Opinion Posting Guidelines:
  1. Comments should be related to general interests of the public.
  2. You may comment on elected officials, public offices, government bodies, public figures. You can comment on the actions public officials take in relation to their jobs but not make personal attacks.
  3. You can not comment about privately owned businesses. You can comment about businesses that are privately owned but are public in nature, such as newspaper/hospital/electric company/phone companies/radio station etc. with a signature.
  4. No comments on candidates for public office or political issues, within 30 days of an election (primary or general). If a political candidate is named in your comments, a signature is required.
  5. For comments that include a signature the name must be verifiable.
Editor's Note: We made the decision not to require a name in this forum because in a small community such as ours, in certain situations, people involved can not give their opinion due to fear of repercussions (job loss, etc.). We believe the advantage of anonymous comments outweighs the problems. We will continue to review all comments before they are posted to this site. We retain the right to post or not post at our discretion. 
Opinion Forum: Remember these letters are peoples’ opinions; they may or may not be actual facts. This is not a news forum, it is an opinion column. We also urge you to take into account whether the letter is signed. We do not correct spelling or grammatical errors.

New Four Lane


People are driving like maniacs on the new road. Slow down people and stop the cutting in and out. It's very dangerous because some people are confused at the turning places and get over into the oncoming lanes. When the cones are put out I  do wish they would keep them out of the lane you are suppose to be driving in. Sometimes you can barely squeeze by them.
_______________

Since when do we even have a four lane. Have you driven through from Jacks Creek to Micaville since they were supposed to open up the new road.if you do not drive slow you will plow right through yellow cones.IT IS STILL A BIG MESS.When is it really going to be opened up?
_______________

The new 4-Lane highway going through Burnsville is great; however, drivers need to STAY OUT OF THE FAST LANE IF THEY ARE GOING TO GO BELOW THE SPEED LIMIT. Apparently people have no idea how to drive on a major highway. I would suggest that the DOT put up signs "slower traffic stay the right lane" or something to that effect. 

Smoke in the Air


 If the smoke in the air is bad for our health, tell me why in the world school is letting these kids go outside and play?

Paved Road


 It sure would be nice to have fresh paved road to drive on on west side of main street! like the east side anyone know if it will ever happen?

Walkers


I would like to know if the east end of the county will ever have a nice park/walking area like the west end has. It would be great to have a nice place to walk away from the traffic without having to drive 10 or more miles to get to Cane River. Yes the sidewalks are great but that would be much better and I feel we deserve it also.
 

Hwy 19


The road is wonderful as I knew it would be when finished. Thank you for the sidewalks. Many people will walk now that they have been built. Now we need a nice big fancy restaurant to put our town on the map.

Old Theatre


Does anyone know anything about the old theater going toward spruce pine on 19? I guess they will be tearing it down. Thanks
 

Sex Education in Schools


WHAT IS GOING ON ABOUT THE PROPOSED SEX EDUCATION INSTRUCTION THAT IS BEING PROPOSED FOR OUR SCHOOLS? SEVERAL HAVE ASKED ME AND OF COURSE I HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT IS BEING PROPOSED. FROM WHAT SOME ARE SAYING THE PROPOSED INSTRUCTION IS BOTH INAPPRROPIATE AND VERY GRAPHIC. PERHAPS IT IS TIME FOR OUR SCHOOL BOARD TO COME CLEAN AND LET THE PUBLIC KNOW WHAT THEY ARE PROPOSING! 

Town Center Brewery


Since the town council seems intent on polluting our county with alcohol perhaps it is time for those in the county who oppose it to boycott the town center until such time as they reverse their decision to lease to the brewery.
_______________

What Bible are these people reading exactly? Alcoholic beverages appear in the Bible, both in usage and in poetic expression. The Bible considers it a blessing from God that brings merriment. Alcohol was also used for medicinal purposes in biblical times, and it appears in that context in several passages as an oral anesthetic, a topical cleanser and soother, and a digestive aid. Most of these negative posts must be from ignorant, sheltered people that don't want to see Burnsville grow. Get to get a life!
_______________

We have nothing for our grand kids unless they have a certain last name,we had chance for lowes and a wallmart in town but no certain people kept that from happening. IIts clear unless you have a certain last name or born with a silver spoon in your mouth your nothing in this town.As far as the brewery it's a local person but here goes the bible thumpers again.Yancey county has been wet for many years(home made hooch) so what's the problem.,wine was mentioned many times in the bible.
_______________

The BURNSVILLE TOWN CENTER leased to a brewery....ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! The mayor and town council members that voted for this should be "RAN OUTTA TOWN ON A RAIL".
_______________

Well just one more move to prove that Burnsville is on a fast trip to hell in a hand basket. The town center would have been a great place for local private use but now it will be just another tool for the devil! Thank you Shannon Peterson and Ruth Banks for still having a sense of morality in this world that is headed for a judgement that will be so sad. What is our county going to have for our children and grandchildren to be proud of? A brewery?? I think not!! God help us.

Trash


 To whomever is dumping cans in the little falls on Silas Branch, please stop. You may think no one on this road cared, but I assure you we do. It's disgraceful and pretty rude.