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presstalk 671-TALK


• I just want to emphasize that one of the reporters had said all of the people in the audience [at a recent Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting] were for the tax increase and that is not actually correct. Mr. Alderman [John] Williams had asked the people who were speaking, he was curious if they would be willing to have a tax increase, and they were the ones who said they would, not everybody in the audience. So it was not addressed to everyone in the audience, it was addressed to the three who had spoken, for they were the one who had agreed.

• We are so happy with our new mayor and aldermen. I do not know of one quarrel, argument or anyone treated rude. It also seems some people’s heels have been cooled. Keep up the good work for our city of Farragut and we thank you very much.

• I am absolutely not concerned about the state legislature allowing handgun carry permit holders to exercise their second amendment rights and carry their firearms in state parks. I think that was the question. It does not concern me at all. What does concern me is the bigger picture of chipping away at all of our rights by this left wing, radical, socialist regime. … I have no problem, and I’m not even a carry permit holder. I have no problem with it.

• The news from Oak Ridge is that the red light cameras resulted in 4,000 traffic violations in their first month of operation. In a community where traffic violations are not a huge problem, the cameras appear to just be another scam to increase revenues with safety considerations being an excuse to install them. This of course will be the case in Farragut. The politicos who really want to do something meaningful about road safety, they pass a law about all the idiots who drive in heavy traffic with a cell phone stuck in their ear and those who are obsessed with texting while driving. These folks are often oblivious to the cars around them and are a road hazard. Multi-tasking in traffic is definitely unsafe. If drivers need to make phone calls while driving, they need to pull over out of traffic to a safe area and do their thing. I know the Town management will not act on this problem because it will not bring in additional revenues like the cameras do. But I’d like to see someone in the Town with responsibility for the law around here to have the courage to address this problem.

Editor’s Note: The state of Tennessee banned texting at the wheel in a law that took effect July 1. As stated in farragutpress July 16, the town of Farragut has limited methods to enforce ordinances and laws and may have to supplement red light camera funds in order to cover costs — thus, not generating revenue. The bottom line is: don’t run red lights or turn right on red without first stopping and you will not get fined.

• Via e-mail: While I visited the library in the town of Farragut last Tuesday I was shocked by a patron who allowed her 4-year-old son to continue screeching and howling, which was heard throughout the entire small library, while they waited their turn to check out. When I had my turn at the desk I asked one of the staff why that child had been allowed to disturb others around him for nearly five minutes? The answer I got was the craziest answer ever; I was told that they are (not) allowed to ask anyone to stop making noise, as it might offend the noise maker, ahh what about the rest of us being offended??? In my opinion that young mother is making a big mistake by not teaching her young son manners while he is still teachable. I do feel sorry for the boy.

• Via e-mail: Before school begins Aug. 17, it is absolutely essential that the traffic lights be re-calibrated for West End Boulevard and Lendon Welch Way [at] Kingston Pike. At times, the light at Concord Road/West End Avenue allows only two or three cars through at a time. That makes perfect sense in summer. But it often doesn’t get re-set when school starts. That creates a big problem, and with the increased traffic after the Campbell Station Road entrance closes, it will really be a zoo. Please, farragutpress, write an article about how that light is managed and let the public know who is in charge. We need to know whom to contact. The lights need to be monitored carefully during those first few days of school until the system works as well as possible. I’m sure many readers will write in to say that all parents should just send their children on the bus and that would solve the problem. But family schedules sometimes make that impossible. Parent work schedules and after-school activities make it necessary to drive kids to and from school several days a week for many of us.

• Via e-mail: This is in response to Ruth Hawk’s concern about “massing” concrete in yards to create miniature parking lots, which would be better than what happens in our neighborhood, which also is Ruth Hawk’s neighborhood. Some residents park cars and trucks on the lawn and in the street. That’s what garages and driveways are for. Residents should have more pride and respect in their neighborhood than to park on their lawns.

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