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Having devoted my life to being a chef, I have little expertise in the meanderings of modern science. My imagination, however, is still vibrant.

Why don’t we utilize the huge resources of Oak Ridge with its plethora of factories and its community of varied, well-educated professionals to create an East Tennessee based hydrogen economy? We are ruining our local beautiful resources with our dependence on fossil fuels. We could radically change Oak Ridge’s stigma of war-related atomic energy production into an economy based on cleansing our environment both locally and internationally.

Perhaps we should be concentrating our thoughts into something of this magnitude instead of focusing on memorializing an event that, although it arguably shortened a major world war, also wreaked havoc on a distant land and thousands of people.  

What a beautiful turn of events! Conversion of an atomic-based project into an industry based on hydrogen research and production. Looking into the future and acting might be a more rational plan than only preserving the memories of a chaotic and nearly world-destroying past.

As I stated, I probably made the wrong career choice for saving the world, but if I could only wake up a Texan, who obviously made the wrong career choice, perhaps we could instigate this Oak Ridge revival and make a world of difference.

Gregory Austin

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I live in Farragut where it is dangerous to walk or ride a bike. People make multiple one-to-three mile trips per day. They’re huge people in huge cars and trucks. They literally drive in circles, belching carbon monoxide. They use leaf blowers instead of brooms. The air is fouled by their addiction to oil and machines.

Farragut, Knox County and Loudon County are allowing developers to bulldoze heritage trees, farms and grasslands to put up ugly McMansion tracts. Massively increased traffic on formerly peaceful, beautiful rural roads is making it unsafe to bicycle within a 25-mile radius of Knoxville/Farragut.

People’s love of polluting petro-machines and money is destroying their health and what’s sweet about our region. I feel sorry for our children and grandchildren. What a dead world we are leaving them.

Steve Roberts

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This would open the gates to a flood of nurses from the Philippines, China, India, Africa and developing countries. The right-wing senator says his proposal is needed to cope with a growing United States nursing shortage.

This looks like another clandestine campaign to glut the American market with low-wage nurses. His plan has strong support from the American Hospital Association.

The American Nurses Association, which represents 155,000 registered nurses, opposes the measure. The legislation would be part of the Senate immigration bill.

Sen. Brownback, who has been mentioned as a possible GOP candidate for president in 2008, recently was in the news for accepting $42,000 from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.  He has ties to the health care industry. He has accepted campaign money from health professionals, the oil and gas industry and Wal-Mart.

He is an outspoken Christian fundamentalist, but Sen. Brownback is no friend of labor.

Grady Amann

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Additionally, I recall KARM’s Director Burt Rosen being quoted in Knoxville’s daily paper as saying, “If we build it, they will come.” Well, you have and they did, and this is not good for homeless individuals. And [it] is particularly bad for Knoxville. Relative to its population, I cannot think of another city in the United States currently enduring the over-concentration of homeless services that Knoxville has allowed to occur.

Both Ms. Cronley’s and a previous letter by Mr. Hill [“Accentuate the Positive,” May 4] referred to the terrible condition of the 5th Ave. Motel and stated that this is a means of improving that particular structure. While this may technically be true, it is by far the best means for rehabbing a historic building. The fact is that a comprehensive plan by the city should be implemented to spur the rejuvenation of this area particularly given its adjacency to Emory Place. The 5th Ave. Motel’s architecture appears identical to that of the beautifully-restored row homes behind Chesapeake’s and its location is perfect to complement downtown revitalization, but the city has not planned for this area that could potentially house the next wave of loft homes, etc. In short, the city hasn’t necessarily planned to fail, but its failure to plan has produced the same poor result.

Knoxvillians need to realize that their pet homeless services have become a major industry that has the potential to hamper the revitalization of its center city area, thereby harming all of Knoxville.

Jake Henry

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