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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.

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I’d like to say thank you for the support the community gives to MerleFest. I receive many comments every year from fans about the wonderful hospitality they receive while visiting our area.

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I received the following text from my son at 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30: “Hey mom no panic there’s been reports of shots on campus I’m safe so don’t freak out.” You can only imagine the flood of emotions I had. I soon learned my son was on his bike outside Kennedy Hall when the shooting …

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Congratulations to Central Wilkes Middle School for taking fifth and sixth place in events at the N.C. Science Olympiad state competition.

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The N.C. General Assembly could pass House Bill 5 and Senate Bill 3, which would close the Medicaid Coverage Gap and provide affordable health care to the nearly 500,000 North Carolinians who currently have no health insurance.

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Congratulations and thank you to the cast and crew of the recent production of “The Great Gatsby,” presented by Wilkes Early College High School Drama and Film Club at Benton Hall, and sponsored by Wilkes Playmakers.

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Child Abuse Prevention Team/Our House and Roselli’s To Go & Dessertery held the fifth annual Granny Roselli Gives Back Fundraiser on March 17. Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers, Our House staff and board members and Roselli’s staff for the countless hours spent preparing for the ev…

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There are over 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and over 16 million unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers. In North Carolina alone, there are an estimated 170,000 with Alzheimer’s and an estimated 473,000 caregivers. As an Alzheimer’s advocate, it’s my honor to represent them.

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My heart is grieved every time when I read a list of accusations against anyone. It is divisive and does nothing to solve our problems in America. Unity is the answer to America’s problems.

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I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I read the Wilkes Journal-Patriot’s coverage of the Wilkes Democratic and Republican conventions.

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Very weak leadership in Wilkesboro. This is in response to “Town, county leaders hopeful loss of nearly 700 Lowes’s jobs in Wilkesboro won’t hurt the local economy” (Associated Press article on WXII website). This entire article is filled with nonsense, lies and uncertainties from our politi…

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An article in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot (“Wilkes Republicans elect new officers, affirm support for Trump,” March 26) informed us that the Wilkes Republican Convention voted unanimously to support a resolution supporting President Trump that said “Trump has faced constant resistance from th…

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The Wilkes Journal-Patriot reported on March 26 that the Wilkes County Republican Party unanimously voted for a resolution in support of President Donald Trump during its annual convention.

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In the early 1980s, I bought my first home in a nice suburban community that I later learned was the hometown of Joe Bellino, winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1960. He died this week at age 81.

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Thank you for your excellent March 26 article, “Five Wilkes Correctional Center employees get advanced certificates.”

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Sometimes laws have unintended consequences, and House Bill 157 (proposed state legislation requiring bike registration) has plenty, so let’s end this bad idea before it starts.

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Rep. Jeffrey Elmore recently filed House Bill 157, which requires that North Carolina cyclists pay an annual registration fee of $10 per bike and have a license plate on their bikes if they ride on public roadways. Violations would cost $25.

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I am in favor of the $1.9 billion school bond recently elevated by a visit from House Speaker Tim Moore and Rep. Jeffery Elmore of North Wilkesboro. Every five years, local school boards must submit their facilities needs assessments to the State Board of Education. Based on those reported l…

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The Reader Leader program was started this year in sixth grade at Central Wilkes Middle School to motivate students to read and learn leadership skills. It completely ties in with the leadership that students learn in the Leader in Me program in the four Wilkes middle schools.

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I have thought and thought of how to reply to David Simmons’ letter to the editor of Feb. 12 (“Monuments divide nation”). I was immediately saddened because I am descended from Robert Cleveland, brother of Col. Benjamin Cleveland.

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If a new building for a facility based crisis center for behavioral health care can’t be built, why not utilize some of the empty buildings around Wilkes County.  The American Drew office building on D Street, North Wilkesboro could be converted into such a facility. The old Foster-Richardso…