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• On Monday, Sept. 11, an American Flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office and store in the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this fifth anniversary of one of our country’s worst tragedies. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms. In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American Flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn’t take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American Flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.

• My daughter, a new freshman at FHS, was duped this weekend by an older sophomore girl, who pretending to be her friend, used my daughter as a means to have somewhere to spend the night so that she could sneak out while I and my daughter were alseep for the night, and meet her boyfriend and go to a party where she got drunk and ended up at a hospital. She even stole my daughter’s new clothes to wear to the party and left while my daughter was asleep. Later I discovered that this wasn’t the first time this girl had been in trouble. Parents: When you allow your daughter/son to spend the night at another parent’s house, please alert the other parent that your son/daughter has issues that would be cause for concern. Had I’d known of the risk, I would have had the informed choice either NOT to allow the girl my hospitality, OR I’d have stayed up all night and kept closer watch. When the police called at 3:30 a.m. to wake us up and inform us that the girl had escaped, I was surprised to say the least. Here, I was put at risk by a girl who had used us all to enact her personal agenda. She is not sorry, only sorry that she got caught. Parents, as the school season begins ... as the football season post “parties” begin ... keep a closer eye on your kids and alert other parents of causes for concern rather than keeping the facts a secret. Also, I’m stunned by the amount of l6-year-old boys driving around giving girls rides all hours of the night. Why are their parents allowing them use of vehicles all night long? Do you know where your teens are? — A betrayed and concerned Farragut Parent.

• Monday, Sept. 11, marking the fifth anniversary of the New York terrorist attack, the pastoral care department at The University of Tennessee Medical Center is hosting an uplifting community-wide service to remember Sept. 11 and celebrate our heroes with fire, police and military agencies as well as the resolve of the American people. The service, in the Wood Auditorium at UT Medical Center, is open to all. It begins at 8:30 a.m.

• I would like to know why we have power outages almost every day in Farragut? Four times this week my power was off during the day or during the night. Of course, one time there was a storm — I can understand that. But not Saturday mornings when there’s nothing but good weather and sunshine. We need better service from LCUB. I’ve called Lenoir City, their power’s not off.

• LCUB, what is the dang deal? My power has been off three times in the last week, and probably six times in the last two months. Get your act together and fix whatever the problem is.

• It would be unconscionable to rezone Village Green to the new Hardin Valley High School. Teenagers aren’t going to take the roundabout way on the Interstate and Pellissippi Parkway. They’re going to drive on that windy and treacherous N. Campbell Station Road. What a disaster. I think students living in the heart of Farragut should be allowed to go to their hometown high school. This produces community pride, which is what sets Farragut apart from other suburbs. The logical district lines would be north of the Interstate and east of Lovell Road for Hardin Valley High School.

• This is regarding the new school zoning. I think, in one way since Farragut has a new area code of [379]34 and that part of Farragut that should also be the zoning area for Farragut High School, and they should start from there. It’s silly to drive past the high school that’s only two or three miles from you.

• One of the [U.S.] Senate candidates claims that we can solve our energy problems by burning bio-diesel made from soybeans. To do this would take 10 times our current crop, leaving nothing for human beings to eat. Current plans for use of ethanol as a fuel was squandered. Half of our current corn crop as well. This is driving the price of food up here and abroad. As a result, hunger is spreading in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Maybe the soybean idea isn’t such a good thing. Neither is the candidate stirring it up.

• I’ve had it. I totally refuse to furthermore to do business with anyone that has a recording device trying to communicate with their customer. It is the most aggravating situation that I can readily remember, talking to a machine that has no ability to respond as a human would. If they don’t want to have people answer the phone, they don’t want to do business with people. Therefore, I stop.


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