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 |  


Foster care law a good, progressive step for NC

Every Jan. 1 a plethora of laws either take affect or amend existing code, usually with little notice from the public.Some of those changes, though, h...

January 24th, 2017 |  


Writer: Trump is cause for worry, concern

To the Editor,In response to Mr. Joyce’s article on the Editorial page of the Jan. 21 paper.Today, Feb. 21, President Trump said, “Reporte...

January 23rd, 2017 |  


American Indian: Local racism absolutely real

To the Editor,I am writing this from an American Indian perspective. I am a full-blooded Lumbee Indian. I am the son of sharecroppers. I have lived in...

January 23rd, 2017 |  


Trumps reaction to Sen. Lewis appalling

To the Editor,Speaking as a white uneducated voter, I find President Elect Trump’s comment of Senator Lewis appalling. The immediate tweet that ...

January 23rd, 2017 |  


Street Scene

Street Scene

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January 22nd, 2017 |  


Are we ready for meaningful racial discourse?

Mount Airy Mayor David Rowe faced a gamut of opinions Thursday night, with a city council meeting room filled with people letting the mayor know what ...

January 21st, 2017 |  


Local Abuses Don’t Boost Economy

Local Abuses Don’t Boost Economy

RALEIGH — Thomas Jefferson had lots to say about lots of things. As the North Carolina General Assembly begins its 2017 session and new Gov. Roy...

January 21st, 2017 updated: January 21st, 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 |  


You Said It…

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

January 21st, 2017 |  


Skipping inauguration wrong for Congressmen

Today marks one of the most important days in our nation’s history, as we witness the peaceful transition of power from President Barack Obama t...

January 20th, 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 |  


Digging deeper into state tax changes

Digging deeper into state tax changes

I have a confession: even though I work in the news industry, I don’t always keep up with news that happens far from me.I keep up with happening...

January 19th, 2017 |  


Online commentary went too far

To the Editor,The “educated Black female” has crossed the line.It is one thing to criticize Mayor Rowe who is capable of defending himself...

January 19th, 2017 updated: January 19th, 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 |  


Officer training program targets vacancies

It has been a constant issue when discussing the Mount Airy Police Department in recent years — vacancies that simply never seem to go away.The ...

January 18th, 2017 |  


Stevens’ influence in Raleigh good for city

Mount Airy and Surry County may have just gotten a little boost in influence and standing in the General Assembly.Sarah Stevens, a city attorney enter...

January 17th, 2017 |  


Street Scene

Street Scene

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January 15th, 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 |  


You Said It…

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

January 13th, 2017 |  


Writer: Actions show minitories not welcome in Mount Airy

To The Editor,As a black citizen of Surry County, I wanted to respond and express my own views to what has been in the Mount Airy News and Winston-Sal...

January 12th, 2017 |  


Finally, a leader in the governor’s mansion

With the General Assembly opening Wednesday, and Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration not yet two weeks old, a couple of things are becoming clear.F...

January 12th, 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 |  


As gay man, writer finds ‘Post’ article on target

To the Editor,I think the (Washington Post) article was pretty much spot on!I am a gay man and growing up in Dobson, I was a minority, but did not rea...

January 10th, 2017 |  


Mount Airy has chance to choose what it wants to be

To the Editor,My name is Ryan Denney. I grew up in Mount Airy, was raised by a Christian family, have a mother that is a minister of music in a Baptis...

January 8th, 2017 |  


Post wanted ‘good’ story, not accurate one

To the Editor,Unfortunately, the article about Mount Airy in The Washington Post is making its way around social media today. Not surprisingly, it rai...

January 8th, 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 |  


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January 7th, 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 |  


You Said It…

You Said It is a periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we’ve received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website, mt...

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 |  


Tar Heel state has big math problem

Tar Heel state has big math problem

RALEIGH — If North Carolina were to secede from the union and become an independent country — no, conspiracy theorists, I’m not actu...

January 2nd, 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 |  


Still celebrating Christmas

Still celebrating Christmas

I am still celebrating Christmas. Christmas only began for me on Dec. 24 Before that was the holiday shopping season.I have spoken earlier that Christ...

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 |  


The News & Record wrote a column about a woman who worked for decades as its queen of societal and cultural events. Martha Long’s long caree...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


Prologue to the Gospel of John: The Word became flesh

Prologue to the Gospel of John: The Word became flesh

But to those who did accept the WordHe gave power to be children of God,Who were born not from human stock or human desire or human willBut from God H...

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 |  


Reader upset with runaway General Assembly

To the editor,I am writing today because I am distressed at the convening of the second day of the special session of the North Carolina Legislature.A...

December 18th, 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 |