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• This is a follow-up comment to the comment that was posted [recently] in regards to the early start for the kindergarten at the Farragut schools. I definitely believe it’s too early for 5- and 6-year-olds to be going to school at 7:45. I’ve noticed the same thing, lack of energy and a lack of motivation on the part of my

daughters.


• OK all you bicyclists, listen up. We the taxpayers are tired of paying for your sidewalks and bike trails if you’re not going to use them. Get off the road and on the trail. It’s much safer for everyone. It shouldn’t take 15 minutes to get down Virtue Road. Why ride the most curvy hills during rush hour on a bicycle? If you want respect on the road you’ve got to stay on the edge, not the middle, and pull over to let the long back-ups go by. Cars have to stop for stop signs. Bikes don’t, never do. If you want to share the road with cars then follow the same rules. And while I’m on my soapbox: ease up Sugarwood residents. Your [garments] are in such a wad it’ll take years to get the wrinkles out. So what if someone goes into Weigel’s the wrong way? Turning left into it from Smith Road is nearly impossible because of traffic lined up at the light trying to get on to Kingston Pike. There’s only enough room for three cars behind you before it backs into the intersection. And has anyone ever heard of “slower traffic keep right.” Not Loudon County people, they’ll go from Lovell Road to Dixie Lee [Junction] in the left lane at 30 mph. Move over. And last, but not least, bring on the cameras. I’m tired of close calls at our intersection because of inattentive drivers paying more attention to their cell phones, newspapers, make-up and who knows what else? Maybe you should get up earlier in the morning to do those things? And when traffic backs up, don’t block the intersection. Farragut is a great place to live and has a lot of smart people. But not when they get wheels — cars or bicycles.

• I’m calling in response to the town of Farragut’s Leisure Service plan. I attended both of the planning meetings in February of 2007 and I’m really disappointed to not see mention of indoor pool facilities for the town of Farragut. That would be such an amazing addition to the town of Farragut. It was repeatedly asked for and commented on in both of those meetings, and I have yet to see any mention of it in any of the long-range planning. So I’m real disappointed and hope the town of Farragut will step up like Brentwood did and really make an exceptional community center that includes a competition indoor pool.

• How is it that Concord Marina is going to possibly be allowed to do a dry-boat storage facility when the YMCA was not allowed to build there according to TVA? It that not a commercial business as well?

Editor’s Note: During public meetings when Concord Marina and YMCA were both vying for Concord Park space, the public was advised that the original agreement for the marina included space for dry storage.

• I’d love to see Hammrick’s restored to Knoxville, especially maybe at Turkey Creek. It had a real good following when it was here before it went out of business. And I’d love to see Hammrick’s come back.

• I’d like to see Costco, Trader Joe’s, Ikea and Macy’s in our area. Those stores are great, and it would really enhance the quality of life in our area.

• To the person who responded to the kindergarten mom about school starting so early … I’m addressing the one who said she “had to stop laughing for a minute” and accused the writer of being “naïve” … I found your comments to be trite, accusing and offensive. Presstalk is not a forum for those who wish to launch thoughtless, rude attacks against others who are only seeking sound, objective opinions or feedback. It is the likes of you who give our community a bad name. You should be ashamed.

• Via presstalk@farragutpress.com: In response to the people talking about how early the Knox County schools start in the morning, I say TALK TO OUR SCHOOL BOARD ... . We go an extra 30 minutes every day so we can have our FIVE SNOW days built in ... for God’s sake, we live in TENNESSEE not upstate NY! So if we don’t use the snow days (I think we’ve used them in the past for flu and flooding and there has been an occasional “snow” day in the last seven years) then our children are going to school five extra days and our teachers and admin staff are working for free for those five days! Its ridiculous, we don’t get out of school early because we haven’t used these days, we’re just stuck. I say get rid of these five days and start school 30 minutes later. (8:15 a.m. for elementary and 9 a.m. for middle and high school) and have dismissal at the same time as now. Makes perfect sense to me ... .

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