WikiLeaks creamy risotto secrets

WikiLeaks creamy risotto secrets

Earlier in October when the “Access Hollywood” tape of Donald Trump bragging about his skill at sexual assault and yet another WikiLeaks d...

October 28th, 2016 |  


My apologies to grandparents

My apologies to grandparents

I would like to offer a sincere apology to all you grandmothers, grandfathers, great-grandmothers, and great-grandfathers who, through the years, trie...

October 28th, 2016 |  


Who cares? It’s on to baseball now

Who cares? It’s on to baseball now

I care a lot about government. This election cycle has been something to watch, as it has broken the norm on many occasions.Donald Trump’s rise ...

October 26th, 2016 |  


There is ‘no excuse’ for not voting

There is ‘no excuse’ for not voting

I’ve always said that if elections were conducted at a certain store with a one-word name starting with a “W,” the turnout of eligib...

October 22nd, 2016 |  


Everyone should receive the blessing from their parents

Everyone should receive the blessing from their parents

Gary Smalley and John Trent wrote a powerful book a few years ago entitled, “The Blessing” which dealt with the importance of being blesse...

October 21st, 2016 |  


Starfleet Commander or Chairman Mao?

Starfleet Commander or Chairman Mao?

As the late, great Joan Rivers used to say, “Can we talk?”I am speaking, of course, about the third and final presidential debate. I assum...

October 21st, 2016 |  


Players always looking for an advantage

Players always looking for an advantage

Someone asked me the other day why I haven’t written about politics lately in my weekly column.It’s simple. I’d rather be bashed in ...

October 19th, 2016 |  


A festival with no garden of joy

Every year tens of thousands of folks pack the streets of Mount Airy for the Autumn Leaves Festival.It’s an important event, as it creates reven...

October 19th, 2016 |  


Parking and presidential politics

Parking and presidential politics

I rarely, I mean very rarely, do this.I’m going to rant a little bit in my column today.About people who simply seem to think they are better th...

October 16th, 2016 |  


America’s pastime is passing us by

America’s pastime is passing us by

Here’s one more item to add to the growing list of Things That Ain’t The Way They Used To Be: the lack of access to post-season Major Leag...

October 15th, 2016 |  


Melania Trump, formidable third wife

Melania Trump, formidable third wife

As the 2016 political season unfolds, one of the biggest surprises — and that is saying something, as there have been so many — has been t...

October 14th, 2016 |  


God’s wonderful book – the Holy Bible

God’s wonderful book – the Holy Bible

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the...

October 14th, 2016 |  


Dumping Norman not Panthers’ downfall

Dumping Norman not Panthers’ downfall

There is an old saying: You get what you pay for.In the NFL, that’s not always true.Being a general manager in the NFL is such a tough job. Imag...

October 13th, 2016 |  


I’m solving crimes in my spare time

I’m solving crimes in my spare time

The recent rash of illegal activity has left some folks gasping, wondering what has become of our world.All over the place political signs have gone m...

October 12th, 2016 |  


Cyclists rate respect, greenway or not

Cyclists rate respect, greenway or not

It was certainly a nice gesture by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners Thursday when it voted unanimously to name a bridge on the city’s new g...

October 7th, 2016 |  


Going the second mile

Going the second mile

“Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him (two)” Matthew 5:41.We’ve all used the term, “Go the second mile.”...

October 7th, 2016 |  


Memories of Matthew

Memories of Matthew

I don’t know if Matthew Mayberry knew that a hurricane bearing his name was hurling toward the East Coast as he lay dying in the Woltz Hospice H...

October 6th, 2016 |  


The USA versus England in rock debates

The USA versus England in rock debates

I was watching a YouTube video the other day when an interesting argument developed.A sales rep from an American guitar amp company was calling on a m...

October 5th, 2016 |  


$10 too much in food stamps

$10 too much in food stamps

I’ve always been a believer in small government. Only years ago, I was very much opposed to any social welfare programs.I believed “get a ...

October 5th, 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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


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 |  


We can’t hide the character of our city

We can’t hide the character of our city

Flea markets represent the American entrepreneurial spirit at its most basic level. People assemble to sell stuff. There’s little regulation in ...

August 17th, 2016 |  


Two major parties, one (corrupt) system

Two major parties, one (corrupt) system

If they’ve accomplished nothing else during this presidential election cycle, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders highlighted the desire by many Ame...

August 13th, 2016 |  


Why does everyone hate the horses?

Why does everyone hate the horses?

The hate is strong at the Olympics. I’m looking at you, Patrick Redford and Nate Silver.Silver released a poll last week on his website fivethir...

August 12th, 2016 |  


When in doubt, celebs blame the media

When in doubt, celebs blame the media

All over the country (and probably around the world) there are kids having accidents and breaking things.When the parent finds out, the kids all clam ...

August 11th, 2016 |  


Donald’s next ‘sacrifice’ shouldn’t be POTUS

Donald’s next ‘sacrifice’ shouldn’t be POTUS

Lately I have followed the lead of many Republican Party officials, simply keeping my mouth shut and my fingers away from the T, R, U, M and P keys on...

August 10th, 2016 |  


Kids are the great reminder we’re getting old

I’m feeling a little older this week.Okay, a lot older, and it’s the fault of modern-day school system practices.My daughter is about to t...

August 7th, 2016 |  


The dirty little secret of football

The dirty little secret of football

It’s early August, which means the return of football — and I’m talking about real gridiron action, not Canadian football or that Ar...

August 6th, 2016 |  


Some things trickle better than others

Some things trickle better than others

Trickle down economics doesn’t.If we’ve learned anything in the past 35 years, it should be that. When trickle-down first became a thing i...

August 5th, 2016 updated: August 5th, 2016. |  


I’m a junkie looking for my fix

I’m a junkie looking for my fix

There are a lot of things I love in my life, and I wouldn’t trade any of those for anything.That stated, I have been wandering the world unfulfi...

August 3rd, 2016 |