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12/22/2017 2:32:00 PM
GRINS and GRIPES

GRINS to...


All the Guilford County Schools bus drivers who gave their very best efforts to deliver middle and high school students home in horrible conditions (on Dec. 8). Thank you for protecting our kids when administration absolutely did not!


Mrs. Garlick at Stokesdale Elementary for making sure the students got to have a Science Fair and for always being a supportive and compassionate teacher.


All the unknown men and women who risked their lives and more in defense of freedom and democracy during the Cold War as intelligence agents. We escaped the evil of socialism thanks to you. We are forever in your debt.


Kelly at Garage Door Pro NC in Oak Ridge. He was quick to service and replace a new garage door and we appreciate him communicating every step of the way and offering quality service!


The teachers at Children's Choice Daycare. Thank you for loving our children and keeping them safe during the day! 


Summerfield Post Office for their thoughtful, caring service. Donna at the front desk is always ready to be helpful and our carriers are also always helpful.


Everyone who put up Christmas lights. We're enjoying them all, from the tractor with moving tires on Haw River Road and the woods full of hanging balls you can see from Bryan Boulevard to the simple candles-in-the-window type decorations.


Ms. Harrell at Stokesdale Elementary School for going above and beyond the call of duty for our kids. What an amazing first-grade Christmas party! 


Hammersmith Woodworking for repair work on three exterior doors. Carlton was always pleasant, on time, kept me informed of his progress and completed the job on time. I recommend him as an expert in woodworking repair!  


GRIPES to...


Baby boomers who talk about "the good ole days" being so much better and complain about "kids today." So, things were better with racism, the draft and Ronald Reagan? Be less of a "baby" and more of a "boomer."


The driver of the black Nissan dropping off your child at Northwest Middle School the morning of Dec. 14. That barricade is meant to be driven around, not through. Your cigarette could have waited just a little longer.


Otherwise well-meaning people who send "glitter cards." What a mess they make! Never open a glitter card above your keyboard!


HAECO for laying off over 50 employees a week before Christmas. 


Republic Services for continually missing our neighborhood street in Stokesdale - or coming days later. Stokesdale needs to put pressure on them to improve or find another provider.


The person who griped last week about USPS - would you risk your life to deliver a letter today that could be delivered safely tomorrow? Also, USPS does not have a motto.


Editor's note: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" is often cited as the USPS's motto, but the postal service actually does not have an official motto. According to USPS's website, "the popular belief that it does is a tribute to America's postal workers." 


The massive transfer of wealth from middle- and lower-income earners to the 1-percenters by GOP politicians. If you think it's outrageous, it is. They're coming after our benefits next - Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block.


The USPS in general and their "tracking" system specifically. I was told by a USPS employee that packages are flagged "delivered" when in fact they are still on a truck in the post office loading area.


Stokesdale Parks & Recreation Association for scheduling a basketball game for 7- and 8-year-olds to start at 8 p.m. on a school night.  






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