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• On Tuesday, July 28, at approximately 2:45 p.m., the so-called calming islands on Grigsby Chapel Road claimed another victim. The accident was serious enough to warrant police attention. I have, at various times while driving at night, seen these yellow reflectors knocked off and laying in the driving lane. Also, what’s with the tire tracks through the ugly mud islands? I have driven this road several times a day for over 30 years and never had a problem, even when it was a very narrow, barely two-lane-wide road. You have now created a monster. Just another Farragut folly.

• I was in a local store yesterday and the checkout line got very long: there were 16 people as far as we could [inaudible] the corner. There was one person on the register, it broke down, and finally one person came to another register, which also broke down. As we stood in line, and there were 16 of us, one woman turned around and said, “This is what health care in Canada is like. Get used to it.”

• I’m amazed to read in the paper about people getting upset about red light cameras. Talking on cell phones or texting, putting on makeup, yelling at your kids, driving with dogs on your lap, eating, drinking, sleeping, taking drugs for headaches or whatever, all these things are done at one time or another by everybody driving a car. Even with laws [prohibiting] some of these, it is impossible to enforce. Just because at the age of 16 or beyond, we take a test and instantly become capable of getting behind the wheel of a 6,000-pound machine and maneuvering it through streets in the United States, no matter what the weather or road conditions, and we are now “in control” of these machines. And we are the only ones who are doing everything right. Wrong. Road signs, speed limits and traffic lights are only there for information and traffic control. It’s up to us as the experts to obey them. And unfortunately, we don’t. The new technology is invented, such as red light cameras, to try to enhance the already existing control devices. Slowing down at a caution light, bringing the car to a full stop at an ensuing red light, is our responsibility as drivers. Unfortunately, stopping is an inconvenience in our multi-tasking world and a normal stoplight maybe will take two-and-a-half minutes out of our precious time. Running this red light could result in death. Do the math. Red light stop, stop life. Don’t stop, death. Because of the few, it’s now become necessary to put cameras up to catch the self-professed expert drivers who don’t care about anyone but themselves. It’s not about money; it is about catching the person who has decided he or she is more important than you or your family member that is permanently injured or killed because running red lights is OK. I don’t think so.

• With the closing of the [Campbell Station Road] entrance to Farragut High School and all the traffic that’s going to be coming this next school year, I wonder if there’s been any discussion of full-time traffic cops at all the intersections. I know everybody has been encouraged to send their kids to school on the buses, but you know, lots of buses leave very early in the mornings and, with all the other issues surrounding getting kids to school, I just wanted to see if there was going to be any aid from Knox County at all the intersections.

• Via e-mail: I was disappointed to hear about potential development along Kingston Pike west of Smith Road. As a Sugarwood resident, I do not wish to see any further congestion at our entrance. Weigel’s has shown us a glimpse of traffic problems that new commercial development would cause. But even more to the point, there is no need for a new commercial “strip” on Kingston Pike. We have empty store fronts all along Kingston Pike between Smith Road and Lovell Road — Ingles shopping center, Kroger shopping center, plus numerous empty buildings. Let’s fill those up with new businesses first and THEN we can talk about new development!

• Via e-mail: Our family has attended the Farragut parade since it’s inception and find it such a wonderful event thanks to the town and the participants. … This year I witnessed something very disturbing in the end staging area while I was waiting for my child who had participated. The [name withheld] float had pulled into the old Ingles parking lot and the participants were still on the float. There was a sign … on it. A young man about 14 or so asked the people on the float as he walked by [about the sign]. One man started to answer, and an old woman [allegedly] screamed [obscenities] at that young man. There were three or four kids less than 6 years old walking beside that young teen all of which just stopped and looked at the woman. The young man was shocked as he just rolled his eyes and walked away. He did nothing out of line, but that old woman was very out of line. My child heard that woman, many other children heard her, as did the young man. I believe the float should be banned entirely from the parade in the future if they have that type of individuals who talk like that to kids and around kids. I tried to get out of my car to speak to that woman, but there were cars behind me and in front of me picking up their children and no where to stop. This is not the ghetto and I don’t appreciate this type of ghetto talk and behaviors in a “family parade.”

Editor’s Note: You should address your complaint and list of witnesses to Sue Stuhl, director of Leisure Services for the town of Farragut, at Town Hall. The telephone number is 966-7057.


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