Commentaries Archive

Ross Perot: Profit and Patriot

Posted July 16, 2019 By Triad Today
Ross Perot in the 1990s

My Republican father went to his grave in 2010, still blaming me for the outcome of the 1992 election. “It’s your fault that Bill Clinton got elected,” he would say. Dad was referring to my support for Ross Perot, a self-made Texas billionaire who ran as an independent candidate for president against Clinton, the Democrat, […]

Trump and the Democratic Debates

Posted July 2, 2019 By Triad Today
Democrat presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris

Following the first round of debates between and among 20 Democratic candidates for president, Donald Trump proclaimed that the 2020 race was already over. It may be the first thing he has ever said that isn’t a lie. That’s because with the exception of a few comments by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, nearly every word […]

Rockets’ Red Glare, Bombs Bursting in Air

Posted June 25, 2019 By Triad Today
Fireworks hurting a kid's ears

Next week we celebrate our 243rd 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 and other holidays, and I can […]

CEO’s (salaries) Gone Wild

Posted June 18, 2019 By Triad Today
Dr. Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Disney Company co-founder Roy Disney

Last month, Abigail Disney, granddaughter of The Walt Disney Company co-founder Roy Disney, appeared on Capitol Hill before the House Financial Services Committee, for a hearing on workers’ rights. Ms. Disney’s Congressional testimony followed her very public criticism of Disney CEO Bob Iger’s $65 million dollar per year salary, which is a whopping 1,424 times […]

Shame on Facebook

Posted June 11, 2019 By Triad Today
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

The Justice Department recently announced that it was planning to investigate giant tech companies for antitrust violations, but what it should really investigate is how those companies violate the public trust, especially Facebook, who has repeatedly had dirty hands when it comes to a variety of ethics issues, ranging from privacy to politics. On the […]

ESPN Host Headed Here for HOF

Posted June 4, 2019 By Triad Today
Sportswriter and TV host Tony Kornheiser on the set of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption in 2010

Forget Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders. Tony Kornheiser is the hippest septuagenarian on planet Earth, and he’s even seen on Uranus (I’ll get to that joke in a moment). So how does this veteran sportswriter and co-host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption stay so young and hip?   TK: I work with young people every […]

Kamala Kracks Down on Pay Disparity

Posted May 28, 2019 By Triad Today
Democrat presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris

Earlier this month during a CNN town hall, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris broke bad on companies who pay their female employees less than males doing the same job. If elected president, Harris would enact a mandatory federal “Equal Pay Certification” program, under which companies who don’t comply, would pay hefty fines. Said Harris, […]

School Lock-Downs Coming Too Late

Posted May 21, 2019 By Triad Today
Drawing of a gun on a blackboard

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 […]

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