You said it

Your 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 we’ve published. The comments are reproduced verbatim.

From a story by staff writer Andy Winemiller on a cruise-in held in downtown Mount Airy, we received the following website comment:

Terry Hill : They should shut the street down. There’s folks walking around looking at the rides, and there’s a steady stream of traffic coming right thru the middle!!!

From a guest column written by financial planner Stan Smith, we received the following comments on our website.

P S: Pay off your debts. Don’t make new ones. Stop trying to keep up with the Jones. The Jones will not be supporting you in your golden years.

Radical American Infidel: I can’t say when someone should or should not retire because I don’t know nobody’s situation but my own. I retired when I was 55 and that was 20 years go. When I went into the US Navy, my plan was to retire after 20 years at the age of 37. I got out of the Navy after 9 1/2 years. I owned a small trucking company for 5 years. I sold my trucking company and went to work for Schlitz Brewery. I transferred to Baldwinsville, NY in 1976. Budweiser bought the Brewery in 1980. I retired from Budweiser 20 years ago. I don’t know how true it is but Budweiser reported to their salaried employees that employees that retire at 55 live an average of 10 years longer than employees that retire at 55. That could just be a ploy to get employees to retire at 55. I don’t know if it’s true or not.

BrookeWx: The key is to work if you want to not if you have to and the way to do that is to start retirement planning and investing early in life. Many choose not to continue to work (at least at their current jobs) and to redefine their lives. There are several great guest posts on the site Retirement And Good Living by retirees who are sailing full time, starting businesses based on hobbies, RVing across the US and New Zealand, backpacking across the globe, volunteering with the Peace Corps, retiring overseas and more. It gives you a good perspective of the possibilities.

WillMary: With regard to retirement, I always recommend to everyone 3 things: 1) to have a good financial plan (e.g. IRA – look at this), 2) to set some personal goals specifically for this time – learn something new (a language, anything…), start a new hobby you’ve always dreamt about—- or, yes, keep working or start a business, 3) AND be aware of the major health issues which usually appear by this time, learn about their causes and try to prevent them sooner then they appear. And it´s really never too early to think about all this.. (or at least about your health and finance)..

On a story by staff writer Tom Joyce reporting the city has opted not to pursue having a consulting firm continue a water use analysis of the city, at a cost of nearly $75,000, instead opting to have city staff do the work, we received the following comment on our website.

Linda Sue: Finally, common sense rules!! Municipalities pay way too much for study after study. Pay for results, not suggestions from outsiders!!

On a column by staff writer Bill Colvard, pointing out a few of the many foibles of Donald Trump after Trump declared his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination, we received the following comment on Facebook.

Gary Spradlin: written by a solid democrat


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