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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.

• What [a Hollywood celebrity] said when he was arrested was ugly, nasty and stupid. Those kind of bigoted comments out of a celebrity, when he is drunk, are unnecessary, and the media has really gone over the top with it. And so has the public in different ethnic groups. Everything is being made a spectacle and a big deal about the ugly, nasty comments he made. People are forgetting the real crime: he was driving drunk. He was under the influence, he was a menace to society, he was behind the wheel of a several thousand pound possible killing machine because he was drunk. He could have maimed someone or killed someone. What he said was wrong, I cannot dispute that, but it is not nearly as disgusting and evil as what he did by getting behind the wheel of that vehicle drunker than a hoot owl.

• I’m calling in regard to the teacher posting for Farragut Primary and Farragut Intermediate schools. I wish someone could please write in and explain to me why it is these lists have to be posted so very last minute when children are very anxious, and in other states in our country there is always plenty of time to shop and to meet the teacher, and it is not done so secretive? So, if someone has information about why it is it takes place this way, I would like to know. And I commend Farragut Middle School for posting their teachers well in advance.

• I live there in the Concord area, and was wondering what the status is on the new Y that was supposed to be built there on Northshore by the golf course?

• I want to make a comment about the high school. We were told if we had this Wheel Tax passed, our property taxes would not go up. Well that was a lie. So now they’re trying to finagle around and not build the high school like we were promised. I think this town sucks; there needs to be something done about it. I hate it, and I’m moving away.

• You had an editorial in the paper [Aug. 10 issue] regarding this [new] high school. What happened to this friggin’ Wheel Tax you promised we wouldn’t have property tax increases on? Well, that was a lie. You all are nothing but a bunch of thieves. You need to be done away with.

• … When are we going to learn in this country that illegal aliens are illegal?

• Somebody [called in and said] we need to raise our property taxes to pay for the high school they’re building. That’s what the Wheel Tax is supposed to have been for. The money should be there, they said we could build the finest high school in the world with this Wheel Tax money. They got it, why can’t they build it?

• Sometime ago we purchased telephone caller ID. What’s happened? This system does not help to block unwanted calls. The calls come through better than ever. At the same time, someone in Nashville was going to fine these people. Does anyone know of a fine issued? Come on phone company, stop these crazy calls. We get from three to five per day.

• … While eating some food at [a local restaurant], we overheard truckers talking about the red light camera off on Lovell Road, and the camera if you run through a caution light. They said in the future they would boycott this station and spread the word from north to south, east to west. Somehow they thought [City of Knoxville government] was behind these cameras, and would boycott all the service stations, spreading it worldwide to other truckers. You learn a lot by just listening.

• With hunting season starting soon, I wanted to give a message to all church-going hunters: You can be a good Christian, or you can be a hunter, but you can’t be both. Number seven of the Ten Commandments says, “Thou shall not kill.” It doesn’t specify people, it just says, “Thou shall not kill.” I’d like to add, “especially for sport.”

• In response to your [Through the Lens] question on whether the county needs the bigger school or the smaller school, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist from Oak Ridge to be able to see all the growth and all the overcrowding in our schools today. It’s obvious to the casual observer that we need a bigger school today, not to mention for the future. We need to at least build for today, and it’s about time our county looked ahead to the future. Build the big school now.

• Let’s look at the situation on [the county’s] car tags increase. This was [inaudible] on property taxes, our tags more than doubled. What’s happening to the Internet taxes on sales, where does this money go? I see the governor gave Farragut a lump sum for parks, bike trails and walking areas. Our sales tax is 10 percent. How much can people pay for schools? … People not registered to vote please register before the next election. … Millionaires can pay their taxes.


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