You Said It…


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 an article by staff writer Andy Winemiller, in which he reports the Surry County Board of Commissioners opted to commission a $50,000 study of the county’s capital needs, we received these comments:

BimBim: Do we not have anyone in the county that can make an educated decision without costing $50,000? Every time something needs to be done, it’s another $30,000 here, or $50,000 there. If our leaders are incapable of making these decisions they are voted into office to make, then maybe we need to vote someone into office with the knowledge to make them. Enough of this hiring outside people to do the job of our elected “leaders”!

RayG: Again and again, they keep using tax dollars to hire firms and people from outside the county. If they don’t have confidence in our own people, then they should not ask the people to elect them. Enough money has been spent on that park in Dobson. I have been there a couple of times to walk during the day and it is empty. That playground should have been put closer to town and the park needs to be closed during weekdays except maybe in the evenings when people practice ball after work or children get out of school. It could open at 3:00 during the weekdays and save a lot of money. The location is too remote. I had rather walk on Mount Airy’s greenways.

joe h: Another 50,000.00 $study. I agree it make no sense.The commissioners have been sitting around for years putting things off now it’s coming back to bite them in the butt

Larry: I fully understand the importance of adequate funding in our school systems; however, I am still confused on what the airport is “needing”… They’ve already burnt through millions of dollars- isn’t it obvious that their request for more money is unnecessary and their wasteful spending habits should be more closely monitored?

Terry Hill: Another $50,000 study.

In response to a column by Andy Winemiller, in which he details his plans for the end of times:

RayG: Oh…Mr. Winemiller…the end of time is no laughing matter. The Word of God will tell you everything that you need to know about the coming of the Lord. Open your heart to it.

Terry Hill: I doubt Andy has ever looked in that book, he’s a “political ‘scientist’ “!

Jim Armbrister: Order cannot come from chaos without intervention as I agree with you Rayg

In response to an editorial in which the Mount Airy News suggests folks should look at the substance and context of statements made by Economic Development Partnership President Todd Tucker, instead of simply attacking him as the messenger, we received these comments:

RayG: The MA News is back-peddling. It was their title to the article that created the furor. Don’t forget that any company representative that googles Surry County will find the article. Tucker should have chosen a better way to communicate his message.

joe h: The EDP still need to be disbanded.They don’t bring enough jobs ,just paying there high salaries

In response to an article by Jeff Linville, in which he reports on the Mount Airy City Schools outlining plans for renovating the former Pike Electric building to use the structure for central offices — at a cost that could reach nearly $1.4 million, we received this comment at mtairynews.com

bob vincent: This takes the cake. The city schools want a new central office palace for $1.5 or $2 Million?? If they get a bigger building they will just fill it with more overpaid administrators while the teachers do all the work and don’t get the big pay. Is the number of students growing at all? The last I heard the number is smaller than years ago. So why need a new central office palace?

What we need is to combine all the school systems in the county. We keep getting told that it wouldn’t save money but that sounds like baloney. We’d save money by eliminating some central office people, especially some high paid superintendents. The excuse we get about how it would cost a tax increase is likely baloney also. The savings should more that equal the cost because we wouldn’t be looking at things like this new building idea.

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