Thumbs Up To…

The five candidates who have filed to run for open seats in the upcoming Mount Airy elections, and the positive tone the five have set in the early days of the election.

Jon Cawley filed to retain his seat, and will be unopposed in his bid. Mayor David Rowe will face opposition from political newcomer Ivy Sheppard while incumbent commissioner Steve Yokeley will square off against former commissioner Todd Harris.

It seemed the chief strategy by some candidates in the most recent election was personal attacks, misinformation, and a condescending attitude toward anyone who disagreed with them.

This time, however, it seems the candidates are taking a more positive approach.

Sheppard said she thought the current mayor was a “great guy” and she was running to introduce new, fresh ideas to the city. Harris said he and Yokeley are friends and will remain so after the election. Yokeley, who lost a rancorous bid for the mayor’s seat, said he never considered another crack at the post because he thought Rowe was doing a good job.

We hope this tone continues, and the election focuses on issues, not personalities or attacks.


To the Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity and the local agencies, businesses and individuals who support this organization.

Habitat recently celebrated the 46th home it has built and supplied to a local family, with the family earning the home through sweat equity as well as a no-interest mortgage.

There are few things in life that can give a family a strong financial and emotional base like home ownership, and Habitat offers this to financially underprivileged families who are willing to work for the home and pay off the mortgage.

And that makes the entire community stronger.


To Duke Energy Corp. for two recent rate hike requests filed with state regulators.

You may recall in February 2014 nearly 40,000 tons of coal ash spilled from Duke Energy’s retired Dan River coal-fired power plant in North Carolina.

In the weeks and months afterward, Duke Energy said publicly and repeatedly the cost of the clean up would not be passed on to its customers, that the cost would be borne by the company and its shareholders.

Guess Duke officials have a short memory, because in its rate hike filings, it lists several justifications for the rate hike questions, among them to recoup the cost of the coal ash spill clean-up. Can’t say we are surprised, still, it rankles when a company so blatantly goes back on its word. We hope regulators reject both of these bids.

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