• 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…



  • LETTERS / Harm to Water Quality in State Budget

    Letters to the Editor. BY JANET PALMER / Dear Representative Jordan, Since our district had no State Senator in the discussion on this issue, it’s especially important that you represent us in this new budget. North Carolina has historically followed science and adopted setbacks and buffer zones to protect our water supply. Section 14.13 in the Senate version of HB1030, 2016 Appropriations Act allows further delay of implementing the Jordan and Falls Lake cleanup rules. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / A Jewish Homeland in Palestine Has Been An Ambition of Zionists Since the Late 19th Century

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, You regularly hear American politicians tell us what a good friend we have in Israel, but you never hear the full story. For example; The U.S./Israel “free trade agreement” is an extension of Israel-lobby extracted American aid; $10 billion backdoor boost to the annual $3-$4 billion annual American gift. American ‘consumers’ are brainwashed to believe absurd propaganda that Israel, ­ a powerful nuclear state, funded by ‘our government’, is an innocent victim of Arabs. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Please Stand By Your Statements of Non-Discrimination, President Spellings

    May 9, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY UNC Faculty Members Jocelyn Nelson (ECU) and Ralph E. Lentz (ASU) / Dear Editor, On May 4, the US DOJ formally stated to NC and the UNC system what many of us believed in our hearts all along: that House Bill 2 (“HB2”) is discriminatory. Its violation of Title VII, Title IX, and VAWA has prompted DOJ letters to NC state officials, including UNC President Margaret Spellings. / Read more…



  • Letters / For the Kids: Camp New Hope is Beneficiary of Mountain View Speedway

    Letters to the Editor. BY RANDY BROWN, DIRECTOR OF CAMP NEW HOPE / Dear Editor, Camp New Hope is a nonprofit, no-charge facility for children who have life-threatening illnesses or are terminally ill. We offer a one-week free vacation to each family who is selected to come to our camp. We are so proud to have Mountain View Speedway as one of our supporters. The speedway so graciously sends us $100 weekly from their profits of their weekly races. We are proud to be associated with this organization. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Speedway Neighbors Launch Anti-Noise Program: ‘Save Our Ears!’

    Letters to the Editor. BY WATAUGA CITIZENS FOR LOCAL CONTROL / Dear Editor, Today, Watauga Citizens for Local Control announced they are providing free earplugs to residents needing protection from excessive noise from the Mountain View Speedway. The program is a stop-gap solution designed to protect residents from the negative health impacts created by noise levels above 70 decibels. The free earplugs will be distributed by residents in the affected areas. Earplugs may also be requested by emailing WC4LC at [email protected] Supplies are limited so request them early! / Read more…



  • LETTERS / 2016 Pro-Life Champion

    Letters to the Editor. BY JEAN STUDEMAN / Dear Editor, On June 7th, I will vote for Virginia Foxx in the NC Congressional Primary because I know she’s a strong pro-life woman. Here’s why: Read more…



  • LETTERS / We’re Told American Freedoms Were Removed to Defeat Terrorists

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, The Empire has become the world’s biggest terrorist-producing machine. The more people it kills there, the more the numbers who wish to retaliate grow. The pro-empire advocates say, “We’re killing them there before they come over here and kill us.” they’re coming to kill us because the Empire went there, killing them. Americans don’t realize Empire comes with costs, including the constant threat of terrorist retaliation. The Empire keeps doing what they’ve been doing expecting different results. What will it take to confront the evil and immoral interventionist policies of ‘our government’ that have encouraged the greatest terrorist producing machine in history? Read more…



  • Letters / Gratitude Expressed To Boone for Protecting Interests of Residents in Raceway Dispute

    April 20, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY ANNETTE REEVES / Dear Editor, The Town of Boone put the brakes on the illegal operation of Mountain View Speedway in the Town of Boone Board of Adjustments hearing Monday night. Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) and its local chapter, Watauga Citizens for Local Control (WC4LC), express our gratitude to the Town of Boone for considering the indisputable evidence presented by our attorney, Paul Capua, and ultimately reaching the conclusion that Mountain View Speedway is unlawfully operating. Furthermore, the Town of Boone has committed to legal action to stop the continuance of this racetrack. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Eating Sustainably

    April 18, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY HOWARD CAPELLETTI / Dear Editor, With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day just around the corner, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving Earth’s natural resources for future generations. A 2010 UN report charged animal agriculture with 19 percent of man-made greenhouse gases – more than all transport – and recommended a global shift to a vegan diet. A subsequent World Watch study placed that contribution closer to 50 percent. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Maintaining Our Water Quality

    April 18, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY JANET PALMER / Dear Editor, All of us depend on clean water and so will be interested to know that our State Legislature will be reviewing proposals from its Environmental Review Commission (ERC) during the upcoming short session. The ERC is composed of legislators appointed to review environmental issues between sessions and recommend legislation and further studies. Legislation recommended by the ERC would prohibit state agencies from issuing health warnings regarding a contaminant in well water or public drinking water unless it was found in excess of levels already specifically cited in federal or state drinking water standards. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Disgruntled Tourist Over Parking Fine in Downtown Boone

    April 7, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY MIKE NETTROUR / Dear Editor, I stayed in Blowing Rock last week on Friday night. at the Meadowbrook. We went shopping in Boone on Saturday afternoon.. We fed the parking meter for several hours. We shopped at the Old World Galleries, the CD/Record shop and the boot store. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Appeal of Maymead’s Asphalt Plant in Deep Gap To Superior Court Needed

    Feb. 29, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY LAURA CLEMENS / Dear Editor, It is time to stand up for Watauga County and appeal the BOA’s rash decision to override Joe Furman’s decision to revoke the Hampton/Maymead Asphalt permit on the outer edge of Boone. It is unbelievable that 5 citizens were given the power over such a sensitive issue. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Gun Prohibition Fails Just Like Drug or Liquor Prohibition

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, A recent Gallup poll finds that “dissatisfaction with government”, not guns, or terrorism, tops the list of concerns: “guns/Gun control” was considered “the most important problem” by 2%. The Constitution doesn’t and can’t grant “rights”: it recognizes them. Government never had any rights to grant to anyone. The state can’t stop people from getting what they want. Those who ignore existing laws will ignore additional ones. We’re told by ‘our representatives’ that a majority want more gun laws, but those ‘representatives’ ignore demonstrated majorities who want weed legalized, single payer health insurance and no overseas military adventures. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Preparing for Primary

    Feb. 23, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY BRENT DUCHARME, Attorney-Fellow with the UNC Center for Civil Rights/ Dear Editor, As the March 15 primary approaches, recent changes in state voting law are adding an extra layer of confusion for North Carolinians navigating the path to the polls. It is vital for voters to be prepared for the election on March 15. Voters with questions or concerns can call the national Election Protection hotline at 888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683). The hotline is available during early voting and will be staffed by volunteer attorneys and trained UNC Law students on Election Day. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Boone Water Intake Project- Ground Storage Clearwell Cracks and Leaks

    Feb. 19, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY Frank Packard / Dear Editor, I presented the information below to the Town Council again last night since there has been no response or even an acknowledgement of my initial email to the town staff or council members. I also presented a documented list of these questions to be included in the public minutes of the meeting. Read more…



  • LETTERS / The Million Dollar Question: Why the “Big Road”?

    Feb. 11, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY DEBORAH GREENE / Dear Editor, When the NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (NCDENR) received an application for a permit to construct the proposed raw water intake on the South Fork of the New River, the reviewers asked, why the “big road”? To conceal the truth that the road was needed to fulfill an obligation to construct a private subdivision road for Larry Cooper, Randy Cooper and Amy Cooper Greer, the town of Boone and its engineers sought to involve the Watauga County Fire Marshall in a plan to disguise the design of a 20-foot wide private subdivision road as a NC State Fire Code 503.2 Fire Apparatus Access Road instead. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Closing Arguments of the Asphalt Plant Permit Revocation Will Happen February 10

    Letters to the Editor. BY DAVID SENGEL / Dear Editor, Closing arguments in Maymead vs Watauga County in the appeal of the asphalt plant permit revocation will happen February 10 at 4:00 p.m. in the County Administration building on King St. in Boone. The Board of Adjustments will then deliberate and decide whether that permit revocation will stand. If you EVER had any feelings on this issue and still oppose two unneeded new polluting industries in totally inappropriate locations, this is the time to show up. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Nine Months of Fighting Two Asphalt Plants

    Letters to the Editor. BY DAVID SENGEL / Dear Editor, After nine months of fighting two asphalt plants that are proposed for totally inappropriate locations in Watauga, I’ll bet you thought that fight was over. Not even close. Hearings about the Maymead permit resume Monday and Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. and will continue for even more sessions. The Rainbow Trail permit is being appealed to Superior Court. Read more…



  • LETTERS / A Warped Board of Elections

    Letters to the Editor. BY DAVID FINCK / Dear Editor, The board of elections let down all local citizens at the meeting held on January 18, 2016. First there was the partisan electoral gamesmanship which only serves to diminish our democracy. I firmly believe that the more people that are involved in the democratic process, especially voting, the better off we all will be – whether Republican, Democrat, or Independent. As has been covered very thoroughly elsewhere, it is quite clear that the only rational reason for not having an early voting site at ASU is to suppress the vote, yet once again the board voted 2-1 against establishing an early voting site at ASU. Read more…



  • LETTERS / What Truthful Analysis or Reporting Do You See on Important Subjects?

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, Corporations and governments only do two things relatively well: lying and stealing. One enables the other since ‘consumers’ don’t search for truth, but reassurance that their beliefs are true. Many blindly accept the ‘official’ tale ignoring conflicting actions and statements by political and financial ‘leaders’. ‘Our free press’ decides what’s true Read more…



  • LETTERS / Renewed Hope

    Letters to the Editor. BY BILL MORETZ / Dear Editor, For disclosure sake – I was always NBC for the 2016 elections. (No Bush Clinton). Its not that they lack good attributes, but rather, they represent the past. As long as there is any hope for the future -embracing the past is stagnation. Like many people I am frustrated with national establishment politics on both sides. After all since 2000 we have had a Republican president and a Republican congress and a Democrat president and a Democrat congress and neither fixed long term problems, illegal immigration, flat/fallen wages, issues of national security, universal health care, etc. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Why is the Boone Town Council Meeting in Closed Session?

    Jan. 6, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY Deborah Greene / Dear Editor, New River Advocates, Inc. has been making public record requests and it has taken an unusual amount of time to gain access to records. But, not all of the organizations have been as difficult to obtain information from as the town of Boone. The first request that ran amuck was a request made in 2014 for a 2004 engineering report, a 10-Year old engineering report. New River Advocates requested mediation; Boone refused. Finally, after a year, we were given access to correspondence. Review of that correspondence has led to requests of missing attachments, missing dialogue and challenges to redactions. We periodically meet with Boone to prioritize our requests and drop requests, a difficult decision, in an attempt to prevent bottlenecking of requests. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Boone-Doggle: Attempts To Erase Boone’s ‘Bad-Boy’ Image?

    Jan. 6, 2016. Letters to the Editor. BY Deborah Greene / Dear Editor, New River Advocates, Inc. filed a claim with the USDA regarding the CLOMR and No-Rise Certifications that were submitted to Watauga County in securing a floodplain permit to construct the proposed intake in the South Fork of the New River. We recently obtained a copy of John Ward’s answer through a public record’s request with the USDA. Mr. Ward answers our claim, stating: Read more…



  • Op-Ed: Advocating for a Proposed Grandfather National Recreation Area

    https://www.hcpress.com/?p=39556
    Dec. 21, 2015. On December 7, a large coalition of conservation and recreation groups issued a memorandum of understanding (MOU), in effect a statement of principles, for what they want to see come out of the forest plan revision process for the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. By Andy Hayslip – MountainTrue’s High Country Director and the Watauga Riverkeeper / Read more…



  • LETTERS / America Obviously Isn’t Capable of Governing Itself

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, I find it odd that those who know that ‘our government’ and ‘our free press’ are corrupt liars will readily accept those lies, ignore the corruption, treason and act as though it’s all real. ‘Consumers’ aren’t interested in a leader who would apply sound principles in defense of the constitution, individual liberty and private property; they want to be ruled by someone they consider a suitable symbol of America’s “greatness.” Read more…



  • LETTERS / Anti-Semitism Charges Are Thrown About Like Confetti

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, For over twenty years now, we’ve been told Iran will have nuclear weapons next week, with which to destroy ‘defenseless’ Israel, and attack Europe. You might wonder how many people Iran has killed in that time compared to how many Israel has killed. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Thanks for the Votes, Congratulations To JB

    Nov. 9 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY CHARLIE SELLERS / Dear Editor, First, I would like to extend my thanks to the citizens of Blowing Rock who voted for me for mayor on November 3d. Secondly, congratulations to Mayor J.B. Lawrence on his 10th term as mayor of Blowing Rock. Finally, I hope the elected officials in our fine town will focus on some or all the issues that I brought to the table during my campaign. / Read more…



  • Letters / Thank You For Opportunity To Serve on the Boone Town Council

    Nov. 2, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY Councilman Quint David / What an exciting two years it has been! Never in my life did I imagine that we could accomplish so much in such a short few years, even when the democratic process could be slow at times. I am so glad that I took the initiative two years ago to get involved, and I would always encourage others to do the same if they want to continue to help our community. / Read more…



  • An Open Letter to ASU Chancellor Sheri Everts: Will You Stand Up To Spellings?

    Oct. 29, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY DR. MICHAEL C. BEHRENT & DR. GREGORY RECK / Dear Editor, Faculty across the University of North Carolina system are deeply concerned about the UNC Board of Governors’ appointment of Margaret Spellings as President of the UNC system. Is the best person to run North Carolina’s world-class university system, professors wonder, really a political operative lacking any significant experience in higher education and who is, to boot, a gay-baiting culture warrior with ties to the for-profit education racket? / Read more…



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