Commentaries Archive


#43 is 80!

Posted July 18, 2017 By Triad Today
Richard Petty

I know this sounds silly, but I’ve come to believe that Richard Petty is the real-life Peter Pan. Throughout his career, Richard flew around tracks with ease. Kids of all ages followed him wherever he went. And, most importantly, he never grew old. I first met the NASCAR King in 1979, and last month when […]


Want a Raise? Become a CEO or Coach

Posted July 11, 2017 By Triad Today
up arrow on financial chart

There was a headline in last week’s newspapers that caught my attention. It read, “Middle Class Wage Crisis Worse in North Carolina.” The story, written by Associated Press correspondent Emery Dalesio, highlighted findings by NC State University economist Michael Walden, in which he concluded that the collapse of middle class jobs in this century was […]


Rockets’ Red Glare, Bombs Bursting in Air

Posted July 4, 2017 By Triad Today
Kid plugging his ears from noise of fireworks

This week we celebrate our 241st anniversary of independence from Great Britain. A few weeks earlier, we celebrated Memorial Day, where we honored men and women who had made the ultimate sacrifice. I’m as patriotic as the next guy, but over the years I have come to dread these holidays, and I can explain my […]


GOP’s “Better Care” Isn’t

Posted June 27, 2017 By Triad Today
Caduceus chained to a ball in a hellish landscape

We all know that there’s a lot of hype in advertising, but most ads contain at least some modicum of truth. For example, a car that’s advertised as getting better gas mileage, usually does. A pain reliever that’s advertised as having extra strength, usually has it. And, toilet paper that’s advertised as being new and […]


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
Senator 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 […]

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