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2/7/2019 5:50:00 PM
GRINS and GRIPES
Outside the LINES…

The following reader-submitted gripes express opinions about national topics, and have been separated out of a courtesy to those who do not want to read others' opinions on national political and other non-local topics in a local newspaper.


Democrats who say a wall is immoral but support abortion into the 40th week of pregnancy. If the baby survives the abortion, just make sure the little one is comfortable as it dies. God help us!


Those who blame Russia for virtually everything. Obviously, most if not all issues are a direct result of not Russia, but a totally criminal, corrupt, U.S. government that cannot compete fairly, legally and truthfully in the global marketplace.


Nancy Pelosi and her attention-grabbing antics during the SOTU address, i.e., her extended standing after applause for the president and her paper shuffling. It should give America pause to know she is second in line to the presidency.





GRINS to...


Oak Ridge approving an equestrian trail. Stokesdale officials, pay attention!


Editor's note: We reached out to the Town of Oak Ridge to see if we had missed something, as we weren't aware of an equestrian trail being approved. Town Clerk Sandra Smith confirmed that an equestrian trail has not been approved, and also said she wasn't aware of the council having any discussions recently about such a trail. Perhaps the reader's misunderstanding stems from an Oak Ridge resident's editorial, published in our Jan. 17-23 issue, in which she asked the town to consider an equestrian trail, and the resident's subsequent sharing of this letter/request on social media.


Our savvy Northwest Observer readers who were suspicious of what turned out to be a bogus classified ad and took the time to notify us.


GRIPES to...


The growing number of rezoning requests in Oak Ridge. The town prides itself on its character and unique historical attributes as well as open landscapes. Town Council needs to hold strong to protect Oak Ridge's core values.


Drivers who cut the corner when turning left, forcing you to brake hard to avoid hitting them as you approach a junction. Also, drivers who hurry to pull out right in front of you - but then dawdle along at 30 mph!


Allen Tate for their unsightly lighted sign in the night sky (off N.C. 150 in Summerfield). Was this approved and why isn't this in violation of Summerfield's Dark Sky Ordinance?


Parents who let their kids run rampant in Oak Ridge Bark Park. There are two playgrounds in the park for kids. This area is for dogs only. If your child gets bitten for acting crazy, it will be your fault!


The Town of Stokesdale for not removing the "Season's Greetings" banners from the downtown area. As I write this it is Feb. 4 and Christmas is long over!  


Drivers who don't use their turn signals. It's more than just a fancy accessory.


The mid-20s male person who stole my generator off Ellisboro Road in Stokesdale. Police were called and have a description of you and your Ford vehicle. If you suspect you know who did this, please contact the sheriff's office.






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