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• Via e-mail: I would just like to thank the Knox County school system for working with the local media to provide parents with at least a ‘basic list’ of school supplies in time for us to take advantage of the tax-free weekend this past weekend. NOT! During a time when so many of us are trying to cut back to be able to keep up with the escalating prices all around us AND tackle the upcoming back-to-school supply lists AND classroom fees (God help you if your child plays a sport too) - the VERY LEAST you could have done for us is to have worked together and published a generic list that could have helped the struggling families that attend your schools and read your papers.

• Via e-mail: Barack Obama doesn’t want the price of a gallon of gas to reach $12. Yes, he is opposed to offshore drilling, but in a recent compromise he is willing to lift the federal moratorium on offshore drilling in exchange for a substantial increase in the usage and development of alternative fuel sources. Barack Obama, as well as most any other Democrat, understands that this nation can no longer sit idle as we are held hostage to the whims of OPEC and the leaders of the member nations. Our addiction to foreign oil is leaving our economy in shambles as inflationary prices have crippled our ability to spend. Offshore drilling is only a temporary solution that will merely provide a quick fix to this nation’s oil addiction. A modern day “Manhattan Project” like the one proposed by Senator Lamar Alexander is needed to create an energy independent America. A major investment in alternative energy will not only rid this country of our energy dependence, but will also create a significant new class of green collar workers that will rebuild the American middle class. Why continue sending billions of American dollars to OPEC nations when that money could be spent here in the United States? Energy independence makes sense for our security, economy, environment, and everyday Americans who are tired of spending a small fortune every year at the gas pump.

• Very simply, I’d like to say that there’s an unhealthy relationship between developers and people running for County Commission. ... This is ridiculous. You can’t move or drive in any direction because of contractors, and the way they’ve just built without any rhyme or reason or any control. Driving down Kingston Pike at 5 o’clock and you hit a wall of steel, and that’s how come. They’ve developed all the way to Lenoir City.

• I was just calling in a suggestion for your Through the Lens series in the farragutpress. You might want to have your photographer take pictures of the front end of Belleaire subdivision. ... I think the town officials of Farragut need to go do a drive-through of Derby Chase, Belleaire and Shiloh and see exactly what their votes have wrought upon the residents of these subdivisions. I hope you’re proud.

• Ninety-nine out of a hundred drivers have cell phones. We understand cell phones are nice and very useful. [Recently] me and my family have been nearly run over by people using them five times across the double lines, across the white lines and one time in a curve. And each time, they had a cell phone stuck in their ear. One of these near misses was a local business truck with the business name on the side. Now there’s two ways we can stop this: hold the cell phone companies responsible if they are using their brand and [have] an accident; let technology stop the phone when the motor is running and the vehicle moving. The cell phone people have too much money to get this outlawed. If they did, people would still use them. There are not enough law officers to catch one using a phone in the cars with all the dark windows. ... All the people wanting Costcos would increase our traffic horribly. Costco would be fine in Solway, Clinton Highway or somewhere not close to Farragut. Costcos are known in the North and other places. We can’t believe people that live in the South want Costcos. If the northerners like Costcos so much, let them shop at Sam’s or drive to the closest Costco. We regret to say this, but it is true. Our intent is not to get a feud going again against the North and the South people. Some think they could put a Costco on the Farragut mayor’s farm. Traffic would be unbelievable with so many school children and local residents.

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