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10/7/2021 3:03:00 PM
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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.

GRINS to...

Anyone who can correctly identify which Coronavirus "expert" said this about people who have natural immunity: "I'd be willing to bet anything that people who recover are really protected against re-infection." (Hint: his initials are A.F.).

GRIPES to...

Apple for releasing a pregnant man emoji. Men cannot get pregnant. This is what happens when keeping it woke goes wrong.

GRINS to...

Oak Ridge Elementary. We built our home in Oak Ridge so that one day our son could attend there, and are grateful we did. From the substantial number of nationally board-certified teachers to high student test scores, ORE is truly exceptional.

NWO editor for the pun in the September 24 burglary report.

Editor's note: I wish I were clever enough to deserve this grin, but alas, that "pun" was unintentional. Still, glad it made you smile.

Bi-Rite. You have not lost that loving feeling. David Wrenn (owner) and the other folks have worked so hard to serve our community for many years, and were the only ones who were reliably supplied through the pandemic. We love them!

Summerfield Fire District staff and volunteers, and Jones Racing Company, for a great Stop, Drop and Roll event last Saturday. Well-organized, and lots of fun and delicious food. We appreciate all you do to bring our community together!

The greeters for Oak Ridge Elementary car rider drop-off and pick-up. Your kindness and enthusiasm start our little kindergartner's day off so sweetly and your compassion and positive attitude make a difference! Each of you are a blessing.

Principal Sauer and the staff at Revolution Academy. Your dedication to the education and well-being of our children is unmatched. Other leaders should look to you to see how "it's done."

Ms. Batchelor at Oak Ridge Elementary for being a light for all the kids. Your smile underneath your mask shines through every day, and you make every kid feel welcome and celebrated. Thank you for all you do.

GRIPES to...

The person who griped about Bi-Rite losing that "good ole country store" feeling. Shame on you! Congratulations to the Wrenns on your growing business and outstanding customer service, and bravo for having the best meat selection around!

Guilford County Tax Department for increasing the tax value on my 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 700% from last year, and taxing me accordingly. This car is 34 years old - really??

The person in last week's issue who complained about the new Bi-Rite. Bi-Rite has loyally served the community of Stokesdale for over 50 years, and has been such a blessing. If you don't like their new store, just shop elsewhere.

NWO and a couple of citizens for attempting to use the question section and the gripes section for a political hit. This is so predictable, since the election is near. Tim Jones will expose issues embarrassing to current/past council members.

Editor's note: I believe the key issue here is that the question about whether there were any plans for the building on U.S. 158 that Bi-Rite occupied for almost 60 years before its new store opened just around the corner had no political motivation whatsoever, and Jones' questioning of its intent was unfounded and frankly, insulting. The only motivation for the question was curiosity - more than one reader had asked us if there were plans for the former Bi-Rite building, which seems reasonable considering it had been occupied by one tenant for over six decades, during which time it became a landmark in downtown Stokesdale. It's too bad that Jones didn't consider a much less inflammatory response - such as perhaps this one: "Actually, Bi-Rite owner David Wrenn is still leasing the building and we have not finalized any plans for how it will be used in the future." That would have been a reasonable answer to a reasonable question and we could all have moved forward.

The "griper" about flex lunch at NWHS. It was great for tutoring, clubs and lunch with friends. A nice addition, and it's a shame that a few people ruined it for all. Kids now eat quietly and alone. Can't please everyone...

The anti Bi-Rite griper. They sold beer and wine before. If you don't like the self-checkout, there are plenty of other lanes available. Frozen meat? Oh my! Did you notice the added hot bar and other amenities?

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