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6/18/2020 9:02:00 PM
Outside the LINES
The following reader-submitted gripes express opinions about state and/or national topics, and have been separated from the local grins and gripes as a courtesy to those who do not want to read others' opinions on state and/or national political and other non-local topics in a local newspaper.

GRIPES to...

Gov. Roy Cooper for making the call not to allow the Republican convention in North Carolina. We all know why he did this - it isn't science that changes daily! Big loss for N.C. and Charlotte's economy.

The chronic and pervasive deception of the mass media, including British outlets who describe the citizens defending statues of Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln from left-wing desecration as "far right." I guess I must be far right....

The saying, "All lives can't matter until black lives matter." Everyone protests for equality, but if it were equal, shouldn't all lives matter? All lives can't matter until Jesus matters! Get woke!

GRINS to...

New York China at Kings Crossing. We love your food and we miss you - hope you will be reopening soon!

Ms. Jordan, our USPS carrier for Riverside neighborhood, for being kind and hardworking. We have a long, long driveway. Some carriers leave boxes exposed by our garage, but not her - she never fails to walk ours up to our doorstep.

Southern Foods, for the great quality meat at fantastic prices. Our filets on the grill last night were amazing! We'll be back soon!

All the 2020 graduates, and Northwest High School for a fabulous drive-through graduation. It was fun to decorate our vehicle and cheer our grad while she walked across the stage. We liked this way more than a formal ceremony!

Drivers who decrease their speed and create distance between their vehicles and people exercising and/or walking their dogs in neighborhoods without sidewalks.

GRIPES to...

Oak Ridge Town Council's deception that deferring capital spending is justification for affording a permanent salary increase. If annual expenses exceed revenues, it's just a matter of time before property taxes will increase. Deferring capital spending is a ruse.

The three firemen I saw in Summerfield Food Lion who were not wearing face masks. This is a public safety issue, and as public servants this shows a blatant disregard for the community you are supposed to protect.

The "mask police." Stop calling people who do not agree with you selfish when the opposite is true. By the way, are hazmat suits next?

Oak Ridge Town Council members who voted for employees to get a cost-of-living raise this year. As a healthcare worker who worked every day, I had to take a 1% pay cut. Shame on giving town staff a raise with our taxes.

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