• 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

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    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…



  • LETTERS / The Rest of the Story – Untold Version of Soucek-Boone-Watauga Negotiations

    Letters to the Editor. BY Deborah Greene / Dear Editor, Rennie Brantz, Mayor Pro-Tem wrote the following statement at the passing of House Bill 875 on September 16, 2015: “The Town of Boone would like to express its disappointment in the Senate’s recent passing of HB 875. The Town of Boone has made significant investments in the Water Intake Project over the past 10 years, which will provide water for Boone, Blowing Rock and Watauga County. Read more…



  • LETTERS / America Is Uncontaminated By Logic And Undermines Any Reliance On Reason

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, American “exceptionalism” provides continuous war, economic imperialism and serves the interests of the oligarchy here at home. This quasi-secret group pulling the strings in Washington and much of America’s foreign policy is maintained by a corporatist dogma that thrives on deregulation, outsourcing, deindustrialization, and financialization. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Citizens Urged To Attend Appeal of Rainbow Trail Asphalt Plant Permit

    Oct. 14, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY DAVID SENGEL / Dear Editor, High Country W.A.T.C.H. would like to urge Watauga citizens to show up TODAY at 5:30 p.m. at the County Board of Adjustments hearing in the county administration building (across from Mellow Mushroom). This is the hearing of the appeal for permit for the proposed Rainbow Trail asphalt plant. Your presence is your voice, and numbers do matter. / Read more…



  • LETTERS / Voting Beer, Wine Out of Newland Will Move Us 55 Years Back in Time

    Oct. 5, 2015. Letters to the Editor. BY Greg Seiz / Dear Editor, Voting Beer and wine out of Newland will move us back 55 years in time, if this vote passes we will watch our town regress back in time like when we lost several businesses from fires in 1960, some say the town has never recovered. I have done an extensive amount of research that backs up everything I am writing here. / Read more…



  • 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…



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