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 Tom Joyce regarding the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners decision to revisit the request for a raise by City Attorney Hugh Campbell that would raise his city pay from $30,000 to $50,000 annually, we received the following Facebook comments:

Jason Butcher: He doesnt need a raise. If he wants to make more money then get more clients.

Brandy Canterbury: And meanwhile everyday citizens struggle to make ends meet at 7.25 an hour

Jason France: He will get the raise. All the elected officials and the higher ups in MA are in bed together. Hasn’t anyone been paying attention?

Carolina Betancur: Omg… Really…

On a story by Andy Winemiller detailing how the Surry County 911 center will be moving to a new system, we received the following comment on our website,

Terry Hill: A half million dollars in equipment and then 10 thousand a month to ‘lease’ the use of a network?

On a column by Tom Joyce in which he sarcastically calls for the removal of all things Southern, include the direction south, from our cultural lexicon because of political correctness run amuk, we received the following comments:

Jason France: For once, I agree with you. It seems if you’re black or liberal, then all you have to do is pitch a temper tantrum and you’ll soon have it your way.

Melinda Smith Key: This madness has got to stop!! Folks need to start acting like they have some sense!!

On a story regarding the possibility of a Olive Garden or Red Lobster locating in Mount Airy, we received these Facebook comments:

Josh Chaney: So is this mount airys plan to increase the jobs? Keep adding minimum wage jobs and the average household income will continue to drop. Minimum wage should not be increased, the amount of skilled jobs needs to be increased. Way to hold your citizens down Mayberry.

Keith Jarrell: A job is better than no job right?

Josh Chaney: Very true and its great to have people employed but a town can not survive off of minimum wage jobs. A family of 4 can not make it with two parents making minimum wage. Now everyone wants to say “increase minimum wage” but then you just have a more rapid inflation and the new minimum wage is yet again unlivable. Point of my story is stop bringing the food industry to mount airy, bring in skilled labor jobs that can better prepare people for a future and allow mount airy to grow more than just on hwy 601.

Michael Hull: I guess no one knows about the failed attempt at this “combo” in North Wilkesboro?

If it didn’t work there, it won’t work here. The labor force isn’t any more adept here than there, so don’t worry, there won’t be any minimum wage jobs to scoff at.

Josh Chaney: I’m in no way against minimum wage jobs. But the town will not grow off of minimum wage jobs. I am not sure it can maintain off of minimum wage jobs. I love Mayberry, but it’s future does not look good.

Gail Ziglar: Welborn Olive Garden would be wonderful!

David Blankowski: Hooters! I probably have a better chance of hitting the lottery wishing for this in Mt But if I do I’m going to open a Hooters!

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