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• I just wanted to know if the farragutpress … or any of the TV stations are actively working on investigating the statements that were made at the Farragut Board of [Mayor and] Alderman meeting [recently] about the town staff denying access to Farragut residents to public records. This is a serious allegation and it needs to be investigated fully, and those who have violated state law need to be held accountable. This needs to be done immediately.

• I think some of the people in Farragut that [used to be] northerners that moved south are smart people or they would have stayed in the north. They are still not going to run our town and what’s going on. We agree that the northerners won the war over the south. None of the northerners even mentioned the great casualties they had, which was greater than any [in] our Korean War. Northerners, just stay on your side of the street.

• I’m calling about the Sugarwood pool comments. I’m a resident of Sugarwood and I would have to agree that the opinion of the majority of the people in our neighborhood is that we don’t get to use our pool when we want because of the swim team. I have children, and my little girl said last night, we were on our way home and we passed the pool and it was probably around 5:30, and she goes, “Oh look mom, I’d love to go to the pool but the swim team’s there again.” And the unfortunate fact is, we are paying the bills with our exorbitant homeowners association fees, which have recently went up. And most of the kids that are on the swim team don’t even live in our neighborhood. There are a few that do, and it is the parents of those few that seem to be driving this whole swim team issue down the throats of the whole community.

• Somebody has to say it: drilling for oil everywhere we can will decrease the price of oil. If the U.S. had drilled in the ’70s, we wouldn’t have $4 gasoline. Being an engineer, I am concerned about energy efficiency. But I know that oil use and CO2 generation can’t be reduced very much in 10 or 20 years, especially with India and China and the rest of the world consuming oil at a rapid rate. All energy source possibilities must be researched now — and we need all of our oil available to use. A side note: I may not own the land I live on, but I sure don’t need any help from the government, or my neighbor, in managing what I do live on.

• Another week of skyrocketing gas prices and Congressional Democrats spent all week trying to pass a Global Warming Bill that would raise gas prices to seven-and-a-half dollars a gallon. In fact, this bill would raise the price of everything we buy. Instead of solving the problem by approving more drilling on federal lands and offshore, these do-nothing Democrats want to raise taxes by $3 trillion. That would be the cost if the Cap and Trade Bill is passed, and if the Bush tax cuts are not renewed. Are the Democrats in Congress total idiots, or is it that they just don’t care about how ordinary Americans are hurting?

• Shame on farragut! The mess at Kingston Pike and Lovell Road is ugly, smells badly of political meddling, and is definitely dangerous! How could anyone in their right mind allow so many curb cuts and cross-traffic accesses so close to a major intersection? I and most everyone I know has almost been hit head-on there many times, thanks to folks wanting to cross into Sonic or the car parts place or the car repair place while others want to turn onto Lovell Road — and did you know that you have to drive through the large parking lot behind Sonic to reach a small subdivision that is located behind the Rush? Talk about out-of-control development! I’ve seen many accidents at this intersection. The town needs to remedy this mess now!

Editor’s Note: The area of which you describe is in Knox County and not the town of Farragut. The Town attempted a few years ago to annex the area from west of Matlock Tire Co. to Canton Hollow Road but was met with opposition from many business owners in that area. The effort failed. If you want to complain, you should vent to your County Commissioner in District 5 or the present Knox County administration, not the town of Farragut.

• What time does your mail arrive? Ours shows up usually after 4 p.m., or sometimes 5 [p.m.], and occasionally 6 [p.m.] or later in the afternoon! The reason, we have variously been told, is that ours is an “auxiliary route” with no regular carrier assigned, so whoever has time delivers it whenever they have time — or that it’s a “training route.” It’s a bit odd that we should be selected as an “auxiliary route” or “training route” — we’ve been at the same address for 31 years! I would have thought we’d have long since been on an established route, but our postal service, in all its grand wisdom, apparently disagrees. And they wonder why folks use e-mail … .

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