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• This is in regards to the people of Farragut who have now something else to complain about all the time. I am glad that the Admiral Farragut stone is gone, because what else would they be grieving about now? Where were all these people when the stone was there before? Nobody even knew it was there. Now that it’s gone, complain, complain, complain. Thank you.

• This is a note to the people who are in charge of the Dixie Lee Farmer’s Market in Renaissance. Please stop ringing that darn bell at 9 o’clock and let those of us who show up at quarter ’til or 10 minutes to nine buy our good produce and be on our way home. This is a very inconvenient thing for most of us who have a lot to do on Saturday. Stop ringing the bell and let us buy stuff whenever we arrive, and please find out why we have to have the bell rung.

Editor’s Note: Since its inception, Dixie Lee Farmer’s Market has hours of 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday morning. The bell denotes the time buying can begin and contributes to the novelty.

• If you have caught a glimpse of anything on the news, in the paper or anything over the last week, you will notice all the shootings and gun crime that have been going on all over, and I repeat, all over Knox County, not just in the so-called “bad” sections. Farragut is not immune to crime and violence. We have had murders in Farragut before; we have had domestic violence murders in Farragut before. We have robberies; we have home invasions. My question is, where are all these thugs and idiot thugs getting the guns? Why are they not being prosecuted earlier for other offenses? And why aren’t people registering their guns? And don’t give me this lecture about Hitler in the 1920s and 1930s taking away people’s guns. That is a very flawed line of logic because, in this day and age, if the government wants to take anything away from you, all they’d have to do is shut down your bank accounts, turn off your utilities and you’d be sunk. Or they could just accidentally-on-purpose do an identity theft. Just read any espionage thriller novel — there [are] plenty of things that could be done without somebody from the government coming and knocking on your doors, saying, “Do you have a gun? I’m here to take your gun.” If you’ve got a gun, register it. Be a responsible citizen and obey the law. And if you know someone who has an illegal gun, and you know, especially, if they’ve ever been in trouble with the law, let the police know. You could save someone’s life.

• I’d just like to remind everyone to please be careful when they are talking on their cell phone and driving at the same time. I have seen more people do more foolish things while they are talking on the telephone than I’ve seen happen under any other circumstances while they’re driving. I understand people need to be able to talk on their telephones, but if it is imperative they do so while they drive, they should please at least pull over into the right hand, or slow, lane so people can get around them and not get impatient with them and have them creating more traffic problems than we really need to have. It’s a courtesy thing, and it would be appreciated. Thank you.

• Via USPS: In response to the article that stated the Town was closing all playing fields at the Town parks starting Nov. 1 until March 2012, I have to ask why? What type of maintenance is going to be done that requires a four-month closure? What is the Town protecting the fields from? As I visit the parks in the Town it seems the fields are closed for maintenance more often throughout the course of the year than they are open. Most fields are closed throughout the summer months also. After spending thousands of dollars to build these parks, shouldn’t the Town be encouraging their use year round instead of closing them six out of the 12 months of the year? As a kid I fondly remember sandlot football games on a muddy field or gathering with friends to play baseball during the summer, rain or shine. It’s very doubtful that a group of kids, or adults, playing on the fields requires the fields be protected by the Town. Maybe rotating the closures of the fields to allow for maintenance would be better than closing all the fields at the same time.

Editor’s Note: Yes, every year the Town closes the athletic fields at all of its parks for routine winter maintenance. The fields are aerated and overseeded the same as many home yards, which requires no use in order for the seed to sprout.

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