Commentaries Archive


Congressional Shooting: Lessons Not Learned

Posted June 20, 2017 By Triad Today
United States Capitol seen in rifle crosshairs

By now we all know the story about a friendly gathering of politicians that turned violent. Suddenly, without warning, shots rang out, and a member of Congress lay wounded on the ground. Days later, elected officials boasted about a new spirit of bi-partisan unity that would grow out of the attack. This wasn’t last week […]


Burr’s Lame-Duck Leadership

Posted June 13, 2017 By Triad Today
Richard Burr

If you stick around in Washington long enough, you build up seniority and get to chair committees, providing that your political party is in power. That’s what has happened to Senator Richard Burr. Burr was first elected to Congress from the 5th District in 1995, then moved to the upper chamber in 2005. For most […]


Separation of Church and Scout

Posted June 6, 2017 By Triad Today
Symbol of Christian cross and Girl Scouts logo splitting apart

In the year 1054, Pope Leo IX and one of his Eastern patriarchs, Michael I, got into a power struggle. The Pope believed he had absolute authority over all Christians, east and west, while Michael saw Leo as a figurehead with no authority over the Eastern Church and its doctrines. The two men ex-communicated each […]


Can a Child Be President?

Posted May 30, 2017 By Triad Today
Richard Nixon in 1964

My dad was active in the Republican Party for most of his life, and counted Richard Nixon among his friends. When I was born in 1954, then-Vice President Nixon sent Dad a hand-written note, congratulating him on, “bringing another Republican into the world.” Ten years later Dad took me to meet Mr. Nixon. I told […]


Let’s Make EVERYTHING Illegal

Posted May 23, 2017 By Triad Today
Red symbol crossing out the entire Earth, symbolizing a ban on everything

Last week, a group of community leaders from Forsyth County came together for a roundtable session with State Attorney General Josh Stein to discuss the problem of opioid deaths. The meeting was triggered by the release of a report from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, which showed a rise in opioid […]


Town Halls Have Become Town Hollers

Posted May 16, 2017 By Triad Today
Angry attendee at town hall meeting

It seems like hardly a week goes by that we don’t hear about another town hall meeting gone wild. City Councilmen are shouted at over zoning laws. County Commissioners are shouted at over budget cuts. School Boards are shouted at over lack of classroom discipline. And Congressmen are shouted at over just about everything. Civil […]


The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Posted May 9, 2017 By Triad Today
Mom on Mother's Day

Increasingly, national holidays seem to be more about buying candy, jewelry, cards, and turkey, than they are about honoring the spirit of the holiday itself. Mention Memorial Day, and most people will only talk about their trip to the beach. Mention Christmas, and Jesus takes a back seat to Santa. Mention Mother’s Day, and the […]


Obama and General Flynn

Posted May 2, 2017 By Triad Today
Former president Barack Obama and former DIA director General Michael Flynn

Sometimes the irony and hypocrisy of two seemingly unrelated news items is inescapable. Such was the case last week when General Mike Flynn and former President Barack Obama both made headlines because of payments they had received or were about to receive from unethical sources. The concurrent controversies led to heightened investigations of one man, […]


Rep. Walker Speaks Out on Triad Today

Posted April 25, 2017 By Triad Today
Rep. Mark Walker, R-NC

Politics has become a dirty business. Campaigns are laced with mudslinging, and once in office, candidates spend most of their time harvesting money and votes for the next election. Mark Walker has proven to be a refreshing exception to the rule. A former minister from Greensboro, and now second-term Congressman for the 6th district, Walker […]


Little Ricky, Then and Now

Posted April 18, 2017 By Triad Today
Little Ricky Ricardo

Once upon a time there was a six-year-old Louisiana Cajun who landed a job playing the son of a Cuban bandleader, and ended up running a ballet company. Along the way, he was the sage of Mayberry, the most visible member of a Christian rock band, almost joined the Von Trapp family, and after struggling […]

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