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• I was driving down Concord Road on Saturday morning (Dec. 11), and was elated to see the first signs of construction work on the Campbell Station Road extension.

They had a bulldozer and several men, and they’ve staked out some orange stakes showing where the roadway’s going to run and all that. It’s really exciting to know that that road is finally going to get built.

• I see nothing wrong with the Icearium’s owners finally being forced to follow a plan that they themselves proposed several years ago. Keep in mind, the town of Farragut didn’t tell the Icearium what color to paint their building. The Icearium’s owners picked their own colors out and presented them to the town for approval. After the fact, the Icearium changed its mind and decided to paint the building a different color. Town officials are merely trying to get the Icearium’s owners to follow their own plan. After all, what’s the point of having ordinances that all businesses follow if one business is allowed to get away with doing whatever it darn well pleases?

• There’s always a reason to be proud of Farragut. But this year’s Christmas celebration really proved the point. Town hall was beautiful, with gorgeous decorations. Kids loved Santa and do-it-yourself cookies. The music was glorious, refreshments great, and the little lady giving tours of the (Farragut) Folklife Museum was a charmer. Congratulations again on a great example of how to do it right.

• Future success of a democracy in Iraq, which should lead to a healthier way of life for its oppressed citizens, will hinge less on the so-called political differences of the various sects, but more on whether or not they can overcome their religious disagreements. At this point in earth’s history, it has never been more evident that a serious evaluation be made of the supposed benefits of the non-factual and superstitious aspects of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths. What are the chances that a world democracy could thrive if we simply be good to each other, be tolerant of all races and cultures, and give up the religious nonsense?

• Does anyone know why the gasoline prices are so high around Lovell Road and in Farragut? If you go to Topside Road at Pellissippi (Parkway) it’s a $1.67 (per gallon). On Lovell Road it’s more like $1.80-something. If you go to Seymour, if you go to Sevierville, all other places around — it’s a good 10 to 20 cents cheaper than in the Farragut area. It doesn’t make sense, accept what are they doing, thinking we’re stupid and going to make all the money off of us?

• Motorized scooters are apparently a popular Christmas item this year. These scooters have been appearing in Fox Den, Avalon and other Farragut neighbors. I’ve seen children as young as 7 and 8 riding these scooters. Motorized scooters are illegal on public streets and roads throughout Tennessee. And parents who place children on these scooters are responsible for the safety and welfare of their children; and they’re liable for injuries that may occur to other children who are riding them. This Christmas, it would be a good idea to think about buying a better Christmas gift than a motorized scooter.

• As I continue to read, week after week, complaints about Farragut High School’s guidance counselors not having time for the students or the parents, it prompted me to want to call and commend the guidance counseling staff at Bearden High School. As a freshman parent, I have been given two different appointments without any problem. Anytime I’ve called I’ve been able to speak with our guidance counselor with no problem at all. And I just want to call in to commend the guidance counselors at Bearden High School.

• I would like to know why the (Farragut Municipal Planning Commission) continues to make plans to let people come in and build more and more houses in the Farragut area when our schools are filled to overflowing right now? I realize that there are people coming in that need houses, but I think we need a moratorium right now until we can get more schools and teachers available for the children.

• I agree with the caller last week about the traffic and “special” motorists out on our highways. It never fails that on any given day that you won’t see a driver cut across two or more lanes of westbound traffic on the Interstate to get off on the Cedar Bluff exit. The intersection at Peters Road and Cedar Bluff also is a good example of special people. While in traffic to go straight across Cedar Bluff toward Kingston Pike there were at least five motorists who ran up to the front of the middle lane and turned on their right turn signal to force their way into the through lane. What jerks.

• I have something to be thankful for and that’s that John Kerry is not our president and his obnoxious wife is not first lady. It’s distressing to hear that he might run again in 2008, though I don’t know which would be worse, Kerry or [Sen.] Hillary [Clinton, D-N.Y.].

• Many thanks for the wonderful cartoon by Neseman of the Farragut High School Band. It’s nice to know that all the hard work of the Band directors, students, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and any others I’ve missed are recognized and appreciated. This applies not only to FHS Marching Admirals but all high school bands. Thanks for your support! A band mommy and proud of it!

• Starting Jan. 1, 2005, all cell phone numbers will be made public to telemarketing firms. So this means as of Jan. 1, your cell phone may start ringing off the hook with telemarketers, but unlike your home phone, most of you pay for your incoming calls. These telemarketers will eat up your free minutes and end up costing you money in the long run. According to the National Do Not Call List, you have until Dec. 15, to get on the national “Do Not Call” list for cell phones. They said that you need to call 1-888-382-1222 from the cell phone that you wish to have put on the “do not call list” to be put on the list. They also said you can do it online at Registering only takes a minute, is in effect for five years and will possibly save you money (definitely frustration)! Make sure you register now!

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That’s it. The forum is open for comments regarding anything you have on your mind — local politics, world affairs, sports, religion, community affairs, city-county unification or anything else.


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