As sex scandals go, Woody Allen is old news

As sex scandals go, Woody Allen is old news

I saw something on television yesterday morning that I haven’t seen in a long time. A very long time.A network TV commercial for a new Woody All...

December 8th, 2017 |  


California ‘justice’ system strikes again

California ‘justice’ system strikes again

There are many good things about the state of California. It has some fine ski resorts and spectacular scenery, especially in northern areas near Lake...

December 2nd, 2017 |  


Waiting for Santa, parade passes by

Waiting for Santa, parade passes by

Having viewed the Mount Airy Christmas parade for the first time on Saturday, it occurred to me I hadn’t seen a Christmas parade in at least ten...

December 1st, 2017 |  


Not thankful for student loan ‘turkey’

Not thankful for student loan ‘turkey’

Of all the things to be thankful for this holiday weekend, one item certainly not worthy of thanks is the continuing crisis facing those with massive ...

November 25th, 2017 |  


Lessons learned from Black Friday

Lessons learned from Black Friday

Ten years ago today — and by today, I mean Black Friday 2007 — I was experiencing my first, and last, Black Friday as a retailer.Having a ...

November 24th, 2017 |  


Groping for answers about harassment

Groping for answers about harassment

It has taken a few minutes today to get my computer booted up to begin writing, so I would assume no further sexual harassment allegations have occurr...

November 17th, 2017 |  


‘Orphans’ need Thanksgiving dinner too

‘Orphans’ need Thanksgiving dinner too

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, which is fairly understandable as it is a holiday based almost entirely on food. Well, food and grat...

November 16th, 2017 |  


Veterans need more than salutes

Veterans need more than salutes

Today in Mount Airy and communities across the nation, special events are being held to honor our military veterans. Flags will be raised, words spoke...

November 10th, 2017 updated: November 11th, 2017. |  


Wine, better to consume than produce

Wine, better to consume than produce

Preparing to cover the Sixth-Annual Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium at Surry Community College on Wednesday, I read the press release ann...

November 10th, 2017 |  


Creating the ultimate Hornets team

Creating the ultimate Hornets team

In late August, 2K Sports released information on its newest basketball video game. Part of the game is an all-time roster for each franchise.Who is t...

November 9th, 2017 |  


Hats off to those with hats in ring

Hats off to those with hats in ring

Some people are cut out to be politicians and others aren’t, and I don’t mind admitting that I am firmly entrenched in the “not̶...

November 4th, 2017 |  


Doing some good, a happy bonus

Doing some good, a happy bonus

“I did a good thing. I did a good thing.”This has been the happy refrain inside my head since Friday night.While I was covering the Mount ...

November 3rd, 2017 |  


Lives of local elections matter, too

Lives of local elections matter, too

It’s funny how nearly one year after the 2016 presidential election, that event remains very much in the news as far as who colluded with who, e...

October 28th, 2017 |  


Recognizing Fido’s face digitally

Recognizing Fido’s face digitally

Facial recognition technology is kind of creepy if you ask me. Just because a computer can mistake one face for another much, much faster than a human...

October 27th, 2017 |  


Let girls be girls and boys be boys

Let girls be girls and boys be boys

Today with co-ed college dormitories, gender-neutral public restrooms, football teams containing both male and female players and other cases of meldi...

October 20th, 2017 |  


Multitasking: overrated or imaginary

Multitasking: overrated or imaginary

Multitasking is a vastly overrated skill.In fact, I contend that it is an imaginary skill. I do not believe all these people are doing a dozen things ...

October 20th, 2017 |  


Subtlety at work in state politics

Subtlety at work in state politics

Every day my email inbox is flooded with political messages from one group or another. Every little thing done by one party is scrutinized and critici...

October 19th, 2017 |  


What do we do with poor students?

What do we do with poor students?

Big news came down from the NCAA this week.Or rather, big “no news” came down as the NCAA said it wouldn’t be imposing any penalties...

October 14th, 2017 |  


Ca$h, not patrioti$m, fueling NFL move$

Ca$h, not patrioti$m, fueling NFL move$

What a difference a couple of weeks has made in the National Football League regarding pre-game protests by players during the performing of the anthe...

October 14th, 2017 |  


Boomer crimes against home decor

Boomer crimes against home decor

With the Autumn Leaves Festival coming to town today and the streets of Mount Airy being swamped with retail opportunities; birdhouses of all descript...

October 13th, 2017 |  


A Dr. Seuss tale of green eggs and idiots

A Dr. Seuss tale of green eggs and idiots

A persistent menace posing an ongoing threat to the health, safety and welfare of Americans everywhere has struck again in recent days.I’m not t...

October 7th, 2017 |  


FDA marks love as the ingredient that dares not speak its name

FDA marks love as the ingredient that dares not speak its name

Receiving surprisingly little media attention, reports of what could be seen as a bit of government overreach began to trickle out this week. It seems...

October 5th, 2017 |  


Panthers’ offense a work in progress

Panthers’ offense a work in progress

The Carolina Panthers are off to a great start at 3-1, but what about the sluggish offense?Last year the Panthers went 6-10 and missed the playoffs fo...

October 4th, 2017 |  


NFL protesters playing a losing game

NFL protesters playing a losing game

Just because people possess “the right” to do something, does it mean they should always exercise that right?I mean, given that you most c...

September 30th, 2017 |  


From Austin Powers to gold balloons

From Austin Powers to gold balloons

As a returning resident of North Carolina about 14 years ago, it became clear that being able to dance the shag was an important life skill.I hadnR...

September 29th, 2017 |  


Who doesn’t want a ‘Mayberry escape’?

Who doesn’t want a ‘Mayberry escape’?

If you suddenly woke up from a two-year amnesiac coma and didn’t have a calendar handy, you’d still know Mayberry Days was under way in Mo...

September 23rd, 2017 |  


Nostalgia needs a plan, and some focus

Nostalgia needs a plan, and some focus

On the way to work today, I somehow ended up behind a sort of faux-Conestoga covered wagon which was impeding traffic considerably. But why should I b...

September 22nd, 2017 |  


What’s up with the hurricane names?

What’s up with the hurricane names?

Although the two recent hurricanes have passed into meteorological history, millions in Texas, Florida and elsewhere are still dealing with the misery...

September 16th, 2017 |  


Our own kids are ‘Dreamers,’ too

Our own kids are ‘Dreamers,’ too

I don’t want to get into a big debate about how great the so-called “Dreamers” are, the young people in the Deferred Action for Chil...

September 9th, 2017 |  


Childhood cancer, ‘Shake it off’

Childhood cancer, ‘Shake it off’

On April 25, 2017, I breathed in the smell of Tatyana’s hair for the last time. She died early that morning after battling brain cancer for thre...

September 8th, 2017 |  


Spike in gas prices fueling disgust

Spike in gas prices fueling disgust

Every time there’s a natural disaster — such as Hurricane Harvey at present — it brings out both the best and worst of humanity, and...

September 1st, 2017 |  


Statues, flags dishonor Lee

Statues, flags dishonor Lee

There’s been a lot of talk recently about heritage, about why it’s wrong to tear down the statues of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, about...

August 27th, 2017 |  


Guys named Stonewall need not apply

Guys named Stonewall need not apply

When columnists are looking for something to write about, they usually can rely on items appearing in the news during the past week — and my top...

August 26th, 2017 |  


Humans and rodents-1, robots-0

Humans and rodents-1, robots-0

Those of you of the millennial generation and younger have probably enjoyed a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese, either your own or that of a friend.T...

August 25th, 2017 updated: August 25th, 2017. |  


Trusting God

Trusting God

One of my favorite passages of scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything o...

August 25th, 2017 |  


Where do attacks on history end?

Where do attacks on history end?

Somehow a clash between two groups of people in Charlottesville, Virginia, last Saturday — each containing their share of thugs bent on violence...

August 19th, 2017 |  


The spirituality of struggle

Since ancient times struggle has been recognized as a major factor in the process of spiritual growth. The Bible is filled with stories that demonstra...

August 18th, 2017 |  


Streaking bares naked truth about society

Streaking bares naked truth about society

As a reporter for a small-town newspaper, I get to write about a little bit of everything that happens in our community, be it related to local govern...

August 12th, 2017 |  


Dress for the job you want

Dress for the job you want

There are rich people weddings and there are rich people weddings and then there’s a rich people wedding with Hillary Clinton in a caftan.She Wh...

August 11th, 2017 |  


Spiritual renewal

August 13 marks a historic anniversary.In 1727 the villagers in Herrnhut, Saxony, experienced a spiritual awakening that was so broad sweeping it lead...

August 11th, 2017 |  


All good things must come to an end

All good things must come to an end

All good things must come to an end.I’ve been told that before, and I’ve repeated it many times to loved ones and friends. When the vacati...

August 9th, 2017 |  


Haven’t we seen this before?

Haven’t we seen this before?

My mother was one of the wisest people I’ve ever known, often able to offer insights or gentle guidance to family members when the need arose. W...

August 5th, 2017 |  


Nominating NC as Bloodsucker State

Nominating NC as Bloodsucker State

States love to adopt colorful names for themselves, such as Missouri’s claim to the Show-Me State and Texas being known as the Lone Star State.T...

August 4th, 2017 |  


How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow?

Gardening is harder than it looks. It’s not exactly like I had expected the ground to magically turn into a Pez dispenser for food or anything l...

August 4th, 2017 |  


Leadership, unity a problem for GOP

Leadership, unity a problem for GOP

Three weeks ago, I decided to give our readers a break from seeing my ugly mug in Wednesday’s newspaper.I can’t imagine how terrible it mu...

August 2nd, 2017 |  


This time ‘Washington’ got it right

This time ‘Washington’ got it right

Ever been behind the wheel and the driver in front of you does something really ridiculous — such as not moving when the light turns green, or c...

July 29th, 2017 |  


Faithful soldiers of the cross, part 2

Faithful soldiers of the cross, part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part column by Rev. Tim Burton.Last week we began to look at Paul’s second letter to Timothy. P...

July 28th, 2017 |  


A death wish for debate

A death wish for debate

I loved John McCain’s speech on Tuesday.And I am not the biggest fan of John McCain. He is personally responsible for unleashing Sarah Palin and...

July 28th, 2017 |  


Dale Jr. retiring rates a big ‘so what’

Dale Jr. retiring rates a big ‘so what’

I can’t recall my exact reaction when first hearing that Dale Earnhardt Jr. was planning to retire, but I’m pretty sure it involved a grea...

July 21st, 2017 |  


Faithful soldiers of the cross, part 1

Faithful soldiers of the cross, part 1

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part column by Rev. Tim Burton. The second part will publised on Friday, July 28.When we read PaulR...

July 21st, 2017 |