Commentaries Archive

Jesse Jackson to Guest on Triad Today

Posted May 22, 2018 By Triad Today
Rev. Jesse Jackson on the set of Triad Today

The Reverend Jesse Jackson was born in Greenville, South Carolina, but folks in these parts claim him as a native son because he graduated from NC A&T State University. In fact, Jackson will tell you that he found himself at A&T, where he was a star football player, student body president, and leader of a […]

“Be Best” is Hypocritical, Problematic

Posted May 8, 2018 By Triad Today
Logo for the Be Best campaign

Let’s be brutally honest. Last week’s big launch of the “Be Best” campaign was nothing more than a transparent attempt to give Melania Trump a noble reason for spending time away from her husband. From now on, the media won’t have to report that the First Lady is traveling separately from the President because she […]

Should 16-Year-Olds Get the Vote?

Posted May 1, 2018 By Triad Today
ballot box

With America in the throes of WWII, FDR ordered that the military draft age be lowered from 21 to 18. Soon thereafter, Senator Jennings Randolph began lobbying for the voting age to be lowered as well. According to, Randolph wrote, “They (young people) possess a great social conscience, are perplexed by the injustice in […]

The Mall is for All (Who Behave)

Posted April 17, 2018 By Triad Today
Shoppers at a mall during holidays

Last month one of my Triad Today guests talked about Ridge Care’s wonderful “Hearts and Soles” program, which encourages senior citizens to walk around Hanes Mall in the mornings. The program promotes wellness and social interaction. That same weekend, about a hundred junior citizens were walking around Hanes Mall, but for a different purpose. The […]

Steven Bochco: TV Innovator

Posted April 10, 2018 By Triad Today
TV producer Steven Bochco

Legendary television producer Steven Bochco had a wry sense of humor, so when I first heard that he passed away on April Fool’s Day, I held out hope that he had perpetrated a hoax on us. He hadn’t. Steven, who won countless awards and accolades across a career that lasted for half a century, finally […]

Adultery is Illegal…Sort of

Posted April 3, 2018 By Triad Today
Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Clinton and Trump

Adultery has been in the news a lot lately, thanks largely to full disclosures by a porn star and a former Playboy bunny who claim that they both had sex with Donald Trump (not at the same time, of course). And while Mr. Trump’s extra marital dalliances may be big news on CNN, there’s nothing […]

Gilligan’s “Mary Ann” to Visit Triad

Posted March 27, 2018 By Triad Today
Actress Dawn Wells

Fifty-four years ago, Mary Ann Summers and six other shipmates set out for a three-hour tour that left them stranded on an uncharted desert island. Today, Mary Ann’s alter ego, Dawn Wells, is setting out for a different kind of tour that will take her all over the world. This time, her first port of […]

Burr Should Deliver Papers Elsewhere

Posted March 20, 2018 By Triad Today
Senator Richard Burr

Last Monday a special ceremony was held in which Senator Richard Burr announced that he was donating all of his official papers to his alma mater, Wake Forest University. During his presentation, Burr said the collection is for, “all who are passionate to lead.” I hope that’s the case, but the sad irony is that […]

Woody Durham Signs Off

Posted March 13, 2018 By Triad Today
Woody Durham, 1941-2018, Voice of the Tar Heels

In sports, statistics matter, and Woody Durham had them in spades: 14 years as sports director for WFMY-TV in Greensboro; 40 years as the radio voice of the Carolina Tar Heels; play-by-play man for 1,800 football and basketball games, including 23 bowl games; announcer for 4 national basketball championships, and 13 Final Fours. But there’s […]

See Spot Run, See Trump Read

Posted March 6, 2018 By Triad Today
President Donald Trump with a crazy look

Last May I wrote about a study released by the healthcare website STAT, in which they determined that Donald Trump’s language and cognitive abilities are at 3rd and 4th grade levels. At that time, and even prior, I had noticed that the President struggled when trying to read aloud, almost like a child trying to […]

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