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• To the person who called in and complained about gun crime and the rise of violence, I would point [out] to you that the statistics prove you wrong. Gun violence is down and it has been down for quite a while. As for gun registration, you mentioned Hitler; well, we can talk about Great Britain and we can talk about Australia. They also do gun registration and a ban. Criminals don’t register guns. Criminals don’t follow the law. We have enough gun laws already; we don’t need more. And you need to be more educated before you talk about such a subject. Thanks.

• Via e-mail: To the person who expects the Dixie Lee Farmer’s Market to allow him/her to make purchases early: Obviously a bell is needed if you are unable to understand the market opens at 9 a.m. If they opened the market at 6 a.m., you would be there 15 minutes early wondering why they won’t open just for you. Here’s a clue, and I know it will come as a HUGE surprise, but the world doesn’t revolve around you. Are you seriously that self-absorbed? Everyone is busy, including the people who run the market, and they don’t have to change their schedule to fit your needs. They probably would be grateful if you didn’t patronize their market, since I’m sure you have a seriously bad attitude once they open. Why do you show up 15 minutes early anyway? Why don’t you just do some of your other important things before the market opens? Oh wait, I know, that would require you to work around someone else’s schedule and would prevent you from being able to stew about waiting 15 minutes for them to open. How inconvenient for you.

• Via e-mail: Seriously, open the [Dixie Lee] Farmer’s Market early just for you. How pompous.

• Via After all the time it’s been open it is very difficult to understand why people in this area are still unable to navigate through the roundabout at Concord Road and Northshore [Drive]. On a daily basis I find drivers who stop on Concord and Northshore and wait for vehicles approaching the circle to pass through. I have read numerous letters, presstalks and articles in [farragutpress] on how to properly use a roundabout. Can you not read or do you not comprehend? Do you not get it? I’ll make it simple. You yield to vehicles in the circle, not approaching it. Either get with the program or get off the road.

• Via With the Knoxville area being recognized as a “bicycle friendly” area, I believe it’s time for local law enforcement to do just that — enforce the law. Each year sees more and more bicyclists on our roads. More and more have the attitude that they are entitled to use the road. However, motorists pay a fee for use of the road for each vehicle they own and drive, not a blanket fee covering all their vehicles. Bicyclists pay none, nor are they tested for their proficiency at operating a bicycle as are motorists. I bring this up because over the weekend as I and several other drivers were coming to a stop at the traffic signal on Campbell Station Road at Brooklawn Drive, a bicyclist riding alongside the flow just kept on going at the light. She never stopped or slowed down. This is not a rare or infrequent scenario; it happens every day. With more and more bicyclists on the roads and breaking traffic laws, it’s only a matter of time before death-causing accidents happen.

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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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