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Marijuana, teacher raises, and gubernatorial leadership

While the supposed short session of the General Assembly, which should have ended long ago, continues on because of a budget impasse, we’ve seen most of the legislature’s work for the year well enough to comment on a few items.It was good to see Surry County’s delegation to Raleigh vote for a limited, defined use of marijuana for specific medical conditions while maintaining their overall stand against legalizing the drug.Rep. Sarah Stevens, of Mount Ai...

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To the Editor,I managed and ran my small business for 10 years. Up until Obamacare a business had the right to provide healthcare for their employees as an added benefit or not. Now if they are a certain size they are forced to provide it. And to top that off if the owners are of the religious belief that life begins at conception they are Forced to provide the “morning after pill” or other medications that in essence cause an abortion in their mind.

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Hobby Lobby ruling leaves all vulnerable

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court opened a minefield with its Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling.She may have been understating the case.The Hobby Lobby case, in short, revolves around a particular segment of the Affordable Care Act in which for-private businesses are required to offer health insurance that includes some contraceptives to female employees. Some of those contraceptives ran afoul of the religious beliefs of the Hobby Lobby owners...

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To the Editor,After reading the articles and editorial relating to the budget proposal by Pilot Mountain’s town manager, I feel some clarification should be made to the public with regard to the feelings of a majority of the board of commissioners and mayor.We continue to carefully scrutinize both the general and enterprise (water and sewer) funds of this budget. We are well aware of the challenges of cost effectively delivering safe water and sewer services and in...

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Pilot board needs to make hard decisions

All too often in politics, elected leaders do what is popular, or do whatever is necessary to avoid controversy, even if the very people they are elected to represent are harmed in the long run.Such would seem to be the case in Pilot Mountain.The town has for too many years run its finances a little like a trust fund baby would, growing up with no idea of financial responsibility, not understanding that spending more than you take in eventually means disaster.

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Moped registration makes sense

It is a common sight on Mount Airy roadways — a driver sitting atop a moped, puttering along to his or her destination.Some people may not realize that mopeds are not regulated in North Carolina. That means a driver does not need a license, is not required to carry any sort of insurance, doesn’t even need to register the vehicle with the state.A bill recently passed by the state House of Delegates will change at least a little bit of that if the measure becom...

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City needs to quit delaying Westwood timber question

Thursday night the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners took up the lingering issue of whether to harvest the trees on 102 acres of woodland at the Westwood Industrial Park.The decision was essentially a vote to not make a decision.The board voted 3-2 against proceeding with the timber harvest until a plan is in place for harvesting and what to do with the land afterward. Commissioners Shirley Brinkley, Dean Brown and Steve Yokeley each expressed sentiments that there wasn&...

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Fire Dept. ‘grant’ fund an idea worth exploring

We have often praised the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners for sticking to its commitment of reducing the city’s tax rate — last week the board dropped it another 4 cents per $100 of assessed value.But sometimes lost in reporting on and writing about the city board’s efforts over the past few years has been the Surry County Board of Commissioners, which has been equally adept at keeping costs down while continuing to offer a high level of professional services....

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