Ernest T. and Otis, you beat everything

Ernest T. and Otis, you beat everything

With Mayberry Days upon us for another year, I suppose it’s appropriate to ask a timely question, not what’s in your wallet? — but w...

September 24th, 2016 |  


Studying this odd creature that is man

Studying this odd creature that is man

Human beings are an odd species.For years I have been fascinated by the psyche of the American public. I took several psychology classes and a philoso...

September 21st, 2016 |  


Police do good things — believe it or not

Police do good things — believe it or not

Whenever a police officer fatally shoots someone, justifiably or not, it is pretty much guaranteed to be big news all the around the country — p...

September 17th, 2016 |  


Election year from a cord cutter’s view

Election year from a cord cutter’s view

I cut the cord from the cable company back at the end of 2011. Whenever friends complain about their astronomical cable bills, I ask them why they don...

September 16th, 2016 updated: September 16th, 2016. |  


Neighbor brought the community together

Today I have a funeral for my neighbor, Wallace Creed.I was only 7 when my family moved from Sunset Drive near the hospital out to White Plains. I tho...

September 15th, 2016 |  


After Aycock, who’s next — Washington?

After Aycock, who’s next — Washington?

Along with the Zika virus and the ever-present spectre of terrorism, there is another threat to society which seems to be gaining momentum. For want o...

September 10th, 2016 |  


Schools being ‘cool’ isn’t worth the danger

Schools being ‘cool’ isn’t worth the danger

Dr. Nick Kardaras is all over the place lately.After penning a book on the dangers of children and technology, Kardaras has been featured in newspaper...

September 8th, 2016 |  


QB Kaepernick needs sacking for good

QB Kaepernick needs sacking for good

Isn’t it irritating when some celebrity — whether an actor, a musical group or athlete — takes advantage of whatever platform they a...

September 3rd, 2016 |  


Too much garbage is now acceptable

Too much garbage is now acceptable

What the heck is going on in this country?At some point over the past decade, a lot of questionable behavior has become socially acceptable, and I can...

September 1st, 2016 |  


Where do I sign to be undocumented?

Where do I sign to be undocumented?

As was the case with millions of other Americans, Donald Trump caught my attention as a presidential contender when he promised early on to get tough ...

August 27th, 2016 |  


Free labor doesn’t last, but the memories do

Free labor doesn’t last, but the memories do

This morning my niece started bellyaching that her babies aren’t babies anymore as she signed the youngest up for pre-school. The middle one is ...

August 26th, 2016 |  


Who will pass the torch?

Who will pass the torch?

Following His death, burial and resurrection, Jesus remained on the earth for 40 days. Preparing His disciples for His departure back to heaven, He ve...

August 26th, 2016 |  


Happy to live in the greatest country

Happy to live in the greatest country

Every now and then I see something in the news which makes me very happy to live in the greatest country in the world. That country is the United Stat...

August 24th, 2016 |  


Smartphone zombies (addicts) are taking over

Smartphone zombies (addicts) are taking over

The other day while driving through our fair city of Mount Airy and stupidly thinking I could actually get across town in a timely manner, the inevita...

August 21st, 2016 |  


City schools’ offer unusual, but good to see

City schools’ offer unusual, but good to see

I found it quite interesting to read Jeff Linville’s report today (page 1A) regarding the move by Mount Airy City Schools to reach out to the lo...

August 21st, 2016 |  


Passing the torch in the church

Passing the torch in the church

Statistics reveal that church attendance is on the decline in America. Many Christian denominations and fellowships report stagnant growth. As one loo...

August 19th, 2016 |  


Beware social media if you want a job

Beware social media if you want a job

A couple of days ago, my friend Nicole posted a thought-provoking public service announcement on her Facebook page.She works for a law firm but she is...

August 19th, 2016 |  


Teflon Hillary keeps dodging scandals

Teflon Hillary keeps dodging scandals

In last week’s column I mentioned Hillary Clinton.A friend and staunch supporter wanted to know why I didn’t love Hillary as much as she d...

August 17th, 2016 |  


We can’t hide the character of our city

We can’t hide the character of our city

Flea markets represent the American entrepreneurial spirit at its most basic level. People assemble to sell stuff. There’s little regulation in ...

August 17th, 2016 |  


Two major parties, one (corrupt) system

Two major parties, one (corrupt) system

If they’ve accomplished nothing else during this presidential election cycle, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders highlighted the desire by many Ame...

August 13th, 2016 |  


Why does everyone hate the horses?

Why does everyone hate the horses?

The hate is strong at the Olympics. I’m looking at you, Patrick Redford and Nate Silver.Silver released a poll last week on his website fivethir...

August 12th, 2016 |  


When in doubt, celebs blame the media

When in doubt, celebs blame the media

All over the country (and probably around the world) there are kids having accidents and breaking things.When the parent finds out, the kids all clam ...

August 11th, 2016 |  


Donald’s next ‘sacrifice’ shouldn’t be POTUS

Donald’s next ‘sacrifice’ shouldn’t be POTUS

Lately I have followed the lead of many Republican Party officials, simply keeping my mouth shut and my fingers away from the T, R, U, M and P keys on...

August 10th, 2016 |  


Kids are the great reminder we’re getting old

I’m feeling a little older this week.Okay, a lot older, and it’s the fault of modern-day school system practices.My daughter is about to t...

August 7th, 2016 |  


The dirty little secret of football

The dirty little secret of football

It’s early August, which means the return of football — and I’m talking about real gridiron action, not Canadian football or that Ar...

August 6th, 2016 |  


Some things trickle better than others

Some things trickle better than others

Trickle down economics doesn’t.If we’ve learned anything in the past 35 years, it should be that. When trickle-down first became a thing i...

August 5th, 2016 updated: August 5th, 2016. |  


I’m a junkie looking for my fix

I’m a junkie looking for my fix

There are a lot of things I love in my life, and I wouldn’t trade any of those for anything.That stated, I have been wandering the world unfulfi...

August 3rd, 2016 |  


‘Food insecurity’ is just hunger to me

‘Food insecurity’ is just hunger to me

I am a wordsmith who prides himself on staying abreast of new phrases or descriptions for things, and in recently preparing an article about a charity...

July 29th, 2016 updated: July 29th, 2016. |  


A socially unacceptable mess

A socially unacceptable mess

A couple of weeks ago, my colleague Jeff Linville lamented the lack of summer blockbusters this year. Jeff should have waited two weeks and he could h...

July 28th, 2016 |  


Let’s argue sports instead of politics

Let’s argue sports instead of politics

Everywhere I turn is more political arguing, so I’m continuing my recent trend of avoiding politics in my columns.In fact, I’ve tried to b...

July 27th, 2016 |  


Swimming with bacteria hits close to home

Swimming with bacteria hits close to home

To generations of kids in Patrick County, Virginia, Fairy Stone State Park might just as well have been Disney World.While I was growing up about 10 m...

July 23rd, 2016 |  


Pokémon Go, more popular than sex?

Pokémon Go, more popular than sex?

Pokémon Go seriously caught my attention when I heard it had been downloaded onto more Android phones than the hook-up app Tinder, which would se...

July 22nd, 2016 |  


Bearing the ‘marks’ of Jesus

Bearing the ‘marks’ of Jesus

In the letter of Paul to the church at Galatia, we find that Paul is encouraging the people to place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ rather than ...

July 22nd, 2016 |  


Charlotte is the leader in diversity?

Charlotte is the leader in diversity?

Charlotte became a hotbed of political fighting this year with the passing of HB 2, the bathroom law that has caused many groups to label North Caroli...

July 21st, 2016 |  


When will we start killing people?

Every now and then I read something in our publication which makes me shake my head.It’s usually not at the local level. The sort of things whic...

July 19th, 2016 |  


People needed to stand in the gap

People needed to stand in the gap

We find in Ezekiel 22 that the prophet Ezekiel is prophesying or preaching in a time where there was violence, crime, and immorality being practiced b...

July 15th, 2016 |  


Lawmakers trample on public access

I think it’s apparent North Carolina lawmakers would prefer the public know as little as possible about the operations of law enforcement.North ...

July 13th, 2016 updated: July 13th, 2016. |  


Why bother with laws we don’t enforce?

Why bother with laws we don’t enforce?

I’m a little confused.I’ve lived most of my life under the impression that there are certain laws in place, regulations that were enacted ...

July 9th, 2016 updated: July 9th, 2016. |  


Two sets of rules – for us and ‘them’

Two sets of rules – for us and ‘them’

OK, so if a drunk driver is pulled over, all he or she has to say is “yeah, officer, I’m intoxicated, but I wasn’t intending to kill...

July 9th, 2016 |  


Encouragers needed

Encouragers needed

In Acts 4:36 we read of a man named Joses, the disciples gave him a nickname, “Barnabas” which means “son of consolation” (KJV...

July 8th, 2016 |  


NBA salaries keep soaring higher

NBA salaries keep soaring higher

Free agency is in full swing in the NBA, and team owners are throwing cash around like it’s Monopoly money.The first week of July is always a cr...

July 7th, 2016 |  


Celebrating freedom with checkpoints

Celebrating freedom with checkpoints

The Independence Day holiday just passed. With it came celebrations in honor of our nation severing ties with a tyrannical king. Fireworks lit the sky...

July 6th, 2016 |  


Now is the summer of my discontent

Now is the summer of my discontent

While covering Friday’s ribbon-cutting program for the refurbished playground at Riverside Park, and finding myself covered in perspiration all ...

July 2nd, 2016 |  


Respecting those who gave

Respecting those who gave

Recently some friends, my wife and I were blessed to take a trip to our nation’s capital. While there we visited several of the war memorials, w...

July 1st, 2016 |  


Time for age requirement on teachers

Time for age requirement on teachers

A Miami teacher was arrested this week for engaging in sexual acts with a student.Oh wait, there’s another one in Palo Alto, Tampa Bay, Rogue Ri...

June 30th, 2016 |  


Arm teachers for real school security

Arm teachers for real school security

Every now and then — and I do mean every now and then — I find great wisdom in the comment of a public official. This happened recently wh...

June 29th, 2016 |  


Forgetting how to think

Forgetting how to think

I’m a big Star Trek fan. I might even be considered a Trekkie (though I’ve never been to a convention and I did not own a pair of Spock ea...

June 25th, 2016 |  


Now playing – yet another movie, TV remake

Now playing – yet another movie, TV remake

In thinking about a subject for today’s column, I easily could have delved into the archives and pulled out a previous one from, say, 2011.I mig...

June 25th, 2016 |  


Easier said than done

Easier said than done

And Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it be you, bid me come to you on the water.” And he said, “Come.” And when Peter wa...

June 24th, 2016 |  


LeBron wins a new fan with NBA Finals

LeBron wins a new fan with NBA Finals

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver must be feeling pretty good this week.The NBA Finals looked like it might be over in five games, but the Cavaliers came b...

June 23rd, 2016 |