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, in which he reported the county was considering selling two different pieces of property — at lower than market prices — we received these comments at

Peter Templeton: Surplus property should be sold on a competitive basis and done in an open process. The process should follow the “Courthouse Steps Sale” process used when property owners fail to pay property taxes.

MtAiryNative: Why wouldn’t the country simply list these surplus properties for sale, and then accept the highest offer received? Selling the pilot mountain property at an 80% discount off the tax value and selling the Elkin property at a 25%-30% discount makes absolutely no sense.

In response to a story by staff writer Tom Joyce, in which he reports that Mount Airy police credit observant and caring neighbors with the apprehension of a home burglary suspect, we received these comments at

Radical American Infidel: A lot of neighborhoods with neighbors like these!!!

LindaLea: GREAT job neighbors!!!!!

In response to an article by Andy Winemiller, in which he reports on a potential fitness program and mandatory fitness levels being considered for EMS workers, we received this comment at

medic587: I have been a paramedic for a long time, I have been grossly obese and I have also been a chain smoker, so I not only have a personal interest in this topic but I have the experience. I am still a paramedic but I am no longer overweight, nor do I still smoke. …

Surry Emergency Services does have a very nice fitness center but as Mr. Shelton stated, those who should utilize the opportunity do not. I do not know what the true long term plan is for those who do not meet the fitness standard but I think one other item should be added to the fitness plan. I do not think that EMS units should be able to frequent unhealthy eating establishments (Hardee’s, Golden Corral, Aunt Bea’s, Cousin Gary’s, Burger King, etc). Healthcare professionals should set an example of leadership, rather than set the example of “do as I say, not as I do”. I find it in poor taste to wear the uniform yet be obese and walking out of a fast food restaurant with a burger and fries or gorging themselves at a buffet… I believe it is negatively perceived by the public to see paramedics and EMTs eating an empty calorie diet that promotes obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cardiac compromise and/or diabetes.

I also think that smoking in public … Children are very impressionable and when they see us smoking by our units, it creates a poor example. It’s not just children that smoking in public creates an issue with. We are a visible group in this community, and it’s poor PR to smoke in public. Wait until you get back to the base, so smoking is done in privacy.

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