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  • 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…



  • LETTERS / GOP Engages in ‘Partisan, Calculated & Concerted’ Effort Challenging 9 Ballots

    Nov. 14, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY PAM WILLIAMSON / The leadership of the Watauga County Republican Party has challenged the constitutional rights of eight Democratic and Unaffiliated Watauga County voters who cast ballots in the November 8th elections. These eight voters appeared in person during the Watauga early voting period to register and vote on the same day. The election judges at the site approved their completed state voter registration forms and their state-required documentation of proof of residency before allowing them to cast their ballots. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Vote for Deborah Ross

    Nov. 1, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY JANET PALMER / The election gives us a chance to have a Senator from North Carolina who will act in the best interest of citizens: Deborah Ross. Deborah Ross is committed to upholding the Constitution and advocating for a sustainable future for our country. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / You’re in Prison

    October 27, 2016 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, Propaganda can be used to mislead you about why something happened and/or to promote an ongoing agenda. It works well when uninformed viewers aren’t curious. America operates inside a bubble of willful ignorance of its own making. Secrecy is a religion in America. Those who violate its dogma have been punished excessively when they possess little political power or influence. The exoneration of Hillary by the FBI should be sufficient evidence to assure you that in the Empire power is determined by your wealth and your connections. This is one symptom of the cancer that is destroying our country.Read more…



  • LETTERS / There’s No Crime America Won’t Commit to Maintain Political, Economic, and Military Domination Wherever Possible

    October 3, 2016 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, They lied to you about Iraq, Syria and Libya. Do you think maybe they’re lying to you about Russia? The Empire’s military intervention to ‘protect’ civilians in Benghazi was a cover for another ‘regime change’ operation. Today, we’re seeing a dangerous repetition of this pattern: demonizing Russian President Putin, destabilizing the Russian economy and pressing for ‘regime change’ in Moscow. Recently a Russian colonel was found with billions of dollars still shrink wrapped from America’s treasury: Its how the CIA pays for its ‘revolutions’. Just as Bush the second sold Iraq’s imaginary WMD as a danger to Americans and Secretary of State Clinton dishonestly called Gaddafi ‘genocidal’, American officials and pundits are depicting Putin as some new Hitler: Its ‘our government’ maintaining its job security. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Clinton-Kaine Sign Stolen After Only Being Up for Less Than One Day

    Oct. 3, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG FISCHER / On the afternoon of Saturday, October 1, my wife and I put up a Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine campaign sign in our neighborhood, at the three-way stop where Highland Avenue and Poplar Hill Drive intersect in Boone. This is a common place for campaign signs—currently there are several for local Republican and Democratic candidates there. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / A Special ‘Thank You’ to Our Community in Hosting High Volume Weekends

    September 19, 2016 Letters to the Editor. BY DAVID JACKSON / Dear Editor:
    On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and membership of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, I’d like to extend a special “thank you,” to all who assisted our community in serving as a positive host during our recent string of high volume weekends. The economic repercussions of these events will be felt for years to come. Read more…



  • LETTERS / The American War Machine Needs To Have An Enemy

    September 1, 2016 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, When the inmates take over the asylum, it’s a clear sign that things are pretty far gone. Corruption has destroyed ‘our’ system, sending the greediest psychopaths into power. The constitution and the founding principles of ‘our’ government have all been tossed aside by ideologues that have been steadily undermining the rule of law. ‘Our’ politicians are a reflection of who we are: Americans are to blame for blindly supporting corrupt politicians, and will have earned whatever consequences follow with our next president. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Response To Special Boone Town Council Meeting on Water Intake

    Aug. 24, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY FRANK PACKARD / Much could be said about the special council meeting on 8/22/16 where the council voted 4 to 1 to continue to move the proposed Boone Water Intake forward. I will try and be brief as possible in my comments, although it is difficult to be brief when addressing the inconsistencies and mis-information that is continuously put forth by the town council and staff. It was obvious to me that this was a pre-determined conclusion where much discussion has taken place before this meeting. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Uninformed Council Commits Town to Boone-Doggle

    Aug. 24, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY DEBORAH GREENE / Dear Editor, The Boone Town Council in a vote of 4 to 1, with Loretta Clawson the lone dissenting voice, approved the bids, negotiations, an additional $12 million revenue bond and use of $3.7 million of existing water/capital reserve fund to pay for Phase 1 of the Boone/USDA Raw Water Intake. WK Dickson told the USDA and Boone that Phase 1 of the project would cost $24,551,095 on September 9, 2009. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Several Opportunities Exist To Help Victims of Valle Landing Fire

    Aug. 16, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY CAROLINE GANDY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF VALLE CRUCIS COMMUNITY PARK / Dear Editor, Early on Friday morning, Aug. 12, a catastrophic fire destroyed Valle Landing, a complex of businesses and apartments in the heart of Valle Crucis. The fire claimed five businesses, three occupied homes, and one life. Valle Crucis is small, close-knit community and we are devastated by this disaster. We all want to do whatever we can to best help those affected. There are currently several opportunities to give. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / ‘Our Rulers’ Have Perfected Their Methods of Propaganda

    July 27, 2016 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, ‘Our rulers’ have perfected their methods of propaganda, creating the realities they want, forming whatever truth that will be of the greatest benefit for themselves. Whatever reality they create and circulate is quickly absorbed by ‘consumers’ eager to feed off the TV. TV/school is Mind Control. The Establishment, the corporate world and government have for years told us how and what to think, how to act, who to obey. As George Carlin said: Why do you think they call it Programming? Read more…



  • LETTERS / Community Meeting on US 321 Widening Project With NCDOT July 20

    July 13, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY BRCA PRESIDENT GEORGE WILCOX / Dear Editor, The Blowing Rock Civic Association is grateful to North Carolina Department of Transportation Chief Engineer Mike Holder, High Country NCDOT Transportation Board Member Jim Palermo, and High Country NCDOT Division Engineer Mike Pettyjohn and their associates for speeding up completion of the Highway 321 widening project in Blowing Rock in response to a BRCA Community Meeting with them on June 30, 2015. We were particularly pleased to see traffic moving on four lanes through most of Blowing Rock by July 4. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / A Project Appropriately Named Boone-Doggle

    July 12, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY DEBORAH GREENE, NEW RIVER ADVOCATES / Dear Editor, The $20 million loan the USDA proposes to make to the town of Boone, NC for a water intake on the South Fork of the New River in Todd, NC, 12 miles outside of Boone’s limits, at the border of the Ashe/Watauga County line was approved and earmarked in September 2009. The Boone voters, which do not include Watauga County water customers (including those in Boone’s ETJ, extraterritorial jurisdiction, who are not allowed to vote in town of Boone elections), approved a $25 bond referendum for a new water intake. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / BRCA Commends NCDOT for Accelerating U.S. 321 Project

    July 7, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY BRCA PRESIDENT GEORGE WILCOX / Dear Editor, The Blowing Rock Civic Association is grateful to N.C. Department of Transportation Chief Engineer Mike Holder, High Country NCDOT Transportation Board Member Jim Palermo, and High Country NCDOT Division Engineer Mike Pettyjohn and their associates for speeding up completion of the Highway 321 widening project in Blowing Rock in response to a BRCA Community Meeting with them on June 30, 2015. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / McCrory Administration Talks Environment in Statewide Jobs Tour

    June 29, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY NCDEQ CHIEF DEPUTY SECRETARY JOHN EVANS / I recently attended a stop on the NC Competes for Jobs Tour at Appalachian State University in Boone with North Carolina Commerce Secretary John Skvarla. I was impressed by the large turnout of local elected officials, government staff, local businesses and economic development partners who came to learn and ask questions about what North Carolina is doing under Governor Pat McCrory’s leadership to create jobs and attract businesses. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Legislative Session Budget Priorities

    June 27, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY JANET PALMER / As a resident of Boone, I have no State Senator since Dan Soucek resigned; so I feel underrepresented at a crucial time. HB#2 I find it hard to believe that our legislature insists on continuing to cost our state business and good will. It shouldn’t be difficult to draft legislation that repeals what is now an official position: discrimination is now the official policy of North Carolina. Apparently the majority of our current legislature believes LGBTQ citizens can be fired because of their sexual orientation without recourse to State courts. Federal courts are prohibitively expensive and much less accessible.
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  • LETTERS / National Elections Are Obvious Theatre To Keep You Fooled

    June 23, 2016 Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, America’s greatest threat is its fanatical ‘leadership’ and brainwashed ‘consumers’. Politicians have no interest in solving the disasters they’ve created. They chose to do what politicians do best: pretend that they’re solving issues, while collecting ‘campaign contributions’. Voting in national elections makes you an accomplice to a criminal enterprise by way of individual consent. National elections are obvious theatre to keep you fooled. Nothing you vote for happens.. Read more…



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