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Response to Representative Presnell Statement

 We all are aware that what happened during civil war times were cruel. I do not condone the things that were done on plantations and other farms. But I for one am so tired of being branded bigot, racist, hater!! We in this generation had nothing to do with what happened then, they all have stood before a righteous God and give account for what they did. Where does all this stop? I wonder if I was offended at my neighbor's grandfather's gravestone that depicted him to be an outstanding pillar of the community, knowing well that he was a crook, swindle r, gambler, drunk, wife beater, I wonder if I could put him in the same category as hater, bigot, liar, that would give me the right to remove that headstone because I was offended about the stories i "heard"of him though I did not know him? Where does it end? By the way I doubt most folks who use those words really know what they mean since we no longer teach American history, I wonder how they know what the civil war w was about anyway 
I usually don't respond to opinion statements because that is all they are. One persons opinion. But my mother was a school teacher and she always taught us that the words people used were what they were. You have used the word racism and bigotry so much that I can only conclude that this is really what you are. Through pushing these words and causing more trouble and hate the next person that is hurt or killed will the blood be on your hands. You mentioned religion, but how many of God's laws have you just broken. More Americans were killed during the Civil War than other wars put together. Destroy all history of the South, the flag or any memorials and pretend it never existed, then who or what will people have to to blame their failings on. What will people tell their grandchildren about their roots when this time in history no longer existed. But as I said earlier "this is only my opinion"

Mrs. Presnell. These confederate monuments represent hate, racism and bigotry to many people. They should come down. You say these monuments are preserving the past and heritage of Americans. To some it is their past and heritage where racism, hate and bigotry still abides in their hearts and minds. Racism, hate and bigotry needs to be erased forever. The taking down of these monuments is a good start. You have got to learn what these monuments stand for. It wasn't about the rights of states but about racism, hate and bigotry. Many people see it that way even the people you are standing up for. They have these cruel and evil ideologies in their hearts and minds. Mrs. Presnell, you are promoting and advocating for racism, hate and bigotry when you stand against taking these monuments down. Governor Cooper is right when he says these monuments should come down. The times of the Civil War is a painful part of history for African Americans and people who advocate against racism and bigotry. I know there are many racists and closet racists in the south who don't want to admit that they are racists and bigots. Promoting and advocating for monuments that stand for racism and bigotry does not help the education of these people but makes them more uneducated. Many people who go to some churches are indoctrinated with conservatism rather than religion. It appears that part of conservatism is bigotry. Many people have been deceived and brainwashed by conservatism. Conservatism is a cruel ideology that opposes the teachings of Jesus. These people can't seem to contrast the difference between conservatism and religion. Keep them monuments coming down. Keep racism, hate and bigotry out of our country. It is un-American and not anywhere near what America stands for. 

Statement from NC House Representative Presnell on Monument Removal

The destruction of monuments and other objects of remembrance throughout history did not erase the history they represented. In 1944, Nazi Germany destroyed numerous buildings, castles and parks in Poland. From 1959 to 1964, Nikita Khrushchev closed and/or destroyed more than 10,000 mostly-rural churches as part of his anti-religious campaign in the Soviet Union. In 2001, the Taliban (more)

Solar Eclipse

So, let me get this right, Yancey County schools are going to close for the upcoming eclipse because, and I quote, " of the exceptional education opportunity". In others words, for your kids to learn something special, we need to shut down so they can. I've got another idea. How about the teachers and the school system use it to ENHANCE the experience with additional information. You should be well rested after your 3-month vacation to be able to come up with something. Maybe a "viewing festival" with parents invited. A guest speaker. Serve Sunny D and MoonPies, my treat. At the very least you could make sure everyone views the eclipse safely. The possibilities are endless. But I guess it would be too much trouble and effort. It's selfish of our kids to expect a little work from our public servants that are paid to teach them. But I guarantee you we'll hear the cry for pay raises before Labor Day. 

Press Release from BRRH Medical Staff

The medical staff of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital gathered for a special meeting on July 31, 2017 to discuss the discontinuation of Labor and Delivery Services at BRRH. The following is the statement agreed upon by majority vote: We, the medical providers of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, want the public to know that we believe labor and delivery and surgical services are (more)

Fairground Apartments

 It is not fair that people have to live where they feel unsafe . Fairground apartments has went down hill in the last year .Just walking outside I see a lot going on . I used to be able to leave my door unlocked. I think there  should be better back ground checks and not rent to just anyone.we need to feel safe and our children need to be safe

Applications By Phone

Beware. When applying for jobs by phone you will receive never ending calls from loan agencies, brokers etc....I helped my grandson apply for 2 jobs by phone application an i have a never ending stream of these agencies. So why is this fair that these two companies can give our phone number out. What ever happened to walking in filling out a application talk w someone and wait for a call. Not several daily and you have to filter through them to see if their the company you applied for. If my grandson answered he would be tempted by loans for car clothes house and it goes on.

Free Range Chickens

I'd like to know if there is anyone in Mitchell county outside city limits that have problems with people letting their chickens and other animals run all over your neighbors property? I find this very unfair to neighbors and their property when loose chickens use the bathroom all over your yard and dig up flowers out of flowerbeds and just be a nuisance in general. Anyone out there doing this should be more courteous to your neighbors who if they wanted livestock and dogs running on their property they would have them.

Want Justice for Animal Cruelty

We are so sorry for the loss of our canine officer, Chris, hope they find who shot an officer who gave his life to protect our community. Hope that whoever did this terrible crime gets the punishment they deserve. It's time that the ones who inflict cruelty to animals pay. We cannot forget the dogs that were taken to the fire tower in Burnsville and beat to death, and supposedly when one of them wouldn't die, one boy held the dog down while the other ran over its head with his truck. We need to see that justice is given. We need to speak for the innocent dogs that were tortured and see that they are made an example of and show that cruelty to animals does have consequences. This behavior leads to serial killers. If anyone could do this to a dog they certainly would not care to kill a human. Speak out and let our voices be heard before the trial in August. Supposedly the boys who committed these crimes are not sorry for what they did, they say it was just a dog. So let's talk to the DA or Humane Society and let them know how the community wants to see that justice is given.

k9 officer - why does it matter?

TheFBI has added animal abuse to its list of Class A felonies, alongside homicide and arson. If you need a security clearance for the military or your job, you will be investigated for animal abuse. Why? Animal abuse is ofte the first sign of serious emotional and mental disturbance among adolescent and adult killers. In an assessment of 1433 children ages 6-12 who had been physically abused and exposed to domestic violence, 60% of those children had abused animals. The nationwide average for animal abuse is 5%. Violence beggats violence. In another study of families under investigation for child abuse, researchers found that pet abuse occurred in 88% of the families under supervision for physical abuse of their children. High school killers such as Kip Kinkel, Luke Woodham, Eric Harris, and Dylan Klebold tortured, killed and mutilated animals befor going on their killing sprees. When counselors at several federal penitentiaries evaluated inmates for aggression, 70% of the most violent prisoners had serious and repeated animal abuse in their histories as compared to 6% of non aggressive prisoners in the same facilities. Studies have shown a link between serial killers and animal abuse. Serial killers such as Jeffrey Dahmer, Albert DeSalvo, David Berkowitz, ted buddy, Lee Boyd Malcolm, Denis Radner, Carroll Edward Cole and multiple others all abused animals. It wasn't just a dog that was killed. It was a defenseless dog inside a fence and it was a cop's dog. Was this a revenge killing or is the killer building up to shoot a cop that is sitting in his car alone somewhere? Do you know this person, but don't want to be a " snitch"? Remember that most violence and murders are committed against " friends and family" of the killer. What happens when he gets mad at you, or your child, or his wife, or one of his buddies over something? Remember that violence left unchecked always escalates. This is not an " isolated incident". If you know this person or have any idea who they are and you do nothing, you are an accomplice to all their future violent crimes. What will it take for you to grow a conscience and perhaps save a life?

Boy Scouts

 I just want to encourage our community to help build our boy scout troop back up! We have only very few members. I'm sure a lot of people read the paper week before last about it. I signed my son up and am so excited to be a part of a dying art. The scouts get to learn new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, reinforce ethical standards, and also learn leadership skills. Adventure is waiting for the young men of this community. Once a week from 6:30-8:00, across from the reconciliation house (the corner of Academy st. and Avery st.) Get back to the basics and back to nature. If you know anyone who is interested they have to be at least 11 years old.If you know any young man wanting to join, please just show up to one of the meetings! It doesn't cost much (if money is an excuse not to join). Help teach them life long lessons!! Spread the word around!!

Burnsville Speeders

No one had to die because there wasn't a light at Ingles if only someone had used some common sense and made that a right turn only. The light at Pensacola road is already there and it would have made much more sense. I can never figure out what our public officials have done with logic and common sense. Our county manager once told me "I think I have common sense" and my reply was "if you do it certainly doesn't show!" It's the same everywhere these days. If you have a degree and it looks good on paper it must be right! Never mind the practicality of actually getting it to work safely, or at all, in the REAL world. God gave us a brain but they never seem to be used anymore! 

Why is the speed limit through Burnsville on the new four lane not being enforced??? People constantly speeding and I have never seen anyone pulled over. What are the police doing??? I guess someone has to get killed (again-i.e. new, not yet functional, stoplight by Ingles) before anything is done. What a mess with all the U-turns and speeders etc. 

Burnsville Main Street

I'm sorry but there will be no beautiful Burnsville until something is done about the empty grown up buildings such as the old Texaco and bank on the bypass, not to mention the orginal Joe Young Ford building at the bottom of the hill on East Main. Can someone tell me why something can't be done about these and others that don't meet the new town ordinances?

I agree 100% main street is in terrible condition many side roads in Burnsville are in much better shape, some attention was given to the east side but none to west side WHY? It is a shame that the road is in such disrepair as well as the side walks the money that has been spent in attempts to patch them up over the past few years as well as the recent sloping ends with metal plates is only another waste of taxpayer money can't anyone see the crumbling edges, cracks. Then it was proposed that a sidewalk be extended all the way down to east side to light to join new one on four lane. and then to attract attention to the crumbling sidewalks is the grass and weeds growing all along it. 

 I can see why they had the bypass done in Burnsville. No one wants to ride on that rough... Main Street!!! What's the deal? That is supposed to be beautiful downtown Burnsville!!!

Mitchell Elected Offices and Property Taxes

 I can't help but notice all these grants this county keeps getting and all the money that is being donated to certain places and I look around town and wonder what is all that money being spent on??* Nothing is new and nothing is improved but crappy little nursery's and corners of the street?... So you mean to tell me that the money granted to this town is just to spruce up the town so that it looks like it has something fun to do instead of actually having something fun to do? That makes sense to umm no one??? Where is this money going seriously?* Apparently it's not going to the schools or the EMS or anything the town needs because that's what they say the raise in our property taxes was for ...to pay for the 3rd ambulance and for each kid to have a computer ...hmm so remind me what's happening to all this grant money? So what are grants for a town meant for if it's not to supply the town with the necessities that a town must have?* But instead you raise taxes to make the community to pay for something that we should already have had the money to pay for since we've gotten all these grants right?* Meanwhile the rest of the people who are actually keeping this town running have to now pay an extra couple hundred a year that they probably can't exactly afford at the moment themselves because they are already merely just getting by as it is and doing what they can to get ahead again or even caught back up ...So instead of using the grant money to pay for something that probably will not be used by or benefit in someway about half the property owners in this county you decide they should be the ones to pay the price?* I just would like to know what is the purpose of this grant money and all the other money this town is getting for nothing?* Why is it not being used for the purposes it should be getting used for rather than putting it on the people to pay?* I believe if you want to tell us that we have to pay for something we didn't ask for or something we don't really need then we should be able to have a part in deciding what this town chooses to do with the grant money and other moneys that are donated, gave or whatever! As for the student and computer issue : Most kids these days have their own laptops already. Instead of buying laptops for every kid, why not just go through and see which kid doesn't and provide them with one? If it's a student nessessity these days then why not imply a program similar to the lunch program; those who can't afford one can come request assistance to get one rather than wasting county money on a child to have 2 laptops, a personal and school issued one.. That's more unfair in my opinion than providing just those in need rather than all of them ..Not every parent can afford even one laptop while others can..The kid who only has 1 computer and got it only with assistance would just be someone the kid that has 2 computers could ridicule about being too poor to afford a computer.. I want to know we are being smart with money and not just blowing it on things that are really just unbeneficial to a majority of this county... Let's spend wisely please.. 

Battle of the Monopolies

Interesting to see two big monopolies fighting it out to see who gets more money.  It's almost funny if it wasn't so infuriating. Mission crying "poor"  when in fact they have bought up all the hospitals and almost all the doctor practices in this area. As they also continue to go up on their prices while cutting services to the poor areas such as cutting labor and delivery at all the outlying hospitals. Yet we all pay higher insurance rates to mostly Blue Cross, since they have a monopoly on the health insurance in NC, because they already pay higher prices to Mission than they do to other hospitals in other parts of the state. I have no sympathy for either one of these greedy monopolies as they reap millions with their top officers receiving huge salaries and benefits. 

Cell Service in Shoal Creek Area

Why is there no cell phone signals in the Shoal Creek area, most every place you go there are some sort of signals. There are elderly people that live in that area that have to have a land line just to call an ambulance, fire dept. or any place else they need to call. I think it would be a great addition, especially for the elderly. I hope something can and will be done about this problem.

Trash and Dead Wildlife

All along Toe River rd, near and across from Green Mt. Post Office there is too much trash around. Any business owners nearby should be willing to pick up this trash as it is on their property! It looks like a dump! Also, folks speed faster than 55mph they throw trash out their windows and run over the small wildlife too. It's a crying shame that folks who feel they gotta get from point A to point B in the least amount of time possible, forget they are not saving any real time by speeding and running things over!

Parkway Playhouse Doing Great Job

I have attended the first two productions at the Parkway Playhouse this year and both have been outstanding. The actors and actresses in each of the plays have just done a superb job. Very impressed. The theatre also is very comfortable now. Enjoyable experience that I would highly recommend. 

AMY Library Free Activities

There is a Play and Learn group for ages birth-5 at 10AM. Yancey Library on Wednesdays, Spruce Pine Library on Tuesdays, Bakersville Library on Thursdays. No registration required, just show up. Pre-school storytime begins again in August. Our Childrens Librarian is very accommodating, she leaves participation up to the discretion of the parents. During the summer programs are geared more to school age children,next weeks program is a movie.

 I just read all the exciting events planned at the local libraries for this summer and was so excited to bring my daughter, then I noticed the ages is for Kindergarten graduates - 12 years old.....what do the younger kids have to do? My 3 year old is capable of sitting still and quietly to be read to or watch a movie or do yoga....I do it with her every day. She would love to go to these activities and do something a little out of the norm with new people. Are parents of younger children like mine not allowed to bring our kids to participate? Is there something for them? I remember coming to the local library as a child and it was all ages, moms had there babies in their laps with their other children sitting in the floor beside them, it was fun. Really hoping to hear there is something for my child too.

Improved School Road

Yes! The road looks great. Thanks DOT for a fast and professional job. 

Thanks to the DOT for the awesome and much needed improvements around Burnsville elementary school. The project looks great and will help with traffic flow and the widening was much needed. THANKS! Great job and done quickly

Fairground Apartments

To the person who wrote about fairground apt I agree lived here a good while it has gone down hill no places to park trash everywhere people who don't work nothing wrong with them noisy neighbors loud motorcycles going fast through the neighborhood magement don't seem to care 

 Live in fairground apt a while starting to go down hill no parking trash everywhere people that don't work nothing wrong with them drugs selling drugs Tenn tags living here over 6 months noisy here people driving fast on motorcycles bad place to live now 


Why???can we not have a notice when town water SP has a water boil ?? Not everyone has time to go on computer or listen to wtoe?? Dont you know what a robo call is??