Regarding Steve Smith’s letter “We’re Changing,” published Oct. 23, we are a military family that first fell in love with Moore County in 2012. Like you, we sometimes find ourselves complaining that Moore County has become too crowded and busy.

The thing is, this sentiment is shared with my family and friends who live in towns and cities throughout the U.S. Growth happens. Towns change, and businesses pop up.

Some of these businesses might be microbreweries. A lot of these new businesses aren’t centered on booze at all. When I compare 2012 Southern Pines with 2019 Southern Pines, I’m thrilled with what I see. It’s easy to romanticize about the way things were, but I would argue we’re all benefitting from the way things are.

If you’re still reading, Steve, I’d like to address your comment about me being affluent. I’m currently a stay-at-home mom and military spouse. In a past life, I spent 27 months total in Iraq working with the Iraqi Police. That time enabled me to save and invest a lot, and I feel that I earned every penny.

I came home much more financially secure. I also came home with anxiety and memories that I would love to forget. I’m not telling you this for your pity. I’m telling you this hoping that you’ll understand that we work hard. My husband and I have worked hard since 2003 fighting confusing wars that never seem to end, and we don’t complain about it.

Our family is thriving in Moore County, and we’re happy to be here. Please think about your neighbors. If you got to know us, you would like us.

Ashley Green, Southern Pines

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Patricia Punch

Totally agree with you Mark.

Mark Hayes

This area has been populated, and will continue to be populated by those who have served, or continue to serve, and they all have contributed , they are a compliment to the area. This is a Veteran populated area, those wearing the uniform or have worn the uniform. They should not be required to defend or explain their presence, they should be given thanks and shown appreciation for their presence.

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