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 Andy Winemiller, detailing failed efforts by a local woman to get exceptions to local historic district regulations that prevented her from building a circular driveway in her yard, we received these comments on our website,

Hopityscotch: yet another overpowered bunch of idiots telling people what they can do with “their” property. A historical district is so ridiculous in a small town..

BimBim: No way a circular drive will fit in that little yard.


In response to a column by editor John Peters, in which he decried the seeming lack of holding people responsible for their crimes in today’s society on the local and national levels, we received these comments:

War Eagle: Hard to argue with any of these examples. I would also wonder why it is that when government officials (like Congressmen/women) get caught cheating on their tax returns, we never hear of any of them getting jail time. But if you own a dollar in back taxes and declare that you are sorry and that you simply made a mistake, then you are going to suffer for it. And even if you don’t end up in court about this, you are still going to be harassed and threatened with jail time and probably get your name to be shown as “public enemy number one”.

joe h: I agree with you. Hillary paid off most of the people that said no charges.Bill Clinton me with the woman on the plane who also said no charges.They must really think people are stupid or something.


In response to a story by staff writer Terri Flagg, reporting that prosecutors would be seeking the death penalty in the case of Jordan Ross Lowdermilk during a May crime spree in which he is accuse of beating to death 80-year-old Claudia Smith, we received this response on our website:

Radical American Infidel: It is my opinion that the wheel is about to come full circle.

And we received these comments on Facebook:

Larry Law: Kill him she would have loved to live also

Ruby Stevens Brown: He deserves it……

Jo Marion Nance There a special place in HELL for this piece of s—-!

Charlie Michael Goss: Kill him we don’t have no use for him

Richard Hill: Sounds good and we won’t have to spend all that money keeping him up. I’m sure they could find a better use for it anyway


In response to an article by staff writer Tom Joyce, reporting that the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners will meet in closed session to discuss additional plan for development of the former Spencer’s textile property, we received these comments at

joe h: No telling what that crowd is doing lol

Terry Hill: So, what I’m reading here is McCarley is going to let us know that he can’t find anyone interested in this property, so, we’re going to have to offer more incentives… giving them the property for example! Tourism, people, tourism. We’re a ‘tourist town’, we rely on tourists, therefore it only makes sense to build something here that will attract tourists, folks that will return again and bring friends and family to this tourist attraction that is so cool and unique. A hotel and apartments can add to our tax base, but otherwise- boring! Am I the only one seeing this?

Larry Brindle: Nope, I told them it sucked since the first time I heard it. Made a point to mention it every time I carry a bus to Mt Airy.

Larry Brindle: I’ve been in tourism my whole life. That thing is ugly as anything I have ever seen. Take it down and put in a beautiful town park. It’s not worth saving, I’ve know that was a totally stupid idea from the go. Who loves a haunt blue elephant? Dang!!!

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