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,, on articles and opinion pieces we’ve published. The comments are reproduced verbatim.

In response to an article by staff writer Tom Joyce, in which he reports on Mount Airy commissioners discussing the feasibility of extending the city’s greenway to the White Sulphur Springs area, we received these comments at

JLJ: The northern Greenway extension would be such a wonderful asset to Mount Airy! I know MANY, MANY people who would prefer to walk/jog on that northern part! I hope the city follows through with this great idea! Thank you, so much, to MA Parks & Recreation and the city for investing in the citizens with this asset – we all love it so much, so many walks of life using it and enjoying our beautiful rivers that were unnoticed for way too long! I hate to say it, but Commissioner Brinkley is wrong here – walkers would LOVE this, especially me and my family and those we know!

bob vincent: Ridiculous. We’ve already built more greenways than any town our size and we don’t need any more. We shouldn’t be spending a million or more just because a few people would like to walk “north”. I’d like to know just what percentage of taxpayers even use these greenways. I’ll bet its a very small portion of all of us who pay for it.


In response to an article by staff writer Terri Flagg, in which she reports three individuals implicated in a meth lab operation pleaded guilty to various charges, with one receiving an active jail term of 211 days already served, another 80 days already served, and the third receiving no active time, we received these comments:

BimBim: Unreal! Where is the punishment? How is this supposed to deter people from drugs? Why do the officers even bother, when the courts let them go? Looks like Sorry county needs more probation officers.

Scott Sutton: As usual.


In response to a column by editor John Peters, in which he points out what he considers some angry comments from individuals misinformed regarding newspaper opinion pieces, and asks if political extremism is alive and well in Surry County, we received this comment on our Facebook page:

Randy Carlton: The story title does not need a “?” mark. I love everything about Surry County except for the hate and bigotry in people’s angry, mislead hearts.


In response to an article by staff writer Andy Winemiller, about a local retired woman working with her neighbors and the Surry County Sheriff’s Office to establish a community watch group in Simmonstown to combat a growing drug problem there, we received this comment on our Facebook page:

Michael Hull: So…this old lady will be calling the cops anytime someone who doesn’t live in the neighborhood, goes to visit a friend. She’s got nothing better to do all day, but look out the window for vehicles that don’t belong to residents? Community Watch groups aren’t bad inherently, but their efficacy is questionable, and usually leads to little old ladies calling the cops every time their dog farts.

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