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  • LETTERS / NC Court of Appeals Decision: re The Maymead Case

    August 10, 2018 Letters to the Editor. BY DAVID SENGEL / On August 7,  A NC Court of Appeals three judge panel ruled that Randall and Carolyn Henion do not have standing to pursue the Maymead/Hampton asphalt plant case.  That means the court did not even bother to look at the substantial legal issues involved.  The issue of standing was addressed in a way that one  attorney described as “all politics aside, one of the worst written findings I have ever read”.  There was no “bald assertion” claiming damages by the Henions, but there was solid evidence ignored by Judge Berger. Read more…



  • LETTERS / America’s Entire History is Endless Violence

    June 27, 2018 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, America’s entire history is endless violence, plunder, hypocrisy, exploitation, imperialism, oppression: endless wars of aggression. Every single American military operation since WWII has resulted in a disaster on the humanitarian, political or military level: often all of them combined. America asks the local elites, but never the ‘colored’ common folk, if they want the Empire to ‘save’ them revealing the truth behind their ‘democratic systems’. Read more…



  • LETTERS / The County Budget Hearing

    May 16, 2018 Letters to the Editor. BY KAREN CARTER / Dear Watauga Commissioners, It’s apparent, once again, that you are just going through the formalities, and the huge recreation center decision has already been made, even years ago. County officials are admitting there is a big sum of taxpayer money accumulated for this particular project, which is one of the reasons you are very reluctant to disclose to citizens the ample fund balances in any category. However, as before, it is unfortunate that most citizens, the taxpayers themselves, are unaware of such ‘accumulated’ funds for this totally unnecessary, costly, and predetermined, special interest project. Read more…



  • LETTERS / We’ve Racked Up a Huge Karma Bill and It’s Past Due

    April 27, 2018 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, Delusional ‘consumers’ believe America is THE City on a Hill, Leader of the Free World, Defender of Freedom but we’ve forfeited our moral standing in the world. You should pray God forgives us for our greed, blood thirsty policies and our willingness to accept lies rather than confront uncomfortable, hard truths. We’ve racked up a huge karma bill and its past due. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Do Parents and Grandparents Really Love Their Children and Grandchildren?

    Feb. 28, 2018 Letters to the Editor. BY KAREN CARTER / Dear Watauga Commissioners, You and your fellow big spender commissars certainly have a way with words in explaining your new means to finance the re-defined county ‘needs’ for schools and the recreation center.  It is also striking how you place the massive recreation center for some as a ‘need’ directly on the same level with capital improvements for county schools.  Orwell could not have done better.. Read more…



  • LETTERS / You Support American Crimes With Silence and Taxes

    Feb. 28, 2018 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, American ‘consumers’ don’t learn about the world or from America’s constant meddling. This is partially due to their indoctrination called education. The victors write the history books but that important detail gets lost when you’re in school, leaving students, if they even pay attention, a partial understanding of the world. You take the officials word for truth in the face of their continual proven lies. Read more…



  • LETTERS / We Are Finally Realizing That We Need Common-Sense Gun Control in the United States

    Feb. 23, 2018. Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG FISCHER / Dear Editor, After the seventeen deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, and after the heroic advocacy of the Parkland students in the wake of that tragedy, we are finally realizing that we need common-sense gun control in the United States. We need to outlaw bump stocks. We need a renewal of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban that was in effect between 1994 and 2004. We need stronger background checks of prospective gun buyers. We should also talk about other ways to prevent school shootings and murders, and translate those ideas into constructive action. We also must hear from our North Carolina elected officials. Too many of our politicians have received huge windfalls of money from the National Rifle Association in the form of donations and support for election campaigns.   / Read more…



  • LETTERS / The Blame Is On Us For Not Recognizing Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis

    Feb. 22, 2018. Letters to the Editor. BY BILL MOORE / Dear Editor, There is a long and disturbing history of school shootings in the US dating back to the 19th century and continuing nearly every decade since then. So, what’s different now? We can blame the lack of gun control,  inability to deal with mental illness, the NRA, congress, and the wholesale marketing of fear but we’d be misdirected. The blame lies in our inability to look beyond these exogenous factors and look inward to what we’ve become as a society. The blame is on us for not recognizing gun violence as a public health crisis and not taking steps to treat it as such. America has normalized school shootings and congress is impotent to offer anything other than “thoughts and prayers.”   / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Condominium Project Proposed for Downtown Blowing Rock Behind the Speckled Trout Restaurant

    Feb. 6, 2018. Letters to the Editor. BY B.R.C.A Development Evaluation Committee / Dear Editor, Despite rejection of the subject development by the Blowing Rock Planning Board at its December 2017 meeting the developer will present the project to the Blowing Rock Council for approval at their Tuesday February 13, 2018 meeting that begins at 5:30 P.M. at Town Hall.  Our committee has concluded that if approved and built this development will have a major impact on downtown Blowing Rock.  The following are concerns and facts about this project that we think should be carefully considered by the council and residents:   / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Across the Country Universities Are Facing An Epidemic of Student Housing and Food Insecurity

    Jan. 12, 2018. Letters to the Editor. BY CHRIS GENTRY / Dear Editor, Appalachian State University has a history of being a rural teacher’s college designed to educate the rural, often less economically privileged, mountain communities. The recent changes in Appalachian State’s housing approach are a shift away from that history. Across the country universities are facing an epidemic of student housing and food insecurity. The effective privatization of the Appalachian State housing system is only going to fuel further student instability and threatens every value that the university claims to hold.   / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Conspiracies Are All Done By Those Bad Guys. We Don’t Do Them: Except When We Do

    Jan. 5, 2018 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, Government is continuous conspiracy. ‘Our’ government recently released some classified files on JFK’s murder but there’s nothing much in them. Why would the CIA provide evidence of their coup? It’s an intentional distraction proving nothing. The ‘official’ self-righteous insistence that conspiracy theories don’t happen here denies historical evidence: watch the Zapruder film. We’re told that Conspiracy Theories are dangerous, as we’re told Russians hacked ‘our’ presidential election to get their Manchurian candidate elected. Russian Madness assumes that Putin is a genius able to decide the American election with pocket change spent at FB and simultaneously incompetent.. Read more…



  • LETTERS / County Officials Have Yielded to Unseemly and Undue Influence From Powerful Urban Groups

    Dec. 7, 2017. Letters to the Editor. Karen Carter / Dear Editor, At this time, when I am forced to pay this higher property tax bill, as we all know, this despicable, corrupt County has increased our property taxes significantly, even doubling some, in order to pay for these special interests projects that cost the taxpayers more and more for the exclusive benefit of some at the expense of all others.   / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Thank You

    Nov. 14, 2017. Letters to the Editor. Charlie Sellers / Dear Editor, I want to thank my fellow residents of Blowing Rock for honoring me with your vote last week. I am deeply moved by the expression of confidence from the Blowing Rock voters, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. / Read more…



  • LETTER / Good Luck to Boone’s Voters and Candidates

    Nov. 6, 2017. Letters to the Editor. Boone Town Councilman Quint David / Dear Editor, I just wanted to write a quick note of how impressed I was with all of our town council candidates at the Boone Chamber of Commerce forum last week. Our fearless Mayor, Dr Rennie Brantz, also did an excellent job as he always does. A big thank you to Mr David Jackson and the chamber for setting that event up, the Fairview Cafe for hosting, and Mr. Ken Ketchie for the wonderful high-quality video and photos.  / Read more…



  • LETTER / It’s All Too Convenient. There Are Really Few Coincidences.

    November 6, 2017 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, Your worldview rejects any evidence that contracts it. It’s the human condition. Many ‘consumers’ would rather die than be proven wrong. For countless ‘consumers’ emotion prevents reason. People almost always insist on learning the hard way. Read more…



  • LETTERS / High Country Locals’ Fall Color Day is Thursday, Oct. 12

    Oct. 12, 2017. Letters to the Editor. Crae Morton / Dear Editor,About this time of year folks off the mountain ask how we locals are enjoying the colors of fall leaf season. They remind us how lucky we are to live and work surrounded by such spectacle. We are indeed fortunate, and we do appreciate all of the natural beauty of the High Country. Still, it’s all too easy for us to become distracted and desensitized. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / I’m a ‘Hater’ Because Someone Says I Am.

    October 3, 2017 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, ‘The noise and rage about ‘Russian influence’ ignores real Israeli influence in ‘our government’? Israel interferes in American politics all the time, and it’s treated as normal. It’s ironic that in the midst of a media and congressional feeding frenzy on foreign interference in America, the one country in the world that consistently leads Washington by the nose is immune from criticism. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Treatise on Removing Confederate Statues

    Aug. 16, 2017. Letters to the Editor. David Watson / Dear Editor, After observing actions throughout the South to remove statues of confederate generals, I feel compelled to write this treatise condemning such measures. I especially condemn the actions of those who take it upon themselves to break the law by destroying or defacing these statues. / Read more…



  • Letters / A Costly Monster?

    July 19, 2017. Letters to the Editor. Madeline Carter / Dear Editor, I wish to ask some very serious questions and add some much-needed comments towards [those] within county and town government, ASU, and the other vocal advocates for the rec center ‘project.’  / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Rumor of Secret Healthcare Bill

    June 22, 2017. Letters to the Editor. Jeanne Supin / Dear Editor, Rumor has it Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will reveal the secret healthcare bill on Thursday. That’s right – the words “rumor” and “secret” best define a bill that would affect all 326,474,013 Americans, a bill that would throw 19-23 million people off insurance, a bill that would decimate essential benefits like maternity care, mental health treatment, and addiction services, a bill that would allow insurance companies to charge more for pre-existing conditions and put strict annual and lifetime limits on how much they would cover and pay for, a bill that would destroy Medicaid (a program that has been a successful cost-effective safety net for 52 years), and a bill that could cause as many as 43,956 new deaths per year. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Small Acts for Earth Day

    April 24, 2017. Letters to the Editor. Paula Finck / Dear Editor, Thanks to The Appalachian Voice for its free and informative newspaper, a publication of Appalachian Voices, a local non-profit. A good way to have celebrated Earth Day on April 22 is to read their section on how our elected official voted on the latest House and Senate bills concerning environmental issues. Thanks also to the Watauga Public Library, where individuals shared their favorite poem on Earth Day with other poetry lovers on Saturday in the Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Thanks to Modern Subaru of Boone and Its Customers for Community Care Clinic Donation

    April 13, 2017. Letters to the Editor. Melissa Selby of Community Care Clinic / Dear Editor,It was an exciting day when Bryan Johnson and Joshua Moyer from Modern Subaru of Boone appeared at the Community Care Clinic door to reveal the Share the Love Event check! A huge thank you for choosing us as the hometown charity this year. The team at Modern Subaru, along with those amazing customers who chose us as the recipient, raised over $17,000 for the Community Care Clinic! / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Demand Universal Healthcare at Rep. Mark Meadows Town Hall on April 23

    April 13, 2017. Letters to the Editor. By David Williams / Dear Editor, April 23 – mark the day. April 23 is the day that Congressional District 11 sends a message to Representative Mark Meadows: “The battle being fought over ‘repeal and replace’ will never be acceptable to your constituents, Congressman. We do not share that mean-spirited indifference to the needs of our neighbors.” Undoubtedly, the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it improved the lives of millions. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / High Impact Land Usage

    April 6, 2017. Letters to the Editor. By Laura Clemens / Dear Editor, A historian wrote this about the people of Nevada that were downwind of the atmospheric nuclear bomb testing in the 1950’s. “Their faith and trust in their government would not allow them to even consider the possibility that the government would ever endanger their health.” / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Property Deal Between ASU, County Offers Ideal Site for New Recreation Center

    April 6, 2017. Letters to the Editor. By High Country Recreation President Scott St. Clair / Dear Editor, The sale of the old Watauga High School site to ASU gives the county a critical piece of real estate along State Farm Road that will serve as an ideal setting for a new recreation center. That site is located centrally in the county, connected to existing infrastructure, and positioned within the “wellness district” near the new Beaver Health Sciences building and the hospital. This will allow as many of our local residents as possible to benefit from this facility. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / 20 Days Left to File Appeal of Lawsuit Regarding Maymead Asphalt Plant in Deep Gap

    March 27, 2017. Letters to the Editor. By DAVID SENGEL / Dear Editor, It appears this fight could end with a whimper instead of the bang it deserves. Coming up on two years since the Maymead Corporation decided they wanted an asphalt plant on the Doc and Merle Watson Scenic Byway, the strategy of dragging it out has succeeded in diminishing public interest and wearing down the group of dedicated opponents. / Read more…



  • Letters / Proud of Saturday’s Tea and Cookies Event

    March 7, 2016. Letters to the Editor. By MAREVA McDANIEL / Dear Editor, High Country Forward, a grass roots community group, sponsored a Tea and Cookies event on King Street on Saturday that reminded me why I love living in Boone. Nearly one hundred people filled F.A.R.M. Café and patiently listened for two hours as citizens spoke with civility, passion, and concern about the issues facing the nation, state, and high country. / Read more…



  • Letters / On ‘Fake News’ and Journalists

    Feb. 20, 2016. Letters to the Editor. By RYAN ABRAMS / Dear Editor, When I was a child going to elementary school I had a class called current events. In this class we would study resent news articles and discuss the validity of the articles and it’s relevance in our lives. Magazines like Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and many others. But now we have a new term “Fake News.” / Read more…



  • LETTERS / ASU’s Total Free Speech Zone is 0.67 Percent of Campus Property

    Feb. 9, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY Ryan Hofmann of ASU GOP & Nick Williams of ASU Young Americans for Liberty/ Dear Editor, It seems as though the topic of free speech resurfaces continually, whether it is related to campus protests, the university chalking policy, or the rights of different organizations to hold events on campus. The recent restrictions regarding Appalachian State University’s chalking policy has brought the scrutiny of several campus organizations, who believe that the new policy restricts the First Amendment rights of university students. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Time to Hurt Animals

    Feb. 6, 2016. Letters to the Editor.BY HOWARD CAPELLETTI / Dear Editor, As he was signing edicts hurting one group after another over the past two weeks, it was only a matter of time before Donald Trump got around to hurting animals – already the most oppressed sentient beings on earth. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Thanks To NCDOT Employees Working Long Hours To Keep Roads Safe During Snowstorm

    Jan. 13, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY NCDOT DIVISION 11 ENGINEER MIKE PETTYJOHN P.E. / Dear Editor, I want to express my appreciation to all of the N.C. Department of Transportation employees who worked long, tiring hours to make the roadways safe for the traveling public during the first snowstorm of 2017. They did a tremendous job under extreme conditions, including harsh temperatures that made the job more difficult than usual. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Thank You for Supporting Holiday Heroes Program During Holiday Season

    Dec. 27, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY HARRILL SENIOR CENTER DIRECTOR JENNIFER TEAGUE / Dear Editor, The Project on Aging Staff would like to give a great big thank you to everyone who helped to make this year’s second annual Holiday Heroes a success! The Holiday Heroes program is similar to the Angle Tree idea that many of us are familiar with in our area. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk Applauds All Avery Schools Employees

    Dec. 21, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY KIWANIS CLUB OF BANNER ELK PRESIDENT BRIAN RAYMOND / Dear Editor, The Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk has been a longtime supporter of educational initiatives within the Avery County Schools. Over the last decade, over $250,000 has purchased Reading Is Fundamental books for pre-school and elementary students, plus funding for hundreds of classroom projects. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Rep. Jordan Should Vote Against Power Grab Legislation

    Dec. 15, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY JANET PALMER / Dear Editor, As a concerned Watauga County voter, I expect you to speak against and vote against any legislation that weakens the Governor’s position. A power grab after the voters have spoken is a tawdry thing, a move that reflects badly on State Republicans. Read more…



  • LETTERS / I Wonder How Much Longer ‘Civilization’ Will Survive

    Dec. 12, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, I dread social situations where politics arise. I try to stay silent because ‘consumers’ have assured themselves that they love everything America does, even though they complain about it constantly, and according to polls, have no trust in ‘our government’ or ‘free press’. When the wars, terrorism, corporate/financial industry issues, or environmental issues are explored, it’s obvious to me that America/Israel is the greatest architect of these huge problems. The whole subject is so far from being understood that it can’t easily be addressed in friendly discussion. America’s role in so much going on today should, and could be clear to them. Read more…



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