Just where is a smoker to go?

Just where is a smoker to go?

It’s often said that the more things change the more they stay the same, but this is certainly not true with smoking.You would be hard-pressed t...

November 14th, 2015 |  


A kerfuffle in a coffee cup

A kerfuffle in a coffee cup

Sometimes there’s a tempest in a teapot and then this week, there’s been a kerfuffle in a coffee cup.Who would ever have suspected a few d...

November 13th, 2015 updated: November 13th, 2015. |  


Time for Panther haters to eat crow

Time for Panther haters to eat crow

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!That was the kind of reaction that football fans and TV “experts” had this spring after the NFL Dra...

November 12th, 2015 |  


‘Freedom ain’t free’

‘Freedom ain’t free’

“Freedom — it ain’t free,” said a drill sergeant at Fort Benning, Georgia. After that, he explained that it was almost a stati...

November 11th, 2015 updated: November 11th, 2015. |  


Veterans too often treated badly

Veterans too often treated badly

I’ve been in this business for quite a few years, yet every once in a while a story comes along that just knocks the wind out of me.That happene...

November 8th, 2015 |  


New immigration law a good first step

New immigration law a good first step

At a time when certain government officials and others have established a trend in which illegal aliens increasingly are being rewarded for breaking t...

November 7th, 2015 updated: November 7th, 2015. |  


You don’t need a madeleine for Proust to change your life

You don’t need a madeleine for Proust to change your life

It was a Proustian moment. Instead of a madeleine dipped in tea, it was an Italian cream cake and the location was not belle époque Paris but Ant...

November 6th, 2015 |  


The least of these

The least of these

Matthew 25:40 “And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My ...

November 6th, 2015 |  


Reading isn’t much of an escape for some

Reading isn’t much of an escape for some

Today I’d like to talk a bit about fiction.No, not the stories that people think I make up for the newspaper, but rather the fiction books that ...

November 5th, 2015 |  


Can taxpayers get some of that?

Can taxpayers get some of that?

It’s the day after election day here in Mount Airy, and some candidates are crying in their beer while others are elated to have received the no...

November 4th, 2015 |