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To the Mount Airy Downtown Business Association, the VFW, Rotary clubs and other local groups involved with putting on the city’s July 4 parade, fireworks display, and other activities. Of particular importance was naming World War II vet Bud Liebenow as grand marshal of the parade.

With so many veterans in this community, having served the nation in countless wars over the past century, we should take every opportunity to honor and remember them. Naming these individuals as grand marshal of local parades is an ideal way to do so.


To Mount Airy Police Department Detective Paul Barker and a number of other local individuals who stopped to help a motorist who have experienced a blown tire recently in town (see “Motorist grateful for local help,” July 8 Mount Airy News). There wasn’t anything particularly remarkable about this incident — a motorist in need of some roadside assistance — but the fact that so many people stopped to help is indicative of what draws people to the Mount Airy community: True, down-home Southern hospitality that many talk about, but few put into action. Here it seems to be a way of life.


To Devon Goble, a rising senior at East Surry High School and a soon-to-be Eagle Scout. Devon is building a monument on the grounds of East Surry as part of his Eagle Community Service Project, and the monument will be a memorial to all East Surry students who have died while still attending the school.

Devon was spurred to do this after losing two of his friends and classmates, Jacob Pettitt and Gage Edwards, each of whom died in separate unrelated car wrecks. Devon’s move is both a touching and appropriate way to help preserve the memories of all East Surry students who died while attending the school.


To Surry County Schools Superintendent Travis Reeves and the rest of his administrative staff for putting together a couple of meetings with the system’s teacher assistants this week.

The meetings were to explain the cuts to teacher assistant funding being made by the General Assembly, and outlined several options the school system is considering to preserve as many of the jobs as possible, and to suggest alternatives for the assistants who might find available work in other positions within the system.

Anyone who says teacher assistants aren’t valuable to the education process is out of touch with the reality of modern education. It’s good to see Reeves and his staff trying to preserve the jobs, which is good for the youth in the system, and being as upfront as possible with the individuals in the positions, which shows a respect for the workers that is often lacking in today’s modern work places.

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