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• I read in your newspaper that Mr. [Tom] Rosseel tried to get back onto the Board of Mayor and Aldermen by running as a surprise write-in candidate but lost again. That is the only way he didn’t have to campaign on his dismal record of supporting impact fees, traffic islands, red-light cameras and buying all that extra park property that the Town is now stuck with. Just like his other bad ideas, Mr. Rosseel didn’t get the details right again, such as reading the election laws. I guess some folks will never learn.

• After reading the snide attacks on Alderman Dot LaMarche in last week’s presstalk, many people in the community have concluded that you, sir, may have an anger management problem. We suggest volunteering to help the less fortunate. Activities like that should reduce the time spent on angry recriminations and improve self worth. And, we also concluded that voter turnout was low because both candidates were running unopposed, and therefore, there was little news coverage to generate any excitement. Thank you.

• I think [people] are writing in negative comments about Alderman [and Vice Mayor Dot] LaMarche and instead of complaining, why didn’t they run against her? Stop and let her do her job.

• I read in the Knoxville News Sentinel that the new flea market that Mr. [John] Turley [developer of Turkey Creek] is opening on Lovell Road is going to require an extension of Lovell Road all the way to Campbell Station [Road], almost like another Parkside Drive. He claimed that was already in the budget. I’d like to know. That would have to cost several million dollars, and that looks like that’s a couple-million dollar road for one guy, Turley, who will make another million dollars himself. So I’d like to know if the town of Farragut is paying for part of that road, and it’d be good to ask Mr. [Tim] Burchett [Knox County Mayor] how much he’s paying for that road, since he can’t afford to build new schools.

Editor’s Note: Turkey Creek Public Market will be located on Outlet Drive, which currently begins as a side road off Lovell Road and dead-ends just past the Public Market. Knox County and Farragut had planned to extend Outlet Drive from its current terminus to Campbell Station Road before the Public Market plans were announced. The project will cost about $4.6 million — with Knox County paying $4.1 million and the Town paying $500,000.

• My opinion on Dot LaMarche: as an Alderman and a Vice Mayor she has listened to all and has tried to do what was best for our community. People should probably do their research before they throw stones.

• Vice Mayor and Alderman Dot LaMarche is a person of integrity, honesty and has served this community well. Thank you, Mrs. LaMarche.

• I would like to thank Farragut Alderman Dot LaMarche for her fine service to the community. She works hard at that thankless job and is not interested in personal gain. She ran for re-election legally, according to the term limits ordinance. No one else volunteered as the deadline was approached and was passed. I am sure she will continue to represent us well. Thank you.

• Via e-mail: It was nice to see the article about Catholic softball since it is rare to get coverage about any KCHS sports in your paper but I did find it interesting that you had to qualify our win against Webb by saying they are so young. I don’t remember reasons for wins in general being given about very many other schools and would appreciate sports being covered without opinions or bias.

• Via I have read most of the presstalk letters to the farragutpress for many years. I realize that people that have negative opinions on a subject are much more likely to send an e-mail than those that support a subject, but it’s time for some of those people to see the positive aspects of these subjects. In the more recent past was the subject of the Northshore/ Concord Road roundabout. Before the construction, there were many, many critics of the project in the farragutpress, some very critical of the Knox County officials involved and stating the concept would never work. Today, most everyone would have to agree that it is a huge success, the project has been validated. I would guess there have been much fewer accidents there than before the round-about, and traffic flows smoothly. I don’t recall any of those many negativeers writing in how great the project has worked and admitting they were WRONG! Next are the many negative comments of the traffic islands on Grigsby Chapel Road. I’m absolutely sure that the islands have done their intended purpose. Traffic speeds have been reduced below the previous unsafe speeds and I’m sure there are very few crazy drivers that previously illegally passed a car on that dangerous stretch. Isn’t that great! Get a LIFE! Quit complaining! Now we have all the negativeers complaining about the red -light cameras! Unbelievable!! Violators of the law now get a ticket! How horrible!! I must admit, I previously did some of those “right turn rolling stops” at an intersection, but no more! I now come to a complete stop before proceeding. So what is the whole result of these cameras? 1. Violators get a ticket. 2. Farragut gets additional income 3. Many, many more people are much more safety conscious, and 4. General traffic safety has improved! Aren’t these ALL good things? So quit complaining! So please people, give these, and future subjects a chance to work, and thank God that you have a great place to live, and ignore the small inconveniences!

• Via presstalk: In response to the April 21 comment that was responding to the April 14 call about Hardin Valley Academy band fees. I am disappointed [in] the caller’s response. It was rude, out of line and makes me ashamed to be affiliated with HVA. The initial caller had an opinion and expressed it. The response was to call them “uninformed, jealous and ignorant.” From what I can tell, via a simple check of the HVA band website, the initial caller was informed and correct. It IS $500 to be in the band at HVA. So how is the caller ignorant? The responder’s point that it is “lumped together” is irrelevant, that IS the cost, which was the point of the first call. And to jump to the conclusion it was jealousy from some other school is big leap, I read it as coming from someone that attends HVA and is concerned about the cost, not someone from another school. The assumption that people are jealous of HVA is pompous, as is claiming HVA is the “best band in East Tennessee.” ALL of the area bands have rooms full of trophies and awards and put on excellent shows. I have seen many of them perform and they are all to be commended on their performances. It is supposed to be about the students on the field, not the parents and how much money they can spend. I am all for school pride, but that can be accomplished with a positive tone meaning there is no need to tear someone else down to feel good about yourself. I hope the parents, faculty, administration and students at HVA realize comments like these are divisive and reflect poorly on HVA. Let’s raise the bar, cease the name-calling and focus on the students instead of bragging.

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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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