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 and opinion pieces we’ve published. The comments are reproduced verbatim.

From story regarding the Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners firing Town Manager Amanda Reid, we received these comments on our website,

War Eagle: hmmm, wonder what the story is from the other side.

Cassandra Bravo: So, basically she was doing her job and got fired for it. With the possible exception of commissioners Armstrong and Quinn, it sounds like Pilot Mountain is being driven to inevitable ruin by incompetent officials.

Moonstone: I’m not surprised. The number one rule should be that the person who is in this position has 3 months to move to Pilot Mountain, or AT LEAST Surry County. Amanda did not even live in Surry County. Pilot deserves a manager who is involved and active in the community.

Jimmy Douglas Mitchell: Are the commissioners speaking on behalf of the taxpayers while making this decision? One would think that a decision like this would need to be public seeing as how the job description states “is responsible for making recommendations to the Town Board as they may deem necessary or expedient for the benefit of the public. The Town Manager reports to the Board of Commissioners about the affairs of the Town and keeps the Board fully advised of the Town’s financial condition and future financial needs.” Since there is not a CFO either that leaves the town with…..nothing.

In response to an editorial in which The Mount Airy News questions the validity of a survey commissioned by Mount Airy Downtown, and questions why the Redevelopment Commission did not meet with property owners before publicly declaring their property “blighted,” we received the following comments on our website:

Maria: I am not originally from this area,not even from this country. I have been here only 4 years. I think all the changes done until now are wonderful. This is a nice place to live, however, downtown Mt Airy needs changes, and it needs them now. I do not know Lizzie Morrison, but I have seen her in every event in the city, always leading something good and creative. I love Downtown Mount Airy facebook page because it is the only source where you can find future events, and news about the changes they are making. Even though this city is an official retirement place, also young people live here, and we need more events and things to do. Lizzie please keep doing what you are doing. By the way, if the survey was not used in determining something, why are you that worry?

JohnDeere: Had the survey been a realistic and reasonable one, it should have been taken into account. However, the survey is completely and utterly absurd. There is no reason why this bogus survey should be used in determining anything. Any opinion formed by board members because of this survey and used to persuade them to push the redevelopment is not okay.

IF redevelopment is a real issue and concern, take the time to do it right, in public and by unbiased opinions of locals who will not profit at the loss of others, that in its self is truly disturbing.

Advocate Mt. Airy: JohnDeere the survey wasn’t used in determining anything. The Redevelopment Commission has followed the Urban Redevelopment Law. The groups that conducted the survey admitted that it is not a scientific survey, but a collection of feedback from visitors to the area, not from locals. The Redevlopment Commission has been open and will continue to be open. All of their meetings are open to the public. You should come and form your own opinion rather than relying on reading the paper.

Carolina Guy: My only question is why are you so against the redevelopment of the downtown area? I was born and raised in Mount Airy, and have since moved to Charleston, SC. I know that Mount Airy is a charming town that is very inviting to tourists but without serious redevelopment and renewal the appeal will be gone. Charleston is a perfect example of how redevelopment helps old buildings and old areas get a breath of new life. Instead of being so critical, brush the chip off of your shoulder and start commenting on the positives that this will bring to the community and it’s citizens.

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