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 we’ve published. The comments are reproduced verbatim.

On a story by staff reporter Eva Queen regarding the Surry County Schools cutting the driver’s ed program, we received the following Facebook comments:

Dawn Terrell: Really ?? But u got money to feed illegal people but not put tax payers kids through drivers Ed what the heck is really going on???

Micheal Edward Sawyers: That’s just sad. I took the program I really enjoyed it

Dawn Terrell: Really my daughter goes July 13 this is crazy they cut out important things like this. At the last minute

On a column by staff writer Bill Colvard, in which he lamented the difficulty in finding exercise he enjoys, we received the following Facebook comments:

Betty Mae Belyea: You go fly a kite!

Angela McCraw Allen: Great write Bill, makes we want to get moving more!

Responding to a story by staff writer Tom Joyce on a preview breakfast provided by the new Cracker Barrell to local officials and invited guests, we received the following Facebook comments:

Kelli Collins McDaniel: Don’t get me wrong, I love Cracker Barrel and will eat there when I’m in town, buy why is it that Mt. Airy seems to only bring restaurants to town? That’s great that it’s bringing 200 more jobs to the area, but they are low paying jobs. It’s as if Mt. Airy wants to keep it’s people down and not allow anyone to raise their standard of living or be more successful. Just sayin’. I’ll get off my soapbox now.

Joyce Hawks: The powers that be can’t see beyond their nose. If they don’t want it it ain’t happening. We’ve had a lot of companies that wanted to come to Mount Airy that would have brought a lot of jobs and business to our town but the powers that be didn’t want it

Kelli Collins McDaniel: I just don’t get it. I know they want to keep a small, hometown feeling, but people have to live. That’s one reason I won’t move back, lack of jobs.

Tracie Haymore: Honey the powers that be want all the money. They do not WANT competition. Keep the poor folks down and under control…

Tracie Haymore: They care nothing about small, hometown feeling. They do not want businesses coming in and taking their low paid workers by paying them a living wage. That’s it.

AngelñArron Moser: Actually a friend of mine got a job there and they make a good wage. Js

Jessica Meeks: Cracker barrel def does not pay “low wage.” We jave the opportunity to get 3 pay raises in the first year. Great company to work for! We all have opportunities for advancement.

AngelñArron Moser: I agree, Jessica Meeks. I have encouraged others to apply because Ive heard such good things about the company.

Brittney Lynn Martin: Im a former employee of cracker barrel. I was a server and made good money even though the wage for a server is $2.13 an hour (it may have went up since I last worked there) but you make great tips.

Kestin Thomas: Even doing retail or cash you always have opportunities for a raise. You start at 7.45 then get a raise each star you get and then get a raise each time you hit your anniversary date.

Kelli Collins McDaniel: The minimum wage in NC is $7.25/hr. That’s probably what a high school student getting their first job would make. I don’t know how anyone could support themselves on that, much less a family. Hey, if people are happy making that kind of money, great! Then they’ll be happy to get a job working at a restaurant or retail in Mt. Airy.

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