Commentaries Archive

Gunfight at the Piedmont Corral

Posted January 21, 2020 By Triad Today
shape of a handgun inside the shape of North Carolina

To watch a lot of old cowboy movies, you’d think there were daily gunfights in the streets of every 19th century western town. But the truth is by 1880, most local governments in the Old West made it illegal to carry a gun inside town limits. The thinking was that if no one was allowed […]

Lies, War, and Collateral Damage

Posted January 14, 2020 By Triad Today
A missile launcher

According to President Trump, Iran’s terrorist General Qasem Soleimani was planning an “imminent” attack on the American embassy in Baghdad, so our commander-in-chief ordered a pre-emptive, missile strike assassination of the bad man. No doubt Soleimani had orchestrated numerous atrocities and deserved to be held accountable, perhaps even executed, but his murder didn’t happen in […]

Banking On the Poor

Posted January 8, 2020 By Triad Today
Allegiant Stadium, future home of the Las Vegas Raiders, under construction

In an effort to lessen the effects of the 2008 recession, the federal government infused $700 billion into the big banks, essentially buying up or insuring bad loans, and enabling those financial institutions to start lending to us little people, whose homes were either underwater or lost, thanks to sky-high balloon payments. It was a […]

Athletes Behaving Badly

Posted December 31, 2019 By Triad Today
Ole Miss football player pretending to be a urinating dog in the end zone

New Year’s resolutions are usually about self improvement. Some folks resolve to lose weight, others vow to stop smoking. I hope for everyone’s sake that college and professional athletes resolve to stop behaving badly in 2020. Here are just a few recent examples of bad jock behavior: Ole Miss lost a big game because of […]

PTI Airport the Focus of Triad Today Special

Posted December 17, 2019 By Triad Today
FedEx plane taking off over the sign at Piedmont Triad Airport

This weekend’s edition of Triad Today focuses on the economic impact that Piedmont Triad International Airport has on our region. Special guests will include: Kevin Baker, Executive Director of PTI; Stan Kelly, President and CEO of Piedmont Triad Partnership; Thomas Maxwell, Southeast Managing Director of FedEx; and Nick Yale, Director of Aviation Programs at Guilford […]

Too Many “Last Straws” with Trump

Posted December 10, 2019 By Triad Today
A camel which has the face of Donald Trump

Most people know Popeye as the cartoon sailor who ate spinach when he needed super strength to fight a bad guy. But I’ll always remember Popeye for the phrase he uttered just prior to consuming those leafy greens. Frustrated with the situation at hand, Popeye would say, “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands […]

Law Puts More Women on Boards

Posted December 3, 2019 By Triad Today
Chart: when compared across identical or similar jobs, North Carolina women make 84 cents for every dollar earned by a man

Back in May I wrote about Senator Kamala Harris’ proposed “Equal Pay Certification” program, which, if adopted, would make it illegal for companies to pay their female employees less than males doing the same job. Said Harris, “Under our plan, for the first time in American history, companies will be held responsible for demonstrating they […]

School Suspension Policy Needs Clarity

Posted November 26, 2019 By Triad Today
Sign on a school principal's office door

When I was in high school a hundred years ago, it was not unusual for two guys to get into a fist fight over one thing or another. I had one of those encounters myself, and afterward, ended up in the principal’s office. The principal, a former coach, read me the riot act, told me […]

JFK and the First Thanksgiving

Posted November 19, 2019 By Triad Today
President John F. Kennedy

Presidents are only human, so they make mistakes. No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump’s claim that Colorado borders Mexico, or George Bush’s decision to invade the wrong country after 9/11. I’m talking about John Kennedy, and how he misread history, unintentionally insulted the Commonwealth of Virginia, and was compelled to make amends. The story […]

North Carolina Should Adopt California Fur Ban

Posted November 12, 2019 By Triad Today
Fur protesters at a rally in San Francisco

Although many of us East-Coasters like to make jokes about the “Left Coast”, and its liberal tree huggers, the fact is that California is a forward-thinking trendsetter when it comes to taking a stand on social and environmental issues. In the past 20 years alone, the Golden State was the first to oppose federal restrictions […]

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