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 regarding the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners increasing the pay rate to city attorney Hugh Campbell, we received the following comments on our website,

Vicki Putman: Really? 66%? Plus all the additional stuff? They can’t give law enforcement a decent salary. Ughhh, smh.

BimBim: That’s strange. They didn’t have money to give the mayor a raise.

Doug: Let me get this straight, The hours go down and the pay almost doubles. Only a lawyer could work a deal like that. How great it is to be a tax payer !!!

In response to a column by staff writer Tom Joyce, in which he laments the lack of additional restaurants in town, we received the following Facebook comments:

Linda Myers: But you’re still wishing for more chain restaurants, for more food that is standardized at best. Have you tried Hererra Vineyards new restaurant? Innovative freshly prepared fare, crowded tables. THAT level of food is what is needed in Mount Airy, if we are to become a destination for millennial sand conventions, as your paper reported today.

Kevin Wyrick: You are correct. The chain restaurants are subpar at best. We need more family owned quality places. Secret recipes that no matter how many times you eat it you are blown away. I want more places that are seen on Diners Drive ins and Dives.

Jeff Dixon: Seriously does anyone here think about something other than restaurants? I love Cracker Barrel and glad to have it but what about bringing something here other than another restaurant. That’s pretty much all we have.

Robin Goins: I think we need more family oriented places—CiCi’s Pizza or a good buffet place that is not as expensive as Golden Corral. I good Five Guys Burgers and Fries would be nice, too.

Wendy Pickett Turner: Actually Mount Airy just flocks to anything new, just like when Wendy’s and Arby’s rebuilt, they were slammed for the first few weeks after they reopened. The only restaurant I see that is always slammed is 13 Bones. Mount Airy has plenty of restaurants with lots of variety. We needs more shopping variety. A craft store, music store, pet store, anything more than just a walmart.

Michael Cockerham: And the Sheeple say, “I’ll have what he’s having.”

Stacy Hawks: What Mount Airy needs is a Planet Fitness not more Restaraunts.


On a column by staff writer Andy Winemiller, we received the following comment on our website:

Critterpaparazzi: The author’s conclusions demonstrate that he does not fully understand the animals or the legal issues involved, and that he assumes he is a superior species to others.

What is it about you, Andy, that is so special that you feel that holding intelligent beings in concrete and metal cages and routinely torturing them for your benefit is morally right? You speak fondly of your dog. Do you think it’s okay for humans to legally torture dogs for research? Likely not due to your emotional attachment. If your dog had been tortured in a lab prior to your adoption, wouldn’t you want the dog to be able to live the rest of his life in peace post-rescue? What’s the difference between your dog and the imprisoned chimps? They are undeserving because they are primates and not someone’s pet…

There are some animals that demonstrate great intellect, including but not limited to: cetaceans, elephants, primates and some birds. In their own habitats, they have adapted to live self-sustaining, and self-directed lives. Their only “crime” is that they cannot speak human languages to defend themselves against human abduction or destruction of their habitats. They deserve to live their lives with as little human interference as possible. They occupied earth for millions of years before the human invasion and deserve to be respected and preserved on those grounds alone.

Humans need to start to understand that the biodiversity of earth must be protected at all costs or humans will cease to exist. Part of this must be finding the respect for animals that we probably would have already but for some unethical religious and philosophical leaders centuries ago.

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