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9/29/2017 4:59:00 PM

GRINS to...

Bojangles' in Oak Ridge for making a large donation of food supplies to feed our veterans during the annual Triad Stand Down in Greensboro on Sept. 22.

Local Scout troop members and their parents who volunteered at Explore Historic Oak Ridge, welcoming visitors and cleaning up after the event. Thank you for being great citizens!

The NWO, the only print newspaper I've ever read on a consistent basis. I appreciate your unbiased reporting and keeping us posted on local news and events!

Pet parents who keep their dogs and cats safe by not allowing them to roam, possibly being hurt or killed by a car or wild animal. It's also courteous to their neighbors.

The candidates of Summerfield who are not littering the town with political signs.

Whoever found my keys in Oak Ridge Park and left them hanging on the message board - we found them! Thank you so much!

GRIPES to...

The person who griped about where the Northwest Observer is creased. Tell me again exactly how much you pay for this free newspaper? Until you start paying for it, enjoy the fact that it is free to readers and don't complain.

Editor's note: Thanks to this reader for coming to our defense, but I want to say I've never used the fact that our newspaper is free as a reason to strive for anything less than excellence. When the reader submitted her gripe about our paper's fold being off-center she admitted it was petty, but she obviously felt strongly enough about it to want to make her annoyance public. Speaking on behalf of our business and others, we'd prefer for those who have concerns about something we've done to give us a chance to discuss, explain, or possibly correct the issue before they submit a gripe, which I feel should be a last, not a first resort. However, I recognize that approach takes more maturity and effort and that gripes are the fastest, easiest way to voice a complaint, so we'll take our punches along with everyone else.

The family of the elderly lady on Beeson Road for allowing her to flag down cars and ask for money. I'm sure some folks may disagree, but this is a potentially dangerous situation for her and drivers alike.  

The decline of decorum and civility, evidenced by those who think it is OK (even great) to disturb neighbors with their loud vehicles or for dogs to relieve themselves in other people's yards. Y'all are beyond rude and impolite.

The lady in the white SUV on Oak Ridge Road who felt it was of dire importance to sling the remnants of a tire from the road into my front yard. Come on, I have grass to mow!

(Sic) eurohaus ad: owner quote has a gram error.  every is singular but then it says what they need In ref to customers. Unless all clients have a collective need but context does not support that. editor correct errors, no?

Editor's note: Yes, we printed the above gripe just like we received it. It was just too classic. I'm still trying to figure out what the griper was trying to convey, but without being certain I gather there was a grammatical error in the new advertiser introduction (not ad) for EuroHaus and I am being taken to task for not catching it. By the way, just for fun (and to show how nerdy we are) we copied and pasted all the articles, calendar events, crime incidents, news briefs, student profiles, etc., from the last issue and they included over 16,000 words. I wish we were perfect, but we're not, and sometimes mistakes get by us. I'm still proud of our batting average, though, and a couple of errors out of 16,000 words is nothing to be ashamed of. For those who think their grammatical and editing skills could be put to good use on our team, we welcome you - and, you can start with making sense of the above gripe.

The Northern Guilford student who attempted to steal the McMichael Spirit Hammer during the Sept. 22 football game at Northern. Thankfully a McMichael student caught the thief as he ran towards the exit. Great way to treat the visiting team.

The "black labs matter" griper. Clearly a takeoff from the "Black Lives Matter" movement. Black Lives Matter focuses on saving the lives of young black men who are unjustly killed - far more serious than feeding treats to your favorite dogs. 

Those who fly the Confederate flag and defend memorials to and statues of people who took up arms against the United States. What part of the word treason do they not understand?

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