Celebrities are just like us, they die

Celebrities are just like us, they die

It is really annoying the way celebrities whom one has never met are constantly dropping dead and inflicting unwanted reminders of mortality on all of...

May 18th, 2018 |  


Nothing wrong with pursuing the dreams

Nothing wrong with pursuing the dreams

We are in the midst of what I believe is often one of the more reflective times of year for many folks, when high schoolers and college students all a...

May 13th, 2018 |  


A ‘peony’ by any other name

A ‘peony’ by any other name

A most delightful aroma was wafting out of my colleague Kim Cagle’s office on Thursday as I walked by. I looked inside, and she had a glorious b...

May 11th, 2018 |  


Maybe we’re not so friendly afterall

Maybe we’re not so friendly afterall

There, but for the grace of God, go I.It’s a common saying, one meant to show humility, to express an understanding that every one of us could e...

May 6th, 2018 updated: May 8th, 2018. |  


Another profession falls to automation

Another profession falls to automation

Automation strikes again. Yet one more robot has taken yet one more job away from humans, and in doing so, has endangered not just any profession, but...

May 4th, 2018 |  


Dealing with a big birthday

Dealing with a big birthday

This past Sunday at lunch, my baby sister made a comment expressing amazement that I was going to be 60 the next day. She wasn’t being snotty be...

April 27th, 2018 updated: April 27th, 2018. |  


Putting the freeze on cold hard cash

Putting the freeze on cold hard cash

We’ve all been there. Waiting in line at a convenience store or supermarket while someone ahead of us is making a purchase using a credit or deb...

April 21st, 2018 |  


Special Olympics are indeed special

Special Olympics are indeed special

Surry Special Olympics is an extraordinary thing. I’d never seen it live before covering this year’s spring games this past Friday, and I ...

April 20th, 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. |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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. |  


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 |  


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. |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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. |  


A cute face can obscure an ugly truth

A cute face can obscure an ugly truth

It’s often said that there is a fine line between genius and insanity, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could be the latest high-profile exam...

February 17th, 2018 |  


Let’s spread a little more love!

Let’s spread a little more love!

Greeting’s my friends; it is an absolute pleasure to speak with you for a moment. I would like to speak to you concerning the Lord and Savior Je...

February 16th, 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 ...

February 16th, 2018 |  


Frontier justice does have its place

Frontier justice does have its place

I know the justice system draws a lot of criticism, some of which is warranted, but when functioning properly it provides one of the last few places o...

February 10th, 2018 |  


The road to success is being the best

The road to success is being the best

We greet each and every one of you in the name of the The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We appreciate so much the reading of the articles each week. W...

February 9th, 2018 |  


A red roadster: a dream that won’t die

A red roadster: a dream that won’t die

A red roadster has been an object of desire for me since 1970. Ever since seeing the movie “Love Story,” I have wanted one with all my hea...

February 9th, 2018 |  


Why is the NFL so anti-American?

Why is the NFL so anti-American?

In this day and age, it is extremely unusual for more than six in 10 Americans (about 65 percent) to be viewing the same television program on a given...

February 3rd, 2018 |  


Christians, it’s time to rise and shine!

Christians, it’s time to rise and shine!

Greetings, my brothers and sisters in Christ. A year has come and gone. We have embarked in a new year. The year of 2018. The year of 2017 passed so q...

February 2nd, 2018 |  


Balancing my TV diet, funny is funny

Balancing my TV diet, funny is funny

Like most people who live or work in Mount Airy, I’ve got a friend that can’t get enough of “The Andy Griffith Show.” He used ...

February 1st, 2018 |  


Lofty abortion terms don’t alter horror

Lofty abortion terms don’t alter horror

Don’t know about you, but it really irritates me when people try to dress up certain words or activities by using kinder, gentler language to ma...

January 27th, 2018 |  


A road trip to a jail cell

A road trip to a jail cell

Some days you put on a sports jacket and your good shoes, and you go up to Cross Creek to see who’s going to be Citizen of the Year. That’...

January 26th, 2018 updated: January 26th, 2018. |  


DACA = Dems Against Common Americans

DACA = Dems Against Common Americans

As I sit here on Friday, a stare-down is continuing in Washington over a spending bill that was threatening to shut down the federal government at mid...

January 20th, 2018 |  


A dusting for the record books

A dusting for the record books

Two days trapped in the house by a dusting of snow has not been my idea of a good time. That was quite a dusting, wasn’t it? As dustings of snow...

January 19th, 2018 |  


Sessions should pipe down about pot

Sessions should pipe down about pot

Isn’t it interesting that with all the issues on his Justice Department plate — the opioid crisis, gang and inner-city violence and identi...

January 13th, 2018 |  


God is calling you to holiness

God is calling you to holiness

I Peter 1:15, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (word and behavior). Read also I Thess.4:7.N...

January 12th, 2018 |  


Missed chance for another Big Bang

Missed chance for another Big Bang

There was a time not so many years ago when social media was not the 800-pound gorilla of human interaction that it has since become.Now that social m...

January 12th, 2018 |  


Warming up to weird weather patterns

Warming up to weird weather patterns

I usually don’t spend much time contemplating situations that are larger than what a mere mortal can comprehend or control, such as the forces o...

January 6th, 2018 |  


Hear and listen, God is calling you

Hear and listen, God is calling you

This New Year, we have a new opportunity for a fresh start. As we look back, we see where we’ve had some struggles, some failures, but hopefully...

January 5th, 2018 |  


Adventurous matters of water and sewer

Adventurous matters of water and sewer

A decade and a half ago, when I moved to Jonesville — or as I like to call it, the Left Bank — everyone I met in my new home asked me if I...

January 5th, 2018 |  


Anti-cursing law is #@!#ing ridiculous

Anti-cursing law is #@!#ing ridiculous

If you happen to be in nearby areas of Virginia and desire to cuss someone out, hopefully it’s for good reason — but be advised that it is...

December 30th, 2017 |  


Stalking Santa reveals his secret

Stalking Santa reveals his secret

Saturday evening I was accused of stalking, which probably happens to reporters from time to time, especially if a source is not all that keen on bein...

December 29th, 2017 |  


How two local ‘elves’ saved Christmas

How two local ‘elves’ saved Christmas

Being a generally cynical person (working in the news business does that to you), I grow increasingly disgusted with the celebration of Christmas in t...

December 23rd, 2017 updated: December 23rd, 2017. |  


Hilarity returns to Christmas dinner

Hilarity returns to Christmas dinner

There comes a point in life when it’s possible to become jaded to the charms of family Christmas gatherings. They’re a tad repetitious yea...

December 22nd, 2017 |  


Social media is new ‘opiate of the masses’

Social media is new ‘opiate of the masses’

I am not a fan of Karl Marx — him being the father of socialism/communism and all — and in fact have always had more of an appreciation fo...

December 16th, 2017 |  


More than a French toast emergency

More than a French toast emergency

It was a magical snow.The snowfall that began this past Friday, continued on throughout the day and into the next morning was special in a lot of ways...

December 15th, 2017 |  


Will people become slaves to robots?

Will people become slaves to robots?

When covering a Lego League tournament last month in Dobson, I was impressed by what was occurring.About 170 middle-school-age students were gathered ...

December 9th, 2017 |