Shaping a life and molding a terrorist

Shaping a life and molding a terrorist

All of us who have children understand how impressionable they are. We mold their minds and values. At the end of it all, we get a little adult which ...

June 22nd, 2016 updated: June 22nd, 2016. |  


Treating radical Islamists like Confederates

Treating radical Islamists like Confederates

OK, so President Obama and others are reluctant to blame “radical Islam” for Sunday’s massacre in Orlando, and don’t even want...

June 18th, 2016 |  


The problem with kids today

The problem with kids today

For some people, complaining about the sorry state of young people never grows old as a topic of conversation. ‘They’re entitled, they are...

June 17th, 2016 updated: June 17th, 2016. |  


A lesson from boy Jesus

A lesson from boy Jesus

And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? Luke 2:49In chapter 2 of the book of ...

June 17th, 2016 |  


How does common sense work with guns?

How does common sense work with guns?

Few topics have the ability to divide people as gun control.We have found ways to compromise on all kinds of topics, but when it comes to firearms, th...

June 15th, 2016 |  


We didn’t want that money anyways

We didn’t want that money anyways

I seldom miss my opportunity to get a say in our representative democracy.Normally, I make my way to the polling place so I can get a sticker. I reall...

June 15th, 2016 |  


The case against ‘The Greatest’

The case against ‘The Greatest’

When noteworthy people die, it is understandable that their passing will be greeted by a certain amount of accolades, while perhaps overlooking the le...

June 11th, 2016 |  


Inhabitants of a promise

Inhabitants of a promise

Inhabitants of a PromiseAnd now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to lov...

June 10th, 2016 |  


An exciting new investment category

An exciting new investment category

Last week the Hong Kong branch of Christie’s included a white crocodile Himalayan style Hermès Birkin bag in their art and collectibles auc...

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


It’s what’s on the inside that counts

It’s what’s on the inside that counts

A friend of mine recently wrote on Facebook of an encounter in a parking lot.The woman parked in a handicapped spot and got out.Another woman said to ...

June 9th, 2016 |  


Let adults make decisions

Let adults make decisions

One day this week, I turned up the volume on the radio after dropping the little one off at day care. Though I had hoped to jam out to some classic ro...

June 8th, 2016 updated: June 8th, 2016. |  


Cars now a handy vehicle for tax squeezes

Cars now a handy vehicle for tax squeezes

When it comes to finances, government does not operate like the rest of us (news flash!).If citizens need more money for whatever reason, we must scri...

June 3rd, 2016 |  


It takes a stranger to see the truth

It takes a stranger to see the truth

Last week Surry County’s neighbor to the west got 15 minutes of unwanted fame.Wilkes County was the subject of a front-page story in The New Yor...

June 3rd, 2016 |  


Inhabitants of a promise

Inhabitants of a promise

And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord...

June 3rd, 2016 |  


Sharing my theory on rudeness

Sharing my theory on rudeness

“Oh yeah, say it to my face.”I always thought that was one of the dumbest things I ever heard in an argument.If you can hear the guy talki...

June 2nd, 2016 |  


Some things about the old days were better

Some things about the old days were better

Maybe I’m getting old.I say that because nearly every time I sit down to write a column, it seems I’m writing something about the passage ...

May 29th, 2016 |  


TSA stands for ‘Terrorists Stymie America’

TSA stands for ‘Terrorists Stymie America’

Remember after the 9/11 attacks when we were told that life would never be the same again?Well, that certainly has proved to be true — and you d...

May 28th, 2016 updated: May 28th, 2016. |  


21st century pen pals, not very different

21st century pen pals, not very different

When folks of my generation regale youngsters with the joys of the mid-twentieth century — we played outside without supervision, our parents be...

May 27th, 2016 |  


Longing for more? Consider Christian fellowship

Longing for more? Consider Christian fellowship

“Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, our troubles ...

May 27th, 2016 |  


We need to stop dumbing down of America

We need to stop dumbing down of America

In the 2006 movie “Idiocracy,” Luke Wilson, an average Joe, is accidentally frozen for 500 years.He wakes up to find that America has been...

May 26th, 2016 |  


It’s a day to remember

It’s a day to remember

Though there’s any number of things going on these days about which I might care to opine, every year about this time I think a lot about my pre...

May 25th, 2016 |  


Please, no more ‘Happy Memorial Day’ idiocy

Please, no more ‘Happy Memorial Day’ idiocy

In recent years as our once-fine country increasingly has become eroded by political correctness, there has been this big push to eliminate the phrase...

May 21st, 2016 |  


Longing for more? Slow dDown … and fast

Longing for more? Slow dDown … and fast

Longing for more? Have you ever tried going with less instead? Not too long ago, I asked my kids if they knew what it meant to fast. We tend to joke a...

May 20th, 2016 |  


Weekend in the country changed my life

Weekend in the country changed my life

I remember my first time as if it were yesterday.No, not that. I am speaking of the first time I ever experienced crème Anglaise. It was very nea...

May 19th, 2016 |  


What happened to Tough on Crime?

What happened to Tough on Crime?

Every time you pick up the newspaper or turn on a news channel, you hear about HB 2 and all the complaining on one side or the other.Politicians are a...

May 19th, 2016 |  


Where have all the real names gone?

Where have all the real names gone?

Not a day goes by that I don’t deal with children’s names at work and yet, sometimes, almost a week can pass without coming across a child...

May 18th, 2016 |  


Jeb Stuart’s new home is perfect

Jeb Stuart’s new home is perfect

Last year a Patrick County, Virginia, judge opted to remove a portrait of Confederate General J.E.B. “Jeb” Stuart from the county courthou...

May 18th, 2016 |  


Don’t forget to enjoy the day

Don’t forget to enjoy the day

Today, we have a story relating the Saturday graduation exercises at Surry Community College. Over the coming weeks we’ll have similar stories c...

May 15th, 2016 |  


‘Mayberry’ no stranger to horrific crimes

‘Mayberry’ no stranger to horrific crimes

When tragedies occur such as the Wednesday murder and robbery of an elderly woman on Franklin Street in Mount Airy, people typically react in the same...

May 14th, 2016 |  


Longing for more? Come to Jesus through His Word

Longing for more? Come to Jesus through His Word

Perhaps like the blind beggar longing to see, as I shared last Friday, are you longing for more? More love? More peace? More of an understanding of Go...

May 13th, 2016 |  


Where have all the real names gone?

Where have all the real names gone?

Not a day goes by that I don’t deal with children’s names at work and yet, sometimes, almost a week can pass without coming across a child...

May 13th, 2016 |  


A tangled (world wide) web we weave

A tangled (world wide) web we weave

To paraphrase Walter Scott, Oh what a tangled (world wide) web we weave when first we practice to deceive.The continued growth of the internet certain...

May 12th, 2016 |  


Learning a lesson from the short man

Learning a lesson from the short man

Recently, there has been much talk about littering in Surry County. There’s even been a meeting involving representation from just about every e...

May 11th, 2016 |  


Finding the quiet in life

Finding the quiet in life

Two things happened this week that made me stop a bit and reflect on how life once was not too long ago, what it’s becoming, and what we can do ...

May 8th, 2016 |  


Prayer still has a place in America

Prayer still has a place in America

As a small-town newspaper reporter who often covers local government and crime stories, it’s not every day that I get to write about something t...

May 7th, 2016 |  


Longing for more

Longing for more

Are you longing for more in your life? Whatever your longing or your desire, Jesus invites us to come to Him. In Mark’s Gospel 10:46-52, we hear...

May 6th, 2016 |  


Next year at Churchill Downs

Next year at Churchill Downs

Last year was the best Kentucky Derby ever. There wasn’t a big hat or mint julep in sight, except on the television screen of course, where ther...

May 6th, 2016 |  


Guitar obsession is ruling my free time

Guitar obsession is ruling my free time

Hello, my name is Jeff, and I’m an addict.Not of booze, pills, illegal drugs or tobacco. And I’m not a sex addict or one of those weirdos ...

May 4th, 2016 |  


Not sold on teacher pay increases

Not sold on teacher pay increases

Recently, there has been much discussion of teacher pay in North Carolina. Folks, including those who have spent decades in education, have said it...

May 4th, 2016 |  


Just what democracy needs – more felons

Just what democracy needs – more felons

There are plenty of things wrong with our democratic system, as evidenced by what’s been occurring recently with the presidential delegate situa...

April 29th, 2016 |  


Russian roulette at the dinner table

Russian roulette at the dinner table

I love to eat as much as the next person. I would wager that more often than not, I love to eat more than the next person. At some point, I may die fo...

April 29th, 2016 |  


April means market time in High Point

It’s late April, so right on cue I can find some awesome photography on my friend Powell’s Facebook page.You see, Powell likes to celebrat...

April 28th, 2016 |  


Coke threatens America

Coke threatens America

There’s a lot of talk about how many things threaten the state of America today.Of course, the usual suspects are radical Islamic terrorism, dru...

April 27th, 2016 |  


Is everything in America for sale?

Is everything in America for sale?

Rather than just calling what I’ve produced here today a newspaper column, I would like to announce that it hereby shall be known as the Acer Co...

April 23rd, 2016 |  


Dreams can come true

Dreams can come true

A couple of weeks ago when “I dreamt I went to Manderley again,” perhaps I didn’t dream it at all. Perhaps I actually went. At least...

April 22nd, 2016 updated: April 22nd, 2016. |  


Videogame leads to PTSD for pets

Videogame leads to PTSD for pets

On Tuesday night, I found myself yelling at the TV.This isn’t an uncommon occurrence in the home of a sports nuts. I’m sure if you had a m...

April 21st, 2016 |  


When it all ends, I’ve got plans

When it all ends, I’ve got plans

If you haven’t been following the latest saga of the world’s imminent end, you really are missing out.A couple weeks ago some media outlet...

April 20th, 2016 |  


All that work for a measly $2 tax refund

All that work for a measly $2 tax refund

I’ll be the first to admit that the picture of me which appears with this column every week could stand some improvement — starting with t...

April 16th, 2016 |  


‘But ya ahh, Blanche! But ya ahh!’

‘But ya ahh, Blanche! But ya ahh!’

The other day my daughter posted a goofy meme on Facebook that referenced “Silence of the Lambs” and she tagged me on it.The image was a f...

April 15th, 2016 updated: April 15th, 2016. |  


Who wins the ultimate NBA finals?

Who wins the ultimate NBA finals?

With the Golden State Warriors wrapping up a historic regular season, I thought I’d chime in on a debate that has been going on for months among...

April 14th, 2016 |