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• I just drove by the old Kmart building, and for the town of Farragut to take a stance that it’s not their problem is unbelievable. If somebody will donate the paint and the equipment to paint it, I will paint it myself for free. It is appalling that the town will not take any kind of stand on this, and yet now they’ve gone to the old Texaco building beside U-Haul and started painting it. And I will also paint that for free — on my own time. Get with the program people, enough is enough.

• I’ve heard that the town of Farragut has a plan to build sidewalks in Fox Den. Apparently, a majority of homeowners are strongly opposed to this idea. But it appears that some individuals at Town Hall are trying to ramrod the proposal through. I don’t think the town of Farragut has the right to destroy the appearance of an established neighborhood and put in a concrete sidewalk just for recreational purposes. Fox Den is full of beautiful landscaping and trees that would be ruined by the construction of sidewalks. Officials at Town Hall need to listen to the opinion of residents of Fox Den and act accordingly. If they don’t listen, they should be voted out of office.

• I, my wife, daughters and friends agree with [the Knox County mayor’s] statement that the public faith has been shaken after the political ploys used to select 12 county offices. The actions of the good ole’ boys in the back room, and nepotism, confirms the old saying that power corrupts and absolute power absolutely corrupts. As Fifth District voters, we plan to vote against every incumbent that we can in the upcoming county elections. Backroom deals are unethical and completely negate democratic input of voters in what should be an open selection process with input from the people who represent us.

• The decision for the Hardin Valley High School zones has not yet been decided by the School Board. There’s still time for the community to get involved to find a viable solution for all of us. We all have the same issues, students being pulled away from their friends, teenagers traveling unsafe roads, families being split to two different high schools. Attend the meeting to help find a solution to this: Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at First Farragut United Methodist Church, 11915 Kingston Pike, across from the Renaissance Center.

• I’m calling in regard to the debacle of the [Knox] County Commission appointments this week. There were plenty of people who were eligible and who were very qualified to run in the Fifth District along with the other districts where family members were appointed into. The Fifth District does not have to be a Leuthold dynasty. Just as Mark Cawood’s wife didn’t need to be on the Commission and Diane Jordan’s son doesn’t need to be on the commission. This is a good example of Knox County’s dirty politics at work again, and I can’t wait for election time again to make sure that my voice is heard. So, way to go, Knox County Commission, you’ve done it again. It’s the good ole’ boys network alive and well.

• With all the highly qualified candidates expressing an interest in becoming a [Knox] County Commissioner from District 5C, why did our term-limited commissioner nominate the father of a current commissioner who had already served many terms? We deserve and need a new person to serve. The signs for the father or the son will not be in my yard again.

• I’m responding to the person who made so many assumptions about the Farragut school incident. I respet your opinion re: bullying, but I disagree w/ your assessment. Having been an educator for more than 30 years I don’t beleive educators have the attitude you attribute to them. My experience has been that some childen have been verbally and emotionally bullied until they can take no more. I don’t know the details of the incident you speak of, perhaps you are more in the know than the general public. There are two sides to every story. Rather than buy into rumors and assumptions, I prefer to wait until the incident is thoroughly investigated.I prefer to be a part of the solution rather than the problem. Just this week Dr. Phil did a show on the topic. His son has a program that he is promoting. Perhaps Knox County could look into getting the program for our schools.

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