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Availability fee a good solution for city

Last week the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners again took on the question of mandatory water and sewer hook-ups for city residents.Actually, that question was answered years ago when the city made hooking up to the utilities mandatory. The specific question that’s been plaguing the city in recent years has been a number of residents in the Hollyview Forest, Sandy Level, Cross Creek and Laurel Court communities who have refused the city’s mandate to hook onto the system...

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Big Government taking over in NC

The era of BIG GOVERNMENT is alive and well in North Carolina.Generally that term is associated with the Democrat Party, which sometimes carries the reputation of taxing and spending, putting increasingly large amounts of taxpayer money into expansive social programs. Oftentimes, the party is accused of also over-regulating business and individual rights, of acting is if knows better how to spend your money than you do.That label was richly deserved for the longest time,...

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Senate rudeness a sign of our times

Last week as members of the North Carolina House of Representatives and State Senate met to discuss the two legislative body’s budget proposals, the senators in that meeting became so outraged they stood and left the meeting.The problem?Members of the House dared have professional educators come in to discuss their concerns regarding the state budget.Imagine that — House members had the gall to turn to professional educators. You know, the people w...

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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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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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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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