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• Congratulations to [town of Farragut government] for their tremendous job in protecting Farragut homeowner property along the Greenway trail and the LCUB power pole issue. [They have] apparently been able to secure the park benches while diminishing the value of everyone’s property. The ambiance along the Greenway trail is now akin to a nice stroll along Kingston Pike. The size of the power poles are outrageous, as is [Farragut town government’s] action.

• To the person who called in last week mentioning how horrible traffic gets on Kingston Pike on Sundays in-between the Ingles and the Village Green shopping center with the backed-up traffic and lanes blocked off and so forth, you are preaching to the choir. It’s only going to get worse, and if the town of Farragut does not listen to the majority of its citizens it is going to become a horrendous nightmare and a traffic nightmare that will just never end. … On Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m., a special called meeting of the Farragut Municipal Planning [Commission] has been called. It’s topic of discussion will be the First Baptist Church of Concord’s Master Expansion Plan and it’s integration, absorption — whatever word you want to use — of approximately over 25 percent of the Belleaire subdivision. At this point in time the church owns over 20 percent and is negotiating to buy more property. The church has a lot of wonderful programs and does a lot of wonderful things. But does that give them the right to trample on the feelings and the rights of the families who live in the subdivision of Belleaire as well as the subdivisions that are adjacent to Belleaire and the church property of Shiloh, Derby Chase, Farragut Crossing, Glen Abbey and even towards the back of Kingsgate? This is a residentially zoned area. We purchased or built our houses knowing there was a church in the front of this subdivision, but we live there because it is a community. It is a neighborhood of families and people. We do not want to have these houses replaced by asphalt parking lots, restrooms, bleachers, concession stands and ball fields as the Master Plan, which has been submitted by the church and is now on the town of Farragut Web site, is showing what they want to do. This is not right and this is not fair. Please speak up, write, call, e-mail or fax the town of Farragut and please ask them to vote no.

• I totally agree with the person who commented in presstalk [Dec. 27 issue] about how we seem to be catering to the Hispanic population. I agree all the other nationalities that came to the United States had to come and learn to speak English, and I think all Hispanics, Mexicans, Latinos — it does not matter — they should all learn to speak English, too. That is the language of our nation and we should not have to cater to all the other sub-cultures within our society. We all become part of a melting pot; and there’s nothing wrong with speaking your own language in your home, there’s nothing wrong with being multi-lingual. But I do believe the language of commerce here in the United States should be English, and all peoples who choose to live in this country need to understand that and abide by that language of commerce and speak English while you’re out and about in the communities.

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