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EDITOR’S NOTE: Wilkesboro Councilman Russell F. Ferree wrote the following as an open letter to North Wilkesboro Commissioner Andrew Palmer in response to Palmer’s guest column, “Be bold with change for a better future in Wilkes” (Jan. 17 issue).

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The medical community and public are encountering early and frightening medical reports concerning those using e-cigarettes (vaping).

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I was going through a stack of paperwork piled up through the holidays, and found an article in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot I saved to re-read in less hectic times, which I did.

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Born in a place called Big Ivy in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Wilkes County, my mother had a brother named Sheridan Miller, a World War I veteran. Sheridan had a son he named Kevin.

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I recently spent about 10 hours in the emergency room at Wilkes Medical Center, transported there by Wilkes Emergency Medical Services. My thanks goes out to all involved in my excellent care.

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The “machine gun” noise of engine compression brakes (“jake brakes”) on trucks in the U.S. 421 corridor in Wilkesboro is a public nuisance, especially if the trucks are improperly muffled.

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Thank you, Wilkes Playmakers, for getting my Christmas season off to such a great start. Your production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” was a joy to watch. Its mixture of mirth, message and Messiah reminds us that we should love the unlovable, that Jesus is the reason for the season an…

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I am sure you will receive many responses to the article in the Dec. 3 issue, “Need for unity in Wilkes cited.”

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I applaud the plain and frank words of Larry and Diane Stone in the Dec. 3 issue of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot (“Need for unity in Wilkes cited,” speaking on the need for unity in Wilkes.)

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Thanks for the excellent article, “Christmas Love Light Tree lit in honor of Dr. Jerry Pinkerton” (Nov. 29).

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Nov. 21 was National Rural Health Day – a day to celebrate the grit and ingenuity of rural communities like Wilkes County. It was a time to give thanks to tireless and selfless rural healthcare providers, community health workers, health educators, public servants and others who work to keep…

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Poverty in the U.S. is mostly self-inflicted. In capitalist America, even a modest commitment to work and self-discipline could almost abolish it.

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There are lots of us out here - veterans that is. We appreciate not only well-wishers, but also our service to our nation. Some were drafted, some enlisted and some commissioned, and yet the words duty, honor, and country impressed us enough to fulfill that duty.

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I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has sent condolences after the passing of my husband, Charles Hale Sr.

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It’s voting time once again. We should all be engaged in doing what is right to better our town. Get out and vote, and vote for the right people. Let’s get our town back on its feet. Don’t complain and then do nothing about the town’s problems. We, the people, are the system and we need a ch…

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I recently was fortunate to attend the 239th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain at Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina. I didn’t realize that this battle was the turning point of the Revolutionary War, which secured our freedom as a nation.

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“Love others, don’t judge,” “Inclusion, not division needed” and “Compassion is the answer” are the titles of three lengthy letters recently published in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot,  all reflecting and promoting abortion and the LGBTQ lifestyle in response to a letter from Rev. Ken Pardue, w…

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This is an open letter to Wilkes County Sheriff Chris Shew to let you and your entire staff know how much the citizens of Wilkes County appreciate your hard work of protecting us and our children from a cancer of drugs that not only destroys a person’s life but destroys our entire community,…

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We wish to express a big thank you to every individual and every business that helped with the  pinto bean supper fundraiser for Trooper Chris Wooten of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

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A certain perspective continues to attempt to persuade individuals to limit the rights of others. The social issues surrounding abortion and same-sex familial units should be simple in answering. The masses cannot and the government shall not limit an individual’s choices and rights.

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This letter is in response to the letter to the editor, “2 issues hurt Biblical family,” in the Sept. 20 issue. The cited issues are abortion and same-sex marriage. The author challenges Christians to have courage and take a moral stand.

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In the Sept 20 issue, the Rev. Ken Pardue addressed two issues that he stated were hurting the “Biblical family.” What constitutes the “Biblical family?” The definition changes frequently in biblical references and includes the nuclear family and outright polygamy. Which one is considered Bi…

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Homeless people in Wilkes County are losing a shelter that has been helping the less fortunate for many years. Just down the street, Franklin Graham is getting a new taxiway for his planned aircraft hangar, funded by state taxpayers. I would rather my tax money help the homeless instead of G…

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In his column on Saloon Studio and the Woodstock event held in August in West Jefferson (“Woodstock tribute in Ashe,” Aug. 27) Mr. Marty McGee stated that they have an “outstanding light and sound system that resonates throughout the hills of West Jefferson.”

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It’s time for the Wilkes County commissioners to act on constructing a spec building for manufacturing to provide higher paying jobs for our county and assist with keeping younger adults living and working in the county. The spec building could either be constructed with public funds or a co…

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On behalf of the family and friends of our fallen hero, State Trooper Samuel Bullard, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who showed their support during this most difficult time. We have seen and felt God’s love in many ways through the actions of businesses, organiza…

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One cannot help but be aware of mass shootings, drug and alcohol problems, random violence and the general harshness of the population reported on a daily basis in the media.

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My husband, a Korean War veteran, and I were very touched and impressed by our president’s perfectly planned Independence Day program. The tank parade and jet fly-overs and the exhibition of the Blue Angels all gave a feeling of security and safety for our country.

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Back at Fort Polk, La., a few decades ago, we were organized into fire teams, squads, platoons, companies and battalions (smallest to largest). I expect that hasn’t changed much since then.

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Watching Donald Trump’s takeover of a beloved summer holiday - the 4th of July - may have delighted some, but the events taking place at the feet of President Lincoln on the Washington Mall actually filled me with dread.

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I have become increasingly concerned about our county’s efforts to educate young learners beyond the classroom. The options of productive things to do for teenagers are slim to none. The new movie theater, mini golf and two new pizza restaurants are among those things to do.

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The roar of the bikes faded in the distance and our hearts were touched by many fond memories of Harley-Davidson bikes, rides and events. It’s a sound we will always treasure because it stirs the heart of every bike rider, present or past.

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As we read the story on the front page of the June 4 Wilkes Journal-Patriot about the young man getting hurt at the Devil’s Wash Tub, we couldn’t help but get sick on our stomachs. All the feelings and bad memories from June 11, 2011, came rushing back. This is a story of an injury at the “D…

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I want to apologize to the family and friends of Bryan Charles Higgins. I was unable to attend his memorial service Thursday due to a sudden health issue. Charles lived in one of my rentals for well over 12 years. He always had a smile for everyone and was a very caring, honest, trusting, de…

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On the front page of the May 24 issue of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot, we once again read about a convicted juvenile sex offender who had been put on probation in a story headlined, “Sex offender faces charges in new case.”

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This letter is in response to the May 21 Wilkes County commissioners meeting when representative of Triad Multiple Listing Services and the president of the Wilkes County Association of Realtors spoke to the commissioners on behalf of the Wilkes Association of Realtors concerning the fee nee…

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Yard sale season is upon us. When we had an estate sale of our parents’ things earlier this month, a young lady walked off with a box of about 30 sheets. I caught up with her at her car and tried to get her to pay up, but she drove off. Rule 1 is don’t steal. That’s God’s rule.

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I was interested in buying the 912 Main Street property for my son for a future hobby store after hearing that the town was trying to sell the building after buying and renovating it and another Main Street building at the taxpayers’ expense.

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A recent column cites opposition to an anti-choice bill to claim that North Carolina Democrats are “rejecting moderates,” yet ignores the party’s priorities, recent accomplishments, and the attacks on reproductive rights happening across the South (“Democrats rejecting moderates in state pol…

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Volunteering lives in the heart of the American spirit. An example is the two days that Clean Up Wilkes volunteers recently spent picking up litter along N.C. 268 West. Adopt-A-Highway groups give of their time, effort and expense to keep North Carolina’s roadways clean and green.

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Thank you, Wilkes County, for your compassion and generosity at the 29th Wilkes Adult Developmental Activity Program Inc. Luncheon, “Celebrate ADAP Treasures.”

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Consider this: Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington and Pete Fountain.