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 reports Surry County Board of Commissioner larry Johnson was given a citation warning for a trash bag in his truck by law enforcement, under the new local law requiring loads of trash to be covered while being transported, we received this comment on our website,

NCreader23: Simple solution (so most likely won’t happen): They need to amend the ordinance to say that bagged trash is, in fact, already covered. The purpose of the ordinance is to prevent trash from blowing out of the vehicles that are carrying it. Obviously bagged trash should not do that.


In response to an article by Andy Winemiller, reporting the Surry County Board of Commissioners gave approval to EMS to start administering blood transfusions at a cost of $250 each to patients, we received these comments at

Terry Hill: So, the question was, why are we one of only two in the entire country. There has to be more of an answer than what was given. Just curious.

bob vincent: Terry has a great question. Just how is it that only little ole Mount Airy and some town in Texas are the only two places doing this? Some possible answers come to mind. Maybe all the other tens of thousands of EMS units don’ think it is a good idea? Maybe our EMS have far more “certifications” than needed? Do more certifications mean more raises? Do we think just us and that place in Texas are right and the other tens of thousands of EMS units are wrong.

Shelton should still be in the doghouse (or worse) for his management screw up that will cost county taxpayers over a Million. Instead, he is getting yet another extra request approved by the commissioners. I predict we’ll soon see a request for some large amount for blood transfusion equipment and likely more certifications, vehicles, and personnel.


In response to an article by staff writer Tom Joyce, reporting on road work being done between the intersection of Renfro and Pine streets down to the Ararat River Bridge on South Main Street, we received these comments:

joe h: There are worse roads in mt. Airy that needed paving as this one was in good shape just more wasted tax money as usual.

Bobochicken: poor pitiful company doing the work can’t even figure out how to properly mark which lanes you need to be in either. I saw cars wondering between cones trying to figure it out yesterday,

BimBim: Great timing guys! Right before the Festival! What are they thinking? Duh!


In response to an editorial in which we state the state is wrong to limit public access to bodycam and dashcam videos shot while law enforcement officials are using that video equipment, we received this comment on our Facebook page.

Richard Hill: …if they spend taxpayer money on the equipment and try to use to help convict people we should have the right to view the videos

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