Barter plan better, but still troubling

To the Editor,I have mixed feelings about the latest Spencer proposal. On the one hand, the Council’s unanimous and inevitable vote to support f...

August 19th, 2018 |  


Route 601 median bad idea?

To the Editor,I have read the stories in Mount Airy News that the city wants to replace the current center turn lane with a cement median to cut down ...

August 12th, 2018 |  


Rowe should head project?

To the Editor,I am glad to see that the city (Mount Airy) is considering employing a project manager for the Spencer’s project, easily the large...

August 8th, 2018 |  


New Barter deal still a flim flam

To the Editor,I was wondering if the Mount Airy News could tell me when I would be able to register for the next Flim Flam 101 class, taught by our ve...

August 5th, 2018 |  


Reader critical of liberals, illegals

To the Editor,An aging joke defines a conservative as a liberal who has been mugged. So, while the left insists on displaying a conspicuous compassion...

August 1st, 2018 |  


Reader offers thanks to Mount Airy

To the Editor,Several months ago, I decided I would love for a few of my Vietnam veteran friends to come and visit with me in Mount Airy, being four o...

August 1st, 2018 |  


Free speech — on company time?

To the Editor,There is ample evidence to support the notion I would never be accused of being a deep thinker. My wife of 38 years has often observed, ...

July 29th, 2018 |  


Theater, yes; taxpayer subsidies, no

To the Editor,I support the efforts of the Committee for Transparency in Mount Airy and City Council Commissioners Jim Armbrister and Jon Cawley in at...

July 27th, 2018 |  


Area resident supports Spencer’s project

To the Editor,After living away for a couple of decades I returned to this area in 2010 to raise my son. I had grown up here, the rest of my family li...

July 26th, 2018 |  


Insults do not help discussion

To the Editor,I appreciate spirited debate on matters of public interest, especially when a position is based on incontrovertible fact and argued with...

July 26th, 2018 |  


Writer has had enough with city leaders

To the Editor,After retiring from the Air Force and Postal Service I just wanted to settle down and enjoy my retirement years with no responsibilities...

July 25th, 2018 |  


Democrats using our teachers

To the editor,It is time to school our teachers. Are they seduced that easily by liberal organizers who find them useful pawns in advancing their own ...

July 24th, 2018 |  


Backroom deals smell rotten

Shakespeare wrote a famous line saying “Something’s rotten in Denmark.”We don’t have to look that far because we may have some...

July 6th, 2018 |  


‘Andy’ performances over Barter

Instead of just living off of the Andy Griffith show reruns, why doesn’t Mount Airy invest in keeping the show “alive”?Here’s ...

July 6th, 2018 |  


Anything is possible

To the Editor,Thursday, June 21, is a day I will never forget. Before walking into city hall that evening I knew my emotions had been on a rollercoast...

June 28th, 2018 |  


Invalid arguments help no one

To the Editor,We need to learn how to disagree–and how to communicate when we disagree. Otherwise we are doomed to suffer always the inviolable ...

June 27th, 2018 |  


Reader questions city tax hike

To the Editor,I have several questions and comments for each (Mount Airy) commissioner and would like for each to individually explain and respond. Wh...

June 24th, 2018 |  


Shepherd’s House: Use facts, not feelings

To the Editor,We are writing regarding the Shepherd’s House request for rezoning of adjacent land, on Spring Street, for the building of a new f...

June 17th, 2018 |  


Reader asks city to reconsider

To the Editor,I hope Mount Airy Mayor Rowe and the city commissioners will reconsider their recent decision to not rezone in order for the Shepherd...

May 15th, 2018 |  


Proud in so many ways

To the Editor,It seems like yesterday that North Surry High School started its girls’ soccer program in 1995 and I was there to watch my daughte...

May 15th, 2018 |  


Writer: Approve Shepherd’s House expansion

To the Editor:I consider it a great blessing that across my 70 years I have never been homeless. I cannot imagine what homelessness would be like.On t...

May 15th, 2018 |  


Readers asks city to reconsider

To the Editor,I hope Mount Airy Mayor Rowe and the city commissioners will reconsider their recent decision to not rezone in order for the Shepherd...

May 10th, 2018 |  


Reader stunned by city action

To the Editor,I was astounded to read the story about the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners refusing the rezoning request for the Shepherd’s Hou...

May 8th, 2018 |  


Minister congratulates colleague

To the Editor,What a delight to open the Mount Airy News and see on March 10 the great news that Bonnie, as she is known in Mount Airy, has been selec...

April 27th, 2018 |  


Mark Earth Day with move to vegeterian diet

Dear Editor,April 22 marks the 50th observance of Earth Day. Each of us can celebrate by reducing our driving, use of electric energy, and consumption...

April 19th, 2018 |  


Taxes funding a Southern invasion?

To the Editor,I once thought that legislation was intended to promote constituents’ best interests. But sometimes politicians make laws on their...

April 19th, 2018 |  


Reader calls headline misleading

To the Editor,An article last week highlighted correspondence from the development group to the city and the headline stated ‘developer turns up...

April 10th, 2018 |  


Encore for ‘Shadow of the Mountain?’

To the Editor,Last weekend Mount Airy citizens were privileged to attend an outstanding musical at the Surry Arts Council.John Adams, a creative geniu...

April 3rd, 2018 |  


Barter Theatre? Yes, please

To the Editor,I have lived in Mount Airy my entire life. I spent my high school years cheering on the Granite Bears, I look forward to the Autumn Leav...

March 5th, 2018 |  


Barter deal about investment

To the Editor,Redeveloping the Spencer property with a hotel and theater may be the greatest opportunity for economic growth and investment in Mount A...

March 1st, 2018 |  


Real life figures show Barter a bad deal?

To the Editor,Letters have been printed both for and against the Barter deal, but one thread runs through them all. Those for the deal seem guided mai...

March 1st, 2018 |  


Reader supports Barter proposal

To the Editor,“There are 3 kinds of people in the world - those who love math and those who don’t.”That funny tee shirt exemplifies ...

February 28th, 2018 |  


Reader: Barter key to economic life

To The EditorI am for the Barter Theatre and here’s why……because I am a fiscal conservative and a capitalist! We can discuss all the...

February 25th, 2018 |  


Pilot Mountain: Asleep at the wheel for tourism

To the Editor,Like many income-strapped in the NC Foothills, I look to local resources and opportunities to supplement income. Not just me but my mill...

February 23rd, 2018 |  


Barter’s past preview of future?

To the Editor,Being a native of Mount Airy, I have followed the possible addition of the Batter Theatre to the town. With the very real possibility of...

February 23rd, 2018 |  


Time for Congress to act on guns

To the Editor,Here we are again. Reeling from another national tragedy that has cut short the lives of an unacceptable number of people.It should both...

February 21st, 2018 |  


Barter proposal simply bad business

To the Editor,I write with respect to the proposed expenditure by the city of substantial taxpayer funds to subsidize the Barter Theatre project.Over ...

February 18th, 2018 |  


Barter would be huge gamble

To the Editor,Barter Theater … Wow, they’ve got the air; all they need is our airplane.Last Thursday night Barter Theater’s presenta...

February 11th, 2018 |  


Seniors deserve raises, too

To the Editor,In my opinion, the senior citizens got left out of all the raises and bonuses.We didn’t get anything, and Medicare got it. We live...

February 11th, 2018 |  


Barter would be boon to city

To the editor,I am sorry that I was unable to attend the public meeting to support the possible expansion of the Barter Theatre to downtown Mount airy...

February 11th, 2018 |  


Reader questions need for county offices

To the Editor,We’ve seen several newspaper articles over the past month or so about different county projects. When we put them all together we ...

January 14th, 2018 |  


Reader: Changes need in attitudes toward American-Indian

I am a full-blooded American Indian from the Lumbee Nation. I am proud of my ancestry. I am also disgusted by a common misconception that continues to...

December 21st, 2017 |  


Flat Rock survivor: Honor Beasley, but don’t rename school

To the Editor,I read with interest your recent article about Jim Robert’s proposal to rename the Flat Rock Elementary School (“County side...

December 15th, 2017 |  


Reader believes Gentry should be renamed for Cora Beasley

To the Editor,The editor of The Mount Airy News was incorrect in writing on Dec. 14 that the Surry County Board of Education had not set a precedent i...

December 15th, 2017 |  


Reader impressed with film, Rees

To the Editor,Last week my family and I gathered in front of our TV set to watch Bill Hayes’ presentation of “The Real Mayberry.” Su...

December 11th, 2017 |  


Reader takes issue with column

To the editor,I have some very obvious problems with this column.I read in several reputable publications that the trial mentioned seemed fair and sup...

December 5th, 2017 |  


Zena was her name

To the person who hit and killed a dog on Shoals Road Friday night at 7:14 p.m. I just want you to know that Zena wasn’t a dog to me.Zena was an...

November 22nd, 2017 |  


Developer bails on Spencer’s project?

To the Editor,In February 2014 the city of Mount Airy bought the Spencer’s Mill Property and in April 2014 the city council created the Mount Ai...

October 25th, 2017 |  


Reader: Support Trump tax plan

Dear Editor,It astonishes me that the last time our elected officials passed comprehensive tax reform was in 1986. Thirty-one years ago during the Ron...

September 29th, 2017 |  


How long for atonement?

To the Editor,Two of America’s smartest men are black; they are joined by one of its best football players, also black.Jason Riley, Thomas Sowel...

August 29th, 2017 |