Elephants in rooms at the end of the day

Elephants in rooms at the end of the day

Newspaper writers learn early on to use simple words and terminology in their reports — to avoid tired old clichés, hackneyed phrases and t...

May 20th, 2017 |  


Silks, satins and Stockholm syndrome

Silks, satins and Stockholm syndrome

A couple of months ago someone who had been very important in my life passed away. We had not talked or communicated since 2004 but in the 20 years pr...

May 19th, 2017 |  


Public dollars for personal statements

Public dollars for personal statements

Here we go again. There’s another movement to plaster the national motto on a government building.It’s on a couple here in Surry County al...

May 17th, 2017 |  


Hey, Mexico, turnabout is fair play

Hey, Mexico, turnabout is fair play

It’s an all-too-familiar scene:• Illegal immigrants flowing in virtually unchecked across the southern border.• Related reports of c...

May 13th, 2017 |  


Ohhhh Nooooo, Mr. Bill is back

Ohhhh Nooooo, Mr. Bill is back

It’s always odd when someone addresses me as “Mr. Colvard.” I find myself looking over my shoulder to see if Dad or Big Pa is standi...

May 12th, 2017 |  


Seeking equality with Jesus sandals

Seeking equality with Jesus sandals

It’s that time of year again — the time when my thick northern blood works against me.All winter I tell these southerners they need to go ...

May 10th, 2017 |  


Two words explain NASCAR’s woes: BO-RING!

Two words explain NASCAR’s woes: BO-RING!

My memories of stock-car racing go back to the 1960s when legendary figures such as Richard Petty, Fireball Roberts and Cale Yarborough barnstormed th...

May 6th, 2017 |  


The #MetGala is not the Met Ball

The #MetGala is not the Met Ball

The first Monday in May was this week and we all know what that means. #MetGala.Better than the the Super Bowl, the World Series or the Stanley Cup be...

May 5th, 2017 |  


The creeper strikes at Riverside Park

The creeper strikes at Riverside Park

I knew it would happen eventually.I knew that at one of these events at some park, I’d get accused of being the creeper with the camera.While th...

May 3rd, 2017 |  


Beware the University-Industrial Complex

Beware the University-Industrial Complex

Before leaving office, then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the Military-Industrial Complex — a union of formidable forces bent on reap...

April 29th, 2017 |