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• I just got through reading your article on where to buy wine, and I thoroughly agree it would be wise to have it in the grocery stores. I think wine would cost less and it would save people less time [sic] running around with the gas problems. And when I go visit in other states that have it, I think it’s very nice. Thank you.

• Well, I’m glad to see that another subject has come along besides the parking situation, or the driving situation with the roundabouts and the traffic islands, also the red-light cameras. So I say, let’s don’t vote on this wine thing for about another year or two so that the whiners and moaners and gripers in Farragut can have something other than red lights and traffic-calming islands to gripe about in presstalk every week. Thank you.

• Via A huge thank you to the family from Walnut Grove subdivision who cleaned up the Boyd Station Road area at the railroad underpass!! Their time and effort is much appreciated!! And SHAME! SHAME! on all those who are so disrespectful of our neighborhoods that they throw their trash out their windows instead of waiting to dispose of it in a proper receptacle! They should be out there cleaning up their mess!! Already it has begun to accumulate again!!

• Via I like to try new pastas and sauces that often involve wine. It is such a hassle to have to go from one store to the next when it could all be at a grocery store! This is especially stressful on Sundays when I cannot get wine at all.

• On the wine in grocery store issue, it’s a little more complicated than it appears: there are plenty of liquor stores right now. If the grocery stores get it, they’re going to be wanting to open up on Sundays, which should be a sacred day for us. The money will travel to out-of-state corporations, big box corporations, and we’ve got enough wine locations now. Theft at grocery stores is very high; minors have access to grocery stores and they don’t in liquor stores. Thank you.

• I think it’s a great idea to have wine in grocery stores. When I go to Orlando, Fla., there’s wine in every grocery store down there. It’s a wonderful idea, wine in grocery stores. Thank you.

• I’m calling in regard to the tree topping on Interstate-75/40 westbound near Campbell Station exit. It’s obviously done, has been done, to allow a better view of the billboards on that side of the Interstate, and it looks absolutely terrible. And my question to the farragutpress: can they do anything about it or raise the issue or can the town of Farragut do anything? I think if people start noticing what they have done, they will agree it’s an atrocity. Thank you.

Editor’s Note: According to associate town administrator Gary Palmer, the area that has been cleared near the Interstate is in the TDOT right-of-way.

• Regarding the wine and liquor sales in large grocery stores — I have no connection to any stores except as a customer — but I think there’s a need in the community for large box stores and for small specialty stores. If you are a wine lover, the wine shops of Farragut are very special places. The personnel are warm and friendly and take the time to educate their customers. These stores came about because of our state’s liquor laws. It would be a shame to penalize them now and put them out of business. That’s exactly what will happen if grocery stores carried wine. The little stores cannot survive on liquor sales alone. Thank you.

• People, people, people: the red-light cameras are here to stay. No amount of moaning, groaning, crying, sniveling, snorting or anything else is going to take that away. It’s a simple situation: stop at the red light. Stop. If there’s nothing coming, go; if there is, don’t go. Why on earth the educated, well-to-do, upper class citizens of Farragut can’t understand this, I will never, ever know. Please, get with the program. If you stop, you don’t get a ticket. If you do not stop, you will get a ticket. It’s as simple as pie. Please get off of this subject. Thank you.

• Reading today’s article about where to buy wine, I thoroughly agree that grocery stores should be able to sell wine for one-stop shopping. Gas prices are getting out of sight, and it makes a lot of sense. Also, beer should be sold at liquor stores. That would help them on the other side and also one-stop shopping, less gas. Thank you.

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