Crime May Become Election Issue

Crime May Become Election Issue

ASHEBORO — As the candidates for North Carolina attorney general, Republican Buck Newton and Democrat Josh Stein, met Sept. 20 at Asheboro’...

October 1st, 2016 |  


Street Scene

Street Scene

Question: Who do you think won Monday night’s presidential debate, and why? .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px...

October 1st, 2016 |  


Debate format leaves much room for debate

Debate format leaves much room for debate

Imagine the chaos that would reign if there were no scoreboards for football games.Of course, just watching two teams run their offenses and defenses ...

October 1st, 2016 |  


…And I remembered … God

…And I remembered … God

In day to day life, we are hit with good days. Bills are paid on time. Debt has been reduced. Jobs are good. Life does have a way of turning for the w...

September 30th, 2016 |  


Dashcam, bodycam law is bad for all involved

As reported by “Mount Airy News” staff writer Terri Flagg (page 1A), today is the last day bodycam and dashcam footage from law enforcemen...

September 30th, 2016 |  


The other great email scandal

The other great email scandal

The presidential debate on Monday was such an oxygen sucker it’s hard to think about anything else. But so much has been said about it, what can...

September 30th, 2016 |  


Monopolizing the eyeglasses market

Monopolizing the eyeglasses market

In a few weeks, I will turn 45.I am apathetic about that. But what I have noticed is that many of my friends and relatives my age are starting to join...

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


Get informed, then pull the lever

Get informed, then pull the lever

Depending on the position, every two, four or six years we choose who will lead our town, county, state and nation. It’s our right to head to th...

September 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...

September 24th, 2016 |  


Ernest T. and Otis, you beat everything

Ernest T. and Otis, you beat everything

With Mayberry Days upon us for another year, I suppose it’s appropriate to ask a timely question, not what’s in your wallet? — but w...

September 24th, 2016 |  


…and God remembered… His Covenant

…and God remembered… His Covenant

We have on many occasions made promises to friends or family members. Sometimes, the promises are kept. Sometimes, the promises are broken for various...

September 23rd, 2016 |  


NASA takes on dead Babylonians

NASA takes on dead Babylonians

I can’t decide who has made me angrier, NASA or a bunch of dead Babylonians.As long as I can remember, my astrological sign is Taurus. I am a Ta...

September 23rd, 2016 |  


Studying this odd creature that is man

Studying this odd creature that is man

Human beings are an odd species.For years I have been fascinated by the psyche of the American public. I took several psychology classes and a philoso...

September 21st, 2016 |  


Police do good things — believe it or not

Police do good things — believe it or not

Whenever a police officer fatally shoots someone, justifiably or not, it is pretty much guaranteed to be big news all the around the country — p...

September 17th, 2016 |  


…and God remembered…bottles and books

…and God remembered…bottles and books

When I was a classroom teacher, I read a story to my young scholars about an elderly Mr. O.Mr. O wanted to brew tear water tea. So, Mr. O sat in his k...

September 16th, 2016 |  


Election year from a cord cutter’s view

Election year from a cord cutter’s view

I cut the cord from the cable company back at the end of 2011. Whenever friends complain about their astronomical cable bills, I ask them why they don...

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


Neighbor brought the community together

Today I have a funeral for my neighbor, Wallace Creed.I was only 7 when my family moved from Sunset Drive near the hospital out to White Plains. I tho...

September 15th, 2016 |  


Legislators should change ‘casino’ law

The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History’s annual Casino Royale fundraiser just became a Concert Royale fundraising, now that the North Carolin...

September 15th, 2016 |  


Grandstanding at its hypocritical finest

This week the NCAA announced it would cancel a number of championship events in North Carolina in response to the state’s controversial HB2 law....

September 14th, 2016 |  


A leisurely stroll through GOP tent city

A leisurely stroll through GOP tent city

Political pundits, candidates and my barber all have their theories when it comes to politics, but in reality it is all quite simple.Whoever gets the ...

September 13th, 2016 |  


Some thoughts on the NFL, fair play

I want to talk a bit about the Panthers. But first, a little history lesson.In 2007, the Patriots were in a foul mood after the Jets accused them of s...

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


After Aycock, who’s next — Washington?

After Aycock, who’s next — Washington?

Along with the Zika virus and the ever-present spectre of terrorism, there is another threat to society which seems to be gaining momentum. For want o...

September 10th, 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...

September 10th, 2016 |  


Fight like a kid for September Gold

Fight like a kid for September Gold

It’s September and that can only mean one thing.No, I don’t mean that the kids are back in school or the oppressive summer humidity has fi...

September 9th, 2016 |  


…and God remembered…Hannah

…and God remembered…Hannah

There are prayers that are common, such as blessings said over meals and prayers that we tend to repeat by memory. Other prayers are made that come fr...

September 9th, 2016 |  


Schools being ‘cool’ isn’t worth the danger

Schools being ‘cool’ isn’t worth the danger

Dr. Nick Kardaras is all over the place lately.After penning a book on the dangers of children and technology, Kardaras has been featured in newspaper...

September 8th, 2016 |  


Hooked on my new fashion statement

Hooked on my new fashion statement

I’ve never been one for accessorizing. I don’t much care what I look like, and I can’t stand wearing jewelry. However, I recently pi...

September 6th, 2016 |  


A chance to stop playing politics and start governing

Last week a group of former North Carolina Supreme Court chief justices and other retired judges unveiled a proposed congressional district map, showi...

September 4th, 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...

September 3rd, 2016 |  


QB Kaepernick needs sacking for good

QB Kaepernick needs sacking for good

Isn’t it irritating when some celebrity — whether an actor, a musical group or athlete — takes advantage of whatever platform they a...

September 3rd, 2016 |  


…and God remembered…Noah

…and God remembered…Noah

In today’s society, we have electronic calendars, notepads, planners and other devices that help us remember our daily list of things to do and ...

September 2nd, 2016 |  


Reader angry over column

To the Editor,Tom Joyce has many of us red faced and hot stove pipe mad! The recent column, Where do I sign to be undocumented? (Mount Airy News, Aug....

September 2nd, 2016 |  


Too much garbage is now acceptable

Too much garbage is now acceptable

What the heck is going on in this country?At some point over the past decade, a lot of questionable behavior has become socially acceptable, and I can...

September 1st, 2016 |  


City needs to address lots without water, sewer service

We are more than 15 years into the 21st century, which means we take certain things for granted. One of those is water and sewer accessibility inside ...

September 1st, 2016 |  


Pilot mayor takes issue with article

To the Editor,I read your article about the selection process for town manager this morning and it seemed that the News implied that the town board is...

August 31st, 2016 |  


Thankful for hospice workers

To the Editor,Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care well deserves to be recognized as a valuable asset to Mount Airy and surrounding areas.My fi...

August 30th, 2016 |  


Reader takes issue with column

To the Editor,As one who has liberally slurped up the Kool-Aid of liberal brainwashing, I find many of Mr. Joyce’s points factually in error, bu...

August 30th, 2016 |  


EMS needs to keep better records

Forgive us if we don’t have a lot of sympathy for the Surry County EMS department at present.Nor the board of commissioners, for that matter.The...

August 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...

August 27th, 2016 |  


Where do I sign to be undocumented?

Where do I sign to be undocumented?

As was the case with millions of other Americans, Donald Trump caught my attention as a presidential contender when he promised early on to get tough ...

August 27th, 2016 |  


Free labor doesn’t last, but the memories do

Free labor doesn’t last, but the memories do

This morning my niece started bellyaching that her babies aren’t babies anymore as she signed the youngest up for pre-school. The middle one is ...

August 26th, 2016 |  


Who will pass the torch?

Who will pass the torch?

Following His death, burial and resurrection, Jesus remained on the earth for 40 days. Preparing His disciples for His departure back to heaven, He ve...

August 26th, 2016 |  


Happy to live in the greatest country

Happy to live in the greatest country

Every now and then I see something in the news which makes me very happy to live in the greatest country in the world. That country is the United Stat...

August 24th, 2016 |  


Smartphone zombies (addicts) are taking over

Smartphone zombies (addicts) are taking over

The other day while driving through our fair city of Mount Airy and stupidly thinking I could actually get across town in a timely manner, the inevita...

August 21st, 2016 |  


City schools’ offer unusual, but good to see

City schools’ offer unusual, but good to see

I found it quite interesting to read Jeff Linville’s report today (page 1A) regarding the move by Mount Airy City Schools to reach out to the lo...

August 21st, 2016 |  


NBA adds insult to injury in Charlotte

NBA adds insult to injury in Charlotte

Rumors had been circulating for a couple of weeks, so it was no real surprise when the NBA announced that it was offering the 2017 All-Star Game to Ne...

August 20th, 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...

August 20th, 2016 |  


Passing the torch in the church

Passing the torch in the church

Statistics reveal that church attendance is on the decline in America. Many Christian denominations and fellowships report stagnant growth. As one loo...

August 19th, 2016 |  


Beware social media if you want a job

Beware social media if you want a job

A couple of days ago, my friend Nicole posted a thought-provoking public service announcement on her Facebook page.She works for a law firm but she is...

August 19th, 2016 |  


Teflon Hillary keeps dodging scandals

Teflon Hillary keeps dodging scandals

In last week’s column I mentioned Hillary Clinton.A friend and staunch supporter wanted to know why I didn’t love Hillary as much as she d...

August 17th, 2016 |