Foxx’s talking point meets logic

Foxx’s talking point meets logic

I voted for Virginia Foxx in the recent general election. Part of the reason I did was her opponent wouldn’t even call me back. If Josh Brannon ...

January 25th, 2017 |  


Give it up already, and give him a chance

Give it up already, and give him a chance

The more I think about the backlash that has surrounded the election of Donald Trump, I come to the realization that it’s not all about the man ...

January 21st, 2017 |  


Anybody can grow up to be president

Anybody can grow up to be president

Remember when you were a little kid and your mama told you that if you were a good person and worked hard, you could achieve anything you set your min...

January 20th, 2017 |  


Intolerance thrives in Surry County

Intolerance thrives in Surry County

I believe in life we forge our own destiny. We create our own opportunities. That’s what makes America great. You get to be whatever you want to...

January 18th, 2017 |  


Money, not race, divides ‘Mayberry’

Money, not race, divides ‘Mayberry’

If my memory is correct, I moved to Mount Airy 38 years ago this coming spring, and something I noticed right away was the glaring absence of a middle...

January 14th, 2017 |  


Whatever happened to flying cars?

Whatever happened to flying cars?

The promised Modern World from my childhood remains elusive.George Jetson had a flying car in 1962 and to this day, my car refuses to leave the ground...

January 13th, 2017 |  


The name above every name

The name above every name

Last week as we began our study of the names of GOD, we looked at the name I AM, found in Exodus 3:13-15. This is the name GOD introduced Himself as t...

January 13th, 2017 |  


Zombie apocalypse or 6 inches of snow?

Zombie apocalypse or 6 inches of snow?

This is now my third winter in the area, and every winter the local reaction to snow, ice and overall wintry weather boggles my mind. You would think ...

January 10th, 2017 |  


Washington Post pulled a good old-fashioned hatchet job

Washington Post pulled a good old-fashioned hatchet job

It was a hatchet job, pure and simple.I’m talking about the Jan. 5 Washington Post article “How nostalgia for white Christian America drov...

January 8th, 2017 |  


NC should dial up Calif. cell-phone law

NC should dial up Calif. cell-phone law

I usually don’t think copying California is necessarily a good thing, given that the large state on the West Coast tends to be a trend-setter fo...

January 7th, 2017 |  


Retail stores dropping like flies

Retail stores dropping like flies

Store closings are coming so fast and furious it’s getting hard to keep up. On Thursday, Macy’s and JC Penny were the most recent followin...

January 6th, 2017 |  


Some tips before hiring a photographer

Some tips before hiring a photographer

Earlier this week I was talking to a young bride-to-be about the wedding. Specifically, about wedding photos.With the improvements in digital cameras ...

January 5th, 2017 |  


We lead in a lot, but not in healthcare

We lead in a lot, but not in healthcare

I spent the first decade or so of my adult life as a hard-line Republican. An 18-year-old Andy would have sung the party tune and marched behind the N...

January 4th, 2017 |  


‘Scared Straight’ after just two hours

‘Scared Straight’ after just two hours

Perhaps you are familiar with a program in America’s criminal justice system called “Scared Straight,” which attempts to shock juven...

December 31st, 2016 |  


‘12 days of Christmas’ is not just a song

‘12 days of Christmas’ is not just a song

You know how when someone says to you, “No offense, but …,” you know they are about to say something offensive enough to need a disc...

December 30th, 2016 |  


A fond farewell to blood-thirsty 2016

A fond farewell to blood-thirsty 2016

My last column of 2016. And what else could I write about this week other than the gut punches this year gave us?I’m talking about the way you f...

December 29th, 2016 |  


My Christmas wish – fewer passwords

My Christmas wish – fewer passwords

In the true spirit of Christmas, but one that goes against the prevailing I-want mentality of the holiday, I’m not asking for anything special t...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


Relax and take a lesson from the Magi

Relax and take a lesson from the Magi

A week or so after Halloween, a bank teller asked me if I had finished my Christmas shopping. The question surprised me. Not because I find it odd tha...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


Spokesman lies to Tar Heel State

Spokesman lies to Tar Heel State

Dallas Woodhouse is a big, fat liar.I’ve been thinking it for a while, but his actions in recent weeks have confirmed this.I have been on a slow...

December 22nd, 2016 |  


Not afraid to say ‘Merry Christmas’

Not afraid to say ‘Merry Christmas’

Without hesitation, let me start today’s column by wishing everyone out there a hearty “Merry Christmas.”For the visually impaired w...

December 21st, 2016 |  


Pat is running from tarnished legacy

Pat is running from tarnished legacy

In political science courses we often analyzed the legacy of different politicians, and it seems politicians have picked up on the fact they are judge...

December 21st, 2016 |  


Take the time for a second letter

Take the time for a second letter

Once upon a time, a very young Marcel Proust published his first book, a collection of stories and sketches called “Pleasures and Regrets.”...

December 15th, 2016 |  


Gov. McCrory and his great triumph

Gov. McCrory and his great triumph

Last week Gov. Pat McCrory conceded his defeat in the state election.A day or two later a Facebook friend posted a story from Forbes that bragged on M...

December 15th, 2016 |  


Yes, Virginia, they’re banning books

Yes, Virginia, they’re banning books

Though I wouldn’t favor either, a ban on classic novels in schools might be more acceptable if the detractors also targeted rap song lyrics that...

December 9th, 2016 |  


No reindeer, no sleigh, no pizza

No reindeer, no sleigh, no pizza

It may be a little early for the obligatory “Christmas ain’t what it used to be” column in which an old geezer like myself moans and...

December 9th, 2016 updated: December 9th, 2016. |  


My childhood attempt at crime

My childhood attempt at crime

I read an article Tuesday where parents talked about some of the foolish ways young children tried to pull a fast one on their parents.Some were quite...

December 7th, 2016 |  


Ten best holiday meal planning tips

Ten best holiday meal planning tips

Let’s face it. When your 20 guests arrive for Christmas dinner, are they going to see the back of your disheveled head as you run from the room ...

December 6th, 2016 |  


Betsy Ross is spinning in her grave

Betsy Ross is spinning in her grave

I’ve heard no reports recently of strange rumbling noises coming from Arch Street in Philadelphia, where Betsy Ross, who’s widely credited...

December 2nd, 2016 |  


Can’t wrap my mind around vandalism

Can’t wrap my mind around vandalism

I’ve never understood mindless destruction of property.I just don’t get it. Why damage or destroy someone else’s possessions in orde...

December 1st, 2016 |  


No changing table for my new P.I.C.

No changing table for my new P.I.C.

There has been a lot of controversy about bathrooms of late, and even more controversy about the so called “bathroom bill,” which has led ...

November 30th, 2016 |  


Macy’$ parade – no profit$ left behind

Macy’$ parade – no profit$ left behind

I always considered Thanksgiving one of the few holidays that hasn’t been totally commercialized.Sure, there’s the Black Friday aspect of ...

November 26th, 2016 |  


Thanksgiving not the best time for change

Thanksgiving not the best time for change

When a recipe recently came my way for putting a pecan crunch topping on a pumpkin pie, it seemed like a great idea. Pumpkin pie and pecan pie are arg...

November 25th, 2016 |  


He is my king

He is my king

One of the most famous kings in human history was born in 1341 BC in Egypt. He was the 12th king of the 18th Egyptian dynasty and given the name Tutan...

November 25th, 2016 updated: November 25th, 2016. |  


You lost, Pat McCrory, and you know why

You lost, Pat McCrory, and you know why

My column comes out on Thursdays, which means Thanksgiving this week, but I’m having a hard time writing a thankful piece.It’s hard to fee...

November 24th, 2016 |  


Defund the grant writing machine

Defund the grant writing machine

Grants have been in the news a lot lately. These are vital, of course, to economic development. They provide millions of dollars per year to spur the ...

November 23rd, 2016 |  


I guess the Revolution fought itself

I guess the Revolution fought itself

Many years ago in a galaxy far away, colleges and universities were forums for the free exchange of ideas, melting pots of people from different cultu...

November 19th, 2016 |  


Thanksgiving forecast: Fireworks

Thanksgiving forecast: Fireworks

Two weeks and two days after what many are calling the most divisive election in U.S. history, most of us are going to be sitting down with our famili...

November 18th, 2016 |  


The mystery of suffering

The mystery of suffering

A few years ago George Barna conducted a national survey where people were asked to respond to the following question: “If you could ask God one...

November 18th, 2016 updated: November 18th, 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. |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |