Mark Earth Day with move to vegeterian diet

Dear Editor,April 22 marks the 50th observance of Earth Day. Each of us can celebrate by reducing our driving, use of electric energy, and consumption...

April 19th, 2018 |  


It’s hard to find facts in HR record

It’s hard to find facts in HR record

In grade school my favorite sport was baseball. I had dreams of growing into a tall, powerful pitcher.That never happened.In middle school I started t...

April 19th, 2018 |  


Taxes funding a Southern invasion?

To the Editor,I once thought that legislation was intended to promote constituents’ best interests. But sometimes politicians make laws on their...

April 19th, 2018 |  


Force Facebook to face the music

Force Facebook to face the music

It’s a situation that firmly belongs in the “this sounded like a good idea at the time” department.When the Facebook social media se...

April 14th, 2018 |  


Ghost of Sigmund Freud strikes again

Ghost of Sigmund Freud strikes again

On Saturday night, WXII News broke the critically important story that Meghan Markle’s dad had bought some books on England and was apparently s...

April 13th, 2018 updated: April 13th, 2018. |  


Why are we making these races political?

Why are we making these races political?

It’s only April, and already I’m growing weary of the campaign season.It’s a long time until November.On Saturday I sat in on a Repu...

April 11th, 2018 |  


Reader calls headline misleading

To the Editor,An article last week highlighted correspondence from the development group to the city and the headline stated ‘developer turns up...

April 10th, 2018 |  


Hasn’t McKinley been through enough?

Hasn’t McKinley been through enough?

Just when you think people couldn’t get any dumber and/or unreasonable concerning the revisionist history surrounding statues of past leaders, a...

April 7th, 2018 |  


Following in Papa’s footsteps, loudly

Following in Papa’s footsteps, loudly

Last week I bought my four-year-old grandson a drum kit, and I haven’t told his parents yet. My daughter is driving me to and from a medical pro...

April 6th, 2018 |  


NFL needs a plan to stop spending

NFL needs a plan to stop spending

The NFL Draft is still three weeks away, but at the crazy rate teams have been signing huge free-agent deals, there won’t be any money left for ...

April 5th, 2018 |  


Encore for ‘Shadow of the Mountain?’

To the Editor,Last weekend Mount Airy citizens were privileged to attend an outstanding musical at the Surry Arts Council.John Adams, a creative geniu...

April 3rd, 2018 |  


Rockets flying high into playoffs

“The Warriors are a superteam and they’re going to win the next five championships!” “The East doesn’t have any talent o...

April 2nd, 2018 |  


Peel away the emotions, and LGC made right vote

Generally, we favor the idea that local government knows best, that those closer to a community are in the best position to know what the community tr...

April 1st, 2018 |  


Census take on illegals makes sense

Census take on illegals makes sense

As I’ve said before in this space, something almost as troubling as the presence of illegal immigrants itself and the far-reaching problems surr...

March 31st, 2018 |  


Caution will get you killed

Caution will get you killed

“Deeply bitter,” was how a good friend characterized her feelings about the snow that swept through the area on Saturday.And though that s...

March 30th, 2018 |  


It’s about time to elect these two

It’s about time to elect these two

First there was Vince McMahon announcing he wants to bring back the XFL. Now there’s another football league (AAF) in the works.Here’s one...

March 28th, 2018 |  


Cooking for a crowd can be a good way to earn compliments. Preparing a special meal for a date gives you a chance to show off your cooking skills. But...

March 25th, 2018 |  


If you feed them, they will come

If you feed them, they will come

It’s a simple formula for success, really, but one sometimes overlooked, which relates to the awesome power of food.The political strategist Jam...

March 24th, 2018 |  


The Passover Lamb

The Passover Lamb

This coming Sunday, March 25, is known as Palm Sunday in the Christian Church. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Passion Week, and The Lord JesusR...

March 23rd, 2018 |  


School choice leaves me with questions

School choice leaves me with questions

At Monday’s county meeting, the commissioners had a brief interview session with candidates for the Central District seat.One of the questions t...

March 22nd, 2018 updated: March 22nd, 2018. |  


City board action alarming

Mount Airy Commissioner Steve Yokeley was a little miffed.And he had a right to be.Recently, he asked that a particular item be placed on the agenda f...

March 22nd, 2018 |  


City school’s Brown receives recognition

City school’s Brown receives recognition

A Mount Airy school official was recently recognized for his work with a statewide education award.Dr. Phillip Brown was one of five recipients in Nor...

March 20th, 2018 |  


Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation

Northern Cardiac Rehabilitation is improving the lives of people living in Mount Airy and the surrounding communities who have had heart attacks, hear...

March 18th, 2018 |  


Student gun protest falls short of mark(s)

Student gun protest falls short of mark(s)

Given that there are definitely two sides to the issue, I wonder what would have happened this week if students had mounted a massive counter-protest ...

March 16th, 2018 |  


The preaching of the cross

The preaching of the cross

The Christian Church is now entering the season when the message of the Cross of Calvary will be greatly emphasized all over the world. Sermons will b...

March 16th, 2018 |  


Parenthood requires extreme honesty

Parenthood requires extreme honesty

Sometimes a parent has to deal with the tough questions. It comes with the territory. Being in charge of a small human, and being the fount of all wis...

March 15th, 2018 updated: March 16th, 2018. |  


Are real men going the way of 8-track?

Are real men going the way of 8-track?

Recent conversations with some female friends brought up some interesting ideas about dating in today’s world.One friend grew up on a farm and l...

March 15th, 2018 |  


Reader: Mount Airy great, but…

Dear Editor:My wife, Bobbie, and I relocated from Florida to Surry County a few years ago after having searched a great deal of the United States look...

March 14th, 2018 |  


March Madness: What are the Odds?

Nonstop basketball for the next three or so weeks is a sports fan’s dream. Fans across the nation are filling out brackets, only to throw them i...

March 13th, 2018 |  


It’s about time clock changes ended

It’s about time clock changes ended

Another time change is upon us this weekend, something it seems as if we did only yesterday — yet here we are once again.Of course, the shift to...

March 10th, 2018 |  


Answer for multitude without a shepherd

Answer for multitude without a shepherd

When Dr. Billy Graham preached in the Los Angeles Coliseum during the 25-day 1963 Crusade, he personally preached to 910,000 people. I have a picture ...

March 9th, 2018 |  


What is Y.A. anyway?

What is Y.A. anyway?

What’s the deal with all this ‘young adult literature’ anyway? Or ‘Y. A.” as it’s called by the people who write i...

March 9th, 2018 updated: March 9th, 2018. |  


Combine displays great safety choices

Combine displays great safety choices

The NFL Combine was held over the weekend for the 336 college football players hoping to be drafted next month.Watching the NFL Network’s covera...

March 8th, 2018 |  


Barter Theatre? Yes, please

To the Editor,I have lived in Mount Airy my entire life. I spent my high school years cheering on the Granite Bears, I look forward to the Autumn Leav...

March 5th, 2018 |  


Vote’s done, time to get to work

Thursday’s vote by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners to sign an agreement with the Barter Theatre of Abingdon, Virginia, could be a game-cha...

March 4th, 2018 |  


Selective outrage strikes again

Selective outrage strikes again

It always amazes me how something can be identified as a major concern and everyone jumps on the bandwagon to address it — complete with candlel...

March 3rd, 2018 |  


Cultural appropriation is ‘ugly’ business

Cultural appropriation is ‘ugly’ business

If it’s Milan Fashion Week, as it was last week, it goes without saying that Gucci is treading in the deep doo-doo of loud outcries protesting c...

March 2nd, 2018 |  


Remembering ‘America’s Pastor’ — Dr. Billy Graham

Remembering ‘America’s Pastor’ — Dr. Billy Graham

On Feb. 21, shockwaves crossed our nation and throughout the world, with the news that our beloved Evangelist Billy Graham had died at age 99. Within ...

March 2nd, 2018 |  


Fashion Week, the news so far

Fashion Week, the news so far

At the risk of biting the hand that feeds me, I have to say the Mount Airy News is, as a general rule, woefully deficient in bringing fashion news to ...

March 1st, 2018 |  


Bad leadership dooming Gibson guitars

Bad leadership dooming Gibson guitars

In the past month, rumors have been mounting that Gibson Brands, one of the most iconic guitar companies in the world, could be headed into bankruptcy...

March 1st, 2018 |  


Real life figures show Barter a bad deal?

To the Editor,Letters have been printed both for and against the Barter deal, but one thread runs through them all. Those for the deal seem guided mai...

March 1st, 2018 |  


Barter deal about investment

To the Editor,Redeveloping the Spencer property with a hotel and theater may be the greatest opportunity for economic growth and investment in Mount A...

March 1st, 2018 |  


View Barter vote as economic incentive request

Today Mount Airy commissioners are scheduled to finally vote on the Barter Theatre project.The project calls for the city to build a downtown theater ...

March 1st, 2018 |  


Reader supports Barter proposal

To the Editor,“There are 3 kinds of people in the world - those who love math and those who don’t.”That funny tee shirt exemplifies ...

February 28th, 2018 |  


Reader: Barter key to economic life

To The EditorI am for the Barter Theatre and here’s why……because I am a fiscal conservative and a capitalist! We can discuss all the...

February 25th, 2018 |  


Stroke treatment: When minutes save lives

Stroke treatment: When minutes save lives

“Every minute counts when dealing with a potential stroke situation – so if you think you’re having a stroke, call 911 immediately s...

February 25th, 2018 |  


Shooting off their mouths on guns

Shooting off their mouths on guns

When doctors treat people for the flu, they just don’t focus on the fever or headaches — the full range of symptoms is targeted, yet that ...

February 24th, 2018 |  


What to expect in the NBA’s second half

A surprisingly entertaining all-star weekend has come and gone and it’s time for NBA franchises to buckle down.The final stretch of the season i...

February 23rd, 2018 |  


Pilot Mountain: Asleep at the wheel for tourism

To the Editor,Like many income-strapped in the NC Foothills, I look to local resources and opportunities to supplement income. Not just me but my mill...

February 23rd, 2018 |  


Forever 32, the mirror lies again

Forever 32, the mirror lies again

Occasionally, a mirror will sneak up on me, and before I can avert my gaze, I catch a glimpse of myself. And that old man staring back out of the mirr...

February 23rd, 2018 updated: February 23rd, 2018. |