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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.

• I have a cost-saving suggestion for Farragut Primary and Farragut Intermediate School. The suggestion is for communication using e-mail using a computer, rather than wasting paper. The teachers all have e-mail access; however, usage is optional. Technology committees strive to provide the latest technology in our schools, but teachers continue to ignore these available tools. One of eight teachers my children have had in these schools utilized e-mail to communicate with parents. For parents without access, a printed version would be sent home. The other seven teachers have chosen to write a note, hand-written, make 25 copies, and then to send these home with the children. The school or PTA newsletters waste paper in the same manner. Lunch menus also waste paper. Lunch menus and newsletters could be accessed via a Web site or, perhaps, to an e-mail. The lunch menus are already on the Web sites, so we don’t need a printed version sent home with the child. Why is it we pay school supply fees and then the school wastes money by sending home this paper? And staff time is wasted standing and copying, distributing these papers that can be sent to families in one punch of a button.

• Is it really necessary to have yet another full page devoted [to a recurring subject in West Side Faces]? ... I think the space could be better devoted to more community news. ...

Editor’s Note: Yes, the subject of which you refer is an event in the community featuring our citizens and a local business.

• I drive around Knoxville a considerable amount, and Aug. 22 I was on Merchants Road and a [convenience store] on Merchants Road had regular gas for $2.68 a gallon. An hour later, I was by the [same convenience store chain] on Lovell Road, same day an hour later, and it was $2.78 a gallon. Ten cents difference per gallon based on where you are in Knoxville. That’s not right, the prices should not deviate that much. Shouldn’t deviate at all being in the same city.

• We would like to see our news people look into where The Wheel Tax money is being spent. Hardin Valley needs a school. According to [a Knox County government official] the money is not there. This should be printed in the paper every quarter and let the voters know how their money’s being spent or wasted on things we do not need. ... Newspaper people, or TV people, investigate and print the money income from car tags, truck tags, and let us know where it goes. This might really be a big blowout.

• I’d like to challenge the farragutpress to investigate and report on the Farragut High School coaches. We have some awesome coaches, and I’d love to see a news story about them collectively. I’d like to know what are their qualifications, what are their record while at FHS and prior to FHS? What efforts does the coach make to update and improve knowledge base, such as seminars, camps, that kind of thing? And what is the athlete retention rate for this coach? Thanks for supporting our local programs.

• I wanted to make a comment about The Wheel Tax. I own several pieces of property in Knoxville, and I got everybody to vote for this Wheel Tax because [a Knox County government official] said our taxes would not go up on our property, which was a lie. As soon as they got in The Wheel Tax, then they reassessed our property and that was the way to take it up. But this is why I am so against so many politicians because they tell you one thing and they do another. And think it is terrible what [was done] and make the taxes in town go up. It’s like you can’t own anything, because if you do they’re always there with their hand out trying to take it away from you.


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