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• Can any pet owners tell me why you feel compelled to bring your dog to children’s sporting events? There are lots of kids chasing, kicking or throwing a ball around. All of this activity opens the door for your dog to bolt away from you and attack one or more of these kids. Maybe your dog is as sweet as can be, but maybe for just one minute it does something out of character: do you give any thought about the trauma to that child, the children on the field and the parents? Can you afford to be sued? Do you think that an apology will be enough? What if a child is allergic to your dog, even a hypoallergenic one? Have you ever seen a child experience anaphylactic shock? It’s a frightening experience that you never forget. Would you take your dog to work? How about to church or the grocery store? Of course not. So please keep them at home where they belong. Plus, no one likes stepping in dog poo.

• In regard to the Strang Senior Center: I, being a recent senior citizen, have gone down to the Strang Center only to find out that it is vastly overcrowded, there is definitely a need for extra parking, and I would certainly welcome a larger facility in the vicinity of Farragut, recognizing how many people are attending that. That would minimize seniors having to travel further, and I think it would be a great benefit to the community.

• Via This is in response to the person who wanted to preach a sermon on the correct way to fly a flag: GET A LIFE!! I’m just thankful to live in a country where we can fly it, not really interested in getting a PhD on the subject!

• Via When our previous town leaders made the decision to construct calming islands on Grigsby Chapel Road the justification and price tag was reported in farragutpress. I understood the main need for these islands was to deter increasing thru traffic flow, mainly from people taking short cuts to and from Kingston Pike and Smith Road. I live in a subdivision thats only exit is onto Grigsby Chapel and everyday I travel past the islands and have tried to fairly evaluate their purpose and value to the taxpayers. From reading the paper it seems residents are evenly divided for and against them. Interestingly, the last part of a pro-islander’s comment in last week’s “presstalk” may be something we can all finally agree on. Quote: “I still stand by the Grigsby Chapel calming islands. It does nothing, it does not make it worse or better to drive down those roads.” Wow! Where were those guys when I had that bottomland in Florida for sale? Would someone tell us again approximately what will be the total cost for constructing, landscaping and, from now on, cost for maintaining these do nothing “Calming Islands?”

• Via e-mail: There is too much media coverage of the vandalism incident committed by Farragut students at Bearden high school. Yes, it was a mistake that demands consequences, but you would think it was a much more serious crime by the coverage. They are remorseful and will have to pay the price. Give them a break.

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That’s it. The forum is open for comments regarding anything you have on your mind — local politics, world affairs, sports, religion, community affairs, city-county unification or anything else.


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