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 Eva Queen regarding teacher pay rates and the retention rates of teachers in the Surry County and Mount Airy school systems, we received these comments on our website, mtairynews.com:
NCreader23: The teacher pay here may well rank in the lower percentiles of the 50 states, but so does the overall worker pay and also the overall cost of living.
Teaching is a honored profession and one I greatly admire, but to say they are underpaid, relative to all other professions here in our area, is just not true. 9-1/2 months of work, with both Christmas and Spring vacation weeks, good healthcare coverage, earlier retirement than other professions, and great state retirement plan can hardly be considered underpaid.
Very simple formula. You show me a teacher couple (or even families with one teacher of the two parents) in NC who have reached retirement age after working here in this state system, and I’ll show you a couple who have retired financially very comfortable.
Bee NCreader23: Nobody’s getting raises its just not teachers! They have an extremely difficult job but as I once heard a friend say, “Don’t they realize what they’re getting into by sophomore year of college?” And while McCroy (a Republican) surely hasn’t been a friend of education, many of them seem to forget Perdue (a Democrat who raided the educational lotto fund to pay down the unreal debt left by Easley,a Democrat) began destroying the NC educational system during the infancy of her tenure.
In response to a column by staff writer Tom Joyce decrying anonymous, vicious attacks and other similar tactics by people who post on Facebook, we received the following comments:
kittyconrad: I doubt our founding fathers would give a darn about what’s happening in Mount Airy. But if one of them, say Benjamin Franklin, had written about it, I wonder which of his pen names he would have chosen.
And just how do you know I’m wearing underwear as I type this?
War Eagle: An excellent article once again Mr. Joyce. I very much dislike to see people verbally attack another person for their opinion and that happens daily. The one thing that I have also learned over the years, is that “Freedom of Speech” has become a thing of the past now. Now days, if you say certain things that someone doesn’t like, you can be sued and pay the price for what you said. The so called “Freedom of Speech” can also cause riots in our cities, as noted over the past one or two years. And it is getting worse.
Terry Hill: War Eagle, Says yet another “secret name”!
In response to a column by staff writer Andy Winemiller, in which he states he could not support Bernie Sanders for president because he is a conscientious objector to military service, and that he wouldn’t support anyone for president who has not served in the military, we received the following comments:
Sasquatchman Ishere: “I wish we could turn back to the times of Dwight Eisenhower….” I like to think Vietnam is exactly what Eisenhower was warning us about.
War Eagle: This is an excellent article and I agree 100% with everything stated in it. It always amazes me how our nation is ready to vote for people who will be commander-in-chief of our United States military and have not ever served a day for their country.
Peter Templeton: War Eagle, what about the 60,000 lives of our fellow Americans who died in a war and cause that had no impact on the safety or viability of our country?
Peter Templeton: It is possible, just possible, that had we had a President who was a conscientious objector before we got involved in the civil war in Vietnam Nam, 60,000 young men who died honorably serving in our armed services might have lived a full life.