• 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…



  • LETTERS / Why Do You Believe Those Who Have Proven Themselves To Be Serial Liars?

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, It’s amazing how much “consumers” trust “our government” believing that central planners focus on creating the best outcome for them. Many “consumers” believe the TV telling them the economy is improving, yet you notice this ain’t so, as you haven’t a large income insulating you from reality. The essence of government is armed robbery. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Thank you from Appalachian Ski Mtn.

    Letters to the Editor. BY BRAD MORETZ / Dear Editor, After leaving the Blowing Rock Town Council Meeting last night, I felt as if I had just left a group of friends who were all meeting to figure out how they could help our family with a problem our business was going through. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Why is Town of Boone’s Water Intake Now Off Limits in Water Use Committee Meetings?

    Letters to the Editor. BY FRANK PACKARD / Dear Editor, The town of Boone had a called special meeting of the Water Use Committee on Feb. 4. This meeting had only two agenda items, with the main one being a “Discussion of and Possible Action on the Clarification of Water Use Committee Purpose and Scope of Duties.” It was clear from the discussion around this agenda item that there had been some behind the scenes discussion (e-mails and phone calls) of the proposed agenda with an attempt by one WUC member to have an additional item added to the agenda. This agenda item was simply to get an “Update on the Water Intake.” Read more…



  • LETTERS / Why Was Incorruptible Director Hounded Out of Her Position?

    Letters to the Editor. BY INGRID KRAUS / Dear Editor, Jane Ann Hodges will retire in July after nearly three decades as Director of the Watauga County Board of Elections, according to recent local news stories. Although it comes as no surprise, this news is truly shocking because hers is no simple retirement after years of dedicated service. She was hounded out of her post as part of a plan that threatens to undermine our local democratic institutions. Read more…



  • LETTERS / We’re Governed, Our Minds Molded, Our Tastes Formed, Our Ideas Suggested, Largely By Those We’ve Never Heard Of

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, The Hegelian Principle was described by Hegel, a 19th century German philosopher defining a method used to focus “consumers” on any given issue. It’s been used repeatedly to gain power, money and control. Read more…



  • LETTERS / In Response to Eggers and Aceto

    Letters to the Editor. BY KATHLEEN CAMPBELL / Dear Editor, I read [Jesse Wood’s] article about Jane Ann Hodges’ resignation. In response to Luke Eggers’ and Bill Aceto’s denials that they were harrassing Jane, I enclose the Agenda for the upcoming Feb. 11 meeting of the Board of Elections. Luke gave this to JaneAnn a few days ago and, though she is polite and gracious in her response to [High Country Press], I know she felt it was the final straw. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Concerned Citizens for Blowing Rock Strongly Supports Appalachian Ski Mtn. Project on U.S. 321

    Letters to the Editor. BY GEORGE WILCOX / Dear Editor, The Concerned Citizens of Blowing Rock, LLC, strongly supports Appalachian Ski Mountain’s efforts to place an attractive building and sign for their fine facilities on Highway 321. We are very disappointed by the Blowing Rock Town Council’s delay of this project. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Concerned Citizens Support Appalachian Ski Mountain’s Request for New Welcome Center

    Letters to the Editor. BY ALICE ROESS / Dear Editor, The Blowing Rock Town Council spends a lot of time and works hard, as we all know, to ensure that the charm and character of our beloved village of Blowing Rock is maintained even as the world around us seemingly rapidly changes. We are all aware that they have to evaluate, individually, virtually all that comes before them and, in that vein, we would like them to know that — as longtime residents of Blowing Rock, the following committee supporters are 100% behind Appalachian Ski Mountain’s request for approval to construct both a new Welcome Center as well as the accompanying appropriate signage to be located on the corner of 321 and Edmisten Road. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Israel Gets Billions In Aid Every Year From America

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, War is when the government tells you who the enemy is. Revolution is when you figure that out for yourself. Voltaire said you know who has power because you’re not allowed to criticize them. We could identify who owns government by determining who hasn’t been arrested for stealing billions. Read more…



  • LETTERS / New Year’s Resolution

    Letters to the Editor. BY HOLDEN CRINTER / Dear Editor, It’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those about our health. Although gun violence remains the leading cause of death among young people, our most dangerous weapon is still our fork. Forty-five times as many die of chronic diseases linked to a diet containing animal products, sugar, and salt. Read more…



  • LETTERS / The Alienation Between “Our Government” and “Consumers” Is Growing

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” said Alice. “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the cat. “We’re all mad here.” Lewis Carroll. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Sam Furgiuele and Greg Young’s Retirement

    Letters to the Editor. BY PHIL TEMPLETON / Dear Editor, Jesse Wood’s recent article concerning the resignation of Sam Furgiuele as town attorney also mentioned Gregg Young’s simultaneous departure on Dec. 31 of this year. Ironically, the “toxic political climate” Furgiuele referred to hardly existed until he was ushered in as town attorney. Most will recall that Sam took on the role of an unelected council member promoting the agenda of local political activists. Read more…



  • LETTERS / “Our Government” is of the Corporation, by the Corporation and for the Corporation

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, “Consumers” who know “Our government” loves us and would never lie to us, question why the editor prints these opinions. Rulers only listen when they think that the mob may be coming for them. Today’s federal government is far too large, corrupt, wasteful, arrogant and dangerous to everyone. Saying corrupt government is wrong isn’t “anti-government”; it’s a “balanced government” view. Otherwise sane citizens are reluctant to embrace “unofficial” ideas unless some expert tells them its okay. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Body Cameras Prevent Mistreatment From Police Officers

    Letters to the Editor. BY HOWARD CAPELLETTI / Dear Editor, The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hand of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Thank You Boone

    Letters to the Editor. BY STEVE KORPON / Dear Editor, This is the time of year when we express our gratitude for the good things that happen in our lives. In that spirit, I’d like to say “thank you” to three Boone citizens for their help in a time of need. Read more…



  • LETTERS / The American Press Is Free To Lie For The Government

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, “The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.” George Orwell, former BBC propagandist. The mainstream media is a tool of the dominant minority who use those systems to influence and control “consumers”. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Why ‘Concerned Citizens of Blowing Rock LLC’ is Appealing CUP for Mountainleaf Project

    Letters to the Editor. BY GEORGE WILCOX / Dear Editor, Laws thoughtfully made to protect homeowners and citizens are important. If laws are not followed a disastrous result can afflict a community for years. In approving the Mountainleaf project in Blowing Rock, legal counsel for a group of citizens and homeowners has determined that important laws were not followed. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Focus on Education, Not Taking Away Other Students’ Right to Pray

    Letters to the Editor. BY Alyssa Johnson / Dear Editor, Prayer in school has been a highly discussed topic in our generation especially living here in the “Bible Belt”, As we continue to dispute this issue we are seeing a divide among children in our school system. We have those that pray and those that don’t, the believers and the non-believers, perhaps it has always been this way but now we can see the divide greater then ever. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Why Skip the Turkey?

    Letters to the Editor. BY Holden Crinter / Dear Editor, Next week, President Obama will pardon two turkeys to promote the turkey industry. Every one of us can exercise that same pardon power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance. It’s a most fitting way to give thanks for our own life, health, and happiness. The 240 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year have nothing to give thanks for. Read more…



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