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3/8/2018 2:37:00 PM

GRINS to...

The owner of the ugly, dilapidated cinder block structure at the corner of N.C. 68 and Haw River Road for tearing it down the week after I submitted my gripe about it.

SPR coaches Pearson and Pearson and their outstanding teams for their big championship wins. Very grateful to both of you coaches for volunteering your time to our community!

The new tax cut, which gives me more than "candy money" or "crumbs" - $165 extra a month is a wonderful thing for me and it can pay my cable bill!

The person who found my Great Clips gift card in Lowes Foods in Oak Ridge a few weeks ago. I thought I had lost it for good. It's nice to know there are still some good people out there.

Republic Services for your wonderful service in Stokesdale (people with common sense put their trash out by 6 a.m. on collection day).

Carol, owner of Bella Luna Italian Restaurant in Oak Ridge, and her exceptional staff. We love the people, the food, the service and the décor, and we are always welcomed like family. Bella Luna is our "Cheers!"

Jolinda Babcock of Summerfield for her editorial in last week's NWO (March 1-7 issue), "Council members should do the right thing." I couldn't agree more.

Subway in Stokesdale for having great employees and consistently high Health Department ratings.

All the smart folks who kept their wells operational so as to enjoy natural fresh clean water rather than dealing with municipal water and the ever-increasing cost. "Just say no" to government water!

Northern girls basketball team and coaches. Not only did they play incredibly well, but they also demonstrated sportsmanship and kept their composure during a very physical game. We are so proud of you all!

Stokesdale Postmistress Amanda Parker. You represented our town well with your professional image and integrity. Enjoy your retirement!

MayCay Beeler at the Triad Aviation Academy for allowing my daughter's dream of flying a plane to come true during the International Women In Aviation Week. She had an amazing experience!

GRIPES to...

The youth recreational basketball coach who was scouting two nights in a row at a recent recreational league tournament. "Win at all costs" is what is wrong with youth sports.

The garbage truck driver who parked in the fire zone at Food Lion in Stokesdale last week for 15 minutes while shopping inside. Please respect fire zones.

The man complaining about the GOP tax cuts in the NWO's Feb. 22-28 issue. Only those who pay taxes get a tax cut. Perhaps you and your wife don't pay enough in the first place!

Janelle Robinson for questioning how many nights Todd Rotruck slept in his house before he started renovations. Grasping at straws to overturn a fair election is not a good look.

Editor's note: As I understand it, the issue is not about how many nights Todd Rotruck slept in his house before starting renovations, rather it is about whether he and his family actually lived at their property on Strawberry Road in Summerfield, as he claimed they did, before Rotruck registered to vote in Summerfield and was subsequently elected to represent the citizens of Summerfield.

Distracted drivers who cause serious accidents because of speeding and driving while on phones. Slow down and get off your phones!

Republic Services for not picking up our trash on the right day - if they pick up at all! We need another trash pickup company in Stokesdale!

NCDOT for their poor patchwork of the Eversfield Road bridge. How many cars have to be torn to pieces by chunks of asphalt before they properly fix the bridge? That bridge is a major road hazard!

NWGHS and Guilford County Schools for sponsoring a "leadership" field trip on March 6 to A&T University to advance political agendas for NCCJ. The NCCJ website reveals an activist group promoting racist theories of "white privilege" and "social justice." Your thoughts?

Editor's note: The NCCJ's stated mission is "To build a community free of bias, bigotry and racism." According to the organization's website, NCCJ's work is "to transform communities through institutional change and by empowering leaders so that all people will have access to the nation's opportunities and be included in its promise." The field trip the writer refers to is organized through Guilford County Schools. We spoke with Northwest High School's principal, Ralph Kitley, who confirmed that NWHS leadership students have attended this workshop in previous years and he said they have always reported that it was a positive experience.

Whoever dumped a beautiful dog on Sardis Church Road last Thursday night. I hope you can't sleep knowing what you did. We have been trying to find her a home for three days and counting.

Restaurants that refuse to provide a paper receipt for paying with a card. I like to have a hard copy of my spending. Is it too much to ask for a tiny piece of paper when I spend $60?

NWO for not acknowledging all the other deputies (in Guilford County) who received awards on Feb. 27. A small section listing all the others would have sufficed, as they all deserve recognition for risking their lives to protect ours!

Editor's note: We absolutely agree that all officers deserve recognition for risking their lives to protect ours. Since the Northwest Observer covers northwest Guilford County and a limited part of northern Guilford County, we traditionally only cover what is specific to our readership area, which is why our article focused on the officers who work in District 1. We certainly hope, and would expect, that the publications which cover all of Guilford County gave recognition to those officers in the eastern and southern parts of the county (Districts 2 and 3) who received awards at the sheriff's annual awards ceremony on Feb. 27.

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