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• Yes, I witnessed that three-car crash in front of Weatherly Hills. The calming islands might not have caused the wreck, but they had to shut down a lane of traffic while they were cutting trees. Because the calming islands were there, traffic was down to one lane instead of two. So, if the calming islands were not there, they would have had an extra lane, so therefore, it had nothing to do with people on their phones.

• This is in regards to all the comments about the traffic lights and also the calming islands on Smith Road. It is amazing to me that people complain about the traffic light cameras because, No. 1, they are there for a reason. People run red lights; they’re not paying attention to the lights. They’re usually on their cell phones or texting or doing other things in the car they shouldn’t be doing. I think it’s a great idea to have them. I wish we had more of them. It might slow the people down and they could be more aware of the laws they are breaking. As far as the calming islands on Smith Road, they’re there for a reason. The other day I was going down Smith Road, and there was a SUV in front of me and all of a sudden, that calming island “jumped out in front of him” and he ran up on it. I’m joking there. But what it was, they were on their cell phone and not paying attention to where they were driving. And if people would be more aware of what they’re doing in the car — not texting the phone, not using the cell phone, not reading a book or trying to do other things — but paying attention to what you’re doing, and that’s driving a car. Obeying the laws that are there for a reason and more or less slowing down, it would be their benefit in the long run. That’s my comments. Thank you.

• Hello. With the start of the school year just a couple of weeks away, I wanted to pass along some observations about the exterior look of our schools. No doubt, we have some of the best schools around, as evidenced by the academic performance of our students and the outstanding teaching provided in the classroom. Sad to say, if you took a look around the campuses of Farragut Middle and Farragut High school[s], you’d never know it. To say we need a beautification effort is a tremendous understatement. There are large craters in the parking lot with standing water in them. Driving through the parking lot, you notice there are numerous cracks in the pavement through which grass is growing. Also, you notice weeds growing from every flowerbed and from and through many curbs. Grass is also grown very high and was recently cut by someone, but there are clumps of clippings lying on top of the grass in and around the driveway to the high school and junior parking lot. Surely, we can do better than this. My call to action to whoever is responsible for this deferred maintenance is: can we get it cleaned up? Use some weed killer, patch some holes and spruce the place up. Organize a parent/volunteer workday. I’d come to help and I know many others would do this as well. We have two weeks before the start of the school year. Our kids deserve a beautiful campus at the middle school and high school, and I believe if they are greeted by school grounds that are appealing, that can only enhance the learning environment inside. There’s a lot to be said for first impressions.

• I think the [Grigsby Chapel Road] traffic calming islands are doing exactly what they’re supposed to do: they look nice, they slow down traffic and they’re preventing accidents. Last week’s caller to presstalk made an absolutely crazy claim about the islands causing accidents. The last time I looked, the islands are stationary. How ’bout, instead of blaming the traffic calming islands, we focus on getting drivers to slow down, get the cell phone out of their hands and pay attention to what’s going on — like tree-trimming services that are underway. That’s the way to reduce accidents.

• Via e-mail: A few months ago I sent a signed letter to the editor praising a local physical therapy office located off West End Avenue and was advised that the farragutpress had a [practice] against running letters recommending or naming a particular business. Tonight I opened the paper and saw at the top of the page a letter to the editor doing guess what???? Praising a local business!! This is totally unfair editorial discrimination! Do you have to know the editor or someone high up in the company to be able to publicly thank someone and to let the community know how fortunate we are to have a place to get wonderful results from physical therapy?

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