Facts don’t appear to change our minds

Facts don’t appear to change our minds

I learned a new phrase this week.I knew the condition well enough already, but I didn’t have a catchy title for it.Confirmation bias.Are you fam...

March 1st, 2017 updated: March 2nd, 2017. |  


A random act of kindness, for Robert

A random act of kindness, for Robert

It caught me absolutely by surprise.A random act of kindness from someone I still don’t know and may never meet changed my entire outlook that d...

February 26th, 2017 |  


Free speech shouldn’t include ‘free’ violence

Free speech shouldn’t include ‘free’ violence

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sure had it right when he guided the Civil Rights Movement using a strategy of non-violent, passive resistance —...

February 24th, 2017 |  


One of God’s greatest gifts

One of God’s greatest gifts

We greet you in the name of the lord and savior Jesus Christ. We so appreciate your loyalty in reading these articles, it is an honor and a privilege ...

February 24th, 2017 |  


Unreasonably beautiful with a plan

Unreasonably beautiful with a plan

One of the perks of being so unreasonably beautiful as to be a borderline genetic mutant is an unlimited supply of free drinks.Not that I would know t...

February 23rd, 2017 updated: February 24th, 2017. |  


Time to take society’s trash to the dump

Time to take society’s trash to the dump

I try hard not to get emotionally involved in any news article I write. It would be inappropriate for me to interject my opinion into a news piece. I ...

February 21st, 2017 updated: February 21st, 2017. |  


‘Day without immigrants’ misguided, as usual

‘Day without immigrants’ misguided, as usual

I don’t know about you, but my existence wasn’t affected the least little bit by Thursday’s so-called “Day Without Immigrants&...

February 17th, 2017 |  


Love conquers all

Love conquers all

We greet you in the name of the lord and savior Jesus Christ. We so appreciate your loyalty in reading these articles, it is an honor and a privilege ...

February 17th, 2017 |  


Better bring your A-game for Valentine’s Day or you could be single next year

Better bring your A-game for Valentine’s Day or you could be single next year

Valentine’s Day is behind us once again, and I sincerely hope all of you survived the hoopla and drama of unmet expectations and broken dreams b...

February 16th, 2017 updated: February 16th, 2017. |  


The state lottery isn’t doing its job

The state lottery isn’t doing its job

When I was in middle school, the General Assembly was discussing a temporary half-cent sales tax increase to build new schools.I thought this sounded ...

February 15th, 2017 updated: February 16th, 2017. |  


Dems should filibuster SCOTUS nominee

Dems should filibuster SCOTUS nominee

It will be interesting to see what Democrats in the U.S. Senate do regarding the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme ...

February 14th, 2017 updated: February 14th, 2017. |  


Reader Diary: Requiem for the heart of Elkin

Reader Diary: Requiem for the heart of Elkin

Editor’s Note: Reader Diary is an occasional feature column penned by area readers. If you’d like to participate by sharing a particular m...

February 13th, 2017 |  


A little empathy goes a long way

A little empathy goes a long way

I shared this story once before, in a column maybe 7 or 8 years ago, but I think it bears repeating today.My first editor’s post was at a tiny w...

February 12th, 2017 |  


No sanctuary for defiant cities

No sanctuary for defiant cities

I don’t know what’s more irritating — the fact we have millions of illegal aliens running loose in this country, or the legions of o...

February 10th, 2017 |  


‘Equality: ’ God’s awesome creation

‘Equality: ’ God’s awesome creation

We greet you in the name of the Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I consider it an honor and a privilege to share with you the good news about our savior....

February 10th, 2017 |  


Stuck between a rock and a hard place

Stuck between a rock and a hard place

As buzzwords go, “authenticity” is one of the more mysterious ones. And the quest for it has led American businesses to the spot where the...

February 9th, 2017 updated: February 10th, 2017. |  


You gotta love those Chinese

You gotta love those Chinese

On the surface it’s a beautifully innocent sight — smiling children from two countries at different corners of the world coming together t...

February 3rd, 2017 updated: February 3rd, 2017. |  


It’s been a long journey and we’re not there yet!

It’s been a long journey and we’re not there yet!

Greetings in the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a blessing and an honor to speak with you one more time. We have entered into another...

February 3rd, 2017 |  


Rushing in where angels fear to tread

Rushing in where angels fear to tread

What with the obvious boondoggle that can result from offering fashion critique in Mount Airy — just ask our embattled mayor about what happens ...

February 2nd, 2017 updated: February 2nd, 2017. |  


The soul wants what the soul wants

The soul wants what the soul wants

“I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.“Our sons ought to study mathematics an...

February 1st, 2017 updated: February 3rd, 2017. |  


One legislator’s new joke isn’t funny

Anybody watching the N.C. General Assembly might have thought, This is as stupid as it gets, at multiple times throughout the past year or so.Admitted...

January 31st, 2017 updated: January 31st, 2017. |  


Disagree? Put yourself in the other guy’s shoes

There’s battle lines being drawnNobody’s right if everybody’s wrong…***…A thousand people in the streetSinging songs and...

January 29th, 2017 |  


Note to Mayberry: Avoid outside media

Note to Mayberry: Avoid outside media

I’ve heard it said that things occurring in modern Mount Airy also have been the focus of episodes set in the fictional Mayberry on “The A...

January 27th, 2017 updated: January 27th, 2017. |  


‘Alternative facts,’ it’s about time

‘Alternative facts,’ it’s about time

This past week has brought us the concept of “alternative facts” and I think it’s about time.There have been many times in my life w...

January 27th, 2017 |  


The revelation of Jesus Christ

The revelation of Jesus Christ

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which GOD gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and sign...

January 27th, 2017 |  


The VA issue hits close to home

The VA issue hits close to home

I’ve been in the newspaper business more than two decades. And you learn a few tricks of the trade.When a big issue hits the country, you look f...

January 25th, 2017 |  


Foxx’s talking point meets logic

Foxx’s talking point meets logic

I voted for Virginia Foxx in the recent general election. Part of the reason I did was her opponent wouldn’t even call me back. If Josh Brannon ...

January 25th, 2017 |  


Give it up already, and give him a chance

Give it up already, and give him a chance

The more I think about the backlash that has surrounded the election of Donald Trump, I come to the realization that it’s not all about the man ...

January 21st, 2017 |  


Anybody can grow up to be president

Anybody can grow up to be president

Remember when you were a little kid and your mama told you that if you were a good person and worked hard, you could achieve anything you set your min...

January 20th, 2017 |  


Intolerance thrives in Surry County

Intolerance thrives in Surry County

I believe in life we forge our own destiny. We create our own opportunities. That’s what makes America great. You get to be whatever you want to...

January 18th, 2017 |  


Money, not race, divides ‘Mayberry’

Money, not race, divides ‘Mayberry’

If my memory is correct, I moved to Mount Airy 38 years ago this coming spring, and something I noticed right away was the glaring absence of a middle...

January 14th, 2017 |  


Whatever happened to flying cars?

Whatever happened to flying cars?

The promised Modern World from my childhood remains elusive.George Jetson had a flying car in 1962 and to this day, my car refuses to leave the ground...

January 13th, 2017 |  


The name above every name

The name above every name

Last week as we began our study of the names of GOD, we looked at the name I AM, found in Exodus 3:13-15. This is the name GOD introduced Himself as t...

January 13th, 2017 |  


Zombie apocalypse or 6 inches of snow?

Zombie apocalypse or 6 inches of snow?

This is now my third winter in the area, and every winter the local reaction to snow, ice and overall wintry weather boggles my mind. You would think ...

January 10th, 2017 |  


Washington Post pulled a good old-fashioned hatchet job

Washington Post pulled a good old-fashioned hatchet job

It was a hatchet job, pure and simple.I’m talking about the Jan. 5 Washington Post article “How nostalgia for white Christian America drov...

January 8th, 2017 |  


NC should dial up Calif. cell-phone law

NC should dial up Calif. cell-phone law

I usually don’t think copying California is necessarily a good thing, given that the large state on the West Coast tends to be a trend-setter fo...

January 7th, 2017 |  


Retail stores dropping like flies

Retail stores dropping like flies

Store closings are coming so fast and furious it’s getting hard to keep up. On Thursday, Macy’s and JC Penny were the most recent followin...

January 6th, 2017 |  


Some tips before hiring a photographer

Some tips before hiring a photographer

Earlier this week I was talking to a young bride-to-be about the wedding. Specifically, about wedding photos.With the improvements in digital cameras ...

January 5th, 2017 |  


We lead in a lot, but not in healthcare

We lead in a lot, but not in healthcare

I spent the first decade or so of my adult life as a hard-line Republican. An 18-year-old Andy would have sung the party tune and marched behind the N...

January 4th, 2017 |  


‘Scared Straight’ after just two hours

‘Scared Straight’ after just two hours

Perhaps you are familiar with a program in America’s criminal justice system called “Scared Straight,” which attempts to shock juven...

December 31st, 2016 |  


‘12 days of Christmas’ is not just a song

‘12 days of Christmas’ is not just a song

You know how when someone says to you, “No offense, but …,” you know they are about to say something offensive enough to need a disc...

December 30th, 2016 |  


A fond farewell to blood-thirsty 2016

A fond farewell to blood-thirsty 2016

My last column of 2016. And what else could I write about this week other than the gut punches this year gave us?I’m talking about the way you f...

December 29th, 2016 |  


My Christmas wish – fewer passwords

My Christmas wish – fewer passwords

In the true spirit of Christmas, but one that goes against the prevailing I-want mentality of the holiday, I’m not asking for anything special t...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


Relax and take a lesson from the Magi

Relax and take a lesson from the Magi

A week or so after Halloween, a bank teller asked me if I had finished my Christmas shopping. The question surprised me. Not because I find it odd tha...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


Spokesman lies to Tar Heel State

Spokesman lies to Tar Heel State

Dallas Woodhouse is a big, fat liar.I’ve been thinking it for a while, but his actions in recent weeks have confirmed this.I have been on a slow...

December 22nd, 2016 |  


Not afraid to say ‘Merry Christmas’

Not afraid to say ‘Merry Christmas’

Without hesitation, let me start today’s column by wishing everyone out there a hearty “Merry Christmas.”For the visually impaired w...

December 21st, 2016 |  


Pat is running from tarnished legacy

Pat is running from tarnished legacy

In political science courses we often analyzed the legacy of different politicians, and it seems politicians have picked up on the fact they are judge...

December 21st, 2016 |  


Take the time for a second letter

Take the time for a second letter

Once upon a time, a very young Marcel Proust published his first book, a collection of stories and sketches called “Pleasures and Regrets.”...

December 15th, 2016 |  


Gov. McCrory and his great triumph

Gov. McCrory and his great triumph

Last week Gov. Pat McCrory conceded his defeat in the state election.A day or two later a Facebook friend posted a story from Forbes that bragged on M...

December 15th, 2016 |  


Yes, Virginia, they’re banning books

Yes, Virginia, they’re banning books

Though I wouldn’t favor either, a ban on classic novels in schools might be more acceptable if the detractors also targeted rap song lyrics that...

December 9th, 2016 |