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Markli corrects

farragutpress story



I am writing to correct an inaccuracy on last week’s front page story, “Markli spells out alderman candidacy.” The article begins “Developer Bob Markli is running for Alderman in Ward 1 … .” While I am flattered at being promoted to the status of developer by the paper, I am in fact an independent custom home builder and general contractor.


To clarify, my only experience as a developer consists of being invited to own a 10.5 percent interest in Berkeley Park subdivision whose developers wanted my expertise as a general contractor and the added prestige of having a respected, quality custom builder as part of the development team. Growing up as I did on 14 acres in rural Anderson County during the 1950s and ’60s I came early to the values and natural beauty of this region and developed a keen sensitivity to our local aesthetic. To me, architecture in all its subtlety is the language of a region. It magically translates the people, their customs, penchants and ethnicities, the geography, natural resources and even weather unique to that area into a recognizable form appropriate only to that place and time.

My Manhattan Project scientist father and John’s Hopkins educated registered nurse mother instilled in me a lifelong love of learning and a deep sense of reverence for beauty in all its forms. My first job as a bicycle-mounted News Sentinel carrier salesman on an 8-mile-long rural route made an athlete out of me as well as an entrepreneur and I gravitated toward the construction industry during my school years. In 1974 I founded Markli Construction Co. and since then I have built my company and worked exclusively (with the exception of two years spent in Europe on a mission in 1976-77) in the contracting industry. I built my first home for sale in 1980, moved to Farragut in 1988 and have now built over 100 unique homes in some of our finest neighborhoods.

In that time I have worked with many tradesmen, suppliers, realtors, businessmen, developers, engineers, architects, designers and other professionals and negotiated contracts with people from all walks of life.

I know that all people have a valid point of view and there is merit on both sides of every story. I know that Farragut will continue to develop. I believe that the people of Farragut entrust in their Board of Mayor and Aldermen the authority to ensure that development takes a form appropriate to and representative of the wishes of all the people who have chosen to make this their home.

As a citizen, father, homeowner, businessman and homebuilder who stakes my living on the quality of this town, I believe I am uniquely qualified to help us maintain the standards and enhance the reputation that under girds our justifiable pride in what we have created together, and I pledge to do just that.



Bob Markli

Farragut



Editor’s Note: farragutpress regrets the error and offers Mr. Markli its apology.



Hogan favors

infrastructure spending



One of the most profound comments, in my opinion, regarding the economic stimulus plan is the statement that the study of economics is a “soft” science.

Absolutes of cause and effect do not exist. What is true for one situation, it not true of another. What is true in one time frame is not true in another. Steps to improve the economy may not work. Government spending or tax cuts to stimulate higher employment in one circumstance, will not do so in another.

Experimentation, in these areas, can have the opposite effect than the desired one.

Economic woes may escalate rather than affect a cure. The tax cut theory, trickle-down theory, spend more of borrowed or printed money theories, at any given time, may fail. Bail outs of the stock market, banks, the auto industry, the mortgage industry and the insurance companies has been a partial failure due to poor planning, poor over-site, partisan delays and because the merchants of greed are still in place.

What we need is a more certain road map of what needs to be done, and we need it fast. Action, in all prudent haste, the correct action, is required. The most brilliant and adroit professors of economics have not devised a cure.

I do not expect Congress will either.

Somewhere in this great and rich country, is a gifted unsung hero who has thought through this dilemma to the correct, and perhaps illogical, end. Let us hope this person surfaces soon. Meantime, mistakes will be made. Lets pray we have the fortitude to listen to our economic saviour when she or he appears on the horizon.

I favor spending on our infrastructure as a four-fold beneficial spearhead. It will stimulate employment, put money back in circulation, spur growth of business, and provide needed replacement and extension of basic services.

Spending on education, communications and space exploration can prove to be our best longer range investments. Such allocations will provide lasting competitive job skills and a stable environment for future technical advances.

Did you ever stop to think?

1. Why we call a stock salesman a Broker? Is BROKE the root word?

2. A financial adviser is a stock sales person in disguise.

3. A bank employee is a teller. Who do they tell?

4. A banker is a money lender, why did they stop?

5. A regulator’s job is to protect as proscribed. See above.

6. A Congress person debates law, in the public interest.

7. A senator is a sort of a super congress person.

8. A lobbyist influences both, NOT in the public interest.

9. A CEO is a chief executive officer. See item 8.,

10. A CFO, if a chief financial officer, knows better.



Harry Hogan

Farragut



Recycling site needed



My family moved to Farragut in June of 2007.

I was disappointed to learn the garbage company of my choice did not offer curbside recycling. They do offer it now, but more costly than what I paid in the Atlanta area, therefore I won’t sign up. (Isn’t everyone picking where they spend their hard earned dollars these days?)

I was elated to find the recycling bins near Saplings and started using them right away. We are a family of six and I cut my trash at least in half by recycling. I took a load once a month that filled my mini-van from floor to ceiling in the rear. My children help me gather and sperate the items at home and I always take at least one of them with me to distribute it into the bins.

It is important to me that they learn to contribute to the greater good.

I was VERY disappointed to find the facility closed on my last trip. I agree with other postings that there IS a NEED for this in the community.

The Kroger in Fountain City offers bins in their parking lot, could the Kroger on Brooklawn do the same?

There is surely a solution for this. Recycling is a very important way for communities to help the environment. It may not be greatly profitable, but it is necessary!

If it is made simple and painless, more people will do it. Having to sit in line at a garbage facility on the weekend is not the answer — folks WON’T do it. I hauled my recycling around in my car for more than a week when I found this location closed.

I visit my mother in Fountain City and I took it over there today and left it in the bins at Kroger.

These drop off locations are always busy because they are convenient. You can go no matter what your schedule, just drop by when you have a few minutes.

If the town of Farragut would step in and help with this venture, I’m sure it would be a great success.

Jolene Dial

Farragut

 

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