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• What part of the word “illegal” is so hard to understand? The state of Arizona spends over 1 billion — that’s with a “B” — dollars on illegal healthcare, education, law enforcement and other benefits. Because of their illegal behavior, Phoenix is the No. 2 city in the world for kidnappings. Terrorists are even sneaking in the Mexican-American border. So we need to, No. 1, secure all our borders; and No. 2, send them all home — the illegals home. We can’t afford them, nor should we have to fear them and the possibility that Knoxville could end up No. 3 in the world for kidnappings. We should adopt Mexico’s [sic] immigration laws.

• Via I was so glad to see the presstalk last week from the person who took all of us in Farragut to task because we complained so much about such small things. I agree with that person. Farragut is a great place to live and work. I do both here. Although I have never lived in a big city like the person mentioned, I have traveled enough through big cities at peak drive time in the mornings and evenings to know I would never want to deal with that on a daily basis. The caller was correct. We have no real traffic problems here. Oh, some of us may drive too slow in the left lane, some of us drive too fast, some of us won’t stop on red before turning. But these things are relatively minor compared to sitting in rush hour traffic for an hour or two or three every day, trying to get to work, school or home. We are very lucky to have our town, our town leaders and our roads and parks. We should be praising them daily.

• Via I saw in the local daily paper Sunday a story about a woman from Knoxville who has 41 delinquent red-light camera citations, all for turning right on red at the same intersection in Knoxville at approximately the same time every morning. First of all, that’s just stupid. Secondly, I noticed from the story that Knoxville had not been able to collect any of that money so far, up to $4,100 or more with court costs piling up, etc. My question is, what will Farragut do about someone like that? Are there any strong collection efforts going to be made for unpaid red-light camera tickets?

• Via It was reported in farragutpress that the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce is requesting $15,000 from the Town for its budget next year. Perhaps the Town has donated to the Chamber in the past. While the Chamber, no doubt, does a lot of good for the West Knox community, I do question any donations to the Chamber by the Town because of the political stances of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The local Chamber is associated with the U.S. Chamber, as a minimum in name and charter, and perhaps more substantively in policy and mutual support. Today, when picking up the farragutpress at my mailbox, I also picked up a request for a donation from the Democratic Party to overcome the $50 million in funds supposedly being raised this year by the U.S. Chamber to oppose the agenda of President [Barack] Obama and the Democratic Party. It is a wellknown fact that the U.S. Chamber opposes most measures many would call progressive, and so the Chamber is opposing with political action ideas that are held by many in Farragut. The Town committee looking into the requests for donation, the aldermen, and mayor of Farragut should look closely before town funds are given to the Chamber of Commerce. Instead, I suggest the Town government provide funds only to organizations that have no political alliances and have an effective program to help Farragut businesses.

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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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