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4/5/2018 7:00:00 PM

GRINS to...

Mrs. Christy Royal and Oak Ridge Elementary students for a great student concert on March 26. The kids were so talented and the music selection was great.

Winston Churchill, who said, "To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often." Let's challenge all Summerfield elected officials to leave their egos at the door and change their course. Get to work!

Morris & Morris Family Dentistry for providing a wonderful baked potato bar for Stokesdale Elementary teachers and staff. Your hospitality and generosity are greatly appreciated.

Elizabeth McClellan for the homecooked dinner at the March 28 Summerfield UDO Review Committee meeting. We had a long, three-hour meeting and the dinner was a perfect way to begin.

The spine center at Moses Cone Hospital. Genevieve, Aisha, Cindy, Edmund and Misbah took extraordinary and compassionate care of me and my husband after my third back surgery. Please keep up the good work - it makes a huge difference!

The good-looking man in a green truck for stopping on March 28 to see if I needed help changing my flat tire in the ABC parking lot. Good people still exist!

The pre-teen who thought the police should be called for erratic driving. Yes! My husband was saved by concerned citizens' calls when his blood sugar dropped to a life-threatening low. Always call; let police figure out the cause.

The individual who purchased my breakfast at the Oak Ridge McDonald's drive-through Easter Sunday morning. I was in the burgundy Tundra pickup truck. Your kindness is very much appreciated!

GRIPES to...

Businesses that litter our street corners and power poles with their signs/advertisements. Just think what our town would look like if all businesses did this.

Those who believe banning assault rifles will stop school shootings. Instead of marching they need to stop bullying and stand up to bullies. We need more guns protecting our children. Imagine what a trained attacker could do. Wake up!

The person who complained about the flag code (see last week's Gripes); have you even read it? Nowhere in the flag code does it state that the United States flag should fly above the others. In fact, it explicitly states that they are equal.

Editor's note: As always, we thank our readers for giving us an opportunity to learn from you, and to share some of what we've learned in the process. Until this gripe I had not read the U.S. flag code, which can be viewed at Based on an excerpt from Section 175(c) of that code (see below), I believe the reader in last week's issue was correct in stating "no other flag should be flown above the American flag."

"No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof..."

The gentleman running on Pleasant Ridge Road on the white line, coming toward traffic at 8:15 p.m. No reflective clothing and a light my 5-year-old might use. Dude, you almost got hit by me and the car behind me.

UPS/USPS for 'mail innovations.' Package left Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, March 27, arrived at USPS in Greensboro March 28. Estimated delivery: March 31. Not delivered. So, two days to get from Minnesota to Greensboro and 4+ days from Greensboro to Summerfield. Pathetic!

Those who cite the Second Amendment sanctimoniously but without a clue about the sad historical circumstances that resulted in its enactment. Hint: slave rebellions.

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