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• Via e-mail: Regarding Farragut building/zoning rules and Sam and Andy’s. As a licensed home improvement contractor, I’ve worked with numerous building officials throughout East Tennessee over the last several years. I’ve walked away from a few jobs because property lines were too close. I discovered the property lines were too close during the building permit application process, resulting in me not making, or more importantly, not losing any money. A good practice is to check with codes department to make sure before you do any construction. I wish to thank these officials for the outstanding job they do in our community.

• Via e-mail: Finally someone said something in print about [The University of Tennessee men’s head basketball coach Bruce] Pearl’s constant yelling on the sidelines. I watch because my companion does but by the end of the game I am so tired of seeing that mouth wide open I am agitated. If he has not coached or taught his team how to play in practice you can’t yell them to victory on the court. How does he expect his players to concentrate on the game or play at hand and hear him yelling something in the background at the same time? Bruce, give your fans, team and throat a rest — Be Quiet for a while.

• As a resident of Farragut for many years, I have seen a lot of changes in our community, a lot of them good, a lot of them definitely not good. One thing I think would be very good for Farragut is all new aldermen and a new mayor. Too much is going on right now that is not in the interest of the citizens of Farragut and the residents of Farragut. Too much personal agenda, personal opinion, is the driving force behind what goes on in our Town. Something we all need to be asking ourselves is why [the candidates] are spending so much money on advertising to get re-elected for position[s] for which [they] are not paid? …

• I’m calling to respond to the letter from the candidate for mayor, Ralph McGill. Mr. McGill, thank you for your straightforward, common sense approach to what is needed in the town of Farragut. This kind of common sense and fiscal responsibility that we desperately need in Farragut seems to be what you’re all about. This is a Town, not a private country club. The mayor, the Board of Aldermen and many of the Town employees seem to have forgotten this. The town of Farragut was originally incorporated to help protect the citizens of Farragut, all its citizens: the residents, the neighborhoods and the businesses. The current administration has strayed so far from that principal it is truly sad. Mr. McGill, I do hope that you will take the time to come knocking on doors; there’s a lot of people who want to … talk to you. We need you here in Farragut more than ever.

• It’s probably old news by now, but I was so surprised that Sam and Andy’s had been asked to take down an airlock that helps their business inside. It’s on the corner, it’s not bothering anyone, it broke no laws: I just don’t understand why the Farragut government is making them tear it down. It benefits everybody who goes into Sam and Andy’s, and how long have they been in Farragut? A long time.

• I’m calling about the [traffic] calming islands on Grigsby Chapel Road. In particular, I think the town of Farragut needs to take a look at the first calming island at the corner of Campbell Station and Grigsby Chapel roads. Its placement right near the crosswalk is going to cause significant traffic problems in the mornings and in the evenings when there are many more cars trying to use that road, and those cars use the center lane, where that new calming island seems to appear to have been cut into the road. Again, that time is about between 7 and 7:30 in the morning, when there are too many cars in that area for the location, especially if you take out a certain portion of the road with the calming island.

• This is in response to a call-in in last week’s paper. I am in total agreement about the trash being picked up around the town of Farragut and West Knox County. Not only is the trash on the streets that were mentioned before, but it is all along Kingston Pike, on Smith Road, and as far down as Old Stage Road and all along Old Stage Road. I mean, something really needs to be done about this for pickup.

• Last week, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average was plunging below 7,000, President [Barack] Obama, [when] asked if he was disturbed, said that he didn’t spend his time “watching the gyrations of the stock market.” Tens of millions of retirees are suffering and tens of millions of others near retirement have had their dreams of a comfortable retirement shattered. But our president is not concerned by these so-called “gyrations.” Instead, he is busy passing more environmental regulations and unionization rules that will drive more companies out of business. The man who calls the loss of half the retirement savings in America a “gyration” does not deserve to be president. It is time to start talking about impeachment, which would be change you really can believe in.

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