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 reporting a federal drug probe had resulted in 20 arrests, including three people from Surry County, we received these comments on our website,

April Utt Butler: Good. Take out the trash. Sick of seeing lowlife ruining what was a once beautiful town.

Burnette’s Home Rental Renovat: Mt. Airy is still a beautiful town

Hugh Damrite: Karen Hawks will have to get her a new top. One that says…….BAD GIRLS.


In response to a story by staff writer Tom Joyce, in which he reports the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners has decided to fund outside agencies that it had initially said would not be funded, we received these comments on our website:

joe h: What gets me the rescue squad, people that save human lives ought to get more money than the library or the arts council this sure is funny

Dolly M: That was my thought as well. We could survive without the others, but the rescue squad literally saves lives. I’m guessing it’s because people willingly support (donate to) the rescue squad. The others rely on forced donations (taxes) to survive because most people would not willingly give to the Arts Council – so we’re not given the choice.

Perhaps taxpayers should have a word about how their funds are spent. In these difficult financial times, I think taxpayers should be given the choice if they want their money to support nonessential causes. Maybe the Arts Council could rely on donations from the community, giving people the choice of whether or not they want to support it.


In response to an article by Tom Joyce, in which he reports the city’s homeless shelter, The Shepherd’s House, is expanding, we received these comments on our website:

John R Thompson: Matthew 25:34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

somethingsmells: What a lovely spot right beside the amphitheater and government offices. Gotta go where the land is free, I guess. The church, as nice as it is to give the land, already has to lock its doors and keep volunteers outside in the parking lot during services because of the Shepherd’s House. Shows you what kind of neighbors they are and the addition of beds can only intensify that problem.

MountAiryLocal: Wonderful! This is great, great news.


In response to a letter to the editor by city resident Paul Eich, in which he takes to task city Commissioner Steve Yokeley over critical comments Yokeley aimed at his fellow commissioners, we received these comments at

nose alittle: Excellent letter and excellent thoughts on why Yokeley is the problem and not the rest of the commissioners as he claims. The letter writer makes a great point about the last city election when Yokeley ran for Mayor and his buddies ran for other commissioner seats. I remember how they were all beaten like big time.. The people didn’t like what they saw in Yokeley or his buddies. No matte He still goes on with trying to run the show. Hello Steve, the public didn’t buy it the last time and ain’t buying it this time either.

Scott Sutton: I actually had somebody, who calls them self ( somethingsmells), tell me 2 weeks ago that the Mayor and Yokley were true visionaries.. I laughed and laughed and laughed.. How can anyone be taken seriously, when they won’t print their true identities. Truly pathetic. You want your comments to have validation then don’t hide behind a false moniker