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LETTERS/ Why the difference?

October 26, 2023 Letters to the Editor. By GG King / Intent. It is hard to tell, sometimes, the difference between misinformation which may be unintentional and disinformation for which intent is clear. After doing some investigating, I want to take exception to several things Hunt Broyhill said publicly during his quest to be elected to The Blowing Rock Town Council. You will have to decide for yourself if they rise to the level of misinformation or disinformation.

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LETTERS/ From Hunt Broyhill

October 26, 2023 Letters to the Editor. By Hunt Broyhill / During the campaign for Blowing Rock Town Council I have addressed the town’s debt service. The figures that I have referred to are taken from the adopted 2023/24 budget found on the Town website.

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LETTERS/ Praxis: Actions over Words

October 25, 2023 Letters to the Editor. By Richard Gambill/ Author and Philosopher Robert Fulgham says “The older I get the less attention I pay to what people say and the more I watch what they do…” I watched several videos recently of candidates for Blowing Rock Town Council telling why they were qualified. Hunt Broyhill in several videos painted a dark picture of Blowing Rock’s finances so I set out to check it out.

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LETTERS/ If the Shu Fits…

October 13, 2023 Letters to the Editor. By Sharon Smoski/In small towns, people often discover the truth of things by talking with friends and neighbors at the post office or maybe at the Food Lion on Saturday mornings. So while enjoying “The Making of a Sign” article published on October 10 in the High Country Press BR, I’m smiling at the thought of the real story making the rounds in BR this week.

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LETTERS/ Another letter I didn’t want to write.

October 6, 2023 Letters to the Editor. By Wayne Miller/ YFirst, I want to thank the many, many people who have expressed their appreciation to me for writing the earlier letter and relaying that they agree the Blowing Rock Civic Association, in their effort to control our community, has created a toxic environment that never existed before. On September 21 in an often-rambling response to my earlier letter Jean Kitchin, Chair of the Blowing Rock Civic Association, failed to address the most troubling points that were raised:

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LETTERS- You have changed your tax status from 501(c)(3) to 501(h) which now allows you to retain your tax-exempt status

September 18, 2023 Letters to the Editor.You have changed your tax status from 501(c)(3) to 501(h) which now allows you to retain your tax-exempt status and also to spend 20-percent of your resources or up to $500k on lobbying.  You also have returned to encouraging your members to change their NC voting residence to Blowing Rock so they can vote in the upcoming elections here.  Coincidently, you now have a member of your Board running for Town Council this year.

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LETTERS/ I didn’t want to write this letter. I have been a full-time resident of Blowing Rock for over 32 years…

September 14, 2023 Letters to the Editor. By Wayne Miller / I didn’t want to write this letter. I have been a full-time resident of Blowing Rock for over 32 years and felt very blessed to have raised my family in such a wonderful community. Blowing Rock is a diverse community made up of long-term legacy citizens, families that moved here for a better life (such as my family) and seasonal residents. During this time the Blowing Rock community has been fortunate to have been represented by skilled and dedicated elected leadership and we have all worked together with a sense of community, despite our differences, to make Blowing Rock a better place.

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LETTERS / This is a letter I recently sent to Shelby Brown with The Cottages of Boone

August 1, 2023 Letters to the Editor. By Michele Charnock / This is a letter I recently sent to Shelby Brown with The Cottages of Boone; Good afternoon Shelby,To say I am extremely disappointed in the condition of my daughter’s apartment when we moved her into The Cottages of Boone would be an extreme understatement. I had to move my daughter into an apartment that was absolutely filthy, deplorable, and disgusting.

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LETTERS / Dear Mr. Mantooth . . .

August 1, 2023 Letters to the Editor. By Richard Gambill / My name is Richard Gambill. My wife, Polly, and I live in Blowing Rock, and I am writing to let you know the excellent care my wife received at Watauga General Hospital a few weeks ago…

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LETTERS / Is This The Town We Want To Be?

May 4, 2023 Letters to the Editor. By Jean Kitchin, Janie Sellers, Tom Barrett, Hunt Shuford, Betsy Wilcox, and Joe Bogdahn – Blowing Rock Civic Association Executive Committee / Many of us attended the Blowing Rock public meeting on May 1st at which Shane Fox and Bo Chapman discussed the proposal to bury the utility lines between the Speckled Trout and St. Mary’s Church at a cost of $6.4 million dollars. Shane said that by refinancing the Blowing Rock No. 1 Fire Department building (scheduled to be paid off in only 2 years), the money can be borrowed ($4 million) to finance phase #1 – digging the trench and putting in conduits.  Shane said the utility lines would be put through in phase #2 sometime in the future for an additional $2.4 million in today’s dollars.

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LETTERS / Blowing Rock Underground Utilities

May 4, 2023 Letters to the Editor. By Joseph Bogdahn / Given the serious issues throughout the town with our crumbling  water lines (as reported at the winter retreat) I do not believe the citizens of the town can shoulder the cost of the vanity project to underground the power lines downtown.

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LETTERS / A Letter to the County Commissioners – Let the Community Speak

March 20, 2023 Letters to the Editor. By Sarah Davis / My family has lived in Watauga County for generations, and I have been a full-time resident since 2018. I have recently become more involved with community work through Down Home NC and the Watauga Housing Council. Through this work, I have noticed that the public comment for the County Commission is held near the end of the meeting, after the vote.

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LETTERS/ Open Letter to the Watauga County Board of Commissioners

February 15, 2023 Letters to the Editor. By David Rogers / Dear Editor, Balancing priorities is a good part of your job as a county commissioner. I respect the fact that you answer to many different constituent interests and the challenges that brings, but today I address you as a Watauga County taxpayer about an urgent, even life-threatening issue. A key message: Life happens throughout Watauga County, not just in the largest town.

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LETTERS / Letter to the Editor from Locally Supported Christmas Project

January 25, 2022 Letters to the Editor. By Casey Goodwin – Samaritan’s Purse / Dear Editor, I am writing to thank Boone-area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Generosity throughout contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Across the U.S., the project collected over 9.3 million shoebox gifts in 2022. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2022, the ministry is now sending nearly 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children worldwide.

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LETTERS / County Commissioners Ignoring Medical Transport Problem Too Long

December 19, 2022 Letters to the Editor. By Greg King / Dear Editor, On October 16,2020 The Watauga Democrat printed…’This week in the Archives: “Blowing Rock Residents Gripe About Ambulance Service” read a headline in the Oct. 5, 1978, Watauga Democrat.” None of us need to be convinced that heart attacks are serious. And they can be deadly. Most of us know age is a significant factor in heart attacks. But just for the record, here are a few chilling statements after scrolling through the medical information on the internet…

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LETTERS / We Are Stronger United

November 5, 2022 Letters to the Editor. By JASMINE SHOSHANNA / Dear Editor, Do you ever feel like you are being played? Politically and socially that is, as if the real agenda is to divide us and keep us fighting. My daily life is very different than how the media portrays life. I work, as most of us do with all kinds of people all belief systems and we all do just fine. A number of community members from different political backgrounds in Watauga County had that realization too, and “Watauga United” was born.

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LETTERS / An Update on CRT in K-12 Schools, Nationally and in Watauga County

October 25, 2022 Letters to the Editor. By TERRY OLDHAM / An update on my prior letter to HCP and the question of whether Critical Race Theory and/or “woke political indoctrination” is or is not being taught in K-12 schools nationally or in the Watauga Public Schools. Many people contend that Critical Race Theory (CRT) is not actually being taught in K-12 schools nationally.   But a national survey study conducted by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, published in the City Journal, strongly suggests otherwise.  Clear majorities of those very young student respondents said that K-12 teachers, and school officials / adults had informed them about several of the concepts of CRT, such as “there are many genders”, “Gender identity is a choice regardless of biological sex”, “America is a systemically racist country”, “white people have white privilege”, and “Discrimination is the main reason for differences in wealth between races or genders”.  The study authors, Zachary Goldberg and Eric Kaufmann, conclude that the major concepts of CRT clearly are being taught on a widespread basis in K-12 schools nationally

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LETTERS / More Information About “Woke” Educational Issues in NC and Watauga County Schools

September 21, 2022 Letters to the Editor. By TERRY OLDHAM / I attended the September Watauga Board of Education (BOE) meeting on September 12th & had the privilege of meeting Mark Murphy, whose article in the High-Country Press (HCP) spurred my own letter to the HCP Editor. Mark is a wealth of information! Based upon my own research & talking to Mark, here is an update to my last writing…

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LETTERS / Is Newsela a Trojan Horse? You Decide

September 9, 2022 Letters to the Editor. By TERRY OLDHAM / After reading Jay Fenwick’s response to Mark Murphy, I remained curious with regards to his endorsement of Newsela, the teaching supplement purchased by the Watauga Board of Education. I was neither for nor against Newsela and expected in advance to find both positive and negative aspects. Here’s what I found…

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LETTERS / Educational Issues to be Addressed at the September 12th Meeting of the Watauga Board of Education

September 9, 2022 Letters to the Editor. BY MARK A. MURPHY PhD, JD / In my prior Letters to the Editor of the High Country Press (on August 10, 22, and 30th) I raised very serious and specific concerns, and supporting factual information, about the “woke political indoctrination” and associated “woke” teaching methods that have occurred and are still occurring in the Watauga Public Schools.  In my August 30 letter, I stated my intent to formally submit a request to the Watauga Board of Education for an Agenda item for their September 12, 2022 meeting.  I did formally submit a request for a 10-minute Agenda item at that meeting, to discuss the factual evidence I have collected that supports my concerns.

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LETTERS/ Re: Published Response from Mr. Jay Fenwick on August 22nd, 2022

August 30, 2022 Letters to the Editor. BY MARK A MURPHY PhD, JD / In two prior Letters to the Editor of High Country Press (on August 10 and August 22), I raised serious and specific concerns about the “woke” educational materials and methods currently being used in the Watauga County Schools.  I described many specific facts to support my specific concerns, but I neither named or criticized anyone personally.

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LETTERS / Letter from CEO Doug Johnson

August 22, 2022 Letters to the Editor. BY CEO DOUG JOHNSON / As a valued community leader and part of our CLC, I wanted to make you aware of an announcement we are making late this week. After doing everything possible to mitigate rising costs, a cost-of-service study shows that we will need to implement an overall 3.5 percent rate adjustment, effective with October bills.  This is the first time in nearly a decade we have needed a rate adjustment. While we are gratified this is well below the national average increase of over 6 percent by other utilities, it is never easy to pass along an increase to our members. This is especially tough when costs are rising across every sector and affecting all households and businesses.

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