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More Gun Violence


In response to "thoughts and prayers" not working...can you confirm this? How do you know that one of those injured should have died but didn't because of thoughts and prayers? What if another attack could have happened from someone with a mental illness but it didn't because of their grandma's constant prayers. No law can prevent the mentally ill/evil people from wanting to hurt someone else. If you aren't sending thoughts and prayers to the victims, then what are you offering, other than another snowflake-worthless opinion. To wrap this up, the gun violence in Texas, ended because of a responsible gun owner. We don't have a gun issue, we have an ingnorance issue. How will you protect yourself when faced with a killer?
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Oh look another white male kills 20+ people in Texas.......and more thoughts and prayers!!......they don't seem to be working

Town of Burnsville


First off no one told you to shut up! Second, if you don't like the way something looks in town or anywhere else, move! No one is making you stay here. Things happen and sometimes people "think" others should do as they "think" they should. Maybe you could have asked the business owner if they needed help moving the potting soil. Lots of bigger problems in the world then worrying over a bag of potting soil on the side-walk. How funny this is.. 
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I am bothered  by the hateful nature of the previous reply. Quote,  "If you don't like the streets, then don't look at them or live here". What kind of attitude is that? I think peole have a right to live where they want and be able to have an issue addressed without being told to shut up or get out. In my opinion it is the responsibility of whomever was using the potting soil to dispose of it. 
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If you want the streets to look any better and at a faster rate, why don't you volunteer your time to help them out. I'm sure they'd love to have some free manual labor for moving those bags of potting soil. If you don't like the streets, then don't look at them or live here. Carry on!

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Here we are trying to improve the look of our town and get people to shop downtown and we can't even move the potting soil bags off the sidewalk that has been unmoved all summer. It is a disgrace and an eye sore!!!

Street


None of side streets along the bypass through town have signs indicting the name. Is the DOT going to put up new ones?

Terrorist Attack on New York


The reason NY idiot is labeled a terrorist is , as he ran over and killed people , he hollered Allah Arkabar ,meaning he kills for their god ,pure evil terrorist attack . Not of our nation . 
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You cannot just call any attack a terrorist attack regardless of how many people die. Why you ask...because of insurance companies. Any acts of terror or protesting is the insurance companies automatic "get out of jail free" card. Any damages and/or lawsuits are not covered unless there is a Terror Protection Coverage as an additional rider. Because insurance companies rule the country, the government has to be careful on how they use the term Terrorist. Although there is more to the definition of Terrorist, this is one of the main reasons. On another note, if there was a protest in Burnsville and businesses were damaged due to protesting, they are also out of luck. Unfortuntely. 

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I would like to know why the New York idiot killer is labeled a terrorist (killed 8 people) while the white dude in Vegas is not (he is a "lone wolf" (killed over 50 people). Anyone?? 

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I can only assume that our liberal law makers will be trying to place some kind of control on cars now that there have been several attacks by sick people driving cars/trucks into a crowd and killing innocent people. Just saying ahead of time that cars don't kill people and neither do guns! It's the people who use them!! Anything can become a weapon of great violence in the hands of the wrong person. Start with the evil minded-that's the danger to all if us. Leave the FREEDOM of INNOCENT people as it was meant to be from the beginning of our great nation. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

What Has This World Come To?


 In response to the comment "What has this world come to?". My son is 11. Still in "your age range" and loves to dress up for Halloween. I love to dress up with him. He goes around with his bag and gets his candy, as every child should. I stand on the outside of the line (even though I am in costume) not holding my hand out. I am an adult that works 12 hrs. a day. Not getting off work at 5:00, unlike some lucky people. I don't think you are EVER too old to go trick or treating! Have fun when you can, especially when you can do it with your kids. If my son wants to dress up when he is 13, 15 or 30 years old, I want him to!! Let the younger people have some fun! If they want to dress up when they are in their teenage years, let them! It's up to the person handing out the candy, to make the call on whether or not to give them candy! Let's not ruin what little there is to do (for fun) for these younger people!! 
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As I watch the town square fill up with trick or treaters, this year, I began to wonder at what age do you stop going or taking kids trick or treating? I think once you get a certain age, you should be able to put away childish things and become productive adults. come on parents of adult children(13 and up), show some direction in your childs life, other than begging for something free.  Life is hard and standing in front of people with an open bag, bucket or hand is not what life is about. and as far as the actual adults(18 and up). get a job that is at least an 8 hour shift that provides health insurance and retirement benefits, not wait until your soap opera is over and then come out before actual working adults are still working until 5 oclock. 

 

Vultures


Websters defines vultures as a greedy person;one who feeds on the mistakes or bad luck of others.We see another increase in our electric bill the first of the year.We already had a renewable energy increase this year-now a minimum increase to clean up the coal ash spills.Where are the solar farms,wind farms,etc?We don't see where all the millions are going.This is besides the $17.00 plus tax for the meter installed at your home.The renewable energy recovery fee went from .51 to .58 cents today and the energy efficient rider went up also-from.68 to .96 cents-is it for renewable energy or their coffers.Do the math on both renewable energy and renewable rider.My opinion is it is not being used for renewable energy.I noticed that the older citizens that are on Social Security are getting a small raise the first of the year-my husband said the vultures will show up and he was right.My opinion is-we would not have had these coal ash accidents if the companies would get rid of these educated idiots and so called engineers and the people have to pay for their mistakes.Hire some people with some common sense.It should have been fixed correctly from the beginning. 

Road Construction


I am warning everyone driving around the road that connects Morning Star Baptist Church Road to the Highway is not only damaging vehicles , but it is very dangerous as well. Apparently the road construction crew either : (1.) Does not care. - or - (2.) Lacks the knowledge on how roads effects vehicles.

Please Take Care of New K-9 Officer


Yes, we all certainly need to pray that the new K9 officer does not come to any harm but have any of you inconsiderate people stopped to think how the officers wife must feel. Not only will she probably be worried for the new member of her family but I'm sure she hasn't gotten over the fear she felt knowing that some evil person fired a gun toward her home where she, her husband & her children were sleeping. Knowing very well that it was a warning to her husband. How about keeping them in mind too and stop this nonsense. They have been through enough. Chris was very much loved & Jackie will be also.
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How about this novel idea in keeping new K9 Officer Jacki safe......keep him/her in the house. Kennel inside, let them sleep wherever, keep in the basement. But not outside, exposed to whatever and whoever and the elements. Treat them with respect and love like you would a human Officer. I know most k9 handlers around the states keep their partners in their homes. It’s the right thing to do. 

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I'm not sure what the person was implying but I do know that the previous K9 was well taken care of. I'm happy our county has a new one.
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While the rules of how to take care of a K-9 is thoughtful, let me suggest that something not offered was " while I'm telling you everyting to do, don't ask me to help you do it". Another worthless opinion with no substance behind it. Perhaps offer to buy the K-9 a barn so he's safe, then people will know how serious you are about the care of the K-9. I think there should be credit give to how well the K-9's are taken care of and NO ONE is 100% protected from Stupidity and Evil people. 

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Everyone in Yancey County is happy that the money has been raised to acquire our new K-9 Officer. He is a beautiful, alert dog & will join the force after Christmas. In light of previous K-9 deaths in Western NC, we sincerely hope that an abundance of caution will be exerted in caring for this K-9 Officer. Just a few suggestions: Please don't leave him in a hot car with the windows up. Please observe him carefully so that he doesn't run out in traffic and get hit by a car. Consider locking him up safely in a barn so that he can't be ambushed overnight. Make certain that he has plenty of food and water. Good luck!!

Traffic Laws


Please click the link below to view a map of the laws state-by-state. NC is trying to pass a law to fine slow left-lane drivers, but for now I can drive in the left lane from Madison County to Micaville just to annoy people who like to complain.https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/18nadbdqx422hjpg.jpg
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Tickets around here get dismissed to easily by clerks office,why would Highwaypatrol want to waste time. Small town politics.

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Why do people no longer obey traffic laws? No signals given. Speeding through school zones and through town. The speed limit changes to 45 right before the high school if you are heading into town from the west end and people just ignore it. They drive on either side of the highway, not realizing they need to stay on the right side unless they are passing a car or turning left. It irritates me that they think they drive on either side. What is the point of a 4-lane? There is only 1 sign that says "slower traffic keep right." More of these signs need to be up and they need a sign where the speed limit changes that shows your speed. Weaverville has one and it helps. The HP need to be out there in full force and give out tickets until people learn the traffic laws and don't get me started on the teenagers coming out of the high school when school lets out. They absolutely fly down the straight towards Riverside. Have you noticed all the black marks in front of the traffic lights where people have slid? People make u-turns right in front of a line of ongoing traffic traveling at 55 miles per hour. I feel lucky to get from point A to point B. People need to pay attention and obey the traffic laws and there would be a lot less wrecks.

Mousetrap Excellent Show


I urge anyone who hasn't seen the Parkway Playhouse's version of "The Mousetrap" to do so. It is funny and a mystery and very well done. All the actors and actresses were excellent. 

True Meaning of Being An American


ABSOLUTELY !!! Stand in respect or get off the field .... GO HOME !!
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As the Vietnam War Memorial Wall passed through our county along hwy 19E, I just happened to be outside and noticed all the sirens. There was a NCSHP escort along with numerous motorcycles. On many of these motorcycles were a patriotic display of the American flag. The men who are working on the construction project on 19 E, stopped what they were doing and saluted the War Memorial and the American flags as they passed by their job site. What a true meaning of patriotism these construction workers displayed! The flag is about the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom so that we can worship and work in the place of our choice. Perhaps the NFL players should take a lesson from these construction workers. Thank you to the workers who showed their loyalty and respect to our great nation.

Stop Stealing Spruce Pine Business Decorations


Shame on anyone who steals seasonal decorations from Spruce Pine businesses! Our town is making a wonderful effort to decorate for the seasons and to beautify Spruce Pine. Business owners are doing their best to attract customers and bring money into our city. Visitors, tourists, and shoppers are attracted to decorated shops. It's strange that someone has to come to Mitchell County from Newland and steal pumpkins, mums and gourds from an Oak Avenue decorative fall display. Surely Avery County has a few extra pumpkins, mums and gourds that residents could legally purchase there! If not, Mitchell Co. would be glad to sell you some.

Memorial Mission


Yes Mission has made a tremendous mess and it continues. They now have it set up that when you attempt to make an appointment at Blue Ridge Medical Yancey campus you are connected to someone in Asheville who takes information-who knows why or what for-and then connects you to the Burnsville office where you then repeat the information you just gave the person in Asheville. Remember the old phrase "cut off your nose to spite your face"? That is exactly what they have done with BCBSNC. Just because BCBSNC wouldn't give in to their greedy demands they decided to sever the contract. How much money do they now stand to lose when all of those customers find another place to get their medical care. If I were an employee of Mission I would not be feeling too secure in my career future. Just saying!!
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DOES ANYBODY ELSE FEEL LIKE MEMORIAL MISSION HAS SUCCESSFULLY MADE A MESS OF THE HEALTH CARE IN MITCHELL, YANCEY AND MCDOWELL COUNTIES. I WORKED MANY YEARS IN NURSING AND I FEEL LIKE THE DOLLAR IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE CARE ANYMORE. IT'S FRUSTRATING WHEN A SICK PERSON HAS TO RIDE MILES FOR CARE AND LOTS HAVE NO MONIES OR FAMILY TO HELP. 

Support Mitchell Co. Law Enforcement


Recently, Mitchell County Sheriff, Donald Street, talked about drug problems being the most critical legal problem that our County faces. Let's all show our support of both Mitchell County Sheriff's Department and the Spruce Pine Police Department as they work tirelessly to keep our citizens safe and enforce the drug laws. Turn off the T.V. Sit down and eat a meal with your kids. Talk to them seriously about how illegal drug use can destroy their lives. Another suggestion is for the elementary, middle schools and high school to start showing the students graphic educational films about real victims whose lives and health were destroyed by drugs. Excellent films are available for school counselors to order for each school. Education about illegal drug use does work. Prevention is the answer. 

Thank You


Thank you to whoever put the lights on the trail leading out of the Mtn Heritage football stadium. That helps a lot.

Road Construction from Micaville to Spruce Pine


Pavement patches are so badly repaired on this road construction that everyone's vehicles are being damaged. I am limiting my trips to shop in Spruce Pine(businesses are losing money). A road building company can and should do better.

Vigil for Healthcare Saturday 9/30


On Saturday, September 30th, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital will officially close the Labor and Delivery department.  After Saturday women going into labor will need to go to Marion or Ashville to deliver their babies in a hospital facility.  At 7:30 that evening, five pastors from Mitchell and Yancey counties will lead a candlelight Vigil for Healthcare at Riverside Park in Spruce Pine.  The pastors participating in leading this vigil are Bill Whiteside (Vian's Valley Presbyterian),  Jeremy Troxler (Spruce Pine Methodist), Travis Wynkoop (Griffith Chapel), Tommy James (First Baptist, Burnsville), and Michael Lamm.   All who are concerned about the reduced availability of surgery and the closing of Labor & Delivery at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital are urged to attend this candlelight vigil.  We will gather at the amphitheater to reflect on our concerns as people of faith.  The Vigil for Healthcare is co-sponsored by SEARCH (www.searchwnc.org) and by the Yancey-Mitchell branch of the NAACP.   SEARCH (Sustaining Essential and Rural Community Healthcare) is a recently formed organization of concerned citizens that seeks to "empower greater involvement in decisions affecting the healthcare of our residents" and "to preserve, strengthen and expand access to essential medical services in our area."  The Yancey-Mitchell NAACP mission "is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons." 

Pray No One Reads These Opinions


Our author complains of poorly-written opinions and their impact on potential business relocation. I don't think many businesses would look at this opinions page - or even know about it - to size-up the town's education level. BUT the author is spot-on about businesses seeking educated people. So the INTENT of their message shouldn't be lightly dismissed. In that same message, however, the author himself confuses the reader with his, "It's embarrassing and sad that so few who write their opinions sound so uneducated." I think the correct and intended connection is 'few' with 'educated' - or perhaps the author should have chosen 'many' with 'UNeducated.' One must be careful wielding the power of the pen, lest we become stained by the bitter-sweet ink of irony.
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 It would be great to read others' opinions if they weren't so poorly written. The spelling, punctuation, capitalization and lack of sentence structure is usually below a 3rd grade level. Some of the opinions don't even make sense, because the words are just strung together without any meaning. Don't our people even know how to write a complete sentence? Pray that no one or no prospective businesses or employers considering locating here ever reads these. It's embarrassing and sad that so few who write their opinions sound so uneducated. The first thing that any company considers when locating to an area is how well educated the workforce is. This is meant to encourage, not discourage. 

Road to Spruce Pine


We appreciate the road but again this falls on state inspectors all the cut outs with all the rough patching that is destroying our vehicles . Come on make the grading or paving out fit fix this mess level that's all we ask tired of jumping the grand canyon 15 times n a roll !!!

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 
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 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 

Water


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??