a paper gift certificate that is worth the $50 that you give at Christmas time instead of offering you $10, $20 or $30 because the people didn’t want to use it right away? That just sucks.

• Well, thank you very much, Farragut. I just drove past the Icearium — haven’t been there in a while — it is now a lovely shade of boring brown. Much like the rest of the town. Let’s get rid of the signs and keep it dull and drab.

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