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• Why on earth would we want more liquor stores in the Farragut area? I’m wondering if that’s all that Farragut can get to fill the empty store areas. I wonder if [Farragut town leaders] are anxious to fill yet another empty space when we have such problems with alcohol and drugs in our community already? Our family has lived in major metropolitan areas like suburbs of Chicago, New York and Detroit, and some of those suburbs have only one liquor store. We already have three in Farragut, two in Turkey Creek plus a new wine store that opened. And this is all in a tiny little area here. I’m just wondering if the [certain Farragut town leaders] have way outlived their use in this town? We use those stores that are already here, especially the nice ones in Turkey Creek; and I just hope no one shops there if they’re going to put another one down on Campbell Station of all places. Perhaps that would be a good place for a satellite police station or something right down there in our municipal area. But another liquor store? We think not.

Editor’s Note: Farragut has a satellite police station at Town Hall.

• I moved from California to get away from graffiti and vandalism. Graffiti is not art, it’s malicious damaging of an individual’s property whether it’s a business, private or public, and costs the government and the citizens for the damage. It also causes an increase in criminal activity because that’s what it is. … Art is on a canvas of your own, not on somebody else’s.

• I would like to ask that anyone who witnessed the traffic accident at Concord Road and Kingston Pike between a tan Ford Taurus and a silver Chrysler minivan on Monday, Jan. 15, at approximately 11 a.m., please [notify the Knox County Sheriff’s Office].

• I feel everyone in Farragut should consider how some of the current issues all weave together and point to a lack of leadership and commitment to Farragut in this community. Between the unsightly graffiti, the abandoned buildings and the limbo that all school parents are facing with the new school zoning laws, I think we need to look to one place: a lack of leadership from [Farragut town leaders]. These issues should have been monitored all along. Farragut, unfortunately, was a lovely community but is becoming a less desirable place to live. All the development is going to Turkey Creek. All the parents are in limbo. Where were [Farragut town leaders] when all these situations were developing? It’s time for a change and it’s time to save Farragut before we become a less attractive community to reside in.

• This is in regards to the sixth comment on presstalk [Jan. 25 issue]. I want to know how much that person had to drink before they called in their comment. By the way, I shop at Turkey Creek and I find good deals there every day. And I also happen to be from the South and own one of the “mansions” he’s talking about. It actually has heat in it. It’s called “working for a living.” Not everybody from the North comes down here and buys one of those houses. Some of us southerners actually have some of ’em.

• I’m responding to the letter in the paper last week about the person who was so venomous about [President] Bush and our troops. As a mother of an American solider who is serving in the Middle East I am very proud of him and what he is doing. And I’m thankful to God for all the thousands of brave men and women who are currently serving overseas and defending our freedoms, for which this person seems to take for granted. It’s too bad that he doesn’t have more love for his country and shows less envious tendencies towards his fellow Americans. I’m not a rich person, I have a modest income in life and I’m very happy. And I’m not jealous of people who have money, and I encourage people who can advance themselves to do so. Perhaps this person should show a little bit more Christian love, work toward improving himself, and spend less energy bad-mouthing people and topics that he obviously doesn’t know very much about.

• I would just like to thank whoever picked out the lovely blue town of Farragut banners that are along Kingston Pike. They are very lovely and a nice break from the colorless winter months. Good job, whoever did it.

• What is going on in Farragut? Graffiti everywhere, Fox Den golf course vandalized, several subdivisions having mailboxes smashed — which is a federal offense. And now some person or persons stealing rhododendrons from Grigsby Chapel walking path. One man worked very hard for months removing weeds, planting flowers, bulbs and shrubbery with no pay and buying the mulch and plants with his own money. He got no pay and did it all by himself. All this vandalism surely is the work of juveniles. Parents, please know where your children are and what they’re doing.

• I am not a bit surprised by the recent school stabbing. My impression with the school system is that teasing and bullying are tolerated, and children who report it are told “that’s just the way life is.” It seem the children who stand up against rude or harassing classmates are more likely to get in trouble than the perpetrator. No wonder some bully flew off the handle and stabbed the kid who was defending himself. It was probably the first clear “NO” that bully ever heard.

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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.


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