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• So let me get this straight: a bureaucrat doesn’t want the [proposed public] market, so now it will never be brought forward to the elected representation for a vote, or even a discussion? Priceless.

• The Outlet Mall now serves as a truck stop for illegal activities. The Town should give it away or do a reverse annexation or something.

• Via e-mail: For 40 years I have traded in Farragut. I live one-half mile from city limits at Dixie Lee. When the cities [sic] traffic camera was turned on. I got a ticket for turning right on red at Smith Road. I thought I stopped, but camera says I was going 10 mph. I do remember seeing the white sign saying come to full stop. I thought I had done that so I turned. I was driving wife’s SUV. She got the ticket and it seemed to me to be too big a hassle to explain all that on [the] ticket. So we just paid the fine. So the camera does not really get the right person all the time. I really think on a right-on-red you could at lest [sic] send one warning. Since the city does not do that. I will only be shopping that way in a emergency. I do not have to shop emergency’s [sic] often at all. I can go to Lenoir City to do my business, and grocerys [sic] and Rx. Moved my [doctor] records today. ... Our family is going to do its best to stay in our county from now on. I hate your cameras. It for sure they do not catch the right driver. How just is that? I am proof of that. I am going to be working with my state [representative] to see if some changes cannot be taken about the way they send out citations. It is not a very just system. If [you’re] going to have a [system], it should memic [sic] real life. Officers do give warnings at times. Depends on how you was [sic] jerking the auto around and other factors that the human eye differentiates and can be seen as a reckless manor [sic]. Injoy [sic] your cameras.

• Via e-mail: For all the police reports of vehicles being entered that were listed in farragutpress Dec. 3, I hope all of the victims prosecute this man. It doesn’t matter who his family is, how much money they have, that the stuff was recovered or his “sad situation.” He broke the law, inconvenienced many, cost the victims money and needs to be charged.

• Via e-mail: Last week a reader contributed a thoughtful letter concerning the location of a permanent homeless shelter in West Knoxville. The letter was right on all but one point — the underlying cause of homelessness, which is not “mental illness” or “misfortune” in the usual sense of these words. An unbiased national study concluded that 17 percent of the homeless are actually mentally ill. You will hear a higher figure, of course, from those promoting homeless services, and the number will vary according to your definition of “mentally ill.” As for “misfortune,” every human being suffers misfortune at some point in life, yet the vast majority does not become chronically homeless as a result. Strictly speaking, the homeless are without shelter because they do not wish to work or cannot work, or in some cases because they prefer to live on the street. Private charities and government already provide temporary shelter, help individuals find work, and fund disability, and there are well-run institutions to care for the mentally ill. We do not need to build permanent apartments for the homeless in West Knoxville, or anywhere else.

• Via e-mail: “ … My mistake was in listening to my generals.” — Comment by President John F. Kennedy after the Bay of Pigs fiasco in Cuba. Please [President Barack] Obama, learn from our past.

• Via It’s amazing how difficult it has become nowadays to find American-made merchandise in stores, including here in our Town. Is it any wonder why jobs are getting scarcer in America while factories in places like China are working at maximum capacity so they can fill our stores with their stuff? American consumers need to do what they can to help stop this terrible job loosing [sic] situation our country is in. I promise [to] do my part by buying mainly from any store whether it be “Buying in Farragut” or within 50 miles IF JUST a minimum of 50 percent of the things they sell me are “Made in the USA.” How fair (trade) is that?

• Via I support the granting of a beer permit to the Walgreens chain. In reality, there should be no reason /not/ to grant the permit. It’s a legal consumer product. Walgreens already sells a small selection of grocery items and beer sales are a good fit.

• Via presstalk@farragutpress

.com: Hmm ... you said chocolate labs and not just labs ... sounds like some deeper Freudian analysis is needed … you are projecting across a species ... they probably sense your doggie racism and start barking. ... Why not get down for the brown? I left the number for the ACLU on their doghouse.

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