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 |  


Forgiveness: The prisoner it really frees is you

Forgiveness: The prisoner it really frees is you

I truly believe that this world would be a much better place to live if people could just forgive one another. Most people don’t realize the lif...

September 18th, 2015 |  


Fairgrounds bring back memories

Fairgrounds bring back memories

I covered a volleyball match at Mount Airy High School Tuesday evening.As I exited the school, the sky had darkened, except for lots of flashing light...

September 17th, 2015 |  


Government playing real estate agent

Government playing real estate agent

I’m a firm believer in the thought that government should remain as small as possible. At the federal level I want government to supply a battle...

September 16th, 2015 updated: September 16th, 2015. |  


City boards, MAD haveselves to blame for distrust

Recently members of the Mount Airy Redevelopment Commission, along with their apparent masters, Mount Airy Downtown Inc., made a bit of a hub-bub over...

September 16th, 2015 |  


Reader takes issue with cartoon

To the Editor,As a Christian and an American I strongly disagree with the cartoon featured on your Editorial page on September 11, 2015.The drawing de...

September 15th, 2015 |  


To the city of Mount Airy, property owners who granted easements, and every other individual and entity involved with the development of the city̵...

September 12th, 2015 |  


Greenways have been great gift to citizens

Greenways have been great gift to citizens

Longtime readers probably know that I am not a fan of government, which based on my observations tends to be overbearing and oppressive to citizens in...

September 12th, 2015 |  


You don’t need church to be saved, but the saved need the church

You don’t need church to be saved, but the saved need the church

There is an epidemic happening in this country today of people that are leaving the Church. Many are led astray by some false teaching or just choose ...

September 11th, 2015 |  


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 11th, 2015 |  


Reader takes issue with ‘murder’ label

To the Editor,When I read a column (Sept. 2, 2015) by your staff columnist using extremist language like “murder” and “killing”...

September 11th, 2015 |  


It’s September and that ribbon is gold

It’s September and that ribbon is gold

The person who first decided to designate a specific color of ribbon to a specific disease or cause made one serious error. There are way more disease...

September 11th, 2015 |  


My wild idea for jobs creation

A friend posed a question at a dinner: if you were president, what would you do to make a difference.My first reaction was, “Can we make a diffe...

September 10th, 2015 |  


Cementing the Clinton legacy

The Clintons are individuals who seem to be obsessed with their legacy, and Hillary’s latest scandal is destined to help them in their bid to be...

September 8th, 2015 |  


Four words you shouldn’t believe

Four words you shouldn’t believe

“This time is different.” Beware those four little words. They are perhaps the most dangerous words an investor can believe in. If you bel...

September 6th, 2015 |  


The natural order of things

The natural order of things

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit – you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high ...

September 6th, 2015 |  


White collars, but no orange jumpsuits

White collars, but no orange jumpsuits

A television series called “Orange is the New Black” deals with life inside a women’s prison. The show’s title, of course, ref...

September 5th, 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 5th, 2015 |  


A perfect day and a revelation

A perfect day and a revelation

If we are granted one perfect day in our lives, then last Saturday was mine. One would not think that being rousted from bed at 4:15 a.m. would be the...

September 3rd, 2015 |  


Voting district maps should be impartial

From The Fayetteville Observer/TNSIt’s been more than four years and two state elections since the latest North Carolina voting districts were c...

September 3rd, 2015 |  


Political correctness, or a slick PR move?

Political correctness has now hit close to home.Virginia Circuit Court Judge Martin Clark, who presides over cases in Stuart, Virginia, has removed th...

September 3rd, 2015 |  


We writers need to lead by example

My coworker Tom Joyce likes to say, “When you work with words, words are your work.”Being a career journalist means becoming knowledgeable...

September 3rd, 2015 updated: September 3rd, 2015. |  


Reader takes issue with photo

To the Editor,In Thursday’s News (Mount Airy News, Aug. 27), you posted a picture of the Virginia Shooting scene of the dead body of Adam Ward.M...

September 3rd, 2015 |  


Making school lunches healthy

To the Editor,With the new school year just started, parents’ attention is turning to school clothes, supplies, and lunches. Yes, school lunches...

September 3rd, 2015 |  


De-funding corruption and evil

De-funding corruption and evil

Recently, I covered an event in which U.S. Rep. Mark Walker spoke to a pretty large crowd at Page’s Books and Coffee Shop. While I’m sure ...

September 2nd, 2015 updated: September 2nd, 2015. |  


Court deal for gambling centers a wise move

Last week in the Surry County court system several high-profile cases came to a quiet conclusion.Earlier this year the Surry County Sheriff’s Of...

September 2nd, 2015 |  


Surrounding government in secrecy?

We wondered, at least for a few hours, if Dobson officials might be reverting to the tricks of an earlier regime there.Readers may recall in 2008 when...

August 30th, 2015 |  


Thumbs Up…

To all of the area school teachers, administrators and support personnel who put in long, hard hours of planning and preparation for the first big wee...

August 29th, 2015 |  


Reader critical of city attorney raise

To the Editor,One last word on the 66 percent for our city attorney. As I stated in an email to (mayor pro tem) Mr. Yokeley, I am all for raises and c...

August 29th, 2015 |  


Race conveniently dodged in Va. deaths

Race conveniently dodged in Va. deaths

Let me get this straight: A man who happens to be white guns down nine African-Americans in a church in South Carolina in June and it is immediately l...

August 29th, 2015 |  


Is participation worth a trophy?

Is participation worth a trophy?

In the past few weeks I’ve heard a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of participation trophies or the practice of giving trophies to eve...

August 28th, 2015 updated: August 28th, 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...

August 28th, 2015 updated: August 28th, 2015. |  


In Brief…

Hold Legislators Accountable?Looks like we’re moving to a full-time Legislature in Raleigh after all.Legislators there were not able to agree on...

August 27th, 2015 |  


Redevelopment Commissionoverreach is no surprise

Last week four members of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners publicly took another city body to task, when the commissioners said they do not belie...

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


What’s missing — mimosas

What’s missing — mimosas

I really enjoy my life here in Surry County. I have a job that I don’t hate, a family I love and some good friends in the area. That stated, my ...

August 26th, 2015 |  


Playing games, hurting students

While the state still doesn’t have a budget for the fiscal year which began almost eight weeks ago, negotiators from the governor’s office...

August 25th, 2015 |  


Thumbs Up…

To the residents of Mount Airy, who have made the city’s curbside recycling program so successful city officials have decided to expand the prog...

August 22nd, 2015 |  


Golf can survive without Tiger Woods

Golf can survive without Tiger Woods

It might not be obvious at first glance, but Tiger Woods and Danica Patrick share something in common.While Woods, of course, is a male professional g...

August 22nd, 2015 |  


The lamp that got away

The lamp that got away

Last year at the the age of 56, I finally got around to having a will drawn up. Since I am clearly nearer to the end than the beginning, it was certai...

August 21st, 2015 |  


Freedom from poisonous wishes

Freedom from poisonous wishes

Philippians 4:11 & 12“…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what i...

August 21st, 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...

August 21st, 2015 |  


Showing a love of country

Showing a love of country

The Aug. 6 Republican presidential debate certainly altered a few of my views and also confirmed many of my opinions about the candidates who took the...

August 19th, 2015 |  


School questions remain stalled

It’s been little more than a month since The Mount Airy News ran a couple of stories looking at the potential cost savings which could be realiz...

August 16th, 2015 |