PayPal no friend to fair play

PayPal no friend to fair play

Let me get this straight: Business deals in America are now being based on which place has the best pro-gay laws?Hmmm, I seem to remember a time long ...

April 9th, 2016 |  


Music world loses another legend

Music world loses another legend

For a couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about writing a column on music, and Wednesday’s news was the clincher.A month ago, an AC/DC conc...

April 7th, 2016 |  


How long before they tax our seats?

How long before they tax our seats?

Earlier this year, I covered an event at the Mount Airy Public Library in which a Beatles expert presented an extremely interesting program on that ba...

April 2nd, 2016 |  


To sleep, perchance to dream

To sleep, perchance to dream

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”Well, not really. But I did have a very strange dream about horse shows and though I don&#...

April 1st, 2016 |  


It’s time to stop this silly trend

It’s time to stop this silly trend

Education is an enormous expense for county taxpayers.Funding education was a common concern and topic for candidates at a forum before the March prim...

March 31st, 2016 |  


The voyage of the SS Red Rocket

The voyage of the SS Red Rocket

I’ve written a few columns which have shown my liberal ideals.After each of them I get a few remarks like, “The roads lead north.”&#...

March 30th, 2016 |  


With databases, no one escapes ‘justice’

With databases, no one escapes ‘justice’

They say everyone has a skeleton in their closet of some kind, which has compelled me to offer a confession today to you, the dear readers.In third gr...

March 26th, 2016 |  


‘Getting real’ at the top of the food chain

‘Getting real’ at the top of the food chain

At the end of last week, I put out a contract on a poor innocent animal and ordered its execution.The experience has been, to say the least, thought p...

March 25th, 2016 |  


Don’t ask Jeff his favorite film

Don’t ask Jeff his favorite film

A coworker asked me the other day, “What’s your favorite movie of all time?”Sheesh, you can’t just walk up to a guy and ask hi...

March 24th, 2016 |  


Earth might be ‘flat’

Earth might be ‘flat’

The other day a county commissioner presented the economic findings of a notable economics professor.In short, the findings were a little gloomy.The r...

March 23rd, 2016 |  


Election Night easier, but less thrilling

Election Night easier, but less thrilling

The technological advances we enjoy today generally have made life easier, but there usually are downsides to such things — sort of like when Dr...

March 18th, 2016 |  


Eisenhower, Reagan and Jason Wu — Sartorial hits of Republicans past

Eisenhower, Reagan and Jason Wu — Sartorial hits of Republicans past

Maybe I’m reading too much into Mrs. Obama’s wardrobe at last week’s state dinner, but I think she has thrown in the towel as far as...

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


Gloom, despair and agony on me

Gloom, despair and agony on me

Some people just seem to be lucky.I am not one of them.If there is any sort of event or pastime that has an element of luck to it, I am in trouble.The...

March 17th, 2016 |  


Throwing out medium

Throwing out medium

Disheveled is my look of choice most days.Having spent some time in the army, I never want to shave my face every day or concern myself with how my ha...

March 16th, 2016 |  


A sad day for the water cooler

A sad day for the water cooler

It was with little regret that I said a not so fond farewell to the cable TV company and with even less regret that I later bid adieu to the satellite...

March 11th, 2016 |  


Too much advantage for Bishop, Prep

Too much advantage for Bishop, Prep

Last week, Tommy Morrison, WPAQ Radio, shared a column written by a sports parent from Andrews.Tim Wood said many of the same things that I have heard...

March 10th, 2016 |  


Too much advantage for Bishop, Prep

Too much advantage for Bishop, Prep

Last week, Tommy Morrison, WPAQ Radio, shared a column written by a sports parent from Andrews, N.C.Tim Wood said many of the same things that I have ...

March 9th, 2016 |  


My political identity crisis

My political identity crisis

Earlier in the week I hit a milestone in life.Not really. I simply turned 30-years-old. That basically means I’ve bumbled around the world for t...

March 9th, 2016 |  


The ‘establishment’ needs re-establishing

The ‘establishment’ needs re-establishing

If you’re like me, you admire a game-changer — but thoroughly despise a game-rigger.The game-changers are those guys who rush for 200 yard...

March 5th, 2016 |  


Dead men’s clothes do tell tales

Dead men’s clothes do tell tales

Twenty-five years is a long time to go without new clothes. I know because I’ve done it. Oh, I bought clothes alright but none of them were new ...

March 4th, 2016 |  


I don’t give a hoot about the Oscars

I don’t give a hoot about the Oscars

So, the Oscars were handed out in the past week.And I can’t even pretend to care.There are probably lots of people out there who feel the same. ...

March 3rd, 2016 |  


Big Brother Raleigh is watching

Big Brother Raleigh is watching

We all need somebody to watch us on occasion. Part of human nature is pushing limits and boundaries.As a child you push the edges all the time. How ma...

March 2nd, 2016 |  


Charlotte restroom law needs flushing

Charlotte restroom law needs flushing

In this increasingly topsy-turvy world where down is up and black is white, one thing that’s been a constant is the proverbial men’s room,...

February 26th, 2016 |  


I can only imagine

I can only imagine

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, I am so honored to do these articles and most of all having the opportunity to write to you about the goodness ...

February 26th, 2016 |  


Actions have consequences

Actions have consequences

Actions have consequences.What parent hasn’t lobbed that old chestnut at a misbehaving teenager and most likely gotten an eye roll in return? Bu...

February 26th, 2016 |  


Looking back at the ACC’s best

Looking back at the ACC’s best

While I’m a fan of many sports, ACC basketball holds a special place in my heart.As a child I saw many family softball games and played Little L...

February 25th, 2016 |  


My new-found trust in God

My new-found trust in God

Recently, the words “In God We Trust” were placed prominently on the walls of the Surry County courthouse.Normally, I would take issue wit...

February 24th, 2016 |  


Pope should put own house in order

Pope should put own house in order

I’ve made a habit of not trashing anyone’s religion, whether it’s a Southern Baptist, Northern Baptist, Western Baptist, Eastern Bap...

February 20th, 2016 |  


Have we become a selfish generation?

Have we become a selfish generation?

We greet you in the name of the lord and savior Jesus Christ. I am truly honored to share the wonderful word with you. There is so much joy in the nam...

February 19th, 2016 |  


Joining a cult is easier than you think

Joining a cult is easier than you think

Briefly during the spring of 2004, I was a member of a cult, a fact which totally eluded me at the time. As I seem to be saying lately with alarming r...

February 19th, 2016 updated: February 20th, 2016. |  


Truly wonderful the mind of a child is

Truly wonderful the mind of a child is

Over the past couple of months I’ve been covering school board meetings for the paper.Hearing about these schools and teachers has really brough...

February 18th, 2016 |  


Take coach’s advice

Take coach’s advice

“Act like you’ve been there before,” is what my old high school football coach used to say.That remark was one I often repeated. Whe...

February 17th, 2016 |  


Cam Newton – how do you like him now?

Cam Newton – how do you like him now?

Back in November, I had the unmitigated audacity and sheer gall to write a column criticizing the behavior of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton...

February 13th, 2016 |  


Let’s get serious with God

Let’s get serious with God

We greet you in the name of the Lord. I am so humbly honored to connect with each and every one of you readers out there. I always love to fellowship ...

February 12th, 2016 |  


Piers Morgan needs to chill

Piers Morgan needs to chill

I must take serious issue with Piers Morgan’s recent disparagement of Susan Sarandon’s bosom.This is an outrage. Ms. Sarandon is in posses...

February 11th, 2016 |  


Columns are a pain in the funny bone

Columns are a pain in the funny bone

On Tuesdays I write a weekly column that runs on Thursday.Some weeks I have to think a bit on a topic, but usually something happens over the weekend ...

February 11th, 2016 |  


My soft spot exposed

My soft spot exposed

As a writer at this publication I make a very concerted effort to put a game face on. I attempt to emotionally detach myself from every situation abou...

February 10th, 2016 |  


Resource fair about lending a helping hand

Resource fair about lending a helping hand

Helping someone help themselves was one of the primary goals of the recent “Community Supervision Resource Fair” held at the Surry County ...

February 7th, 2016 |  


Cute Little Girl Syndrome rears ugly head

Cute Little Girl Syndrome rears ugly head

If someone had the wherewithal to take a poll on something besides the presidential race (which surveys show is the top polling topic these days), I&#...

February 6th, 2016 |  


Brie is back and I never knew it was gone

Brie is back and I never knew it was gone

Brie is making a comeback, or so I heard a few weeks ago. Imagine my surprise. I had no idea that it had gone anywhere.Not once in the 34 years since ...

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


Name dropping means nothing without Jesus

Name dropping means nothing without Jesus

Greetings to you in the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We come to you once again in this month of February 2016. My how time goes by, anoth...

February 5th, 2016 |  


All for 30 pieces of silver

All for 30 pieces of silver

Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for a reward of 30 silver coins, according to the Gospel of Matthew.Whether the coins were Tyrian shekels or AntiochR...

February 3rd, 2016 |  


It’s an honor just to be nominated

It’s an honor just to be nominated

First, let me humbly thank all the members of the Academy for nominating me in the category of best actor in a comedy series.I’d also like to th...

January 30th, 2016 |  


To thine own self be true, and to God be true

To thine own self be true, and to God be true

Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, had a line that said, “To thine own self be true.”How often have we fooled ourselves into thinking we...

January 29th, 2016 |  


It was a cold, dry month

It was a cold, dry month

“Do it,” they said.“It will be good for you,” they said.“You’ll lose weight,” they said.“You’ll ...

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


That’s why they brag about our water

That’s why they brag about our water

You hear all the time about how great the local water supply is, and how much we all should be thankful for that.Every time Mount Airy officials list ...

January 23rd, 2016 |  


Living a salt and light life

Living a salt and light life

I imagine by now, all of you fairly local to the Carolinas, have seen a bumper sticker, or window decal, or perhaps a t-shirt that says “SALT LI...

January 22nd, 2016 |  


The King is dead; Long live the King

The King is dead; Long live the King

Even though I am sipping coffee from an Elvis mug of unknown provenance while writing this column, I believe the time has come for us as a society to ...

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


Today’s music pales next to the past

Today’s music pales next to the past

Last week, the music world lost David Bowie. While that was a significant loss, it pales in comparison to Monday’s news that Glenn Frey had died...

January 21st, 2016 |  


The prolification of misinformation

The prolification of misinformation

I never thought my career would turn toward journalism.I did some journalism while I was in the army, but I always thought I’d get into activism...

January 20th, 2016 |