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• I’m calling in reaction to the GuestView [June 7 issue] editorial by Alderman Tom Rosseel. I really think private development should be handled by private developers. If there were opportunities for private development in Farragut, then local private developers would take advantage of it, such as they did at Turkey Creek or as they’re doing up at Town Creek in Lenoir City. I don’t think that’s it’s productive to send our town [leaders] all the way to Las Vegas, when the fact is there’s plenty of money opportunities and the private developers would like to exercise them here in Farragut. Generally speaking, private development is funded by local entrepreneurs, and I think that the government has never been very successful in private retail development. And therefore, sending our representatives from our town government to Las Vegas is really a waste of time and taxpayers’ money. If the town does get something out of the trip, it would be great. If not, within a reasonable time period — within a year or two — if we don’t see anything I think the folks that went on that trip pay for it themselves [instead of] taxpayers’ money to do it.

• I read the headlines, and there’s a lot of talk about the three-way stops signs. A minor inconvenience. About the watering issue, maybe a little bit more of an inconvenience. I haven’t seen a thing, for a while, about all the illegal, criminal aliens that are working in Farragut and/or Farragut companies. Somebody needs to address that issue, hopefully County Commission or whatever, because they are sucking dry the Social Security and benefits of so many retired people who are living here.

• Since when is it alright to take someone else’s property? If it’s in their front seat of their automobile or in their house, just because you know it’s there, you should be able to take it if you want it? How stupid can you get?

• I, for one, am thankful that the Turkey Creek Road bridge is being reconstructed to a better travel arrangement. It’s difficult to have the bridge closed right now because that’s a main thoroughfare for us. But I will be glad when they’re finished, and glad they did replace the old bridge.

• I have an idea about the Concord pool: why don’t they just remodel it and fix it up to where we can start using it again if they’re not going to build the YMCA there? Not everyone has swimming pools in their backyard or their subdivision. We would love to see the pool back open.

• A couple of years back, a friend suggested I attend the annual Farragut Independence Day Parade. I was reluctant at the time, but came along. I’m no longer reluctant. It was so exciting seeing people lined up for more than a mile, on both sides of the road, with cute little children having such a good time. Most of the floats and parade entries were well done, or interesting. Barring some emergency, I’ll be back this time around.

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