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 a story by staff writer Tom Joyce, in which he reports that Mount Airy commissioners are considering building public restrooms on the northern, end of North Main Street, we received this comment on our website,

bob vincent: Some restrooms at that end would be good but I hate to think what they will end up costing. The gazebo “park’ was supposed to cost very little but ended up over $150,000.

Also will the same group that hangs out at the other restrooms move to the new ones or will we get another group?


From a story by staff writer Andy Winemiller, in which he quoted Fifth District U.S. Rep. Mark Walker as saying the climate in Washington, D.C., politics is divisive, we received these comments:

bob vincent: After taking a cheap shot at Trump Walker then says he is supporting him. That’s pretty weak suport. I’m really disappointed with his comment. Has he gone RINO already?. To be at least fair, he could have followed his shot at Trump by saying the other candidate can’t speak a sentence without lying.

And what’s his having a meeting with only the so called “community leaders”? What happened to the town hall meetings he said he would keep having? I supported Walker but he slipped on this.

Trey Johnson: Perhaps the day will come when we elect representatives, be it Democrat or Republican, that come home not to give us excuses, but provided us with answers. Perhaps our elected body will one day inspire those that they represent.

I say to Congressman Walker, feel free to rise above the fray and do something productive. Right now your playing the political blame game, not football. And no one is impressed with your lack of effort.

However, if Congressman Walker would like to see the productivity of young, hardworking Americans then he should visit a local high school on Friday night. Might even learn a thing or two about effort.


In response to an article by Tom Joyce, in which he reports on the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners considering city laws taking aim at regulating and monitoring residential rental properties, we received these comments:

Countrygirl1411:A government big enough to give you everything, is big enough to take everything.

Mikhailovich Zhukov: You have clearly never lived where having a decent landlord meant the difference between having the running water and it be warm enough to bathe.

People will always need to find housing, people will always be willing to rent the units they own, yet many people are not moral enough to ensure that tenants have livable conditions.

Uterly truthful: When you grow up on Montclair like Mr Yokely has, it’s easy to see how they may deem these houses substandard. Unless the government is looking for ways to force people into their own subsidized housing I don’t know why they think the tenants need protecting if they aren’t the ones complaining.

Stephanie Smith: Just for your information….Dr. Yokley is not a relative nor close personal friend of mine. You need to be more informed before spouting off your mouth about something you know nothing about. Dr. Yokley didn’t grow up on Montclair. He built a house there after many years of hard work in his chosen profession. He is certainly a fine gentleman and I (as many others) am very proud to know that he serves our city with true integrity. You should be ashamed of your self for implying otherwise! You must be deranged or just looking for controversy.

Terry Hill: Billboards, flea markets and now rental property. It seems that since the Spencer/RDC fiasco is over, the commissioners feel a need “fill in” an idea for the next meetings. Maybe if there’s nothing already on the agenda, the meetings should just be skipped.

Karen Rice: I don’t suppose it ever occurred to anyone that the problem may not be the landlord, but the tenants. I had tenants totally trash my rental property to the tune of $10,000+. I no longer rent, nor would I ever again without at least a $5,000 damage deposit. Yes, I took them to court – won. Will I ever get paid for the damage – doubtful. What we need more of is protection for the landlords against tenants who do destroy someone’s property and get away with it.

bob vincent: Terry, it only seems the Spencer/RDC fiasco is over because we’re not hearing about it. It’s just a quiet spell but the city is on track to spend $5 Million (or whatever) on it a little later on.

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