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11/10/2017 5:50:00 PM
GRINS and GRIPES

GRINS to...


Stokesdale mayoral candidate John Flynt for his answer to a question in the NWO's Oct. 27-Nov. 2 issue. Appreciated your awareness of Stokesdale's recently inflated expenses from growing government. I thought I was the only one who took notice.


Steve and Anna Jolly, residents of Twelve Oaks, for a super fun Jollyween. Awesome music from the Tyler Millard Band, too! A must-do every year in Oak Ridge.


Santiago, who always gives me an awesome smile when handing me my Egg White Delight at the McDonald's drive-through window in Oak Ridge. It's worth the $2.87 for the smile alone, and my breakfast sandwich is a bonus!


All the teachers and staff of Little Feet Learning Center in Stokesdale for always going above and beyond. You are all appreciated and we are so blessed our child is a part of this wonderful facility!


NWO editor Patti Stokes for the editorial in last week's paper calling it as it is!


The nearly 100 Riley Village trick-or-treaters who knocked on our door this year. Almost everyone said, "thank you." We're blessed to be living with such great neighbors.


Guilford County Sheriff's Office. We encountered multiple officers after two break-ins. All officers involved did a bang-up job finding out who broke in and arresting them. Thank you for being here for the community!


Patti Stokes for standing up to Gail Dunham and her group of hypocrites. Thank you for your tireless effort to tell the truth while correcting the misinformation, false accusations and lies.


President Trump. I am tired of living paycheck to paycheck. Thanks for remembering the middle class. Congress needs to pass the new tax reform now!


McDonald's in Oak Ridge - I love your fries!


The leather-clad hottie pictured on page 37 of last week's Northwest Observer.


Editor's note: Batgirl was a big hit, as was her husband, who came dressed as Batman and even drove his "Batmobile," which the kids loved!


Bella Luna Ristorante and Bar, JP Looneys Wing Wagon and Lowes Foods (all Oak Ridge businesses) for donating to our daughter's JDRF Walk team dinner. Oak Ridge is certainly a caring and giving community.


Patti Stokes re: Election season ... Silence isn't always "golden." But standing up and speaking out sure can be....


Courteous drivers who let other drivers turn onto Highway 68 during rush hour.


The Stokesdale candidates for your cordial, friendly gathering the morning of the election. I had to smile when I saw you all under one rain canopy, chatting and enjoying coffee together. Nice to see that you all get along and work together.


Maureena Shepherd (Realtor) for providing an amazing lunch for the teachers and staff at Oak Ridge Elementary on Wednesday!


The always nice, always cheerful, always professional gals at Great Clips! A great haircut is just the icing on the cake.


The children and parents at Summerfield Farm's Tractor & Treat and Oak Ridge Commons' Great Pumpkin Event. As a mom, it was refreshing to hear the thank yous and watch the little ones waiting their turn to get treats.


Duke Energy, for working hard to restore power to Oak Ridge on Nov. 4. I know it took a long time, but it's a big job when an entire power grid is knocked out.


Every candidate in northwest Guilford County, regardless of whether elected, for your willingness to serve our communities in a very challenging role.


GRIPES to...


People who decorated for Halloween in early September. Many of your neighbors got tired of looking at skeletons and spiderwebs. Halloween is finally over. Please transition to autumn or Thanksgiving decorations.


Wendy's in Oak Ridge, the worst food I have eaten! Fries had so much salt it would burn your mouth. Burger looked like it was burnt. Better food at McDonald's!


Editor's note: We received a gripe last week about McDonald's in Oak Ridge, which I suspect prompted the gripe we received this week about Wendy's - so the battle of the fast food restaurants is on. For what it's worth, I can remember when we didn't have any fast food restaurants in Oak Ridge to complain about. I personally don't frequent them often, but when I do, the quality of the food I've gotten there is pretty consistent with what I can expect from a fast food restaurant and the service is usually at least satisfactory, and sometimes much better - except one evening last week, when a Wendy's manager-level employee was cussing at coworkers as he was shoving my order out the window at me. I don't know what kind of a day he had had, or what he was personally experiencing, but his behavior left me without an appetite much more so than too much salt on French fries.


Pedestrians who jaywalk.


The Republican tax windfall for the wealthy elite horror show. Child credit gone; 65 and older credit gone; medical deductions gone; student loan interest deduction gone; $1.5 trillion budget deficit yes. What a disgrace!


Customers who don't understand that the bulk of a hairstylist's income comes from tips. These kind, hardworking folks give up their evenings and weekends to be available at your convenience. Please don't be a Scrooge!


Individuals who think it's okay to take their anger out on the gas pedal. Doing so can only put others at risk and create more problems. Why put yourself in a life-or-death situation? Think about it!


Tailgaters on any road. I have what Daddy used to call a "lead foot," so I'm usually going at least 5 mph over the speed limit, but apparently that's not fast enough for some of these impatient people.


The Democratic party, which does not want to give the middle class a tax cut. They say it could raise the debt, but Obama raised the debt $9 trillion. Sad.








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