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1/9/2020 3:36:00 PM
GRINS and GRIPES

GRINS to...


Oak Ridge Post Office. Employees are always polite, even when busy.


Janelle Robinson for her eloquent response (Dec. 19, 2019-Jan. 8, 2020 issue) to the editorial by Melanie Martinez the previous week.


The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt. It's been an amazing place to work over the past 6 1/2 years. The clients, pets and staff are all amazing and deserve a huge round of applause. I'll miss you all so much!


BJ's Grill owners for their compassion in helping bring the broken back to life. As a past user, the realization that time was taking the life from me was enough to change. I just wish others could understand this concept.


Kurt Sundermann for stepping up and helping another student on the bus when he had a medical emergency. You're a rock star!


The publisher and support staff of the Northwest Observer. It's a tough job to provide weekly non-partisan news with limited staff, budget and time. We appreciate the balance it takes to cover various stories to keep us informed.


Summerfield Eye Care for fixing a pair of glasses for a little girl in need! Your generosity doesn't go unnoticed.


Oak Ridge United Methodist Church for their backpack ministry and weekly giving to Stokesdale Elementary. Your generosity and kindness are greatly appreciated.


Lowes Foods for allowing the Salvation Army to ring their bell for donations over the holidays - which gave all of us a chance to help those who need it most in our community.


GRIPES to...


Speeders. Can we please keep in mind that the speed limit on Linville Road is 45 mph. Some of us live on that road and the speeding is out of control.


Colfax Post Office. I ride right past it and instead go to Oak Ridge because Colfax employees have been rude and short many times, even when slow.


People who assume their credit's excellent because they live within their means. You must purchase in the form of an affordable monthly payment to build your credit or you have none. Please don't tell a loan specialist that it's excellent.


Northwest Observer. I did not care for the "Jolly Holidays" shirts (in the newspaper's staff photo on back cover of Dec. 19, 2019-Jan. 8, 2020 issue). I much prefer "Merry Christmas"... that is the reason for this season!


Those who oppose the "new year, new me" persona to remain the same. Self-improvement is the key to improving quality of life. Everyone deserves a growth opportunity to become the best person you can be. Don't give up on yourself!


Our corrupt justice system for allowing violent offenders multiple continuances while violating the Speedy Trial rights of society. These court-appointed lawyers should start considering the dangers of the defendant's charges imposed on citizens to help protect our communities!






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