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.

In response to a story by staff writer Tom Joyce regarding the Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission’s plan calling for a roundabout traffic reconfiguration , we received the following Facebook comments:

Jenni Thomas: No I hate the ones in polit

Emily Tucker: I always get stuck behind someone who has no clue how to use it. It is definitely not an improvement.

Derek Higgs: Very exciting to drive in one!!

John Bullington: Pilot has 2 and I really like them…

Darlene Collins: Once you learn how to navigate it’s a big improvement on traffic flow.

Bobbie Jean Michael Childress: This should be interesting. Lol

Michael Cockerham: Not needed.

Valerie Johnson Ousmane: Please no!!!! I hate the ones in pilot and a lot of people have no idea how to navigate then.

Candace Sammons: They’re used all over the world….. surely we can manage them !!

Wade Redmond: I don’t mind them, but those intersections would be a disaster with them.

Christina Reed: Its a stupid thing to do. They had a bunch up north. They taking them all out. Cause to many car accidents. And cost the city millions to remove them.

Barbara Lyons Schroeder: Love them! You have to go with the flow. Change is good.

Amanda Gianato Ausborne: I do not like those things I’d rather have a red light

Jamie Thomas Cobbler: If those intersections had light traffic, it might be a good idea. However, with the volume of traffic, plus huge tractor trailers trying to negotiate the turns, plus all of the people who just don’t understand how a traffic circle works, you will have more problems than you will solve.

On a column by associate editor Jeff Linville, in which he stated the federal government should help needy Americans before taking in Syrian refugees, we received the following comment on our website,

War Eagle: Well stated in this column Mr. Linville. I’ve always wondered why our government leaders aren’t as concerned about the problems of American people as they are about the rest of the world.

In response to a column by editor John Peters, in which he talks about buying locally vs. shopping in other locations or online, we received the following comments on our website:

Lizzie Morrison: Thank you for promoting shopping locally to support small businesses in the area. The small businesses in our county do so much to give back to our communities, and it is good to see a positive editorial supporting small businesses. Locally owned businesses in Downtown Mount Airy offer unique merchandise paired with a better shopping experience than driving 30 minutes away to a mall. November 28th is Small Business Saturday. The Mount Airy Christmas Parade starts at 9:00 a.m. from Veteran’s Park. MAUI (Mount Airy Ukulele Invasion) will be playing a FREE Christmas Concert at the Carlos Jones Blue Ridge Park (Downtown Gazebo) immediately following the parade. Afterwards, enjoy cocoa with Santa in the park! Stay downtown for “The Holiday” showing at the Historic Earle Theatre at 4:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Restaurants & Shops will be open and decorated for the holidays as Christmas music plays in the streets. Shop downtown with your neighbors and friends this season. It feels like home here. #shopsmall

Undercover Angel: Sometimes you just have to do whatever you have to do to save money. I know it may have made you feel bad, but your money is just something you need.

Terry Hill: Shop local! That’s a great “feel good” idea. But not so in reality. Your example was buying downtown in stead of going to Walmart, so lets consider that. Suppose the people of Mt Airy stop shopping at Walmart. Their sales decline and they start laying folks off, folks who live in Mt Airy, and now they’re out of a job. But let’s leave Walmart out and look at other towns, where the folks from those towns come and shop in Mt Airy. Let’s say Mt Airy and Dobson are the same size. Now the folks in Mt Airy shop locally, but they also like to shop in Dobson. Well, that works the other way around too, the folks in Dobson shop in Dobson, but also shop in Mt Airy. So, the folks of Mt Airy decide to only shop in Mt Airy, that keeps the money here. BUT, the folks in Dobson figure out what’s going on, so they only shop in Dobson. The Mt Airy merchants loose their customers from Dobson. Now, remember, I said they’re the same size towns in all aspects. So, what have we gained in Mt Airy? Nothing! Not only that, but now you can’t go to that shop or restaurant in Dobson that you like because you agreed not to. You’ve shot yourself in the foot for nothing more than a “feel good” idea. Bad idea in my opinion, especially for a “tourist” town!

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