Mount Airy News- RSS OPINION Feed Sun, 24 May 2015 21:42:09 EST 1800 Commissioners face sticky situation on prayers Last week the Surry County Board of Commissioners tread into a sticky little situation — that of prayers used to open the Board of Commissioners meetings. Sun, 24 May 2015 03:00:21 EST Memorial Day fun? Remember what the purpose of the holiday We're right in the middle of the traditional three-day Memorial Day weekend. The weather's turning hot, the summer lies just around the corner, and socially we've come to view this as the beginning of the hot, summer and vacation... Sun, 24 May 2015 02:20:21 EST County courting trouble? To the Editor,On May 19, a story was published regarding prayer at county board of commissioners meetings. Sun, 24 May 2015 01:55:22 EST Cancer patient’s dream deferred To the Editor, Sat, 23 May 2015 02:00:21 EST You said it… Your Said It is a new periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we've received on Facebook, via Twitter, or on our website,, on articles we've published. Sat, 23 May 2015 01:15:23 EST Note to local drivers: You’re in Mayberry Two issues that arose this week in Mount Airy have only an indirect relationship to each other, but when combined point to a single undeniable conclusion: Sat, 23 May 2015 01:10:21 EST ‘Fight for 15’ picks up steam The “Fight for 15” movement got a big boost this week when Los Angeles became the fourth American city to adapt a minimum wage of $15. Los Angeles will join Seattle, San Francisco and Emeryville, California. (near San Francisco) when the... Fri, 22 May 2015 02:45:21 EST The birthday of the Christian church “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared... Fri, 22 May 2015 00:05:21 EST Time to eliminate the ETJ On Thursday night the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the city subdivision and zoning ordinance to make it easier for property owners to transfer land to family members. Wed, 20 May 2015 03:50:22 EST My face of freedom For many Americans Memorial Day has become a day of Bar-B-Que and enjoying the weather as the summer months approach. Admittedly, until the age of 26 the day was about drinking beer, eating burgers and taking a dip in the pool for me. Wed, 20 May 2015 01:05:22 EST Farming is a special calling Yesterday was a big day in Mount Airy. Sun, 17 May 2015 03:05:24 EST Incentive requirements should be enforced Monday night the Surry County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider a request from CK Technologies to amend an economic development agreement the firm has with the county. Sun, 17 May 2015 01:35:20 EST Ban bad behavior, but not ‘The Box’ If I worked as a human resources manager (what we once called personnel director) for an organization where employees handled money or other valuables, it would be nice to know if a job applicant had a tendency toward theft. Sat, 16 May 2015 02:30:21 EST Your said it… Your Said It is a new periodic feature of The Mount Airy News, where we share comments we've received on Facebook and on our website,, on articles we've published. Sat, 16 May 2015 02:05:21 EST Mayberry’s a hard nut to crack After more than eight months of working in Mount Airy, I don't seem to have made any progress toward integrating with the community. Don't get me wrong. I love being here. I enjoy my job very much and everyone I have met has been very nice... Fri, 15 May 2015 01:45:21 EST The ascension of Jesus “In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his... Fri, 15 May 2015 00:25:21 EST Time to cut Gettleman some slack The Carolina Panthers had a chance to work out some young free agents over the weekend and came away with a few rough gems.While I haven't heard of these young men, I will take the team's word they have talent. Thu, 14 May 2015 01:45:21 EST Surry County ‘racino’? A recent string of gambling busts has kept both Mount Airy Police and the Surry County Sherrif's office pretty busy in recent weeks. Wed, 13 May 2015 01:00:22 EST Authorities right to target gambling businesses Last week local law enforcement raided three suspected Internet gambling establishments, which followed a similar raid on another suspected Internet gambling business on April 2. Wed, 13 May 2015 00:40:25 EST Changes, additions, and becoming better than ever It's been a long time since you've seen columns written by the staffers here at The Mount Airy News appearing here on the opinion page.That's changing today, along with a few other things. Sun, 10 May 2015 02:45:21 EST