Four words you shouldn’t believe

Four words you shouldn’t believe

“This time is different.” Beware those four little words. They are perhaps the most dangerous words an investor can believe in. If you bel...

September 6th, 2015 |  


The natural order of things

The natural order of things

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit – you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high ...

September 6th, 2015 |  


White collars, but no orange jumpsuits

White collars, but no orange jumpsuits

A television series called “Orange is the New Black” deals with life inside a women’s prison. The show’s title, of course, ref...

September 5th, 2015 |  


A perfect day and a revelation

A perfect day and a revelation

If we are granted one perfect day in our lives, then last Saturday was mine. One would not think that being rousted from bed at 4:15 a.m. would be the...

September 3rd, 2015 |  


We writers need to lead by example

My coworker Tom Joyce likes to say, “When you work with words, words are your work.”Being a career journalist means becoming knowledgeable...

September 3rd, 2015 updated: September 3rd, 2015. |  


De-funding corruption and evil

De-funding corruption and evil

Recently, I covered an event in which U.S. Rep. Mark Walker spoke to a pretty large crowd at Page’s Books and Coffee Shop. While I’m sure ...

September 2nd, 2015 updated: September 2nd, 2015. |  


Surrounding government in secrecy?

We wondered, at least for a few hours, if Dobson officials might be reverting to the tricks of an earlier regime there.Readers may recall in 2008 when...

August 30th, 2015 |  


Race conveniently dodged in Va. deaths

Race conveniently dodged in Va. deaths

Let me get this straight: A man who happens to be white guns down nine African-Americans in a church in South Carolina in June and it is immediately l...

August 29th, 2015 |  


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 |