Forever 32, the mirror lies again

Forever 32, the mirror lies again

Occasionally, a mirror will sneak up on me, and before I can avert my gaze, I catch a glimpse of myself. And that old man staring back out of the mirr...

February 23rd, 2018 updated: February 23rd, 2018. |  


A cute face can obscure an ugly truth

A cute face can obscure an ugly truth

It’s often said that there is a fine line between genius and insanity, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could be the latest high-profile exam...

February 17th, 2018 |  


Let’s spread a little more love!

Let’s spread a little more love!

Greeting’s my friends; it is an absolute pleasure to speak with you for a moment. I would like to speak to you concerning the Lord and Savior Je...

February 16th, 2018 |  


Fashion Week, the news so far

Fashion Week, the news so far

At the risk of biting the hand that feeds me, I have to say the Mount Airy News is, as a general rule, woefully deficient in bringing fashion news to ...

February 16th, 2018 |  


Frontier justice does have its place

Frontier justice does have its place

I know the justice system draws a lot of criticism, some of which is warranted, but when functioning properly it provides one of the last few places o...

February 10th, 2018 |  


The road to success is being the best

The road to success is being the best

We greet each and every one of you in the name of the The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We appreciate so much the reading of the articles each week. W...

February 9th, 2018 |  


A red roadster: a dream that won’t die

A red roadster: a dream that won’t die

A red roadster has been an object of desire for me since 1970. Ever since seeing the movie “Love Story,” I have wanted one with all my hea...

February 9th, 2018 |  


Why is the NFL so anti-American?

Why is the NFL so anti-American?

In this day and age, it is extremely unusual for more than six in 10 Americans (about 65 percent) to be viewing the same television program on a given...

February 3rd, 2018 |  


Christians, it’s time to rise and shine!

Christians, it’s time to rise and shine!

Greetings, my brothers and sisters in Christ. A year has come and gone. We have embarked in a new year. The year of 2018. The year of 2017 passed so q...

February 2nd, 2018 |  


Balancing my TV diet, funny is funny

Balancing my TV diet, funny is funny

Like most people who live or work in Mount Airy, I’ve got a friend that can’t get enough of “The Andy Griffith Show.” He used ...

February 1st, 2018 |  


Lofty abortion terms don’t alter horror

Lofty abortion terms don’t alter horror

Don’t know about you, but it really irritates me when people try to dress up certain words or activities by using kinder, gentler language to ma...

January 27th, 2018 |  


A road trip to a jail cell

A road trip to a jail cell

Some days you put on a sports jacket and your good shoes, and you go up to Cross Creek to see who’s going to be Citizen of the Year. That’...

January 26th, 2018 updated: January 26th, 2018. |  


DACA = Dems Against Common Americans

DACA = Dems Against Common Americans

As I sit here on Friday, a stare-down is continuing in Washington over a spending bill that was threatening to shut down the federal government at mid...

January 20th, 2018 |  


A dusting for the record books

A dusting for the record books

Two days trapped in the house by a dusting of snow has not been my idea of a good time. That was quite a dusting, wasn’t it? As dustings of snow...

January 19th, 2018 |  


Sessions should pipe down about pot

Sessions should pipe down about pot

Isn’t it interesting that with all the issues on his Justice Department plate — the opioid crisis, gang and inner-city violence and identi...

January 13th, 2018 |  


God is calling you to holiness

God is calling you to holiness

I Peter 1:15, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (word and behavior). Read also I Thess.4:7.N...

January 12th, 2018 |  


Missed chance for another Big Bang

Missed chance for another Big Bang

There was a time not so many years ago when social media was not the 800-pound gorilla of human interaction that it has since become.Now that social m...

January 12th, 2018 |  


Warming up to weird weather patterns

Warming up to weird weather patterns

I usually don’t spend much time contemplating situations that are larger than what a mere mortal can comprehend or control, such as the forces o...

January 6th, 2018 |  


Hear and listen, God is calling you

Hear and listen, God is calling you

This New Year, we have a new opportunity for a fresh start. As we look back, we see where we’ve had some struggles, some failures, but hopefully...

January 5th, 2018 |  


Adventurous matters of water and sewer

Adventurous matters of water and sewer

A decade and a half ago, when I moved to Jonesville — or as I like to call it, the Left Bank — everyone I met in my new home asked me if I...

January 5th, 2018 |  


Anti-cursing law is #@!#ing ridiculous

Anti-cursing law is #@!#ing ridiculous

If you happen to be in nearby areas of Virginia and desire to cuss someone out, hopefully it’s for good reason — but be advised that it is...

December 30th, 2017 |  


Stalking Santa reveals his secret

Stalking Santa reveals his secret

Saturday evening I was accused of stalking, which probably happens to reporters from time to time, especially if a source is not all that keen on bein...

December 29th, 2017 |  


How two local ‘elves’ saved Christmas

How two local ‘elves’ saved Christmas

Being a generally cynical person (working in the news business does that to you), I grow increasingly disgusted with the celebration of Christmas in t...

December 23rd, 2017 updated: December 23rd, 2017. |  


Hilarity returns to Christmas dinner

Hilarity returns to Christmas dinner

There comes a point in life when it’s possible to become jaded to the charms of family Christmas gatherings. They’re a tad repetitious yea...

December 22nd, 2017 |  


Social media is new ‘opiate of the masses’

Social media is new ‘opiate of the masses’

I am not a fan of Karl Marx — him being the father of socialism/communism and all — and in fact have always had more of an appreciation fo...

December 16th, 2017 |  


More than a French toast emergency

More than a French toast emergency

It was a magical snow.The snowfall that began this past Friday, continued on throughout the day and into the next morning was special in a lot of ways...

December 15th, 2017 |  


Will people become slaves to robots?

Will people become slaves to robots?

When covering a Lego League tournament last month in Dobson, I was impressed by what was occurring.About 170 middle-school-age students were gathered ...

December 9th, 2017 |  


As sex scandals go, Woody Allen is old news

As sex scandals go, Woody Allen is old news

I saw something on television yesterday morning that I haven’t seen in a long time. A very long time.A network TV commercial for a new Woody All...

December 8th, 2017 |  


California ‘justice’ system strikes again

California ‘justice’ system strikes again

There are many good things about the state of California. It has some fine ski resorts and spectacular scenery, especially in northern areas near Lake...

December 2nd, 2017 |  


Waiting for Santa, parade passes by

Waiting for Santa, parade passes by

Having viewed the Mount Airy Christmas parade for the first time on Saturday, it occurred to me I hadn’t seen a Christmas parade in at least ten...

December 1st, 2017 |  


Not thankful for student loan ‘turkey’

Not thankful for student loan ‘turkey’

Of all the things to be thankful for this holiday weekend, one item certainly not worthy of thanks is the continuing crisis facing those with massive ...

November 25th, 2017 |  


Lessons learned from Black Friday

Lessons learned from Black Friday

Ten years ago today — and by today, I mean Black Friday 2007 — I was experiencing my first, and last, Black Friday as a retailer.Having a ...

November 24th, 2017 |  


Groping for answers about harassment

Groping for answers about harassment

It has taken a few minutes today to get my computer booted up to begin writing, so I would assume no further sexual harassment allegations have occurr...

November 17th, 2017 |  


‘Orphans’ need Thanksgiving dinner too

‘Orphans’ need Thanksgiving dinner too

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, which is fairly understandable as it is a holiday based almost entirely on food. Well, food and grat...

November 16th, 2017 |  


Veterans need more than salutes

Veterans need more than salutes

Today in Mount Airy and communities across the nation, special events are being held to honor our military veterans. Flags will be raised, words spoke...

November 10th, 2017 updated: November 11th, 2017. |  


Wine, better to consume than produce

Wine, better to consume than produce

Preparing to cover the Sixth-Annual Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium at Surry Community College on Wednesday, I read the press release ann...

November 10th, 2017 |  


Creating the ultimate Hornets team

Creating the ultimate Hornets team

In late August, 2K Sports released information on its newest basketball video game. Part of the game is an all-time roster for each franchise.Who is t...

November 9th, 2017 |  


Hats off to those with hats in ring

Hats off to those with hats in ring

Some people are cut out to be politicians and others aren’t, and I don’t mind admitting that I am firmly entrenched in the “not̶...

November 4th, 2017 |  


Doing some good, a happy bonus

Doing some good, a happy bonus

“I did a good thing. I did a good thing.”This has been the happy refrain inside my head since Friday night.While I was covering the Mount ...

November 3rd, 2017 |  


Lives of local elections matter, too

Lives of local elections matter, too

It’s funny how nearly one year after the 2016 presidential election, that event remains very much in the news as far as who colluded with who, e...

October 28th, 2017 |  


Recognizing Fido’s face digitally

Recognizing Fido’s face digitally

Facial recognition technology is kind of creepy if you ask me. Just because a computer can mistake one face for another much, much faster than a human...

October 27th, 2017 |  


Let girls be girls and boys be boys

Let girls be girls and boys be boys

Today with co-ed college dormitories, gender-neutral public restrooms, football teams containing both male and female players and other cases of meldi...

October 20th, 2017 |  


Multitasking: overrated or imaginary

Multitasking: overrated or imaginary

Multitasking is a vastly overrated skill.In fact, I contend that it is an imaginary skill. I do not believe all these people are doing a dozen things ...

October 20th, 2017 |  


Subtlety at work in state politics

Subtlety at work in state politics

Every day my email inbox is flooded with political messages from one group or another. Every little thing done by one party is scrutinized and critici...

October 19th, 2017 |  


What do we do with poor students?

What do we do with poor students?

Big news came down from the NCAA this week.Or rather, big “no news” came down as the NCAA said it wouldn’t be imposing any penalties...

October 14th, 2017 |  


Ca$h, not patrioti$m, fueling NFL move$

Ca$h, not patrioti$m, fueling NFL move$

What a difference a couple of weeks has made in the National Football League regarding pre-game protests by players during the performing of the anthe...

October 14th, 2017 |  


Boomer crimes against home decor

Boomer crimes against home decor

With the Autumn Leaves Festival coming to town today and the streets of Mount Airy being swamped with retail opportunities; birdhouses of all descript...

October 13th, 2017 |  


A Dr. Seuss tale of green eggs and idiots

A Dr. Seuss tale of green eggs and idiots

A persistent menace posing an ongoing threat to the health, safety and welfare of Americans everywhere has struck again in recent days.I’m not t...

October 7th, 2017 |  


FDA marks love as the ingredient that dares not speak its name

FDA marks love as the ingredient that dares not speak its name

Receiving surprisingly little media attention, reports of what could be seen as a bit of government overreach began to trickle out this week. It seems...

October 5th, 2017 |  


Panthers’ offense a work in progress

Panthers’ offense a work in progress

The Carolina Panthers are off to a great start at 3-1, but what about the sluggish offense?Last year the Panthers went 6-10 and missed the playoffs fo...

October 4th, 2017 |