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• I just want to say that I totally agree about the Letter to the Editor about Charter Communications “enhancing” my cable TV on [the] June 24 issue. This is getting ridiculous. All we’re doing is paying more and losing more channels. We need to stand up to these people. If it takes canceling our subscriptions, so be it. This is just ridiculous.

• This is in response to the two neighbors in Bent Tree subdivision who are complaining about a poor cat that is in pain. If you see an animal that is in that much pain, you should try to capture it and try to take it to the vet yourself. Don’t assume that it has an owner; it very well could be a lost stray. It is your moral obligation to help something — an animal or a person that you see needs help.

• I just wanted to say that I am in complete agreement with the gentleman who wrote in this week about the local cable company. These folks seem to just be totally oblivious to the inconvenience of their customers when they periodically scramble the channels around; and now they’ve removed the TV Guide channel from the basic and expanded basic customers. It’s just amazing. It’s no wonder I’m seeing more and more satellite dishes on houses in our neighborhood.

• This call is meant for the person or persons who is dumping non-recyclable items over at the recycling center at Kingston Pike. Last time I was there, there was a large sofa and a stuffed chair and other items sitting behind the green recycle bins. If this person can haul these items over there where they don’t belong, they certainly can haul them to Goodwill or to some other organization that can give them to somebody who can really use them.

• I saw the article on the front page of the farragutpress today [June 24] concerning the woman who’s got 41 outstanding citations about, I’m assuming, the red light cameras in Farragut. Why isn’t this woman in jail? Why [is] this woman still allowed to have a driver’s license? This is ridiculous. I mean, I would think this would be called both reckless endangerment and depraved indifference. Whoever this is, if it’s the same place over and over and over again, or whether it’s just repeatedly going through different areas, either there’s something wrong with this person that they should not be driving or they have a total disregard, disrespect for the law, the people around here and the community and she needs to be dealt with accordingly. I have never had a ticket for running a red light. Ever. I’ve had one speeding ticket in my life, and I was guilty. I don’t understand the mentality of people who think they are above the law. The sheriff’s department needs to go to this woman’s home, they need to tell her that she has all these tickets and she needs to pay them, and then they need to pull her driver’s license. ’Nuf said.

Editor’s Note: As stated in the story, the Knoxville woman had 41 unpaid citations from City of Knoxville red-light cameras, not Farragut cameras. Also, as stated in the story, Farragut photo enforcement manager Ben Harkins said he was not aware of anyone who had such a record with the Farragut cameras.

• Via e-mail: I witnessed an incident where the off ramp of Pellissippi Parkway intersects with Kingston Pike. This white Camry came zipping around the bend heading towards Farragut, when a construction truck … pulled out in front of it to slow the Camry down. This almost caused the Camry to rear-end the truck. Now I hate speeding and people tailing other people; however, this was uncalled for. Not only did the truck driver continue to follow the Camry, he proceeded to tail, taunt and even weave into the lane, almost causing multiple collisions! His enjoyment out of tormenting the other driver is what prompted me to write this letter. I do not condone any sort of law breaking, on or off the road, but people who think [they can] try to stop one crime with another crime are not doing anyone any favors.

• I think it’s a good idea to have a “Town” picnic the day before the [Farragut Independence Day Parade]. I see that it’s being put on by the same folks that did the “Taste of Farragut” last fall and we had a great time at that event. I want to thank all the businesses in the Town and the sponsors for this event for their efforts to help make Farragut a great place to live and do business.

• I see that the Farragut “artists” have been back at work at the underpass on Boyd Station Road. This must be the same bunch of vandals that decorated the concrete ditch behind [Rocky Top Market] on Harvey Road. It’s time for the police to step in and do something about these people who constantly go out and deface public and private property. If they are juveniles, then they and their parents should be held accountable for cleaning and paying for maintenence of the streets, signs and underpasses these people destroy.

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