Sometimes newer doesn’t mean better

Sometimes newer doesn’t mean better

We live in an age of technological advances, but just because something is new doesn’t always mean it’s better.In fact, in some ways today...

November 17th, 2016 |  


Offering my best wishes to Trump

Offering my best wishes to Trump

I guess after tossing my two cents in at every turn throughout this past election cycle, I owe my final two cents regarding the presidential election ...

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


Roy Cooper bucked Republican trend

Roy Cooper bucked Republican trend

RALEIGH — In a night of impressive Republican victories across the country, and right here in North Carolina, the state’s Democrats may we...

November 12th, 2016 |  


Street Scene

Street Scene

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November 12th, 2016 |  


Trump-haters should now get a life

Trump-haters should now get a life

Our Founding Fathers were a brilliant bunch of people who set up a constitution and a system to handle most anything that came along, including protec...

November 12th, 2016 |  


Enough with the self-destructive choices already

Enough with the self-destructive choices already

As a nation, we have no standards anymore. Things that would have sickened us to the core a generation ago are so commonplace now they hardly raise an...

November 11th, 2016 |  


Dealing with the emotional fallout

Dealing with the emotional fallout

As I write this, it is Tuesday afternoon. Election Day is winding down. The polls are dead — either because people did early voting or are waiti...

November 10th, 2016 |  


An example of how elections should be run

Amid all the name-calling, dishonest campaigning, and Facebook flame wars, we came across one shining example of what an election should look like.And...

November 10th, 2016 |  


We must respect the wall of separation

We must respect the wall of separation

For more than two centuries our greatest governing document here in America has been molded.I use the term molded, because there are matters contained...

November 9th, 2016 |  


Vote today, unify tomorrow

We’re all tired of it.The steady stream of television attack ads, the nonsensical Facebook posts in which individuals try to berate other indivi...

November 8th, 2016 |  


From the gloom of this election comes some hope

From the gloom of this election comes some hope

By the end of the day — hopefully — this madness known as the 2016 election season will be over and done (unless Donald Trump decides he d...

November 7th, 2016 |  


Could Mount Airy Downtown help with whittling wall?

City officials revealed Thursday the idea of restoring what has been historically known as the Whittling Wall along West Oak Street, may run into a bi...

November 6th, 2016 updated: November 7th, 2016. |  


You Said It…

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

November 5th, 2016 |  


All in all, a bad week for Indians

All in all, a bad week for Indians

In an era of Black Lives Matter and loud support for Mexican illegals and refugees from Syria and Cuba, concerns of Native Americans get drowned out &...

November 5th, 2016 |  


The internet has ruined celebrity stalking

The internet has ruined celebrity stalking

Celebrity stalking is not what it used to be.With today’s celebrities constantly tweeting their whereabouts and Instagramming their fancy meals ...

November 4th, 2016 updated: November 4th, 2016. |  


Truth in a Wikipedia world

Truth in a Wikipedia world

“For I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy t...

November 4th, 2016 updated: November 4th, 2016. |  


Bad lyrics really aren’t a new thing

Bad lyrics really aren’t a new thing

There some universal truths I’ve learned about humans in my 45 years.Most people believe they are good drivers, despite evidence to the contrary...

November 3rd, 2016 updated: November 3rd, 2016. |  


Poor, Powerless Pat could get the boot

Poor, Powerless Pat could get the boot

Since the N.C. General Assembly passed HB 2 in April, we have seen jobs lost, revenue flow to other states and sporting events canceled.Throughout all...

November 2nd, 2016 |  


Former GOP head takes issue with report

To the Editor,I read with concern the News report of an “altercation” at the early voting site in Dobson a few days ago. Although Surry Co...

November 1st, 2016 updated: November 1st, 2016. |  


Local business leader supports Tucker

To the Editor,Van Tucker is a man of integrity, common sense and love of his community. Van is a successful business owner and brings a wealth of know...

October 30th, 2016 |  


Extremism alive and well in Surry County?

Extremism alive and well in Surry County?

“You can take your baby-murdering ways and go back to New York or wherever you’re from.”That was the voice mail on my phone Thursday...

October 29th, 2016 |  


Street Scene

Street Scene

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October 29th, 2016 |  


So who is spreading the hate?

So who is spreading the hate?

Let me get this straight: some people despise Donald Trump because he allegedly “spreads hate,” so in response they commit hateful acts th...

October 29th, 2016 |  


WikiLeaks creamy risotto secrets

WikiLeaks creamy risotto secrets

Earlier in October when the “Access Hollywood” tape of Donald Trump bragging about his skill at sexual assault and yet another WikiLeaks d...

October 28th, 2016 |  


My apologies to grandparents

My apologies to grandparents

I would like to offer a sincere apology to all you grandmothers, grandfathers, great-grandmothers, and great-grandfathers who, through the years, trie...

October 28th, 2016 |  


You Said It..,

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

October 28th, 2016 |  


Guidelines for letters to editor

We are entering the final couple of weeks of the election season, with early voting already going on, and the big day — Nov. 8 — less than...

October 27th, 2016 |  


Who cares? It’s on to baseball now

Who cares? It’s on to baseball now

I care a lot about government. This election cycle has been something to watch, as it has broken the norm on many occasions.Donald Trump’s rise ...

October 26th, 2016 |  


Disturbing implication by the city manager

Thursday night the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners split its vote, 3-2, in favor of a parking lot arrangement with AIS Buildings LLC, which owns pro...

October 23rd, 2016 |  


There is ‘no excuse’ for not voting

There is ‘no excuse’ for not voting

I’ve always said that if elections were conducted at a certain store with a one-word name starting with a “W,” the turnout of eligib...

October 22nd, 2016 |  


You Said It

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

October 21st, 2016 |  


Everyone should receive the blessing from their parents

Everyone should receive the blessing from their parents

Gary Smalley and John Trent wrote a powerful book a few years ago entitled, “The Blessing” which dealt with the importance of being blesse...

October 21st, 2016 |  


Starfleet Commander or Chairman Mao?

Starfleet Commander or Chairman Mao?

As the late, great Joan Rivers used to say, “Can we talk?”I am speaking, of course, about the third and final presidential debate. I assum...

October 21st, 2016 |  


Players always looking for an advantage

Players always looking for an advantage

Someone asked me the other day why I haven’t written about politics lately in my weekly column.It’s simple. I’d rather be bashed in ...

October 19th, 2016 |  


A festival with no garden of joy

Every year tens of thousands of folks pack the streets of Mount Airy for the Autumn Leaves Festival.It’s an important event, as it creates reven...

October 19th, 2016 |  


TREE CEO sorry for missing Mount Airy

To the Editor,A group of experienced cyclists on the road functions like a single nervous system.Each rider, like a sensory cell, continually assesses...

October 18th, 2016 |  


Parking and presidential politics

Parking and presidential politics

I rarely, I mean very rarely, do this.I’m going to rant a little bit in my column today.About people who simply seem to think they are better th...

October 16th, 2016 |  


You Said It

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

October 15th, 2016 |  


America’s pastime is passing us by

America’s pastime is passing us by

Here’s one more item to add to the growing list of Things That Ain’t The Way They Used To Be: the lack of access to post-season Major Leag...

October 15th, 2016 |  


Melania Trump, formidable third wife

Melania Trump, formidable third wife

As the 2016 political season unfolds, one of the biggest surprises — and that is saying something, as there have been so many — has been t...

October 14th, 2016 |  


God’s wonderful book – the Holy Bible

God’s wonderful book – the Holy Bible

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the...

October 14th, 2016 |  


Healthy debate does not mean board is broken

The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners is looking at bringing in a consultant from the University of North Carolina School of Government to help the bo...

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


Dumping Norman not Panthers’ downfall

Dumping Norman not Panthers’ downfall

There is an old saying: You get what you pay for.In the NFL, that’s not always true.Being a general manager in the NFL is such a tough job. Imag...

October 13th, 2016 |  


I’m solving crimes in my spare time

I’m solving crimes in my spare time

The recent rash of illegal activity has left some folks gasping, wondering what has become of our world.All over the place political signs have gone m...

October 12th, 2016 |  


Despite comments, Trump still best for top office

To The Editor,Liberal loonism is alive and well in the national, state and local media. As demonstrated by the reaction to an eleven-year-old conversa...

October 11th, 2016 |  


County moving forward on two fronts

Last week, the Surry County Board of Commissioners continued work on two items that were particularly noteworthy.First was the county’s continue...

October 9th, 2016 |  


You Said It

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

October 8th, 2016 |  


Cyclists rate respect, greenway or not

Cyclists rate respect, greenway or not

It was certainly a nice gesture by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners Thursday when it voted unanimously to name a bridge on the city’s new g...

October 7th, 2016 |  


Going the second mile

Going the second mile

“Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him (two)” Matthew 5:41.We’ve all used the term, “Go the second mile.”...

October 7th, 2016 |  


Memories of Matthew

Memories of Matthew

I don’t know if Matthew Mayberry knew that a hurricane bearing his name was hurling toward the East Coast as he lay dying in the Woltz Hospice H...

October 6th, 2016 |