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 |  


Trump not perfect, but superior to Clinton

To the Editor,I am not a veteran, and I have the deepest respect for anyone who has served but at the same time I am appalled that the mother and fath...

August 15th, 2016 |  


Flea markets, rental housing worth a look

The Mount Airy Board of Commissioners has recently expressed intentions to take a closer look at two types of businesses in the city — flea mark...

August 14th, 2016 |  


You Said It

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August 13th, 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 |  


Passing the torch of biblical truth

Passing the torch of biblical truth

Teaching our children and grandchildren Biblical truth is one of the greatest responsibilities that we have as Christian adults in the home. With the ...

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 |  


George Will no conservative

To the Editor,George Will is a latter-day Earl Warren.Presumed to support smaller government and strict constitutional interpretation, he is now renou...

August 9th, 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 |  


You Said It

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August 6th, 2016 |  


Passing the torch

Passing the torch

One of the most exciting things about summer is the anticipation of Vacation Bible School! It has been a wonderful encouragement for me to watch our t...

August 5th, 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 |  


Thankful for compassion, decency of others

To the Editor,Yesterday (7/30) my family gathered at Moody’s to start making preparations for the passing of my loving wife. At one point I need...

August 2nd, 2016 |  


‘Food insecurity’ is just hunger to me

‘Food insecurity’ is just hunger to me

I am a wordsmith who prides himself on staying abreast of new phrases or descriptions for things, and in recently preparing an article about a charity...

July 29th, 2016 updated: July 29th, 2016. |  


A socially unacceptable mess

A socially unacceptable mess

A couple of weeks ago, my colleague Jeff Linville lamented the lack of summer blockbusters this year. Jeff should have waited two weeks and he could h...

July 28th, 2016 |  


Your View

Thursday night there will be a special meeting of our town commissioners. One of the topics of discussion will be a plan to offer public wireless inte...

July 27th, 2016 |  


Let’s argue sports instead of politics

Let’s argue sports instead of politics

Everywhere I turn is more political arguing, so I’m continuing my recent trend of avoiding politics in my columns.In fact, I’ve tried to b...

July 27th, 2016 |  


Swimming with bacteria hits close to home

Swimming with bacteria hits close to home

To generations of kids in Patrick County, Virginia, Fairy Stone State Park might just as well have been Disney World.While I was growing up about 10 m...

July 23rd, 2016 |  


Pokémon Go, more popular than sex?

Pokémon Go, more popular than sex?

Pokémon Go seriously caught my attention when I heard it had been downloaded onto more Android phones than the hook-up app Tinder, which would se...

July 22nd, 2016 |  


Bearing the ‘marks’ of Jesus

Bearing the ‘marks’ of Jesus

In the letter of Paul to the church at Galatia, we find that Paul is encouraging the people to place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ rather than ...

July 22nd, 2016 |  


Charlotte is the leader in diversity?

Charlotte is the leader in diversity?

Charlotte became a hotbed of political fighting this year with the passing of HB 2, the bathroom law that has caused many groups to label North Caroli...

July 21st, 2016 |  


When will we start killing people?

Every now and then I read something in our publication which makes me shake my head.It’s usually not at the local level. The sort of things whic...

July 19th, 2016 |  


Convention needs to be more than pep rally for GOP

The hugs, handshakes and energizing sound bites that have become the hallmarks of national political conventions won’t be enough.The Republican ...

July 17th, 2016 |  


You Said It

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July 15th, 2016 |  


People needed to stand in the gap

People needed to stand in the gap

We find in Ezekiel 22 that the prophet Ezekiel is prophesying or preaching in a time where there was violence, crime, and immorality being practiced b...

July 15th, 2016 |  


Riding down memory lane without a seat belt

Riding down memory lane without a seat belt

Pickup trucks had back seats long before extended cabs were invented. Additional seating was conveniently located in the bed of the truck and, in the ...

July 15th, 2016 |  


Lawmakers trample on public access

I think it’s apparent North Carolina lawmakers would prefer the public know as little as possible about the operations of law enforcement.North ...

July 13th, 2016 updated: July 13th, 2016. |  


Why bother with laws we don’t enforce?

Why bother with laws we don’t enforce?

I’m a little confused.I’ve lived most of my life under the impression that there are certain laws in place, regulations that were enacted ...

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


Two sets of rules – for us and ‘them’

Two sets of rules – for us and ‘them’

OK, so if a drunk driver is pulled over, all he or she has to say is “yeah, officer, I’m intoxicated, but I wasn’t intending to kill...

July 9th, 2016 |  


Encouragers needed

Encouragers needed

In Acts 4:36 we read of a man named Joses, the disciples gave him a nickname, “Barnabas” which means “son of consolation” (KJV...

July 8th, 2016 |  


You Said It

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July 7th, 2016 |  


Finally, some good news in 2016

Finally, some good news in 2016

Finally, there is some good news this election cycle and no one is talking about it.It is hard for me to express how good it made me feel the other ni...

July 7th, 2016 |  


NBA salaries keep soaring higher

NBA salaries keep soaring higher

Free agency is in full swing in the NBA, and team owners are throwing cash around like it’s Monopoly money.The first week of July is always a cr...

July 7th, 2016 |  


Showing the true spirit of public-private partnership

In this day when it seems every company wants some sort of taxpayer-funded incentive for building, or expanding, or sometimes simply for not leaving a...

July 7th, 2016 updated: July 7th, 2016. |  


Celebrating freedom with checkpoints

Celebrating freedom with checkpoints

The Independence Day holiday just passed. With it came celebrations in honor of our nation severing ties with a tyrannical king. Fireworks lit the sky...

July 6th, 2016 |  


Celebrating a nation’s greatness

In a dreadfully hot, musty meeting room during the height of summer, in the city of Philadelphia they gathered, debating the rather weighty question o...

July 3rd, 2016 |  


Now is the summer of my discontent

Now is the summer of my discontent

While covering Friday’s ribbon-cutting program for the refurbished playground at Riverside Park, and finding myself covered in perspiration all ...

July 2nd, 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...

July 2nd, 2016 updated: July 2nd, 2016. |  


A few lingering budget issues?

Today is the start of the new fiscal year for government agencies throughout the state, and while the budget process for Mount Airy was relatively pai...

July 1st, 2016 |  


Cat poop or cat vomit

Cat poop or cat vomit

A couple of weeks ago a good friend said she felt like her choice in this fall’s presidential election was like being forced to choose between e...

July 1st, 2016 |  


Respecting those who gave

Respecting those who gave

Recently some friends, my wife and I were blessed to take a trip to our nation’s capital. While there we visited several of the war memorials, w...

July 1st, 2016 |  


Time for age requirement on teachers

Time for age requirement on teachers

A Miami teacher was arrested this week for engaging in sexual acts with a student.Oh wait, there’s another one in Palo Alto, Tampa Bay, Rogue Ri...

June 30th, 2016 |  


Arm teachers for real school security

Arm teachers for real school security

Every now and then — and I do mean every now and then — I find great wisdom in the comment of a public official. This happened recently wh...

June 29th, 2016 |  


Forgetting how to think

Forgetting how to think

I’m a big Star Trek fan. I might even be considered a Trekkie (though I’ve never been to a convention and I did not own a pair of Spock ea...

June 25th, 2016 |  


Now playing – yet another movie, TV remake

Now playing – yet another movie, TV remake

In thinking about a subject for today’s column, I easily could have delved into the archives and pulled out a previous one from, say, 2011.I mig...

June 25th, 2016 |  


You Said It…

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June 24th, 2016 |