Is participation worth a trophy?

Is participation worth a trophy?

In the past few weeks I’ve heard a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of participation trophies or the practice of giving trophies to eve...

August 28th, 2015 updated: August 28th, 2015. |  


What’s missing — mimosas

What’s missing — mimosas

I really enjoy my life here in Surry County. I have a job that I don’t hate, a family I love and some good friends in the area. That stated, my ...

August 26th, 2015 |  


The lamp that got away

The lamp that got away

Last year at the the age of 56, I finally got around to having a will drawn up. Since I am clearly nearer to the end than the beginning, it was certai...

August 21st, 2015 |  


Showing a love of country

Showing a love of country

The Aug. 6 Republican presidential debate certainly altered a few of my views and also confirmed many of my opinions about the candidates who took the...

August 19th, 2015 |  


The labelization of America

Now that some of the dust has settled from the Aug. 6 GOP presidential debate, I’d like to share something that stood out for me.Among the many ...

August 16th, 2015 |  


First the flag, now Dixie – what’s next?

First the flag, now Dixie – what’s next?

As a longtime Washington Redskins fan, I have a deep hatred for their bitter rivals the Dallas Cowboys which goes far beyond just wanting “the &...

August 15th, 2015 |  


Be selfish, shop local

Be selfish, shop local

While most of the world is focused on back to school purchases right now, horsey folk are more concerned with tack buying for the fast approaching fal...

August 14th, 2015 updated: August 14th, 2015. |  


Government is best when kept close

Government is best when kept close

I am a true believer in the thought process that the best government takes place at the level closest to the people. I’ve seen many governmental...

August 12th, 2015 |  


Cecil the lion’s death — to roar or not

Cecil the lion’s death — to roar or not

If nothing else, the recent killing of Cecil the lion illustrates the deep divide between people in the United States regarding animal-related issues....

August 8th, 2015 |  


Is ‘Hocus Pocus’ a Halloween hoax?

Is ‘Hocus Pocus’ a Halloween hoax?

The Internet giveth and the Internet taketh away.Such was my experience when I found out earlier this week that a long-awaited sequel to the Disney cu...

August 7th, 2015 |