Street Scene

Street Scene

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October 29th, 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 |  


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 |  


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...

October 28th, 2016 |  


Guidelines for letters to editor

We are entering the final couple of weeks of the election season, with early voting already going on, and the big day — Nov. 8 — less than...

October 27th, 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 |  


Disturbing implication by the city manager

Thursday night the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners split its vote, 3-2, in favor of a parking lot arrangement with AIS Buildings LLC, which owns pro...

October 23rd, 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 |  


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...

October 21st, 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 |  


TREE CEO sorry for missing Mount Airy

To the Editor,A group of experienced cyclists on the road functions like a single nervous system.Each rider, like a sensory cell, continually assesses...

October 18th, 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 |  


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...

October 15th, 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 |  


Healthy debate does not mean board is broken

The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners is looking at bringing in a consultant from the University of North Carolina School of Government to help the bo...

October 13th, 2016 updated: October 13th, 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 |  


Despite comments, Trump still best for top office

To The Editor,Liberal loonism is alive and well in the national, state and local media. As demonstrated by the reaction to an eleven-year-old conversa...

October 11th, 2016 |  


County moving forward on two fronts

Last week, the Surry County Board of Commissioners continued work on two items that were particularly noteworthy.First was the county’s continue...

October 9th, 2016 |  


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...

October 8th, 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 |  


Crime May Become Election Issue

Crime May Become Election Issue

ASHEBORO — As the candidates for North Carolina attorney general, Republican Buck Newton and Democrat Josh Stein, met Sept. 20 at Asheboro’...

October 1st, 2016 |  


Street Scene

Street Scene

Question: Who do you think won Monday night’s presidential debate, and why? .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px...

October 1st, 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 |  


…And I remembered … God

…And I remembered … God

In day to day life, we are hit with good days. Bills are paid on time. Debt has been reduced. Jobs are good. Life does have a way of turning for the w...

September 30th, 2016 |  


Dashcam, bodycam law is bad for all involved

As reported by “Mount Airy News” staff writer Terri Flagg (page 1A), today is the last day bodycam and dashcam footage from law enforcemen...

September 30th, 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 |  


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...

September 24th, 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 |  


…and God remembered… His Covenant

…and God remembered… His Covenant

We have on many occasions made promises to friends or family members. Sometimes, the promises are kept. Sometimes, the promises are broken for various...

September 23rd, 2016 |  


NASA takes on dead Babylonians

NASA takes on dead Babylonians

I can’t decide who has made me angrier, NASA or a bunch of dead Babylonians.As long as I can remember, my astrological sign is Taurus. I am a Ta...

September 23rd, 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 |  


…and God remembered…bottles and books

…and God remembered…bottles and books

When I was a classroom teacher, I read a story to my young scholars about an elderly Mr. O.Mr. O wanted to brew tear water tea. So, Mr. O sat in his k...

September 16th, 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 |  


Legislators should change ‘casino’ law

The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History’s annual Casino Royale fundraiser just became a Concert Royale fundraising, now that the North Carolin...

September 15th, 2016 |  


Grandstanding at its hypocritical finest

This week the NCAA announced it would cancel a number of championship events in North Carolina in response to the state’s controversial HB2 law....

September 14th, 2016 |