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Leonards endorse Ford for mayor, KPD, KCSD should set driving example, Bicyclist appalled at comments, Edlund calls for incumbent support, and Keep status quo, Ford, Haynes, reader says

Leonards endorse Ford for mayor



Editor:



As election time nears with early voting beginning on March 16, we urge the voters of Farragut to vote for and re-elect Mayor Eddy Ford. Eddy and his wife, Linda Ford, have dedicated a large portion of their time and talent to making Farragut a beautiful, healthy and wholesome place in which to live.

Our parks, playgrounds and athletic fields are second to none in the area. Eddy Ford has led the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in creating Campbell Station Road park and making the adjacent library possible. He has led in expanding and improving our other parks and athletic fields. Plans are in place for a new park in the McFee Road area and work will soon begin.

Eddy Ford is a man of vision. He knew that a debt-free town would be able to create more parks, playgrounds and athletic fields, build more sidewalks and walking trails, and pave and improve more existing streets and roads than could a debt-burdened town.

Much has been said about the empty Kmart store in Farragut. Due to the national bankruptcy of Kmart, there are empty stores all across the United States. Mayor Ford cannot be held responsible for that although his opponent would have you believe otherwise.

Under the leadership of Eddy Ford, Farragut has a bright future and will continue to be free from debt and property taxes. Under the leadership of Eddy Ford, Farragut will continue to have business growth and will continue to serve its homeowners well.

Again, we urge our friends and neighbors, the residents of Farragut, to join us and vote for Eddy Ford.

Bob Leonard

Marie Leonard

Farragut



KPD, KCSD should set driving example



Editor:



I was just reading all the comments regarding speeding in West Knoxville and noticed that what I consider a primary contributor to the problem was not noted — the example set by the Knoxville Police Department and the Knox County Sheriffs Department.

I respect any law enforcement officers that put their lives on the line for us daily, however they still need to set the example in obeying the laws — posted speed limits included.

It is very rare that I observe them driving the speed limits. I have two daughters, both close to driving age, that have asked me on numerous occasions why a law enforcement officer was violating the laws of the road?

Do you think that memory will help them avoid speeding or running a red light when they are running late?

And [as] parents we must step up to the plate as well and set the example. If you are like me, it is easy to get caught up in traffic and not even notice going over the posted limit, but it is our job even more than law enforcement to set the example and enforce the laws with our children.

We need to be accountable ourselves before assigning the blame to others.



Bob Hunter

West Knox



Bicyclist appalled at comments



Editor:

I recently read the March 3 issue of the farragutpress, and I would like to respond to the negative comments in presstalk regarding bicyclists. First, I am 51 years old and have been an avid cyclist for many years. My ability to maintain a reasonable fitness level, positive mental outlook and control my weight as I have gotten older is due in large part to my exercise program, which includes cycling. I live off Northshore (Drive) near Pellissippi Parkway and typically travel to locations such as Anchor Park in Farragut to start my bicycle rides and avoid the busy traffic where I live.

I am appalled at the narrow minded comments regarding bicyclists in your recent publication. Forget for the moment what the rules of the road say. What does it say about our society nowadays that people/vehicles can’t take an extra 10 – 20 seconds to wait and safely pass cyclists on the road? Ask yourself how much time it really takes to slow down and wait for a safe interval. Are we in that much of a hurry to get somewhere, that we can’t show some patience, common decency and share the road? At a time when obesity is a rampant and growing problem not only in our country, but particularly in East Tennessee, shouldn’t we be encouraging more exercise? At a time when energy costs are soaring and supplies dwindling, shouldn’t we be encouraging those in our society who are willing to walk or ride a bicycle to work to do so? The answers to these questions should be obvious. Sadly, they are not.

One of your readers/callers suggests that cyclists have an “attitude.” I will admit that I do at times. I have been intentionally run off the road by vehicles in our area that weigh several thousand pounds more than me. I have had objects thrown at me by passing vehicles that apparently are unwilling to share a little space on the side of the road for a brief moment. We routinely hear obscenities shouted at us from passing vehicles. And worst of all, I have a friend who was stopped and raped on the side of a road while exercising alone in East Tennessee. Would you have an attitude given these circumstances? Stop for a moment and consider the fact that cyclists are largely unprotected while on the road. We routinely and intentionally ride in groups for better visibility to passing motorists.

I also read numerous comments from your readers in this publication about vehicles ignoring the posted speed limits on our roads. If cyclists inadvertently help to slow traffic, what is the harm with that?

I would ask your readers that are opposed to cyclists, if they are aware of the many bicycle rides that are organized each year for benefits for cancer, MS and other noble causes both locally and nationally. These benefit rides routinely pass through our communities. Would you suggest we stop these rides, because they may cause some temporary inconvenience to motorists? I would venture to say that most reasonable people would support such endeavors, even if they produce some minor inconveniences. I am reminded of the Three State-Three Mountain benefit ride that starts and finishes in Chattanooga every year in May. This ride is supported by the mayor of Chattanooga and a number of streets are actually closed or limited to traffic in the City in support of this wonderful ride. Are the citizens of Chattanooga simply more enlightened or progressive than Farragut and Knoxville? I don’t think so.

As a nation we are recognized as having one of, if not, the most productive workforce in the world. However, what have we sacrificed to obtain this recognition? Look at the number of fast food restaurants in this country. Road rage is commonplace. Stress in the workplace seems to be growing. We hear more and more predictions of future skyrocketing costs for health care due to obesity related problems. Nutrition is a forgotten concept in many households. With this in mind, should we restrict positive physical activities such as cycling, because of the 10-20 second inconvenience that motorists must endure and the inability of some individuals to willingly share the road?

I think not.



Tom Gilmore

Admirals Landing



Keep status quo, Ford, Haynes,

reader says



Editor:



This election is crucial to our town as we know it. Maintaining the unique character of Farragut is the agenda of Mayor Eddy Ford, incumbent alderman Mike Haynes and alderman Ward I candidate Tom Rosseel. If you value Farragut as a residential community and don’t want to turn our town into just another overly built, commercially cluttered section of Knoxville/Knox County, be sure to cast your vote in this most important election.

Eight years ago, the business and developer community got together and spent tens of thousands of dollars to buy the town of Farragut during the 1997 election. They failed miserably as Farragut residents saw through the vast array of advertising and understood these special interests were upset because Farragut doesn’t rollover and let them do whatever they want as with the rest of Knox County. This election, the message is the same although the tactics have changed. We now have candidates who want to blame the town of Farragut for empty commercial space and see “streamlining” the planning commission process as the answer. A soft economy and Turkey Creek have taken their toll. How about some proactive ideas such as encouraging/educating residents to “Buy Farragut First” and patronize our local businesses [to] keep sales tax dollars at home. Our town is in the black financially. We’re not in desperate straits. Why is it we see candidates constantly saying the answer is to just not be so tough with regard to regulations and ordinances? I maintain the answer is not opening the flood gates to commercial and development activity. The answer is doing better with what we have and understanding that to make the kind of changes advocated by the developer/commercial business candidates (Johns, Honken, Rochelle) would drastically change the character of Farragut.

Take a good look at Cedar Bluff? Is that what you want Farragut to look like replete with tons of traffic, an absolute mess of signage and minimal trees and green space? This is what is being proposed by those challenging Mayor Eddy Ford, alderman ward II incumbent Mike Haynes and alderman ward I candidate Tom Rosseel. Don’t be fooled. Vote to keep Farragut as Knox County’s premier residential community. The choice is ours.



Jeff Elliott

Farragut



Edlund calls for incumbent support



Dear Editor:



First, I would like to thank those who sponsored the candidate’s forum that was recently held in the town hall. This is true democracy in action and all the candidates are to be commended for their community involvement.

One topic that was discussed at the forum was the office zoning for the property along the south side of Parkside Drive and adjoining Sweet Briar subdivision. At least five individuals who have served as president of the Sweet Briar Homeowners’ Association (in-cluding myself) have worked very closely with the town and the property’s owner, Farragut Land Partners, to secure a zoning that would be an appropriate transition from residential to commercial. This was a request that we made as a subdivision; Farragut Land Partners honored it and the town of Farragut supported it. During the forum, there was criticism of the incumbents because this property is not zoned commercial. This criticism is not warranted since both Mayor Ford and Vice Mayor Haynes supported this zoning at the request of the land owner with unequivocal support from our subdivision.

Lastly, and on a related topic, I am also a University of Memphis graduate and former Memphian as is Mayor Ford’s opponent. The idea he had that we need to pattern ourselves after Germantown sounds very noble. In reality, Germantown is a nice place to visit, but it will cost you $1.70 per $100 assessed value to live there. As Mayor Ford explained the other night, when another Shelby County town, Lakeland, wanted to benchmark a community last summer, they did not choose Germantown, they came to Farragut. Please vote for those who made our community what it is today.



Robert A. Edlund

Sweet Briar

 

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