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I would like to respond to the letter to the editor titled, “Solutions should be rooted in compassion,” (April 14). The comment that we need to call out white supremacy and dismantle the things that continue them is not a valid point.

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I just want to say a big thank you to the volunteers who worked so hard to clean up Boomer Road. As I went to town before lunch, they were hard at work. When I came back, there were many bags filled with trash and the worker were still busy.

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While all good folks condemn violence, the recent letter from Kathryn Charles, Wilkes Democratic Party chair, (“All forms of violence are condemned,” March 31 issue) is less than truthful.

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A letter to the editor in the April 7 issue (“Now is time to act and pray for nation”) argued that President Biden and his administration caused more strife and division. I disagree. I need only recall my time at App State during the 2016 election to know that strife and division didn’t star…

I traveled back to my hometown to cheer for my nephew on the Wilkes Central High School homecoming court the last weekend in March. We were even more excited to see that he won. This was cause for celebration. We enjoyed the weekend and anxiously awaited the newspaper announcement. Unfortuna…

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For all his talk of unifying the country, Joe Biden and his administration have caused more strife and division than ever in our country. The constant cry of white supremacy, racism and the never-ending tirade of blaming the past administration is sure proof that not only do we have a presid…

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Hello fellow residents of Wilkes County and beyond. Let’s talk trash, litter and all things messy and ugly. Since I last wrote on this subject, it's my opinion things have just gotten worse, messier and uglier. I will give everyone the fact that these past 12 months have been like no other a…

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Wilkes County Democrats, along with fellow N.C. 5th Congressional District Democrats, condemn all forms of violence, discrimination, racism, harassment, and xenophobia. We are saddened by the violence against the Asian American community in Atlanta and around the country. Misinformation abou…

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The First Amendment only prohibits Congress – the legislative branch of the United States government – from censoring free speech. The First Amendment does not prohibit companies such as Twitter, Facebook and the Journal-Patriot from restricting speech.

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I recently became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.  I accessed the Wilkes Health Department’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic website and successfully made my appointment. At my appointment, I arrived at the River's Edge vaccination clinic site about 30 minutes early. The four lanes of incomin…

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Ever seen the move, “The Majestic,” starring Jim Carey? At the beginning and end of this movie, just enter the word “conservative” instead of Communist and you’ve got the gist of what’s beginning to happen in this country. I’m referring to recent hearings concerning conservative news outlets.

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Fact checkers. Do you ever wonder who their checkers are? What is fact one day may not be fact the next after events occur. An example is President Biden’s Jan. 28 order rescinding the “Mexico City Policy,” a federal policy that barred U.S. foreign aid from being used to perform or promote a…

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This is written in response to the letter in the Jan. 27 edition with the headline, “No rights for unborn under Biden administration,” concerning abortion and the rights of LGBTQ, transgender and people of color.

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In our Christian nation, we now have a commander-in-chief who is pro-abortion. He says he is of the Catholic faith. Well, the Catholic church opposes all forms of abortion procedures whose direct purpose is to destroy a zygote, blastocyst, embryo, or fetus since it holds that human life must…

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I'm writing this letter in response to the letter written by Teresa Gwenn Adams (Jan. 20 Wilkes Journal-Patriot) explaining why Trump should not be blamed for the Capitol attack. Since it became abundantly clear that Trump lost the election, he started spewing lies that the election was stol…

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It is such a privilege to live in a community filled with kind-hearted and generous individuals and corporate leaders willing to share their blessings with the Wilkes Dental Consortium Inc., more commonly known as the Wilkes Public Health Dental Clinic. Since the clinic’s infancy in 2000, it…

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The 9/11 attacks were from a foreign, anti-American group that fostered hatred for America, Americans and our way of life. The Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol was birthed by a self-centered, egotistical individual who lives in his own reality show. The president of the United States incited thi…

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I've only visited Washingon, D.C., twice - once as a high school student and the second time as a college student. I experienced the two visits in entirely different ways, but they were connected by a similar theme: protest.

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I would like to pay tribute to Misty Martin, who passed away Nov. 22 at the young age of 35 and was one of my former athletes. As the obituary stated, she was a member of the 4x100 meter relay team at Wilkes Central High School that set a school record in 2003, which still stands. That relay…

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People are spending time dressing up their homes for the holidays, but people are also dressing down our roads. As I went down Mertie Road this morning, someone had dumped a sofa and a couple of older TVs on the side of the road — almost in the road. There are a lot of places on this road th…

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Kim Caudill, director of the Wilkes County Board of Elections, and her staff deserve the gratitude of the citizens of our county for conducting the November election in such a professional, competent manner. All the poll workers took the necessary precautions to insure the safety of the vote…

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Our governor has given us until Dec. 7 to start consistently wearing masks and for businesses to do their part. Now, more counties are in the critical status that Wilkes is in. Now is not the time to be obstinate because of one political party or another. It is also not the time for our loca…

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Per the dropping off of unwanted cats and dogs addressed in a recent letter to the editor, I am in great sympathy. Someone dropped off a kitten at my house in early June. It looked like a baby red fox and was trying to get into my chicken pen. When I live trapped it, I realized it was a kitt…

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Change in the news presented in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot has been a positive. When the newspaper ownership changed, I was concerned it would mean the loss of our local news.

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It has been my great honor to volunteer and now serve on the board of directors for the Hospitality House of Northwest N.C. since retiring from the Wilkes Journal-Patriot in June 2018.

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During this pandemic, most folks are a bit afraid to fly. So, what are they doing? They’re making shorter, drivable trips and spending their money closer to home. Wilkes County is seeing the benefit of this transition and should for the foreseeable future. Wilkes County rental properties are…

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The news of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot’s sale to Kentucky-based Paxton Media Group is bittersweet. It’s encouraging to know that their reporting and coverage will live on under the ownership of PMG, but it’s sad that the changing business model has made it so difficult for locally-owned news…

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Shame on you, whoever dumped out five helpless kittens barely weaned on Cora Caudill Road. We have an animal shelter that will come pick up unwanted animals at your convenience.

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I recently attended a North Wilkesboro Board of Adjustment meeting regarding the Catherine H. Barber Memorial Homeless Shelter and its desire to relocate from temporary accommodations into a vacant facility at 106 Elkin Hwy, across from the old Carolina Mirror complex.

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Most Americans believe in truth over lies, good over evil and love over hate. Most Americans would agree with democracy over dictatorship.

During the pandemic, we have become aware of how nurses, doctors and other workers in hospitals are working long hours and exposing themselves to the danger of COVID-19.  We honor these people and call them heroes.

I have a couple of memories of playing the piano for my mother while she was in the Taylorsville House, a nursing home in Alexander County, that I would like to share.

How would you like a job that pays nothing, requires lots of training and asks you to work all different hours, day and night?

This post is about a country in turmoil. There is no political agenda. Just a call for humans to start considering the welfare of our neighbors and family instead of using the term “civil rights” as an excuse to continually endanger others by not wearing masks and demanding that public place…

For years, when I taught school, I wondered silently if newly elected school board members were taken somewhere and previously determined in some way, so that when they met as a board, they just echoed whatever the central office staff wanted, whether it made sense or not.