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, showing how much it will cost the county to stop using Paypal for electronic services, we received these comments on our website, mtairynews.com:
bob vincent: I have no problem if i it costs us $7,200 to stand up to a PC bully like paypal.
Terry Hill: I suppose an insight into where this figure comes from would have been too much, huh.
joe h: I agree pay the extra money. Stupid paypal
James: Great, let’s boycott companies that stand against discrimination. Same things happened in the 1960s. Black-owned businesses were boycotted by small southern towns. Some people just need to grow up.
Radical American Infidel: I cancelled my PayPal account when PayPal made the announcement. As a Proud Tarheel, I will not allow anything or anyone to “BULLY” ME, and I’ll just let the “chips” fall where they may.
In response to a column by staff writer Tom Joyce, in which he parallels his belief that those committing crimes in the name of radical Islam are being handled with kid gloves compared to people who commit crimes and are affiliated with the Confederate flag and white supremacist groups, we received these comments at mtairynews.com:
LindaLea: Thank you for an amazing, truthful editorial.
Dylan Shelton: “the facts show [slavery] was a relatively minor reason for the War Between the States.”
Wait, what? Minor?
From the Richmond-based Southern Punch in 1864:
” ‘The people of the South,’ says a contemporary, ‘are not fighting for slavery but for independence.’ Let us look into this matter. It is an easy task, we think, to show up this new-fangled heresy — a heresy calculated to do us no good, for it cannot deceive foreign statesmen nor peoples, nor mislead any one here nor in Yankeeland… Our doctrine is this: WE ARE FIGHTING FOR INDEPENDENCE THAT OUR GREAT AND NECESSARY DOMESTIC INSTITUTION OF SLAVERY SHALL BE PRESERVED, and for the preservation of other institutions of which slavery is the groundwork.”
From Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens:
“The new [Confederate] Constitution has put at rest forever all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institutions—African slavery as it exists among us—the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson, in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the “rock upon which the old Union would split.” He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact.”
bob vincent: Lincoln freed the slaves but ONLY in the south. Slavery existed in the north also but not as much since yanks never learned farming. Yanks were some of the biggest slave traders. Even some of the union generals owned slaves. Check it out.
Slavery is bad but has existed since the beginning. Check the Bible. Slavery exists in lots of places today. I’m glad we don’t have it but lots of places do.
The north won the war and but is still beating up on the South every chance it gets. Time to give it a rest.
Terry Hill: Thank you very much, Tom. A very good perspective. Counter point Andy?
Michael Hayes: You hit the nail on the head again Tom. White Southerners are the most vilified citizens of this country, and the most patriotic too.
In response to a column by assistant editor Jeff Linville, in which he outlines some ideas for common sense regulation of some firearms, and the potential drawbacks of such regulations, we received these comments:
War Eagle: Excellent article. Who would disagree with anything that you’ve stated here? I would just like to say one more thing that has me on edge in our country today. Yes, I do fear criminals who want to harm any of us citizens. However, I have a much greater fear of a government who wants to take away my 2nd Amendment Rights. I am a member of the NRA and have enjoyed guns all my life. However, I do not think that military type of assault weapons are needed by honest citizens. They are not needed for hunting. The purpose of assault weapons is to kill humans.
Elbow War Eagle: The 2nd ammendment is/was not about hunting. It was written so that every day people, ie. the militia, could defend themselves, whether it be another government invasion, or our own government. An AR 15 is a “military” type weapon in looks only. And yes, a .223 round, that the AR-15 fires, is used for coyote, groundhog, and other small game. Tell me Jeff Linville, when was the last time a slide fire stock was used in a crime?