• LETTERS / America Offers the Narrowest Range of “Electoral Choices” in the Industrial World.

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, What’s the message of American freedom; you can choose different flavors, watch different crime shows, buy a Ford or a Toyota, visit different theme parks, can take various pills: clear examples of the extent of “our freedom” Read more…



  • LETTERS / Beer And Wine In Newland: Beliefs and Beer

    Letters to the Editor. If I can, I’d like to weigh in on the upcoming vote for the restriction of beer and wine in our town limits. I’ve chosen to do so anonymously in order that my family is not judged for the position we hold on this matter. If I were a single adult without the responsibility of protecting the integrity of my family, the tone of this address and identity of who and where this is coming from would be proclaimed boldly. My apologies for the lack of transparency in this “social” society we live today. Read more…



  • LETTERS / You’re With Us or Against Us

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, People do things by planning them; the simple act of organizing is considered bizarre and unlikely by brainwashed “consumers” immobilized by one hypnotic phrase: “conspiracy.” The CIA promoted phrase, “conspiracy theory” has mind-controlled millions of Americans. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Need Help To Clarify Whether We Have “A” God or “The” God In Which To Trust

    Letters to the Editor. BY ROLAND MOY / Dear Editor, Now that we have a new religious motto above the courthouse door, perhaps local officials can help to clarify whether we have “a” god or “the” God in which to trust. Read more…



  • LETTERS / All It Takes Is One Person Chipping A Little At A Time

    Letters to the Editor. BY ROSE JANKE / Dear Editor, This is in reply to the Foscoe resident who was offended “as a taxpayer” that his mail carrier had displayed a Confederate flag on their vehicle. He also said he has “no problem if they are flying it from their own car.” Well, Mr. Handley, “as a taxpayer” you have nothing to be offended by as the Postal Service hasn’t received Federal funding since 1982! Read more…



  • LETTERS / Government Sells The Belief That You Control It And That It Delivers Some Social Good

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, National Geographic did a 2002 global geographic literacy survey. More than 10% of American adults between the ages of 18 and 24 couldn’t identify America, 30% couldn’t identify the Pacific Ocean, and 87% couldn’t identify Iraq. Americans cheer the bombs without knowing where they fall. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Don’t Urbanize 17-Acre Farm in Boone

    Aug. 17, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY DAVID SENGEL / Dear Editor, The Town of Boone will consider at its meeting today classifying a 100+ acre area near and including the hospital as a “wellness district.” That proposal would encourage “urbanization and redevelopment of the area.” I would propose one example of something that could be done there with a result that would be of enormous community value now and for the lifetimes of future generations. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / HILO Notification Without Setbacks is Just a Dog and Pony Show

    July 22, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY DAVID STETTER / Dear Editor, Watauga County residents and Commissioners: I continued my education at the Watauga County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, July 21, and those of you who weren’t there, you missed a show. I witnessed the less desirable aspects of the political process in action and the interests of the few outweighing the concerns of the many. I saw a lot. I got an education and I feel the need to tell you about it. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / No One Says What They Really Think Anymore If It Opposes “Popular” Views

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, Americans are afraid of the toxic, intolerant labels being hung, like a red letter, around their necks. Its “1984”: no one says what they really think anymore if it opposes “popular” views. Down comes the Confederate flag for its history forgetting what has been done under America’s flag. We’ve become the politically correct, neutered, sissy society of Orwell’s nightmares. Read more…



  • LETTERS / More Work To Be Done on High Impact Land Use Ordinance

    July 21, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY DAVID SENGEL / Dear Editor, I support the currently proposed moratorium on class 2 and 3 HILU because though part of the problem was solved last night in the Planning Board meeting, (Chemical manufacturing and storage as well as Explosives will probably be moved to Class 1), there are other critical issues remaining with that ordinance that probably will not be addressed without the focus a moratorium provides. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / More Questions for the Town of Boone Regarding Its Proposed Water Intake?

    July 20, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY FRANK PACKARD / Dear Editor In response to the HCP article “Citizens Speak Out Against Boone’s Proposed Intake System and Condemnation of Farmland, “ I want to make some comments and once again pose some questions that the town has been unable or unwilling to answer. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Think. Discuss. Act.

    July 14, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY JESSICA STETTER / Dear Editor, Do you know the sensation you have when something feels right? I mean, really feels right…you know because its visceral…you can tell that your body is reacting- your muscles may be tightening, your belly might be fluttering, your heart may feel like it is lifting out of your chest. I love when that happens because there is no doubt about it- your body is talking to you- telling you clear as day that what you are doing is right. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Boone-Doggle: The Sun Does Not Shine Over Boone’s Town Hall

    July 13, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY DEBORAH GREENE / Dear Editor, Dubiously, the town of Boone claims ignorance of the law on one side and makes up laws that do not exist on the other. Boone’s town manager whines the “Coopers had never made the town of Boone aware of their participation in the Farmland Preservation program and their right to a public hearing.” / Read more…



  • LETTERS / 750-Foot Setback Just Isn’t Enough To Protect Our Air, Water

    July 10, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY Lis McCachren / Thank you all for hearing us on Tuesday. I was there with my two young children and spoke near the very end. I have reflected on the decision made Tuesday for 750 feet setbacks for homes, 1,500 feet setbacks for scenic byways, and would like to respond to this decision now. It feels like an okay start, and I appreciated hearing y’alls thoughts at the end, too. Hearing what everyone thought, in particular Commissioner Welch speaking out that these setbacks were not enough, made me and others feel like most of you really “got” the severity of this issue. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Take A Stand Against HB 44 and Protect Our Water Supplies

    June 26, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY JANET PALMER / Dear State Representatives Jordan and Soucek, Please take a stand against the provision in House Bill 44 that would allow bulldozing up to the edges of rivers, streams, lakes, and estuaries. The current requirement of a 50-foot vegetative buffer is crucial to maintaining the quality of our water supplies and the clean water required for a healthy ecosystem. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / How Do We Stand

    June 22, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY JESSICA STETTER / Dear Editor, If you were walking down the street, and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a small child darted across your path and into the face of oncoming traffic, would you put yourself in jeopardy? Would you run into the street to save the life of a child? Would it matter if the child was a boy or a girl? Black or white? Republican or Democrat? / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Help The Children Near Location of Proposed Asphalt Plant

    June 12, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY DAVID STETTER / Dear Editor, There are over seven hundred students who attend both Two Rivers Community School and Parkway Elementary School. Both boys and girls. Smart, lively, excited, healthy, beautiful. Beautiful boys and girls. Children. Children that need protection, that need love, that need your assistance. They need your assistance now. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Howard Street Improvement Plan

    June 9, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY Pete Catoe / Dear Editor, I wanted to extend my thanks to you [the Honorable Andy Ball] and the Town Council for hosting the community input meeting regarding the current Howard Street plan. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend, due to an out-of-town engagement scheduled prior to the meeting announcement. Since I will be unable to attend, I wanted to provide ECRS’ feedback in writing. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Concerns About Proposed Asphalt Plant on U.S. 421

    June 8, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY ANNE WARD / Dear Editor, The Watauga County Commissioners are considering the development of a Maymead asphalt plant on the Doc and Merle Watson Scenic Byway section of Highway 421 just outside of the town of Boone. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Another Asphalt Plant Bad For Health of Citizens, Property Values

    June 8, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY MARK and KAREN SENGEL / Dear Editor, For several years I lived in a house near the intersection of 105 and Poplar Grove Road. Maymead’s asphalt plant there created an economic dead zone that exists to this day. The noise, stench, and truck traffic should not have been allowed on the shoulder of that scenic road. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / “Our Government” Attacks People Who Didn’t Attack Us

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, Most American Christians pledge their unquestioned loyalty to “our” national-security state. This is demonstrated by the unconditional praise they give to the troops who “our” national-security state uses to violently impose its will on others around the world. In their praise, they never question the war department’s actions. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Parking Meters Effect On Downtown Business’

    June 2, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY Krista Kull / Dear Editor, I am the owner of The Happy Place and Boone Rock N Roll Emporium in the Boone Mini Mall. I am writing on behalf of downtown Boone’s merchants. I must inform you about the many complaints we have received from our customers about the time limit on the meters. One hour is not long enough. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Why Let Tennessee Company Pollute Watauga To Build Road in Ashe?

    May 25, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY DAVID SENGEL / Dear Editor, Coming soon, to the “scenic” Doc and Merle Watson Highway approaching Boone, Maymead Corporation from Tennessee plans to construct another new ASPHALT PLANT. The reasons this location is totally inappropriate are many and include not only the fact that travel and tourism is the largest industry here (in 2007, 191.5 million in expenditures and 43.56 million for 2,580 jobholders), but serious health issues as well. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / What Is To Become of the K-Mart That Closed Last Summer?

    May 15, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY RICHARD FLEMING / Dear Editor, As someone who has ‘summered’ in the area for the past ten years, my wife and I like many others have chosen the High Country as our second home because we enjoy the quaintness and beauty of the area. This year when we came up I was interested to find out what was to become of the K-Mart that closed last summer. With excitement I knew there would be many interested parties looking to develop that piece of real estate, but my excitement quickly turned to hesitation upon doing a web search.ty. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / In Light of Budget Cuts, Avery Humane Society Does Serve People of County

    May 15, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY AVERY COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS / Dear Editor, In reference to the Avery Journal News Times article regarding budget cuts to the YMCA, Avery Humane Society, and the Health Department, we as the Board of Directors for Avery Humane Society would like to respond. Commissioner Laws made a statement that Avery County Humane Society does not serve the people of Avery County. In defense of this statement we would like to present the following ways we serve the people of Avery County. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Most Americans Prefer To Sit, And Watch

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, General Smedley Butler, who earned the Medal of Honor twice, said in 1933, we have every right to destroy a system that tries to destroy us. Generals sometimes gain wisdom upon retirement, Butler explained, his “mind was in suspended animation while serving as a soldier and following orders”. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Can Your Professor Make Ends Meet? The University’s ‘Flexible’ Underclass

    April 17, 2015. Letters to the Editor. By Michael C. Behrent / Dear Editor, If you are a college student or the parent of one, you may have noticed something funny happening at universities these days. Like many Americans, you are paying more for a college education than ever before. Yet there is a good chance you are being taught by someone having a hard time making ends meet. This is academia’s new underclass, known alternately as “adjuncts,” “contingent” faculty, or “non-tenure track” professors (NTTs). / Read more…



  • LETTERS / The Heart Attack of Boone

    April 15, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY Fulton Lovin / Dear Editor, While the above caption may seem somewhat melodramatic, it certainly is a good analogy for the traffic study (or lack thereof) and recommendation for improvements on Howard Street. Having lived and worked in downtown Boone for over 38 years and having offices, apartments & commercial space at the corner of Howard & Appalachian streets, I feel uniquely qualified to refute the current traffic study commissioned by the town. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Violations Within Watauga County GOP Campaign Finance Reports

    April 1, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY DEBORAH GREENE / Dear Editor, I have been an activist in my local government for almost 15 years. During the majority of this time I was registered Republican until recently. I have served as Treasurer of the Watauga County Republican Women’s Club, a local referendum committee against a sales tax increase, and as a candidate for the Watauga County Board of Education. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Call Your Elected Representatives To Get Money Out Of Politics

    Letters to the Editor. BY JOAN BRANNON, PAULA FINCK & DAVID FINCK / Dear Editor, We in the United States have long prided ourselves on having a government of the people, by the people, and for the people — one person, one vote. We now find ourselves as a country at a great turning point where our government is quickly transforming into one of, by, and for the the extremely wealthy and their corporations. One dollar, one vote is replacing one person, one vote. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Americans Are Drowning In Propaganda

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, John Pilger speaks of growing up inside The Matrix as we all did: “I grew up on a cinematic diet of American glory, almost all of it a distortion. I had no idea that it was the Red Army that had destroyed most of the Nazi war machine”. American war dead were about 450,000 worldwide where Russian war dead were more than twenty million. Read more…



  • Letters / Mayor Disallows Discussion of Proposed Intake by Town’s Water Committee

    March 24, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY DEBORAH GREENE & MADELINE K. CARTER / Dear Editor, In regard to the Boone Town Council special meeting of the above date and the Water Use Committee, the referenced meeting minute (see inside) display the arrogance and capriciousness of Boone Town Mayor, Andy Ball. Please bear in mind that every member of the Town Council is on the Water Use Committee along with their appointees. And, this committee meets only upon the request of the Town Council. While common sense would suggest that the Town Council would have a reason (agenda items) for calling the meeting, Mayor Ball arbitrarily set his own limited agenda. Despite almost a decade of discussing a proposed intake on the South Fork of the New River, Mayor Ball decided it was not in the water use committee’s realm of discussion. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Judge’s Ruling Based On Technicality Rather Than Blowing Rock Council’s Actions

    March 18, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY GEORGE WILCOX / Dear Editor, Thanks so much for your coverage of yesterday’s hearing of Concerned Citizens of Blowing Rock’s appeal of the Town of Blowing Rock’s conditional use permit for the Mountainleaf development. As often happens in our imperfect legal system individuals were run over by a developer and the Town using a hyper technical interpretation of the law that denied us a hearing on the merits of whether the Town did the right thing by passing the Mountainleaf CUP. State law creates a number of barriers to citizens who oppose a development and yesterday’s decision creates one more, precise timing of an impacted member’s joining an organization. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Conformity Is Society’s Favored Control Mechanism

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, I once heard someone refer to me as, the one who writes “those” letters. It’s not socially acceptable to oppose the “official” storyline though some find it curious that all big six “official” media outlets report the same stories, in the same way; Russia and Ukraine, or Syrian gassing, or Benghazi “terrorists”. The nice thing about being delusional is you can do it all the time, plus it’s all true: ask Brian Williams. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Why To Be Burdened Even More So With The Enormous Costs of a Totally Unnecessary Recreation Center?

    Letters to the Editor. BY KAREN CARTER / Dear Editor, A letter to the current BOC: Why, all of a sudden, does the overtaxed, county taxpayers have to be burdened even more so with the enormous costs of a totally unnecessary recreation center? I’ve asked this question of some of you officials on a few occasions recently, and so far, I have received no answers, let alone, a valid reason for the county to take on such a costly project. There is absolutely no excuse, no honest motive, for you to engage in such a needless project, except to satisfy, to continue, a very dubious and ugly agenda. Read more…



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