From what I can tell, we all would desperately like for this COVID-19 pandemic to come to an end. I really do not like wearing my mask, and I desperately miss being out and about with family and friends just doing “stuff.”

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In regard to Dave Wolfe’s letter (June 17 issue, “Dems have no achievements”), I must say that to have such a poor opinion of Kathyrn Charles and the Democratic Party of Wilkes, he offers little to no validation. Furthermore, Mr. Wolfe himself created an article riddled with inaccuracies by …

I have to take exception to the letter printed in the June 10 issue of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot (“Move ahead in unity as nation”) from Kathryn Charles, chairman of the Wilkes County Democratic Party. Although well written, it is full of inaccuracies.

The Wilkesboro council introduced a new sign ordinance at its meeting Monday night. The town planner emphasized then that reasons to do this included to promote business activity and manage potential problems.

Along with the rest of the country, we have watched in dismay as events continue to unfold following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

It has come to my attention (through news media commentary) that spray painting graffiti on homes, public buildings, and automobiles in America is no longer a crime, but an exercise of one’s First Amendment Rights.

As if we need more reason to pick the flesh off each other’s soul, now we have the mask conflict. I was in Walmart in Wilkesboro recently not wearing a mask over my face but I did not sneeze, speak, smile or say hello until I got to the register where one of my favorite cashiers was wearing …

I was surprised and very pleased with your choosing to honor Pozy Roten as a World War II veteran who is buried in Europe. Pozy was my wife’s uncle.

When I recently spoke with Sylvia Robinson, the community leader, teacher and a personal mentor who I have always called, “Coach,” she said if she could go back and live her life all over again she would always be a teacher.  I felt humbled by the integrity of this statement and proud to be …

It is interesting that you are giving this county little to no information, regarding what is “really” going on at Tyson. Why aren’t you reporting their infected numbers?

The recent Wilkes Journal-Patriot article about proposed water rate increases in the Town of North Wilkesboro’s draft budget   raised several questions. Why now?

Despite the government’s frightening warnings, this pandemic may not be as bad as predicted. There were more U.S. deaths (80,000) during 2017-18 winter flu. From another perspective, 740 people died daily in California before the coronavirus, which was expected to add three more.

Signs at drive-through lines asking clients to consider turning off engines while waiting could save gas/diesel and money as well as make less pollution for all of us to breathe. Signs asking folks in drive through lines not to blow smoke out windows when other vehicles are near also would b…

The “Supply chain break” comment will probably mean many empty meat departments at the grocery stores. Not because there is a shortage but because of panic buying.

Right now, COVID-19 is present and always in our thoughts. Like you, Wilkes Community Partnership for Children shares your concern as we wait patiently for this to pass.

The Tyson Foods  plant in Indiana reports 900 of 2,200 employees (and rising) have tested positive for COVID-19. The facility plans to close (obviously).

Passion is what brought each of us to the board table for Communities In Schools of Northwest North Carolina (CISNWNC). We believed students needed help, support and opportunities to grow and become all they could be. Each of us still believe in that mission now, because our children need us.

Some local citizens are complaining about restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, I overheard a gentlemen state that, “Wilkes ain’t New York and this was ridiculous.” This same man was standing not even one to two feet behind me. I could literally feel him breathing dow…

How can the stay at home order be justified for another month when the number of people with the virus in Wilkes County is only five and has not increased any more in the last three weeks.

I am certainly relieved to know that four of five Wilkes County commissioners have vast experience with the medical profession and, more specifically, new infectious diseases, and propose lifting the statewide COVID-19 restrictions for the county, “because people are hurting.”

As our county prepares for the worst of the Coronavirus Pandemic to strike, a local business has stepped up to help our system deal with this challenge.

In the Wilkes Journal Patriot of March 27, 2020, “Jerry Hudler explained that as a self-employed business owner, he can’t draw unemployment benefits because he doesn’t pay into the tax.”

What has happened to the God-fearing Wilkes County in which I grew up? With absolutely nothing but fear of this virus, not only has the Constitution been suspended, but churches have been forbidden from meeting. Please take a moment to process this: by decree, churches cannot meet.

Can you win a war hiding in your house? I don’t think so, but here I am, hiding in my house. I spent most of the day wiping household surfaces with alcohol, and the rest retraining myself not to touch my face.

Since cooking is not my favorite thing to do (grilled cheese and tomato soup is my specialty) and to give my wife a break, I patronize the restaurants in Wilkes fairly regularly. Therefore, we’re very grateful that the gallant restaurant owners have remained open, and the brave cooks and ser…

Germs and viruses love gas pumps. They’re cool, damp and made of metal and hard plastic, If we don’t want to transfer whatever was left on them by the last 200 coughing and sneezing customers to our steering wheel and then our face, we should be extra vigilant there.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in this country, people have begun buying up food up in high quantities without regard for their fellow man. Store shelves are becoming bare because of irrational fear, causing others to suffer.

I’m feeling quite annoyed at the residents in Wilkes County and other parts of North Carolina for allowing our beautiful countryside to become their personal trash bin.

The truth is that we can all dance around the maypoles of political parties, primaries and general elections, but until the nation’s Electoral College is taken into custody by every American, votes are so much confetti in the wind.

The MerleFest website recently posted a coronavirus statement; a good first step. For now, subject to change, the plan is to hold MerleFest on schedule with an increased emphasis on sanitation on site.

As a rural community, Wilkes County residents seem to feel that all this “political stuff” has no bearing on their day to day lives. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I’m concerned after reading the Feb. 12 article in this newspaper about our local domestic violence shelter, Sheltered Aid to Families in Emergencies (SAFE) Inc., closing on Feb. 14 due to lack of funding. This is a huge loss to our county and region.

The “Keep America Beautiful” program may have been a sham (it was), and the “Crying Indian” from the 1970s may have been a hoax (Italian actor), but these events and “Earth Day” left an indelible mark on my life. Others of a certain age surely remember also.

The Blackburn family would like to thank all those who helped in the search for Andrew, the missing 11-year-old boy who was missing for several hours on Jan. 20 off N.C. 115. As a believer in Christ, we have hope and peace in knowing that God is in the midst.

I am writing to thank North Wilkesboro residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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

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.)