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• This opinion is to let the [Farragut Mayor and Board of Aldermen] know the impact of their recent school zone proposal to not include anyone on “the wrong side of the tracks” — Concord, which includes Riversound, Montgomery Cove and other elite subdivisions. I have always shopped in Farragut. However, this is going to change. I hope others in my area will take notice of this unwanted [action] and residents’ sales tax revenue [will be lost because] they will shop outside Farragut city limits. Might I suggest that the FMBA enact a city property tax to purchase Farragut High School and fully appropriate its funding. This way, they have total control without outsiders’ input.

• Well, today was the straw that broke the camel’s back. When are people going to realize that when you’re on Lovell Road, heading north on Lovell Road, that the two left-hand lanes across the bridge are turning lanes, not “let’s get ahead of the traffic” lanes? I had a woman in a white SUV just almost run me over today — didn’t use a signal or anything, just pulled right in on top of me. … Pulled right in on top of me today ’cause she used it as a passing lane rather than as a turn lane. It’s dangerous, people need to pay better attention and follow the traffic rules.

• I just read with interest the [FMBA] proposed zoning for the existing Farragut High School. I find it interesting that [the Board] considers the people “on the other side of the tracks” as not a part of the Farragut community. It’ll be interesting to see just how much time and money the people “on the wrong side of the tracks” donate to Farragut schools. I guess the old adage still holds true: “Some people have to live on the wrong side of the tracks. ...”

• If the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen pass [their] politically-motivated resolution concerning zoning for the high school, then the people south of the railroad tracks who [the Board] obviously consider not a part of the Farragut community should stop spending their money in Farragut and supporting the Farragut programs of all kinds, and take their money somewhere else since obviously they are not considered by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen part of the Farragut community.

• We can all agree that overcrowding is an issue at Farragut High School. A presstalk caller raised an excellent point that overcrowding could be reduced by ensuring that students that attend Farragut High School are truly zoned for Farragut High School. Knox County Schools will verify residency information only if they are asked. They cannot systematically verify names and addresses. So, the responsibility lies with us. You can contact the transfer office at [865] 594-1502 and provide names, or you can mail the Farragut High School student directory. … In addition to contributing to the overcrowding problem, these people are also teaching their children that it’s OK to beat the system, break the rules and their false sense of entitlement is [inaudible].

• This in response to the 16, November, presstalk regarding bigoted voters denying gay rights in Tennessee. As far back as time is recorded, marriage is the union between a man and a woman. We have a right to continue to fully support and protect this long-term practice that has served mankind so well without being called a bigot. It was established as a union between a man and a woman, not man-to-man, man-to-animal, man-to-sister, etc. It has never eliminated interracial marriage, marriage of two people with different backgrounds or any other hypothetical example you gave. It is a moral and ethical practice that we cherish and do not want to destroy by including into it homosexual relations. If gays want marriage rights, that’s fine — go ahead and set up your own plan. You could call it by another name, and we’ll make it legal. That would be fine. Just stay out of ours.

• I cannot imagine that anyone, including the FBMA, believes that zoning the area south of the railroad tracks to Hardin Valley [High] School would be logical. While the railroad underpass on Boyd’s Station is too low for school buses, we do have a very direct route to Farragut High School up Concord and Campbell Station that’s mostly five lanes now.

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