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 column by staff writer Andy Winemiller, in which he states he considers police road checkpoints an unconstitutional violation of civil rights, we received these comments on our website,

Terry Hill: For the first time ever, I’m going to have to agree with something Andy said! If a problem is such that there has to be a sneaky ‘sting operation’ to catch any possible offender, then it must not be that much of a problem to begin with.

War Eagle: Checkpoints is a destruction of your civil rights? Seriously? I personally am never offended by having to stop at a check point. Actually, I appreciate law enforcement agencies doing such things as checkpoints. It is quite possible that any person who has lost a loved one due to a drunk driver, just might not agree with you.

Joseph Davis: I think that it it is a violation of our rights, there is more to it than just checking for DUI.. they are checking on ever thing from seat belts to tires….anything laying in plain view can give them reason to search you and your vehicle with or without your permission. I understand that helping to keep drunk drivers off the street is what they say they are there for, but in reality that is a small part a very small part of a bigger plot.


In response to a letter to the editor criticizing the growing acceptance of alcohol use in society, we received these comments:

Bob Jones: I can quote books too! Ecclesiastes 9:7 instructs, “Drink your wine with a merry heart.” Psalm 104:14-15 states that God gives wine “that makes glad the heart of men.” Amos 9:14 discusses drinking wine from your own vineyard as a sign of God’s blessing. Isaiah 55:1 encourages, “Yes, come buy wine and milk…”

Terry Hill: The first thing Noah did after exiting the ark was to plant a vineyard. The first miracle Jesus performed was to make wine! I’m not trying to deny your point here, but let’s be fair about it.

Hopityscotch: just another bunch of drunks wandering the streets in cars, Mount Airy Elitists, cops don’t care to stop. When it comes down to the point where you have to drink to buy groceries you need help before some poor family gets run over just trying to get food for the week. I vote the town changes it’s name to Mount Whinoville.

Sasquatchman Ishere: Meanwhile those of us that can enjoy alcohol responsibly, will. Those who aren’t capable of that will continue to get drunk or try to convince everyone else that alcohol is evil. Also, guess what happens to a two or three year old if they sneak a sip of wine…aside from them probably not liking it and spitting it out not a darn thing.

Numanic: I’m going to be honest I couldn’t finish this, I ran out of beer.


In response to a story by staff writer Bill Colvard, focusing on the Women in Missions group of Calvary Baptist Church sewing dresses and other clothing items destined for orphans and child prisoners in Uganda, we received this comment on Facebook:

Wanda Ayers: So many of us haven’t used our textile skills since those jobs left this area. What a wonderful way to use them to bless others.

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