Thumbs Up…

To the organizers and participants of the annual Relay For Life event held last night.There was a time when getting a cancer diagnosis was a death sen...

October 17th, 2015 |  


Debates are a waste of good air time

Debates are a waste of good air time

I am certainly a political junkie, but not to the point of being addicted to one of the major controlled substances of our election system nowadays: t...

October 17th, 2015 |  


Tucking in your shirt makes you happier and richer

Tucking in your shirt makes you happier and richer

Somewhere around the turn of the millennium, I decided it was hip not to tuck in my shirt. Been walking around ever since with shirt tail flapping, cu...

October 16th, 2015 |  


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 16th, 2015 |  


The great variety of God

The great variety of God

The scriptures tell us that Jacob’s twelve sons became the progenitors, or forefathers, of the twelve tribes of Israel. A simple study of their ...

October 16th, 2015 |  


Playboy’s risque, err risky move

Playboy’s risque, err risky move

On Tuesday evening as I write this, a rumor that has been swirling for a couple of years finally was proved true.Playboy magazine will no longer featu...

October 15th, 2015 |  


Why can’t voters decide issues?

Why can’t voters decide issues?

Recently I wrote an article regarding a local woman who is lobbying against a dog tethering law in Surry County.Her cause seemed just enough, and her ...

October 14th, 2015 updated: October 14th, 2015. |  


Work for food bill has problems, but generally hits the mark

It seems like a simple enough concept — you work to eat.For nearly all of human history that has been the driving force behind the labor of indi...

October 13th, 2015 |  


819 votes?Why bother?

A few days ago we lamented the way the North Carolina General Assembly seemed to be continually overstepping its bounds, meddling in strictly local af...

October 11th, 2015 |  


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 10th, 2015 |  


Why don’t more city residents vote?

Why don’t more city residents vote?

Those who venture to downtown Mount Airy this weekend for the Autumn Leaves Festival no doubt will encounter mobs of people.Festival visitors will be ...

October 10th, 2015 |  


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 9th, 2015 |  


Being friends with God

Being friends with God

“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Prov. 18:24 (KJV)Most fol...

October 9th, 2015 |  


Does ‘online etiquette’ exist?

Does ‘online etiquette’ exist?

It’s really too bad that Emily Post isn’t still with us. She’d have her hands full exploring the uncharted waters of online etiquett...

October 9th, 2015 |  


Time to hurry up and get done, MLB

Time to hurry up and get done, MLB

There was a time when baseball was easily my favorite sport.I watched many games on a tiny 13” black-and-white TV in my bedroom because no one e...

October 8th, 2015 |  


Once again, General Assembly overrides local governments

As we mentioned in an editorial last week, little details of the the General Assembly’s final budget will be leaking out for weeks, and some wil...

October 7th, 2015 |  


Forgetting who the real boss is

Forgetting who the real boss is

As a public official I always found closed session, or “executive” session as we called it, a little bit annoying. I had to get up, go in ...

October 7th, 2015 updated: October 7th, 2015. |  


City’s future in the balance Tuesday

Tuesday is an important day in Mount Airy, when the candidate field for two of the open seats on the city Board of Commissioners is narrowed to just t...

October 4th, 2015 |  


Planning for retirement when you are single

Planning for retirement when you are single

How does retirement planning differ for single people? At a glance, there would seem to be no difference in the retirement saving effort of an individ...

October 4th, 2015 |  


Election could affect RDC, city spending

To the Editor,The city primary this Tuesday (10/6) is for two commissioner seats! The primary will narrow the field down to just two for each seat for...

October 4th, 2015 |  


News flash: football possible in rain

News flash: football possible in rain

Over in Patrick County, Virginia, people still fondly recall the “Mud Bowl.”It was a high school football game played in the 1970s when th...

October 3rd, 2015 |  


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 2nd, 2015 |  


The News needs a few good cooks

The News needs a few good cooks

During my time here in Mount Airy, the most challenging part of my job has been to put together a food story every week. The goal is to feature a loca...

October 2nd, 2015 |  


A sailor and his prayer life

A sailor and his prayer life

We have all seen the old bumper sticker that reads: “In case of nuclear attack, the ban on praying in school will be immediately suspended.̶...

October 2nd, 2015 |  


Internet thieves steal your time

Internet thieves steal your time

Some days it is hard not to feel like the whole world is gunning for you. Like the old saying: It’s not paranoia if everyone really is out to ge...

October 1st, 2015 |  


Expanding DNA sampling a bad law

As is always the case, only after a state budget is passed — sometimes weeks and months later — do all the gory details start to emerge.Th...

October 1st, 2015 |  


Straight from the pen of rebels

Straight from the pen of rebels

Having received a quality public school education, I learned a little bit about the American Civil War in school. I learned a little bit more in an Am...

September 30th, 2015 |  


Rock everyone’s vote

Wednesday night an event being called “Rock the Local Millennial Vote,” primarily sponsored by Mount Airy Downtown Inc., is taking place a...

September 27th, 2015 |  


Astronomy teaches simple life lessons

Tonight, and maybe into the wee hours of Monday, we have a chance to witness a relatively rare occurrence — a blood moon and a super moon happen...

September 27th, 2015 updated: September 27th, 2015. |  


Life insurance with long term care riders

Life insurance with long term care riders

The price of long term care insurance is really going up. If you are a baby boomer and you have kept your eye on it for a few years, chances are you h...

September 27th, 2015 |  


Reasons to vote for Trump?

To the Editor,Why should everyone vote for Trump? Many good reasons. For instance. The media hates him, and wants to “tell us” who is a vi...

September 26th, 2015 |  


Taking issue with headline

To the Editor,You printed an excellent letter from Jane Tesh in the Letter to the Editor section of the September 24 newspaper. Ms. Tesh holds a Bacca...

September 26th, 2015 |  


Thumbs Up…

To Tanya Jones, the Surry Arts Council, and all of the local folks who have put on another wonderful edition of Mayberry Days. After 26 years this see...

September 26th, 2015 |  


Thanks offered for Senior Fun Day

To the Editor,On behalf of the YVEDDI Senior Centers of Surry County, I’d like to thank everyone who made this year’s “Senior Fun Da...

September 26th, 2015 |  


U.S. should care for its own, not Syrians

U.S. should care for its own, not Syrians

Despite all the calamities the U.S. has been through, we Americans have never seen fit to turn tail and run, to abandon our homeland as Syrians have b...

September 26th, 2015 updated: September 26th, 2015. |  


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 25th, 2015 |  


Andy and me, two degrees of separation

Andy and me, two degrees of separation

Every city has its own form of social capital. In New York, it’s net worth. To be socially prominent, one needs to be on the Forbes billionaire&...

September 25th, 2015 |  


Candidate’s sister takes issue with editorial

To the Editor,I am a subscriber to the Mount Airy News and read your paper regularly. I have followed your political coverage of the city commissioner...

September 25th, 2015 |  


I got bad news and good news

I got bad news and good news

Has anyone ever used the Bible to show you how you know you are going to Heaven? I want to share some scriptures with you today from the Bible that wi...

September 24th, 2015 |  


Latin festival could be come major annual gathering

On Saturday, a new — but hopefully annual — event took place in Dobson, when local resident Marlene Lopez and a few other volunteers put o...

September 24th, 2015 updated: September 24th, 2015. |  


Passing time at 3 in the morning

Passing time at 3 in the morning

People who know me well generally can say three things about me.One, I like to cut up. If I can’t have a laugh and make others laugh, then it be...

September 24th, 2015 |  


Reader upset over dog tether law

To the Editor,Monday night, Sept. 21, I attended the Commissioners’ meeting in Dobson along with a number of concerned citizens in support of a ...

September 24th, 2015 |  


We control the future

According to a U.S. News report the 2016 presidential candidates and their “super” political action committees had raised more than $350 m...

September 23rd, 2015 |  


MAD, Redevelopment Commission out of control?

The Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission, born in controversy and now apparently making a play to set its own agenda, apart from the city government, s...

September 20th, 2015 |  


Keeping all this volatility in perspective

Keeping all this volatility in perspective

Fall might be anything but calm on Wall Street. Volatility is back, in a big way: the CBOE VIX has risen more than 105 percent since the end of July. ...

September 20th, 2015 |  


Thumbs Up

To Michael and Katherine Thorpe, the two folks most responsible for the Surry County Agriculatural Fair going on this week at Veterans Memorial Park i...

September 19th, 2015 |  


‘One angry man’ has his day in court

‘One angry man’ has his day in court

Until this week, my knowledge of what it’s like to serve on a jury was limited to two things:One was watching the classic movie “Twelve An...

September 19th, 2015 |  


Seven days does not a Fashion Week make

Seven days does not a Fashion Week make

All of the STEM emphasis in public schools may be starting to pay off. The new owners of New York Fashion Week finally have the math skills to figure ...

September 18th, 2015 |  


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 18th, 2015 |  


Overdoing the fireworks?

To the Editor,I’m not anti-fair. I appreciate that they come to Mount Airy and that young people and families go out and have fun. But give me a...

September 18th, 2015 |