You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mtairynews.com, on articles and opinion pieces we’ve published. The comments are reproduced verbatim.
In response to a story by staff writer Terri Flagg, in which she reports that a judge set bond for Walter Columbus Simmons, 49, of Reely Cook Road at $1 million after Simmons did not show up in court for a death-by-vehicle charge, and she reported he had 10 prior DWI convictions, we received these comments at mtairynews.com
BimBim: Why did it take so long to come to trial and why was he not already in prison? This case is a prime example of what is wrong with the justice system. The family of the deceased needs justice for the murder of their loved one. How can anyone get away with so much and still be a free man?
Peter Templeton: It’s difficult to understand why it took nearly 4 years for this case to come to trial, with the alleged driver still racking up motor vehicle violations while presumably out on bond.
Terry Hill: “10 prior DWI convictions were cause for concern”!
On a story by Terri Flagg reporting on an 11-year-old who was attacked by a dog allowed to run loose by its owner, we received the following comments:
Debbie Bell: Charge owner’s of attacking dogs with animal neglect. Ban them from dog ownership foir a long long time. Publicized and enforced, this kaw can make some be rmore esponsible.
Joseph Angelo: “lab mix” = pit bull. Pit bulls are dangerous dogs that maim and kill pets and humans every day. not all of them are bad but you never can tell which ones are. seriously.
Hue Manatee: Why is it so hard to contain a dog?
Lori Welbourne: Lab mix almost always means pit bull mix. Why isn’t this story publishing a picture of the attack dog? A picture of the negligent owner is also important.
Theresa Thompson: Bitten by a “lab mix”! That’s laughable, lets blame the half that’s the most popular breed in the US. Let me guess what the rest of the mix is?
Dennis Baker: Pit Bull Mix Problems ??? Just call it a Lab mix. That’s ok I got your number.
coffeeinthemorning: The safety of communities across the nation are being threatened by a system that fails to be pro-active, definitive, and consistent in handling of dog attacks. Specifically in regards to this, the effectiveness of municipal services is questionable at best, failing at worst, and without a doubt—not pro-active. Across the nation, people and pets are being mauled, injured, and killed.
Current fines for breaking dog laws are too weak to be a deterrent.
BimBim: Did I miss something? I did not see anyone say the dog was a pit. A lab mix could be anything. I had a lab mixed with a beagle. Definitely not a pit! Looks like people are profiling dogs now! Maybe they need to file a lawsuit too!
In response to a column by staff writer Tom Joyce, in which talked about covering the National Day of Prayer activities in Mount Airy and stated that prayer still had a place in American society, we received these comments at mtairynews.com:
Stephen Harris: Amen
Terry Hill: Thank you, Tom. That was very well put and so true. I’m glad you covered this instead of Andy!