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 an article by staff writer Andy Winemiller, in which he reports that former Surry County Board of Surry County Board of Commissioners candidate Allen Poindexter filed a complaint with the elections board, allegeding Board Chairman R.F. “Buck” Golding verbally accosted him near a polling stating this week, we received these replies:

bearmtairy: Assuming Buck said the things he’s reported to have said —— does this mean he no longer cares what comes from his mouth and that he’s not planning on running for re-election in 2 years, or that he’s simply warming up for a run at the presidency in 4 years?

MtAiryNative: “Tucker said he believes when his opponents couldn’t find any real character flaws, they resorted to the baseless name calling.”

No, he doesn’t sound arrogant or cocky in the least, just self-confident in the fact that he doesn’t have any real character flaws himself…that’s all.

Undercover Angel: I find this VERY HARD to believe. Proof?

Terry Hill: If a voter needs literature to read when they get to the polls, then, they shouldn’t be at the polls.

Undercover Angel: true


In response to a staff editorial, in which the Mount Airy News expressed concern over the idea that the city manager would discuss potential board votes with commissioners in private telephone calls rather than in open public session, we received this comment at

NCreader23: So you are saying the city manager or mayor can never have an individual discussion with a commissioner? That is ridiculous on so many perspectives.

Most issues are certainly discussed in open forum and the commissioners can offer their opinions publicly at that time, but it is not at all unreasonable to think the city manager or mayor (or even other upper management city employees) can discuss these issues or distribute information about them prior to those open meetings. And those individual discussions are not forced to be delayed until the next open meeting.

If I am not mistaken, the open meetings law only concerns meetings where multiple commissioners are involved (as it should be).


In response to a column by staff writer Tom Joyce, in which he outlines the importance of voting in each election, we received this comment at, and the second comment from our Facebook page:

War Eagle: Excellent article Mr. Joyce. I would also like to say that by not voting, it is somewhat like slapping the faces of those military men/women who died defending many of our rights in America. One of those rights that they defended was the right for all Americans to vote. It is quite possible that one day In America, we may loose that right to vote. If that should happen, does the word “Dictator” come to mind?

Peggy Morgan: Yes, look at all the other countries where people do not have this right. Not only that, look at when women didn’t have that right in our own country. People, regardless of how you feel about the candidates, it IS important to get out and vote. Your vote does count.