The following reader-submitted GRINS and gripeS express opinions about state and/or national topics, and have been separated from the other 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. ...
The State of Oregon, which has allowed a complete mail-in ballot system for all elections, and managed it successfully for 22 years! They created official ballot drop boxes where voters deposit their marked ballots for secure pickup and counting.
Trump. Last election I voted for the man Trump had become and not the boy (2005 tape with Billy Bush) he was. Glad I did. Biden and Dems are turning us over to the looters and rioters.
Federal District Judge Nicholas Ranjan, who ordered the Trump campaign to cease and desist with lies and fearmongering about mail-in ballots. If they allege fraud exists, they now must prove it or quit spreading unsubstantiated fear to voters!
Trump, who criticizes mail-in ballots as risky and fraudulent, yet has used them repeatedly himself when voting from his Mar-a-Lago home base in Florida.
Trump and the Department of the Interior for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to bids for oil drilling. Their greed and indifference threatens caribou, foxes, owls, polar bears that have been protected for over 60 years! Write your Congressperson!
Participants in the Democratic National Convention. I listened to them and their democratic "truth telling" - now there is an oxymoron for you.
Dr. Meredith Chandler, Stokesdale Elementary's principal, for your thorough, reassuring welcome-back message for families last week. Thank you for your caring and steadfast leadership as we move forward!
My friends who shine a light in the darkness, and turn requirements for masks and PPE to protect during COVID-19 into a better thing. Look for websites that print messages, funny faces, smileys, etc., on face masks. Please support them!
Maureena Shepherd with Allen Tate Realty, for donating tablets for Oak Ridge Elementary students to help with their virtual learning. We are so thankful for the community support!
Matt Moorefield, owner of MCM Resourcing, for renovating the two buildings in downtown Stokesdale - they look fantastic! Hopefully this will jump-start renovations on all the other buildings and bring new life to downtown.
Local teachers, educators and support staff in our schools. Your contributions in these days prove your dedication to children and learning. You are redefining the way schools educate in tough times and you are pioneers, in school classrooms and online.
Luigi's owners Frank and Grace Giaimo for providing weekly meals to families in need throughout the summer. Your heart for those less fortunate and your generosity are inspiring!
Kelly Grau with Kelly's Pet Services for observing that our 14-year-old English setter, Penny, was exhibiting signs of a bladder infection. Her instincts proved accurate and because of her early detection the time Penny was in discomfort was reduced.
The average "Joes and Janes" in our community who persevere, keep trying to do their best in hard times, and share smiles and a positive outlook with others. You uplift and help countless others just by being yourselves.
Stonefield Cellars Winery in Stokesdale for going out of their way to allow their Friday Night live music to proceed during a rainstorm, putting up canopies for everyone in attendance while still complying with the COVID-19 requirements. A great event!
Latter-day Luddites who agitate to get their neighborhood speed limit cut to a crawl while they whiz around elsewhere. Speed limits should be set by traffic engineers, not busybodies. And you'll be the first to be ticketed.
Oak Ridge Town Council for wanting to purchase community wells that the water company cannot operate in the black. You thinking you can do better - with our tax dollars - is pure arrogance.
The people not wearing masks in Summerfield/Oak Ridge restaurants. If you want to kill someone, go somewhere else. Contractors probably shouldn't have the name of your business on your trucks. None of my business for you.
Teachers with Guilford County Schools who are complaining about having to report to their school for four hours per day for virtual student instruction. Not much of a chance to contract COVID-19 in an empty classroom!
Those who criticize others for not wearing a face mask in public. Google EVENT201 (a global pandemic exercise conducted Oct. 18, 2019) -and don't be a sheep!