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9/1/2022 5:30:00 PM

GRINS to...

Guilford County Commissioner Justin Conrad for always advocating for Stokesdale, Summerfield and Oak Ridge. You have a tough job with that group downtown, and you do it well!

The newest Dollar General in Stokesdale, which is the nicest, cleanest store in town. The manager is awesome and extra helpful, and if anyone has an issue, he is the first person they should contact. The employees are great because of management.

The team at Starbucks in the Target shopping center off New Garden Road (Greensboro) for always being friendly and efficient, no matter how busy you are! And, a special thanks for making my granddaughter feel so special on her birthday!

GRIPES to...

The person complaining about neighbors using leaf blowers in the middle of the day and having dirt bikes in their yards. You're talking about private property, and the owners can do what they want. Get some ear plugs, folks.

The person making excuses for Bojangles. How about paying a little more to get some higher-level employees/managers? And managers shouldn't berate employees, especially in front of customers. I contacted corporate, but no call back. I've never returned.

The developer who wants to build 95 townhouses on Pleasant Ridge Road. Each townhouse will have a two-car garage, which will mean 190 more cars on the road!

The property owner on Stafford Mill Road who has created an eyesore with an old junk van that's never moved in years, overgrown grass and weeds, and dilapidated buildings. Keep Oak Ridge beautiful and clean up the mess!

Traffic engineers setting the lights so one side blinks yellow instead of a four-way stop when electricity is out. Trying to ease traffic in one direction ends up creating a complete mess and confusion, especially at busy intersections.

The person complaining about the grin to NCDOT for doing a great job re-surfacing N.C. 150. They repaired the "bumpy" part, and at least now someone doesn't have to worry that their dentures will fall out from driving over that section!

Preservation Oak Ridge president Mike Stone for opposing the Farmhouse Community Center. What better way to preserve Oak Ridge's historic structures than by restoring and repurposing them for future generations to enjoy?

The person griping about a neighbor's leaf blower noise. Let's trade. We'll take your neighbor who maintains their yard and you can have our neighbor, who's cultivating an abandoned daycare look (i.e., weed-entangled lawn chairs, swing sets, trampolines, plastic yard art).

The male teenage driver of a late-model Honda Civic doing what seemed to be at least 75 mph on Stafford Mill Road in Oak Ridge at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. Dangerous and ridiculous.

Me. I let loose some "F-bombs" in front of a physician's office several days ago, due to frustration. I want to sincerely apologize to anyone I offended.

Adult bullies who gossip and spread lies which isolate your victims from their neighbors. Surely those involved in bullying are aware the behavior is mean, inappropriate, and/or demeaning.

Subway in Oak Ridge for not accepting the Subway coupons we receive in our mail, and not offering discounts for seniors (even though online, it says the Subway in Oak Ridge Commons shopping center does give senior discounts).

NCDOT for paving all of Stokesdale except the only intersection that needed it the most, at U.S. 158 and N.C. 68.

Outside the LINES
The following reader-submitted 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.

GRIPES to...

Conspiracy theorists talking about 87,000 armed IRS agents, and the cowards who make threats to law enforcement agencies across the country. Many of those law enforcement employees probably voted for your orange savior.

Northwest Observer for not correcting the gripe in the last issue which claimed the IRS will be hiring 87,000 armed enforcement agents, thanks to funding provided in the Inflation Reduction Act.

Editor's note: I accept full responsibility for not catching and responding to the word "armed" in the reader's gripe. The Inflation Reduction Act signed by President Biden on Aug. 16 provides $80 billion to the Internal Revenue Service (over 10 years). Reportedly, the money will be used for operational improvements, customer service, systems modernization and increased enforcement - which will include hiring 87,000 new IRS agents. We've found no evidence to support a widely circulated rumor that all, or even a majority, of these new IRS agents will be armed.

According to a statement released by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) this month, "It's unbelievable that we even need to say this, but there are not going to be 87,000 armed IRS agents going door to door with assault weapons."

The IRS and U.S. Department of Treasury have said the additional positions funded by the Inflation Reduction Act will be for a range of roles, with only a few hundred each year being special agents. IRS special agents, who are armed, make up a small percentage of the agency's agents and they investigate criminal tax violations and other financial crimes such as money laundering, bank secrecy, national security and national defense matters.

Political ads for North Carolina senator that don't inform the public what party he belongs to. Voter beware, and please do your research.

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