Mount Airy News- RSS OPINION Feed http://mtairynews.com/section/OPINION http://mtairynews.com/section/OPINION Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:46:33 EST 1800 A glaring gap in North Carolina’s Medicaid program http://mtairynews.com/news/editorial/50042688/A-glaring-gap-in-North-Carolinas-Medicaid-program Changing North Carolina's Medicaid system has been a major topic of debate the 2014 “short session” of the General Assembly. Common to most of the proposals under consideration is the principle of “integrated health... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A building may be lost, but church’s place in community remains http://mtairynews.com/news/editorial/50023059/A-building-may-be-lost-but-churchs-place-in-community-remains On Thursday, an important part of our community was destroyed. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST (No heading) http://mtairynews.com/news/letters/50016272/ To the Editor,A couple of months ago my husband and I had the privilege of visiting the lovely city of Mount Airy and meeting a TV legend, Ms. Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou of the Andy Griffith Show). Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST (No heading) http://mtairynews.com/news/letters/50015543/ I was reading The Mount Airy News on Friday July 18 and saw the article “General Assembly Cutting School Bus Drivers.” Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST (No heading) http://mtairynews.com/news/letters/50016163/ To the Editor,Responsiveness.Constituents expect this from their elected officials. Even if the politician disagrees, there is an expectation of responsiveness to citizens' concerns, if only a respectful reply. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Availability fee a good solution for city http://mtairynews.com/news/editorial/302712/Availability-fee-a-good-solution-for-city Last week the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners again took on the question of mandatory water and sewer hook-ups for city residents. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Big Government taking over in NC http://mtairynews.com/news/editorial/3913777/Big-Government-taking-over-in-NC The era of BIG GOVERNMENT is alive and well in North Carolina. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Walker surprises Berger, takes GOP nomination http://mtairynews.com/news/opinion_columns/3904652/Walker-surprises-Berger-takes-GOP-nomination A harsh Republican Party fight for a shot at an open North Carolina congressional seat goes to Mark Walker in a bit of a surprise to area Republicans. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Senate rudeness a sign of our times http://mtairynews.com/news/editorial/3896979/Senate-rudeness-a-sign-of-our-times Last week as members of the North Carolina House of Representatives and State Senate met to discuss the two legislative body's budget proposals, the senators in that meeting became so outraged they stood and left the meeting. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Marijuana, teacher raises, and gubernatorial leadership http://mtairynews.com/news/editorial/3892164/Marijuana-teacher-raises-and-gubernatorial-leadership While the supposed short session of the General Assembly, which should have ended long ago, continues on because of a budget impasse, we've seen most of the legislature's work for the year well enough to comment on a few items. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST (No heading) http://mtairynews.com/news/letters/3866348/ To the Editor, Fri, 4 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Hobby Lobby ruling leaves all vulnerable http://mtairynews.com/news/editorial/3853980/Hobby-Lobby-ruling-leaves-all-vulnerable Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court opened a minefield with its Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling.She may have been understating the case. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST (No heading) http://mtairynews.com/news/letters/3847033/ To the Editor, Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Pilot board needs to make hard decisions http://mtairynews.com/news/editorial/3840123/Pilot-board-needs-to-make-hard-decisions All too often in politics, elected leaders do what is popular, or do whatever is necessary to avoid controversy, even if the very people they are elected to represent are harmed in the long run. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Moped registration makes sense http://mtairynews.com/news/editorial/3829762/Moped-registration-makes-sense It is a common sight on Mount Airy roadways — a driver sitting atop a moped, puttering along to his or her destination. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST City needs to quit delaying Westwood timber question http://mtairynews.com/news/editorial/3821504/City-needs-to-quit-delaying-Westwood-timber-question Thursday night the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners took up the lingering issue of whether to harvest the trees on 102 acres of woodland at the Westwood Industrial Park.The decision was essentially a vote to not make a decision. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Fire Dept. ‘grant’ fund an idea worth exploring http://mtairynews.com/news/editorial/3790722/Fire-Dept.-grant-fund-an-idea-worth-exploring We have often praised the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners for sticking to its commitment of reducing the city's tax rate — last week the board dropped it another 4 cents per $100 of assessed value. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Funny how things change http://mtairynews.com/news/editorial/3785359/Funny-how-things-change My, how things change. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST (No heading) http://mtairynews.com/news/letters/3778634/ To the Editor, Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST City can afford 4-cent tax cut http://mtairynews.com/news/editorial-opinion/3778599/City-can-afford-4-cent-tax-cut Today the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners will gather for a budget work session, and if recent history is any guide, very well could vote on approval of the 2014-2015 budget. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST