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Editor’s Note: Thank you to the many callers who informed us of our error in printing the Dutchtown Road Convenience Center did not have recycling bins. We stand corrected. There are bins at the facility. Our apologies for any confusion the editor’s note may have caused.

• Via e-mail: Instead of lamenting about the loss of the recycling center in Farragut, let’s do something. The citizens of Farragut should contact our Town leaders and make this one of our priorities. As a suggestion, why not put a recycling center behind the old Ingles location. Or, in front of the old Ingles location. Put this on the town meeting agenda for Mayor Eddy Ford and his elected officials to discuss. The Dutchtown Road location is inconvenient to Farragut residents. And the Cedar Bluff location has so much traffic it’s hard to get in and out of this area, much less park your car at the center. Recycling as a profit center is marginal at best. However, recycling is the right thing to do because the landfills can’t take the volume. It’s the right thing to do. If Farragut wants to “GO GREEN” we need to take action. Make your voice heard at city hall.

• Via e-mail: I was as disappointed as many readers when the recycling bins were taken away. I called the recycler and asked why. I was told that there is no market for the materials right now — not simply that recycling is unprofitable. As the economy and manufacturing recover, the bins will be replaced. I do need to correct the farragutpress editor on one point related to recycling. Dutchtown does have recycling bins. They collect everything APR did except regular paper. Before the Lovell/Kingston convenience center, I took all I could to Dutchtown. Unless something happened since last Saturday, we can still take our recycling and drop off the trash (stuff too nasty or unidentifiable for recycling).

• Via e-mail: I visited the Knox County, so-called, recycling center on Dutchtown Road and it doesn’t appear to be a recycling center to me. Everything goes into the same container. In addition to this problem, the site is difficult to access. A convenient Kingston Pike recycling site is badly needed. The Town owns a lot [of] land that could be utilized for this purpose. What amount of income for the collection company would be required to reopen a pickup site somewhere? I think a small charge to everyone visiting the site, regardless of the volume deposited, would pay for a new location.

• On Monday, Feb. 2, after school was cancelled because of snow, my 6-year-old daughter, who’s a kindergarten student at Farragut Primary School, got on the wrong bus by mistake. … She was scared, in the middle of the street walking by herself. Thank goodness a Good Samaritan saw her and brought her back to the school where I was waiting. I didn’t ask his name, but I hope he can read this message and know that I’ll be forever grateful. And let’s not forget that in the middle of the crisis, God sends you angels who are willing to help you always. May God bless you, and thanks again.

• Our school superintendent [James McIntyre] needs to be able to make a decision to as whether or not to open school one or two hours late or close school no later than 10 p.m. the evening before the following school day. Now just because Knox County Schools closes down, which means Knox County government closes down, does not mean the rest of the [inaudible] stops working. We all have to go to work if we don’t work for Knox County or the Knox County Schools. To wait until midnight or later to make a decision and put it on the news is irresponsible and inconsiderate. One of my co-workers was watching the news at 5:30 [one recent] morning looking to see if school was open or not. Nothing was on there. He took his children to school. School was closed, therefore he had to turn around, take his children home and he was late for work. Now a lot of people do not have the luxury of having friends or family nearby who can watch their children. If something should happen with school, they have to really scramble to make other arrangements. And those other arrangements do not always mean they can just up and not show up for work. We need to let our school superintendent know: you need to think a little bit, you need to put the children, the school teachers, the school bus drivers and their parents before your own vacillating ideas and commitment problems. What you did was wrong, own up to it, face up to it and let’s put it in writing from now on: you have to make a decision by 10 p.m. [to] either put schools late or close ’em down. Real simple, real safe.

• During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised that seniors who earn less than $50,000 would pay no taxes. Not one penny, he said over and over. Now he seems to have forgotten all about this promise. I think that when someone gives his word, he should keep it no matter what. Maybe the president is just too busy spending trillions of dollars to think about seniors making less than $50,000. I don’t know what he was thinking, so I won’t make any accusations. I just know that when I give my word, I keep it.

• To the person who thinks that it’s Farragut schools’ decision to open or close, that’s why they’re called Knox County Schools.

• I’m calling about the ignorance of some people [who] call into the paper. Things like complaining about President Obama’s stimulus package when it won’t do a bit of good in this paper. Also, the lady [who] didn’t know that Knox County Schools’ central office is in charge of calling off schools. And also your newspaper for not knowing that there are recycling bins on Dutchtown Road at the collection center.

• What a great idea to put the Y[MCA] in the old Kroger building. That’s just great. It’s a high-traffic area, it’s easily accessible, lots of drive-by traffic for people [who] may not even know we have a Y out in the Farragut area. I sure hope the Y corporates think hard on this one. I think that’d be wonderful. Let’s pray for this.

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