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• I would like to commend our town’s planners for considering a new, distinct town center. Two features I would like to be considered in this discussion are a large covered gazebo for concerts and special events, and more importantly a life-sized bronze statue of Admiral [James David Glasgow] Farragut. This would be a perfect fund-raising opportunity for our town’s service clubs and a very appropriate way to honor our town’s namesake.

• I have to disagree with guestview [June 21]. The mayor’s position is supposed to be a part-time, unpaid position. It greatly disappoints me to read how [the writer] views the mayor’s position as uniquely positioned to suggest new programs and bring ideas and issues into discussion, along with being a motivating force. We need to let the professional staff do their jobs and have the Mayor and Board of Aldermen stick to the bigger picture.

• I hope the events that happened down in Selmar will be a wake-up call for the policemen that come to the Fourth of July parade at Farragut. We go every year, and every year they go flying up and down Kingston Pike at 80-plus mph with the road lined with families. Every year it makes me nervous, I wonder how long it will be before someone gets run over. And whoever they are — I don’t know who they’re trying to impress and what they’re trying to prove — but they need to be fired.

• It was very disappointing to read that we are not allowed a YMCA off Northshore. Many of us could not afford a pool, and need the water therapy. It is also a convenient location, particularly for seniors who no longer drive any further than necessary and who would like to continue a regular exercise program that’s affordable. If the appearance of the building is a concern, please visit the Y in North Knoxville: it’s beautiful inside and out.

Editor’s Note: There also is a YMCA facility off North Winston Road in West Knoxville with both indoor and outdoor pools and is equally beautiful inside and out.

• We’re so proud and thankful for the farragutpress. [Recently] in [a local daily newspaper] was a very good article to see how people are treated in Farragut. [A Farragut resident is] a flower enthusiast who sells daylilies from his home; a small sign was forced to be removed, a temporary sign. The sign has six words on it, with a beautiful picture. This also tells us about him being woken up at 2 a.m. to move a truck that had problems, that would not start. He had 30 minutes to move this truck. Farragut rules are made up as they go. Many, many of us feel sorry for [this resident] on how Farragut officials treated him. I heard from many, many of us, to wait until election comes around. A new mayor … would stop things like this. Golf signs, realty signs and other large signs that’s out of shape all are over Farragut. Some realty signs are almost in the highways, along with golf signs [recently]. [Recently] on Twin Lakes Drive, cars are parked in the highway. We counted four, why weren’t they pulled off? Is this a beer or whiskey parlor for the young people. Check on it.

• When the town of Farragut is completed, we are anxious to see the wide streets, walking areas, bike trails, benches for sitting, bike parking, car parking and water fountains. We want to see just how much land the [a public official] is willing to donate and the price [that] is paid for this property. This must be published, and it will. All of us hope more than one builder would be building this town of Farragut [center], and many good ideas from other builders and Farragut residents’ input have on this new town [center]. Again, we’re looking forward to [seeing] the amount of land the [any public official] will donate. We hope the nearby stores can and will be shopped if one builder is all that’s involved in building this town [center]. We hate to see another dusty ghost town. …

• This comment is directed toward the Farragut resident who was quoted in the farragutpress a couple of weeks ago that he will be watering his yard and no one could stop him. He must not be aware that in our neighborhood last summer, we ran out of water on the uphill side of our neighborhood. We were not able to have water coming out of the faucets. This year we are more than 10 inches lower than we were last year when this happened. In addition, hundreds of new houses have been built since then. This situation is going to get nothing but worse. Watering your lawn is selfish, there are more important things than grass. There are ways to landscape your yard that require zero to little water. Please try to investigate and learn about these ways. Water is a limited natural resource, there’s a finite amount of water — clean water. And it’s just going to get worse. Please don’t be selfish.

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