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 |  


Some creative punishments for litterers

Some creative punishments for litterers

Geographically speaking, we are fortunate to live in a great part of the world — blessed with a rural landscape offering beautiful views of the ...

January 15th, 2016 |  


Check your spirital growth chart

Check your spirital growth chart

Where are you right now in your relationship with God? Do you have a deep and satisfying experience with your Maker? Are you happy about where you are...

January 15th, 2016 |  


‘Never seen Star Wars’ is the new vegan

‘Never seen Star Wars’ is the new vegan

The weekend before “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opened in December, NPR rebroadcast the “All Things Considered” review of th...

January 15th, 2016 |  


Dirty play has a long history in NFL

Dirty play has a long history in NFL

On Sunday I read an editorial that said Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict should be banned from the NFL after his hard hit on WR Antonio Brown in ...

January 13th, 2016 updated: January 14th, 2016. |  


Second, third and even fourth are OK

Second, third and even fourth are OK

Since beginning work here at The News I’ve been surprised by more than one thing. However, the number of vehicle accidents has me questioning ho...

January 13th, 2016 |  


Hopefully we get it right as time marches on

Coaches and others involved in sports leadership positions will tell you that sports are good for the individuals involved, particularly young folks. ...

January 12th, 2016 updated: January 12th, 2016. |  


Baseball Hall voting leaves me stumped

Baseball Hall voting leaves me stumped

Every year about this time I roll my eyes and shake my head.The MLB has a new class for Cooperstown.On one hand, as a 20-year newspaper man, I’d...

January 10th, 2016 |  


Taking aim at violent video games

Taking aim at violent video games

It amazes me that in the latest (of our many) gun-control debates, more attention is not given to the role violent video games could be playing in the...

January 9th, 2016 |  


Do you crave eternal life?

Do you crave eternal life?

Thank God for taste buds! Have you considered how very much God loves you, to have given you taste buds, and then to have provided for you the delicio...

January 8th, 2016 |  


The abbots are restless

The abbots are restless

The abbots are restless. The abbots being the legions of “Downton Abbey” fans who could not wait for last Sunday’s premiere of the s...

January 8th, 2016 |  


Living for the view

Living for the view

Everybody lives life for a different reason.There are some who like stuff. Whether it’s guns, jewelry, automobiles or something else, many peopl...

January 6th, 2016 |  


Bill Cosby ain’t so funny anymore

Bill Cosby ain’t so funny anymore

I am a collector of various things, including old 45 rpm records and albums, which once were the preferred means of listening to music in the days bef...

January 2nd, 2016 |  


A new year, new opportunities

A new year, new opportunities

Beginning a new year with resolutions never really works, at least not for me. Probably because I don’t respond well to pressure, even if the pr...

January 1st, 2016 |  


New Year’s Day a time for quiet?

New Year’s Day a time for quiet?

If you ask me what my favorite holiday is, chances are I’ll probably respond with whichever one happens to be the closest on the calendar.I writ...

December 29th, 2015 updated: December 30th, 2015. |  


Warm weather’s nice, but cause for concern

Warm weather’s nice, but cause for concern

The other day I passed by a marquee promoting the latest movie being shown at the Earle Theatre in downtown Mount Airy, which happened to be “Wh...

December 26th, 2015 |  


Christmas Eve, no time to be alone

Christmas Eve, no time to be alone

For the first time in my entire life, I didn’t have any plans for Christmas Eve this year and I must say, it felt weird. Christmas Eve dinner at...

December 25th, 2015 |  


Tis the season to create new memories

Tis the season to create new memories

Wouldn’t you know it? My day to print a column would happen to fall on Christmas Eve.Wanting to write a holiday story, I sat at my keyboard for ...

December 24th, 2015 |  


Best Christmas ever

Best Christmas ever

My list of Christmas experiences is pretty lengthy. I’ve got 29 years’ worth of them.This time of year, the memories of both good and bad ...

December 23rd, 2015 |  


Leave poor Alexander Hamilton alone!

Leave poor Alexander Hamilton alone!

Upon examining a recent movement to banish Alexander Hamilton’s face from the $10 bill — one of the low points of 2015, in my opinion R...

December 19th, 2015 |  


Isn’t my money enough to give away?

Isn’t my money enough to give away?

I know I’m officially middle-aged now that I often start sentences with “Do you remember when …”Still, it does seem like so ma...

December 17th, 2015 |  


A threat from within

A threat from within

Throughout the years I’ve learned many things about government and the way it works. I’ve had a front-row seat to politics.I also studied ...

December 16th, 2015 |  


Does political correctness affect economy?

Does political correctness affect economy?

Just when you might have thought the politically correct among us finally had pulled out all of the stops, yet another example emerges. This time it d...

December 12th, 2015 |  


Yes, he’s a horse but not ‘just’ a horse

Yes, he’s a horse but not ‘just’ a horse

Of the 12 finalists for Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” award, only 11 are actual persons.The twelfth is a horse but no...

December 11th, 2015 |  


Personal freedoms and saving lives

Personal freedoms and saving lives

When I was really young, my dad told me something I didn’t quite understand, but over the years it has rung true time and time again.He said, &#...

December 10th, 2015 |  


Gun control, gun freedom can go together

Gun control, gun freedom can go together

Those of you who know me, or have read many of my columns, know I come from a fairly conservative family, and I have a politically and socially conser...

December 8th, 2015 |  


Pulling the plug on ‘paid patriotism’

Pulling the plug on ‘paid patriotism’

You can hardly watch any sporting event on television these days without some type of tribute to the military being included — maybe it’s ...

December 5th, 2015 |  


Lights can shine for a different reason

Lights can shine for a different reason

The world would have been better off if Wayne had lived. The level of kindness and generosity that he possessed is rare and the world is worse off wit...

December 4th, 2015 |  


Beware, be alert, be vigilant, be awake, be aware

Beware, be alert, be vigilant, be awake, be aware

There are many ways of saying it. Matthew, Mark and Luke agree that we should keep our eyes forward because Jesus will come again. Translators, of the...

December 4th, 2015 updated: December 4th, 2015. |  


Saving the holidays

Saving the holidays

“Ho, Ho, Ho,” said the fat man, and “Aren’t you going to eat some pie?” asked granny.Holiday cheer is in the air, and I&...

December 2nd, 2015 |  


Accept the good, and bad, of our history

Accept the good, and bad, of our history

George Orwell’s dreary view of the future, in which everyone must think only approved thoughts, where history is sanitized and rewritten to supp...

December 1st, 2015 |  


What was Thanksgiving No. 1 really like?

What was Thanksgiving No. 1 really like?

I would guess that most people observed Thanksgiving Day Thursday in the conventional manner — a big meal with family and friends gathered aroun...

November 28th, 2015 |  


A cure is at hand

A cure is at hand

When I first moved to the Yadkin Valley a dozen years ago, many things were different from my former home. Not least among them was that no one served...

November 27th, 2015 |  


Time for shoppers to put their foot down

Time for shoppers to put their foot down

The customer is always right.You’ve heard that, haven’t you. It’s supposed to be a staple of open commerce. If the customer doesn...

November 26th, 2015 updated: November 26th, 2015. |  


9,999 aren’t worth one American

Recently Gov. Pat McCrory sent a letter to the president basically saying “don’t send any Syrian refugees to our state.”I think McCr...

November 25th, 2015 |  


Cam Newton – a winner who’s a loser

Cam Newton – a winner who’s a loser

When can a winner still be a loser? It’s easy when your name is Cam Newton.Carolina Panthers supporters have reason to be happy this season, wit...

November 21st, 2015 |  


Just say thanks

Just say thanks

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of tu...

November 20th, 2015 |  


When a word isn’t a word

When a word isn’t a word

In the several months that I have been writing these columns, the indignity of advancing age has been a frequent topic but I like to think that I have...

November 20th, 2015 |  


Help Americans before taking in refugees

Help Americans before taking in refugees

Everywhere you turn lately is some information on either the Paris terrorist attacks or the influx of Syrian refugees.Public opinion has certainly tur...

November 18th, 2015 |  


Replay doesn’t get it right

Replay doesn’t get it right

Television has really become something around which the lives of some people revolve. People rush home at night to see their favorite reality shows, a...

November 18th, 2015 |  


Shopping locally is importantto town, and feels better, too

Shopping locally is importantto town, and feels better, too

Years ago when my children were still little, we lived in a tiny little town in north-central North Carolina, in a large, rambling, old house that was...

November 15th, 2015 |  


Just where is a smoker to go?

Just where is a smoker to go?

It’s often said that the more things change the more they stay the same, but this is certainly not true with smoking.You would be hard-pressed t...

November 14th, 2015 |  


A kerfuffle in a coffee cup

A kerfuffle in a coffee cup

Sometimes there’s a tempest in a teapot and then this week, there’s been a kerfuffle in a coffee cup.Who would ever have suspected a few d...

November 13th, 2015 updated: November 13th, 2015. |  


Time for Panther haters to eat crow

Time for Panther haters to eat crow

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!That was the kind of reaction that football fans and TV “experts” had this spring after the NFL Dra...

November 12th, 2015 |  


‘Freedom ain’t free’

‘Freedom ain’t free’

“Freedom — it ain’t free,” said a drill sergeant at Fort Benning, Georgia. After that, he explained that it was almost a stati...

November 11th, 2015 updated: November 11th, 2015. |  


Veterans too often treated badly

Veterans too often treated badly

I’ve been in this business for quite a few years, yet every once in a while a story comes along that just knocks the wind out of me.That happene...

November 8th, 2015 |  


New immigration law a good first step

New immigration law a good first step

At a time when certain government officials and others have established a trend in which illegal aliens increasingly are being rewarded for breaking t...

November 7th, 2015 updated: November 7th, 2015. |  


You don’t need a madeleine for Proust to change your life

You don’t need a madeleine for Proust to change your life

It was a Proustian moment. Instead of a madeleine dipped in tea, it was an Italian cream cake and the location was not belle époque Paris but Ant...

November 6th, 2015 |  


The least of these

The least of these

Matthew 25:40 “And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My ...

November 6th, 2015 |  


Reading isn’t much of an escape for some

Reading isn’t much of an escape for some

Today I’d like to talk a bit about fiction.No, not the stories that people think I make up for the newspaper, but rather the fiction books that ...

November 5th, 2015 |