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• Editorial freedom is a wonderful concept, but it does come with its responsibilities. With that in mind, the farragutpress has developed policies that will be followed regarding the publication of presstalk comments:

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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.

• The reason The Wheel Tax passed was support from West Knox County. The reason West Knox supported the Wheel Tax was to build a new school to address overcrowded school conditions. Building a light high school with one-third fewer students undermines the purpose of the school. I want to pay one-third less Wheel Tax. Seriously, we all paid the full Wheel Tax, let’s build the whole school.

• The county voters passed The Wheel Tax. Maybe the newspapers should do a little investigation with the county and publish in the paper how the county has spent all that money that we’ve generated through the additional Wheel Tax. Then the voters will know how the county has blown the money.

• The Aug. 10 article in the farragutpress about the accident at the intersection of Campbell Station Road and Kingston Pike was lacking in information. [Writer Alan] Sloan should have determined the disposition of the Chevrolet Venture van, which was operated by Mr. Jose Lopez. Trooper Marty Nix of the Tennessee Highway Patrol indicated Lopez was charged with no driver’s license, no insurance and failure to yield the right-of-way. Mr. Sloan should have asked if Mr. Lopez was a U.S. citizen. Who was the owner of the van? How was the van removed from the scene of the accident? Was the van impounded? Was Mr. Lopez allowed to drive the van from the scene? Did the trooper confiscate the tag from the van? There are a lot of questions here that need to be answered, and not just by Mr. Sloan’s investigation. Please investigate further and publish the information.

• Why would the Farragut Metropolitan Planning Commis-sion continue to encourage the development of new subdivisions in a district with decreased water supply and low water pressure? It seems to me we can’t adequately supply the ones already here. And secondly, when asked the voters came through on The Wheel Tax. We trusted the town would use this for the purpose in which it was intended. If they can’t be trusted to do this, I would be reluctant to ask voters for their trust in the future. We are not dumb.

Editor’s Note: The town of Farragut has nothing to do with The Wheel Tax, it’s a Knox County tax passed to build Hardin Valley High School.

• To the individual that called into presstalk [Aug. 17 issue] and in their [call] they made the statement, “You can be a good Christian, or you can be a hunter, but you can’t be both.” I’d just like to make a comment about that. If they would go read their Bible, in Genesis 9, in God’s covenant with Noah, He says in Verse 3: “Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plant I now give you everything.” Seems like if somebody’s going to make a distinction with hunting and Christianity, they need to open their Bible and read it. I just wished I knew where they went to church, because if that’s what they teach there, maybe it’s time I gave up my Christianity. Hmmm. I just wonder how good a Christians they really are that they can make some condescending comment about hunters when it has nothing to say about how you treat other people, what you believe, what your faith is, your profession. Living a good life, does that not play into it? Just because I’m a hunter, that makes me a bad person? Thanks for your comments, but I’d just soon not hear anymore of them.

• What is your newspaper staff thinking? At the beginning of your presstalk section each week you say, quote: “vulgar language will not be printed,” and quote, “malicious comments will not be published.” Then, in the Aug. 17 edition, you put a caller’s statement regarding the quote, “blanking Wheel Tax” and how, quote, “You need to be done away with.” This is utter hypocrisy on your part, it reflects very poorly on the newspaper and our community. And it’s also a sad commentary on the degradation of our society when thinly-veiled sexual euphemisms become acceptable in everyday discussion, setting a horrible example for our kids. Why are we surprised when our kids start to think it’s OK to use such language in public?

Editor’s Note: The words printed in presstalk are the sentiments of the caller and may skirt the “rules of engagement” farragutpress has established. Your interpretation may not be the same as others and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not call for the abridgement of political speech. Perhaps we should do away with the Constitution since many politicians ignore it anyway, but that would soon prove to be a grave mistake.

• My comment is about the previous comments concerning the bicyclists riding their bikes on the county roads. I can’t understand it because numerous times I’ve come close to hitting people on their bikes because, No. 1, they don’t wear bright enough colors, they need to be wearing these fluorescent vests if they insist on riding their bikes on the roads. And, when people get hit by cars, I mean, what can they expect? Just like the people lining the streets, getting away from the bulls. I mean, they get gored by the bulls, but what do they expect? Now, there’s bike trails all over Knox County. Ride on the bike trails, stay off the public streets — especially if you’re not wearing the appropriate clothing.

• I think that someone needs to do something with the beggars, or panhandlers or whatever they are, at Campbell Station Road. I just witnessed what I would consider a shift change between two homeless people. The same guy’s been there for the last three days, he’s been traveling. Somebody needs to do something about this, or the public needs to stand up and start telling these people to move on.

• I was reading the [Through the Lens, Aug. 17] about Farragut Greenways, and the question was which one do I like best? I like all of them, but my favorite is the one near the library for meditation; and the one over by the river is the one that I like walking, for cardio, for exercise, it is fantastic. I think the greenways are just really wonderful and I hope we’ll always have them. I hope we don’t let the commercial people come in and take over our greenways, ever.

• Regarding the Farragut-Concord greenways, I’ve lived in this area for about four years and I’m very impressed with Knoxville and fact that there are greenways. However, in the Farragut area they are not all inter-connected so it’s difficult to find a place where you can walk three, five, seven miles, or bike, or anything else. Biking, you probably want at least 10 miles to have an hour bike ride. So, I would appreciate seeing more than just Anchor Park, where you have to walk into neighborhoods to get three to five miles, or five to six miles. Some of the greenways are being connected and maps drawn to indicate distances for certain loops so that you don’t have the repetitive nature of the



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