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presstalk 671-TALK


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• [From last week] 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 unbelievable 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.

• 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 unbelievable 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.

• This is in reply to an opinion in your paper about the Weigel’s at Smith Road and Kingston Pike. I do have an opinion. We do not shop there because all the products that we’ve purchased there smell like cigarettes and so does our clothing when we go in there. Even the paper bags have a cigarette odor on them and we just don’t care for that.

• In response to bicycles on Virtue, Martel, Boyd Station, McFee, Evans and other Knox County Roads, first of all the roads in Knox County are not built to carry cars and bicycles. If you believe that you have as much right to the roads as cars then you should be buying license for your bikes and paying the $60 fee as cars do. You are endangering the lives of men, women, children and yourselves when you take to the roads. By the way, they have a new bike trail at Big South Fork, so why not try it. As for being veterans, I’m sure you realize how special lives are, so why endanger so many people here. It’s like a war zone with all the bikes on the road. And I’m sure that there are people in cars that have fought also. So, why not be respectfully enough to ride where it is safer and not risk your lives and others.

• Hooray for the engineers for T-DOT and the town of Farragut for making Concord Road such a nice road. There is one problem, four lanes down to two, backup on Concord Road from Northshore approximately one mile or more. It’s really a bit unbelievable. Why didn’t they start at Northshore and go to Campbell Station. All you people that think that a three-way stop is going to help, you’re dreaming. They’re going to have to extend Concord Road to four lanes and make Northshore four lanes at the intersection with a light. All the land around Northshore and Concord Road is not the county’s, it belongs to the state, so why not do it. Also, the bridge on Northshore going to the Cove is going to be replaced so what’s going to happen to all that traffic coming down to the ballfields and The Cove? It’s going to backup to Concord Road. Also, the lane at Concord Farms is so close to the entrance you can’t see to get out especially if you’re turning left out of the subdivision. The town engineer needs to go up into the subdivision and try to make a left turn onto Concord Road. Try it. You might do something about it.

• I just thought that someone would like to know that there is a registered sex offender living in Concord Woods subdivision and that he is a coach for a [local] baseball team. You can check the information at tbi.gov, the registered sex offenders list.

• I’m calling about the kids going back to school in August. School should resume after Labor Day. The kids are going to school during the “dog days of summer” and the summer insanity at the high school … that’s another sore note. Having these kids going on Aug. 1 and school doesn’t start until Aug. 11, our vacation was cut short because of those crazy days. Why don’t we do something about it rather than continuing this regime. Cut out some days during the school year, cut out those piddily one day here, one day there off and those long winter recess vacations, why don’t we just cut them out and have a longer summer. Think about it, better yet, do something about it. School administrators, get your heads out of the sand.

• It’s very heartbreaking to see the widening of McFee Road. They have destroyed an oak tree that was probably 200 years old and several other heritage trees. The people that are doing the widening have no sense of safety. They’re destroying the pavement that is there. They’re making the road unsafe for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. All I can say is these boys and their bulldozers are going to make Knox County look like Los Angeles County. This isn’t progress. This is a slaughter of everything that we believe in here. I wish that it all could possibly be stopped.

• I’m calling in regards to WUCP 106.1, the local radio station losing the Farragut football games to [WFIV] 105.3. It’s a shame that when WUCP stepped in to take that they were willing to go the extra mile with that and now because of connections and probably some money involved as well they’ve lost the right to broadcast those football games. It’s a shame because they do things for the community.

• How would I get in touch with the lady who complained about the bear problem, she was going to do something about it? I would like to hook up with her because I’m of her opinion.

• Twenty states now make it possible for consumers to place a freeze on their credit reports. According to the Wall Street Journal, this is the best protection one can have from identity theft. When our lame-brained representatives in Nashville get around to passing a bill that allows the citizens of Tennessee to put a freeze on their credit reports?

• I’m confused about a lot of what is going on in the state of Tennessee. Over the past several years the Tennessee State Supreme Court has taken it upon themselves to rearrange and change case laws to make it easier for violent offenders, rapists, killers, pedophiles, child molesters and drug dealers to have their sentences overturned and get a news trial. Our State Supreme Court seems to have forgotten that it is their job to uphold the law and on occasion interpret it, not flip it over on its back, check under the engine and tweak it and start it all over again. We have district attorneys that are allowing violent, dangerous criminals to be charged and plead to lesser charges. We have district attorneys who, when someone is arrested with an illegal weapon, drugs, trying to steal a car, let the charges be dropped because the criminal attorney said: “Oh, this was only his first offense.” We have a man who was murdered and his murderer is getting probation. The list goes on and on. We have metal detectors in the city hall and in our schools. We have gangs. Our children’s lives are in danger, our grandparents’ lives are in danger and yet our elected officials and our civic and religious leaders it seems that their main focus, what their main concern is, is to keep gay people from getting married. They want to keep basic, decent, law abiding people from standing in front of their friend’s family and in the arms of God.

• There is a proposal to put on the ballot in the state of Tennessee to make gay marriage illegal. I have to wonder what’s next. Bi-racial marriage being illegal, multi-cultural marriage being illegal, inter-faith, inter-religion marriage being made illegal, marriage between two people with age difference being made illegal … what about marriage being made illegal between two people who cannot have children? There are so many more frightening, more important, more dangerous things going on in our community. We have drug dealers, we have murderers, we have rapists, we have killers, we have child molesters that are walking the street and re-walking the street because we have district attorneys who want to slap them on the wrist and let go or they will plea bargain, or they will put them on a meaningless probation. Then to top it all our Tennessee State Supreme Court has decided to rearrange a bunch of case law and they’ve turned a bunch of these violent offenders, for all intents and purposes, loose while they are waiting for new trials. I don’t understand. I thought we were supposed to be taking care of each other, whatever happened to that. I think that when God looks down on Knox County and East Tennessee, he just shakes his head and he cries.

• I would just like to comment on the bear that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency decided was a menace. As I read the article, I recall the man was in his truck or car and he was driving up in the [Great Smoky Mountains] park, someplace, and he came upon this bear and with her two cubs. Being a normal, stupid tourist, he gets out of the car to take a picture of the bear, probably somewhat approaching. That would agitate the bear right there. But then, he leaves the window down in his vehicle and the dog, I believe it was a dachshund, being a typical dachshund thinking they’re a really big dog, because we have one, jumps out of the window and goes chasing after the bear. There goes the second threat to the bear. This bear was not a threat. The last time that they said that she was aggressive was also when she was approached with her cubs. I agree with the two readers that called in and were written up in the Thursday, July 13, presstalks. This is not a bear problem. This is a people problem. The bears need to be left alone. They are our natural resource. They live in the woods, we do not live in the woods. If we see a bear, we are a lucky person because most people don’t see bears with their cubs. Enjoy the sight, revel in it, but leave the bear alone to pass with her cubs. I think that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is terribly wrong. They don’t need to euthanize bears, they need to put up signs in Gatlinburg and all of the entrances to the park, and at the two welcome and visitors centers to: do not [bother the bears.]

 

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