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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 …

August 28th, 2015 updated: August 28th, 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 …

August 26th, 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 …

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 …

August 19th, 2015 |  

The labelization of America

Now that some of the dust has settled from the Aug. 6 GOP presidential debate, I’d like to share something …

August 16th, 2015 |  

First the flag, now Dixie – what’s next?

First the flag, now Dixie – what’s next?

As a longtime Washington Redskins fan, I have a deep hatred for their bitter rivals the Dallas Cowboys which goes …

August 15th, 2015 |  

Be selfish, shop local

Be selfish, shop local

While most of the world is focused on back to school purchases right now, horsey folk are more concerned with …

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

Government is best when kept close

Government is best when kept close

I am a true believer in the thought process that the best government takes place at the level closest to …

August 12th, 2015 |  

Cecil the lion’s death — to roar or not

Cecil the lion’s death — to roar or not

If nothing else, the recent killing of Cecil the lion illustrates the deep divide between people in the United States …

August 8th, 2015 |  

Is ‘Hocus Pocus’ a Halloween hoax?

Is ‘Hocus Pocus’ a Halloween hoax?

The Internet giveth and the Internet taketh away. Such was my experience when I found out earlier this week that …

August 7th, 2015 |  

NFL Hall bypasses Greene again

NFL Hall bypasses Greene again

The NFL will be inducting the Class of 2015 this weekend, but it will be missing one retired star with …

August 6th, 2015 |  

Extending rights to chimps; Yeah, I’m serious

Extending rights to chimps; Yeah, I’m serious

The other day I was listening to talk radio as I returned from covering one of the many events on …

August 5th, 2015 |  

How a life should be lived

How a life should be lived

It was a cool spring day in 1969, and I was a very young child. We had just moved to …

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

A tale of city starving for restaurants

A tale of city starving for restaurants

“You can see a lot just by looking” is one of those cockeyed bits of wisdom from longtime baseball legend …

August 1st, 2015 |  

How many made-up holidays do we need?

How many made-up holidays do we need?

I missed out on National Chicken Wing Day on Wednesday. The very same day came and almost went before I …

July 30th, 2015 updated: July 31st, 2015. |  

Blurring black and white

Blurring black and white

Last week the Surry County director of health and nutrition sent a letter, meant as an informational piece, to Surry …

July 28th, 2015 updated: July 29th, 2015. |  

Investigation Shines Light on Pay-to-Play Politics

RALEIGH – The recent State Board of Elections probe into contributions made to political candidates from the sweepstakes gambling – …

July 27th, 2015 |  

Phones are smart — but people, not so much

Phones are smart — but people, not so much

I like to think that newspaper readers are intelligent and thoughtful people who are a breed apart in these superficial …

July 25th, 2015 |  

A good day for karma

A good day for karma

Being the victim of a corporate or governmental security breach and having your personal information fall into the hands of …

July 24th, 2015 |  

Terror in our own backyard

Terror in our own backyard

Last week we learned that a tragedy had occurred. Four Marines and a Sailor were killed as they sat in …

July 22nd, 2015 |  

A lesson we could all learn

A lesson we could all learn

There’s a lot of controversy going on in our society of late. People are screaming at and cursing one another …

July 19th, 2015 |  

There was truth in Trump’s statements

There was truth in Trump’s statements

It’s funny how everyone always thinks freedom is such a great thing — until somebody exercises it in a way …

July 18th, 2015 |  

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