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• Have you all heard about the bear attack in Gatlinburg [recently]? A man supposedly was walking his dog when he came upon a mother bear and her two cubs. The dog went towards the bears and the mother attacked, injuring the man and dog. According to a statement in [a daily newspaper], the bear may have been protecting her young but she had previously exhibited aggressive behavior and authorities were worried what she might do next. So, they decided to euthanize her when they found her. Basically it comes down to the fact that the bear cubs are now orphans being cared for by the bear center just because their mother was trying to protect them. What’s next, a human mother being sentenced to life in prison for hitting someone who is attacking her children? Come on people, wake up and get a clue.

• I am totally appalled with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. [Recently] a man was in Gatlinburg and he allowed his dog to get out of the car. The dog ran up into the woods where it encountered a mama bear and two cubs. The mama bear did what any species of animal on this planet will do, and that is protect its young. The man ran up to help the dog and the bear — again to protect the cubs — smacked the man. And he was able to go down to the visitors’ station and clean his wound and he was OK. If the bear had been aggressive, the bear could have dismembered him or killed him. The bear did not do it, the bear was concerned about the welfare of the cubs. Now, TWRA — in their lack of wisdom — has captured the cubs and has plans to move them to another area. It’s not time for the cubs to leave their mother, and they’re going to trap the bear and euthanize it. I’m going to do my best to cause a national awareness of this problem with TWRA and the Smoky Mountain National Park. I’m going to see if I can get the people cross-country to boycott it because we’ve got some real ding-dongs running this park, especially TWRA. Leave the bears alone. If you want to be a tourist, go to Gatlinburg but stay out of the woods unless you put bells or something on and keep your dogs on leashes. Very simple: we don’t live in the woods, the bears do.

• I don’t live in Kingsgate, but I’d just like to say how nice it was for the Kingsgate Homeowners Association to put out all the little American Flags in front of everybody’s home through the whole neighborhood. I thought that was a very patriotic touch and I’d like to thank the association for doing that.

• Yes, the First Utility District wants to conserve water, then why don’t they fix their leaks? We’ve had a leak outside our building for over a month. We keep calling them and asking them to fix it, and so far they haven’t. We can conserve water that way if they would fix their own leaks.

• I’m calling about the little snippet about water usage, and the issue that we have is the fact that [a local developer] — we’re supposed to be in a drought — runs their sprinklers every day, even when it’s pouring down rain. A good portion of the sprinklers spray straight up in the air and don’t even get the grass. And that is our issue.

• A big thank you goes out to [a local citizen], he put American Flags in the yards throughout Kingsgate for the Fourth of July. We enjoyed a very festive and patriotic look and feel. It was great.

• I just finished reading my farragutpress [July 6 issue], and in the presstalk I read a comment about someone and — I’m hoping I’m reading this person’s intent wrong — about judges being brutally [inaudible] murdered, and this person seems to support that kind of random violence. This person may not like judges, and granted we have a few out there who think they have the right to control the world, but this person does not have the right to advocate violence and to add grief and add pain and suffering to the families of these people who were brutally and horribly murdered. These people who committed these acts of violence are criminals, they are murderers and eventually they shall burn in hell. But hopefully the criminal justice system will get hold of them first and make them pay and suffer well. And to the person who put that in there, if you’re intent was to say that you’re glad these people are dead, you need to have some serious counseling because you’re one sick, twisted psycho.

• I appreciate the comments that were made last week about the politicians that put their signs on the fence bordering the protected area on Parkside [Drive] and Lovell Road. They should be taken down, I quite agree. Another subject I think that we should address is people that have garage sales and they put signs up on the corners of the neighborhood, and the garage sale passes — two or three days, a week — and they’re still sitting there until they fall over and they just lie in the grass, which is littering. They should be responsible and pick up their signs and throw them away. And the people that are putting [up] signs about painting houses and removing junk on telephone poles, they should be fined. It is not a proper thing to do.

• I am calling to encourage everyone to vote at the upcoming election. I want to tell people that they should use common sense when exercising their right to vote.

• The Farragut [Board of Mayor and Aldermen] responsible for deciding upon [the expansion of a local business] will waive its immunity over being responsible for any accidents that happen due to their decisions. ... there are going to be accidents and property damage and perhaps serious injury and lives lost if they go ahead with this.

• Contrary to what was written last week in presstalk there are many of us that are very pleased with the plan to install a roundabout at the intersection of Concord and Northshore.  I live within a quarter mile of the intersection and have to negotiate it several times a day.  The lines on Concord are unbeliveable at rush hour.  I can’t imagine the lines on Northshore if the traffic flow was stopped by a light or stop sign.  I have driven on roundabouts in New England and found them to work very well.  The have a calming effect on traffic.  With stop lights you get drivers accelerating when the light turns yellow and then red.  That does not occur with a roundabout.  I complement the planners that selected this progressive method of dealing with a difficult situation.


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