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• In response to the requested de-annex of that subdivision on Hatmaker [Lane] for Walter Lane, I don’t think it’s a good idea. We ought to keep the guy to the same high standards that we’ve got now. He’s wanting to put a high density area in part of it, or all of it. We’re going to inherit it anyway, and we ought to keep him to the standards that we have now ’cause we’re going to inherit a bunch of problems if we let this guy do what he wants to do. I don’t think de-annexation’s the answer, we ought to annex the whole thing and, again, keep to the standards we’ve already set for every other builder in Farragut.

• The Tennessee Legislature is considering a bill to exempt food purchases from sales tax for one weekend each month. This is a worthwhile idea; but a better idea is to make food and pharmaceutical drugs tax-exempt on a permanent basis, as is done in many other states. This exemption would benefit everyone — but especially our most needy citizens for whom food constitutes a larger percentage of the monthly budget. Also, since the tax savings would be spent on other items, exempting food and drug would promote economic growth. This growth would, in turn, generate more tax revenues for the state. I hope our representatives in Nashville will make food and drugs tax-exempt, but not just for one weekend a month.

• Could someone from the Farragut Town Hall explain why it takes six to eight people working eight hours a day for two weeks to hold early voting to elect just two aldermen? This election staff will then spend an additional 12 hours on Election Day, April 10, to finally finish the voting. I can only hope the election staff members are volunteers, as this election is woefully drawn out and overdone to elect two candidates. Isn’t there a better way?

• With regards to the editor’s note about what freedoms we are giving up [April 5 issue]: “Your freedom to break the law, or your freedom to put others in harm’s way” with regard to red light traffic controls, the freedom that you are actually giving up is the freedom to confront your accuser. Since the officer who signs off on the pictures is not an actual witness, but purely an administrator, and did not in any way witness the event, you are being, in effect, accused by a machine, which cannot be confronted in a court of law. So, what we lose in turning over the administration of justice to machines, is the inalienable right to confront one’s accuser face-to-face in a court. Think about that when you consider your personal liberties at stake.

Editor’s Note: That’s an excellent point and hopefully your query will be answered in one of the town meetings focused on red-light cameras scheduled at Town Hall. But note, it was a surveillance camera that captured the murder of Scott Loveday in a convenience store parking lot at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Lovell Road.

• About cameras at intersections, I wanted to make it clear that Illinois is using these devices on all their major construction zones throughout the state on their freeways.

• I would really like to see the farragutpress do an article on what it would take to integrate the Concord community into Farragut. With all the talk of the possibility of a metro government, that scares me into thinking that my votes in my area might be diluted by the city votes. So I would very much like, as a resident of Concord, to be a member of the Farragut community, and I don’t know how to begin to find out how? But how that could be done would be nice.

• Shame on you for printing that malicious, libelous comment about the Farragut crossing guard. I do not know how you let these horrible comments get printed. I have never met the crossing guard, but I have followed her direction for many years while on my way to work, and I have found her to be more than competent. The citizens of Farragut know exactly who the [caller] is talking about, and to make such malicious and libelous comments about her is unconscionable. Over the years I’ve been angered on many occasions by your allowing cowards to vent in your column. This takes the cake, and could not be ignored. You’d rather just do away with presstalk than to allow somebody like this to vent like this again and tell such lies.

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your comments. Why didn’t you send a signed letter to the editor to vent your frustrations?

• I just finished reading the editor’s notes in [April 5] farragutpress about the traffic lights. I think it’s a wonderful idea putting cameras up at traffic lights. We could actually prevent more crimes if we’d put ’em in everyone’s car, or a computer to monitor everyone’s speeds or any crimes that’s committed. And why stop with cars, why don’t we go ahead and put cameras in everyone’s homes? He says, “What freedom are you giving up?” in your editor’s note. You could prevent a lot of crimes just by putting cameras everywhere. I think you’re giving up a lot of freedoms by putting cameras at traffic lights. And it’s just a start.

• I want to thank the editor for responding to all these people calling in whining about red light cameras. These folks must be part of the problem. I’ve lived in a number of cities, big and small, and have never seen so many people blatantly running red lights, thoughtlessly endangering others. What’s the hurry,

people?

• Are you aware? [1] Minneapolis, Minn., turned off their red-light cameras. [2] A judge in Minneapolis ruled the cameras as unconstitutional. I'd rather accept the rare risk of a red-light accident, as opposed to cutting corners on my

constitution.

Editor’s Note: A county judge in the Minneapolis case ruled the ordinance was unconstitutional, not the camera. The Minnesota State Supreme Court also found that Minneapolis had disregarded a state law imposing uniformity of traffic laws across the state, thus striking down the use of the cameras.

 

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