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CBFO questioned



This year I signed my son up to play for CBFO football.

He played last year and his team won the championship in his division. This year somehow my son along with a few other kids that played on that same team got placed on what the organization is calling a “C” team.

These kids have not won one game and have been beat repeatedly by “A” teams.

We were told the league didn’t have other “C” teams for our kids to play.


When several parents voiced their concerns, we were told by the commissioner that since our boys had not played for CBFO since they were 7 years old how could we expect our boys to be placed on a team with veteran players.

This is unacceptable!

These teams should have been evenly talented. A draft should have taken place. My son just got ripped! He is getting ready to play high school football and we paid $220 for him to play on a team that has very few experienced players. He is coaching more than he is playing.

Why is it that there are so many issues with CBFO? Last year we were furious over the Webb kid coming in at halftime, not showing up for practice and then scoring a few touchdowns and then going home. What is next?

These children have the right to have the same fair chance to win a ball game as the rest with equal teams.

Please have someone take a look into this organization. I would hate to have another child feel the way my son feels. I just reassure him that high school has rules and that this is why tryouts are important. For the kids that have never played, what have they learned “how to loose?”



Ashley Lyons



Big Oil ‘Tall Tale’



A tall tale from Big Oil has been floating around the media recently. Their mission is to make destroying pristine wilderness sound reasonable. They tell us: “We're only going to drill in 2,000 acres of the Arctic Refuge — We swear!”

But Big Oil's “2,000 acres” will sprawl across the entire Arctic Refuge just like 1,800 acres of Turnpike slices all across New Jersey. A network of drill sites, pipelines, roads, airstrips and other infrastructure will effectively destroy one of the most important wildlife sites in North America.

Rep. Boehlert said it best in 2003: “It is only a few thousand acres, they say. That is like saying, do not worry, the tumor is only in your lungs. The drilling will have impacts that will affect wildlife throughout the area.”



R Wright-Phipps



Rebutting ‘untruths’



We are writing today in response to an anonymous posting in your October 2, 2008 presstalk related to several Farragut issues. The posting in question is shown below:

• After a few weeks have elapsed, we find Alderman [Michael J.] Haynes [also Farragut vice mayor] is not standing up for the people in the area he represents. He lets them spend all the road repair money in the Fox Den/Village Green areas. Many roads in subdivisions on the south side of Kingston Pike are badly in need of repair. [Repair of] holes and curbs are needed on many subdivision roads. Mr. Haynes, we’ll not be voting for you next election. Many of the residents have already seen how you are now representing us and letting them spend all the money on the north side of Kingston Pike. … The $200,000 being spent above the cost the Seal property could have been purchased for, this money could have been used somewhere else. It looks like the houses in Park Place that adjoins the Mayor [W. Edward “Eddy”] Ford [III] property that sells for $750,000 each. They’re now $189,000 homes. I believe everybody’d agree on what shabby work that’s being done on these.

Editor’s Note [as included in Oct. 2 presstalk]: Vice Mayor J. Michael Haynes was the only member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen who opposed and voted against buying the Seal property.

We are, frankly, appalled that you chose to print the untruths at the end of this posting without extending to us the same correction that you did Mr. Haynes. We have invested a substantial amount of money in our homes and one of our residents, the real estate agent for Park Place, has spent countless hours marketing and showcasing these homes to potential buyers. While the statement in the posting has no basis of truth whatsoever, the printing of it certainly does irreparable harm to our reputation as a neighborhood, future sales of our homes, and property values.

The caller/writer is obviously uninformed and why you chose not to correct their error is beyond our understanding. If you are at all in tune to Farragut real estate, which we believe you are, you know that homes in Park Place are not, nor will they ever, sell for $189,000. We have seen sales slow in the neighborhood due to current conditions, but the quality of the construction of our homes is beyond reproach. Visitors to the homes constantly comment on the quality of the construction and the extras in these homes that are normally not found in homes under $1 million.

We do not feel that a simple response to this posting is adequate especially in light of research that indicates that responding to this type of attack is generally ineffective. Consequently, we are asking you to correct this poster’s error by running a feature on Park Place in an upcoming issue. Any of us would be thrilled to show you through our homes or either of the homes for sale or resale so that you and your staff can see firsthand the quality of the construction and the amenities the homes and the neighborhood have to offer. This positive exposure will help to restitute the damage caused us, and will certainly give your readers a great feature on positive growth and expansion in Farragut.



Jerry and Carol Collins, Richard and Pam Zachary, Bruce and Donna Scott, Michelle and Jeff Krause, John and Mary Ann Miller, Sue Groves,

Stu and Ann Siewert,

Rick and Leslie Smenner,

Dean and Melody Stallings

-Park Place homeowners





Size of $700 billion



I just can’t get my head around just how big 700 billion is. The World Trade Center twin towers were big buildings before they were brought down. In fact they were both square with each side being 41 meters or 134.48 feet (let us just say 134) with the tallest one being 1,368 feet high.

Our paper currency is about 6.125 inches long (let us just say 6 inches) and about 2 .625 inches wide (let us say 2.5 inches).

Now if we multiply our 134 ft. side by four that gives us a perimeter length of 536 feet or 6,432 inches. If we divide this by 2.5 we can see that it takes 2,572 bills standing on end to go around the building.

Standing on end it takes two per foot for each of the 1,368 feet for a total of 2,736 bills. Now if we multiply this by the 2,572 around the building we get 7,036,992 total bills.

Now if we divide this into 700 billion we get (this doesn’t seem possible) 99,474 buildings the size of the world trade center completely covered with dollar bills! Well I can’t get my head around that either!

Suppose I use $1,000 dollar bills then they would cover only 99 buildings with some left over. That makes it easier. No it doesn’t. I still can’t imagine it. Ninety-nine buildings the size of a World Trade Center tower completely covered with $1,000 bills.

I’ll try this. If we have a road 24 feet wide and we covered it completely with $1,000 bills it would cover 576 miles.

That’s better.

No it’s not. (It doesn’t matter since it would be impossible to do because as fast as we would lay the money down our politicians would pick it up and stuff their pockets with it).

Well, I have given up trying to understand how much 700 billion is but I am thankful that we have very smart and wise politicians in Washington that surely understand exactly how much it is and how to spend it.

Well have a nice day anyway.



Ron Newcomer

Lenoir City

 

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