• 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…



  • LETTERS / Thank You

    Letters to the Editor. BY JANE ANN HODGES / Dear Editor, DEMOCRACY is alive and well. I’m proud of the process. I’m proud but yet disappointed that more people didn’t take advantage of this process. Voting is important. The choices that we made will determine the future of our county, state and nation. I love my three grandchildren so much and I want them to get the education and pursue the best employment opportunities. I want them to grow up in a clean and safe environment, so I will vote and elect people who will make decisions that will affect me and my grandchildren in the years to come. Read more…



  • LETTERS / The New Fear Replaces The Old Fear

    <strong>Letters to the Editor.</strong> BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, Big Brother can’t stand up to honest, intelligent examination. For him to exist, “consumers” must remain divided, intimidated, confused, and passive. <a href="https://www.hcpress.com/letters-to-the-editor/letters-the-new-fear-replaces-the-old-fear.html">Read more…</a>



  • LETTERS / North Carolina has Spoken: Save our Country Now

    Letters to the Editor. BY JOSH COFFEY / Dear Editor, Since 1968, no Democratic U.S. Senator has been re-elected in the state of North Carolina. I think that’s because North Carolinians are smart enough to recognize what failure is when they see it. On Tuesday night, Speaker Thom Tillis was elected to be the next U.S. Senator from North Carolina, replacing Senator Kay Hagan. In one of the most expensive senate races in U.S. history, Tillis fought off an abundance of dirty tactics and accusations by the North Carolina Democratic party and outside liberal groups. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Americans Seem Unaware That Their Prosperity Comes From Selling Weapons and Creating Scenarios That Use Them

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, The only thing that we have learned from history is that history repeats its self, and we don’t learn from history. Americans pretend they’re reasonable people, as “their government” murders around the world, provoking revolutions, and lying about who is doing it. The Empire funds terrorists and then bombs them. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Questions on Boone Water Intake After Council Meeting With Unsuccessful Motion to Suspend Project

    Letters to the Editor. BY FRANK PACKARD / Dear Editor, As you well know, I was in attendance at this past Thursday’s Boone Town Council meeting on Oct. 23 and listened with interest as the issue of the water intake was discussed relative to the motion introduced by Councilwoman Pena to suspend activity on the intake. My public comment prior to the discussion dealt with the town’s characterization of those opposed to the project as uninformed and misguided. Read more…



  • LETTERS / What About Our Future?

    Letters to the Editor. BY ANGIE AUSTIN & LAURA JOHNSON / Dear Editor, There’s a lot of information in the news about what is going on in North Carolina’s classrooms these days – class sizes, pay raises, technology, the improvements. But have you heard much from actual teachers? We would like to give you some perspective from a few veteran teachers’ point of view, who, by the way, love what they do. Read more…



  • LETTERS / “Your Government” Rarely Represents Your Wishes

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, In 2008, an Army War College report warned that the military must be prepared for a “violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States,” which could be provoked by “economic collapse,” “purposeful domestic resistance,” “pervasive public health emergencies”, “loss of functioning political and legal order”, all related to dissent and protests over America’s economic and political disarray. Read more…



  • LETTERS / When Government Belongs to the Wealthiest, Democracy Vanishes

    Letters to the Editor. BY CRAIG DUDLEY / Dear Editor, Most of our daily lives are dominated by the small number of people who understand the mental processes and social patterns of crowds. They push the buttons which control “consumers” minds. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Q & A With Councilman Quint David on Intake

    Letters to the Editor. BY QUINT DAVID / Dear Editor, There have been several hold ups over the last few years, some internal and some political and external, and before I was a new council member it was one of my goals to ‘get to the bottom’ of what this intake was about. Now that I am elected and ‘on the inside’, I know a little more about both the progress and the snags and I can sadly say that we are in a bad spot. Read more…



  • Boone-Doggle: Intake Engineers Greased Funding Rails

    Letters to the Editor. BY NEW RIVER ADVOCATES / Dear Editor, Imagine how astonished we were when we discovered a June 22, 2010 revision of the 2009 Environmental Assessment (EA) for Boone’s proposed water intake. Go figure, we were investigating the Watauga County Floodplain Permit debacle and we discover Boone officials have been referring us to an obsolete document for four years. Dysfunctional comes to mind, inability to properly interact with constituents; in other words, not fit for public service! Read more…



  • LETTERS / In Response to More New River Ridiculousness

    Letters to the Editor. BY JESSE STEELE / Dear Editor, So the topic for today’s letter? Your locale oracle decided to investigate the claims being made by New River Advocates. Specifically their claims regarding General Statute [§143-355(l)] and the claims that there are no DENR regulations that mandate when a town must seek a new water supply. Read more…



  • LETTERS / Boone-Doggle: Mayor Ball Concerned About Heightened Suspicions

    Letters to the Editor. BY NEW RIVER ADVOCATES / Dear Editor, Town Councilman Quint David has led us all to drink from Boone’s ‘holy grail’, WK Dickson’s 2009 Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Water Intake. (Heretofore, this is the document everyone referenced for justification of the new intake) Now we find, through a public Read more…



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