Commentaries Archive

My Picks for Best of the Triad

Posted May 14, 2019 By Triad Today
Logo for Triad's Best 2019

Since this week’s issue of Yes! Weekly is the annual Triad’s Best issue, Charles Womack, the publisher, asked me to add my two cents worth to the festivities. Here, in no particular order, are some of my picks for Triad’s Best, according to categories that often go overlooked: Best Distillery: Old Nick Williams, where cousins […]

(Black) History Matters

Posted May 7, 2019 By Triad Today
The words 'black history' written on a chalkboard

At a recent meeting of the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School Board, a number of concerned parents rose to speak in favor of making African American history a mandatory course of study. Said Destiny Blackwell, “If we’re not teaching Black history, we are complicitly allowing it to disappear.” I agree with Ms. Blackwell’s assessment, however, the […]

McCrory Keeps Getting Attacked

Posted April 30, 2019 By Triad Today
Pat McCrory

Last week Pat McCrory pulled up to an intersection in Charlotte, and politely stopped his car to let a man cross the street. The man looked at McCrory and started shouting that he recognized the former governor. The shouting then turned to cursing. Oh yes, and the man, who McCrory described as about 6’2” and […]

Would a Third Party Make Any Difference?

Posted April 23, 2019 By Triad Today
Graphic showing a question mark for a third political party

Last week, Meredith College released a new poll showing that 56.7% of North Carolina voters believe a third political party would be good for our state and the nation. Moreover, those respondents agreed with a survey statement that said “…the two major parties do not do an adequate job of representing Americans.” The Meredith poll […]

“Crash” Craddock to Perform at High Point Theatre

Posted April 16, 2019 By Triad Today
Billy Crash Craddock on the set of Triad Today

Growing up in Greensboro, Billy Wayne Craddock loved two things, football and music.   Jim: Who was your favorite singer when you were a boy? Crash: I had a lot of them, Hank Williams, Faron Young, Jim Reeves, but my very favorite was Carl Smith. Jim: So how did you get the nickname “Crash”? Crash: […]

#MeToo Could Lead to Trump 2

Posted April 9, 2019 By Triad Today
Former vice president Joe Biden

Ever since the 2020 presidential sweepstakes began, Democratic candidates have been on a continuous apology tour. Kirsten Gillibrand has apologized for once being a conservative and voting with the NRA. Elizabeth Warren has apologized for lying about being a Native American. Amy Klobuchar has apologized for verbally abusing her staff, throwing everything at them from […]

Child Stars Paying it Forward

Posted April 2, 2019 By Triad Today

As a child actor starring in The Rifleman, Johnny Crawford had to memorize lines at a grueling pace. As an adult, he had to memorize lyrics to the songs he sang while conducting his own orchestra. Today at age 73, Johnny’s memory skills have been significantly diminished by Alzheimer’s, and the care he receives is […]

Budd, Walker to Appear on Triad Today

Posted March 26, 2019 By Triad Today
Triad Today logo

North Carolina’s gerrymandered congressional boundaries are, to say the least, confusing. For example, if you stand in the middle of NC A&T University’s campus, you’ll have one foot in the 6th district, and the other foot in the 13th district. And while the courts and our state General Assembly may alter those boundaries by next […]

Nooses, Swastikas, and Words Matter

Posted March 19, 2019 By Triad Today
Pro-Trump graffiti of a swastika

A noose was found hanging at a Boeing factory in North Charleston. A New York City youth was arrested for drawing Nazi swastikas on the school playground. A White Nationalist Coast Guardsman was arrested just before he was able to carry out a mass terrorist attack, and another White Nationalist murdered 49 Islamic worshippers inside […]

Yes, the Border Crisis is Real

Posted March 12, 2019 By Triad Today
Children look through the wall on the US-Mexico border

Lord knows I am not a fan of Donald Trump. Over the past two years I have written about the President’s amoral character, his proclivity for telling lies (over 8,000 of them since taking office), about his mean-spirited, un-presidential tweets and speeches, about his refusal to read briefing papers or accept input from his own […]

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