Commentaries Archive

“Alice Actress” Tells All in New Book

Posted March 7, 2023 By Triad Today

Bonnie Bartlett Daniels is admittedly not a household name, but several generations of households have seen her work in hundreds of films and television episodes. The staged-trained actress from Wisconsin pops up everywhere, on TV shows like Little House on the Prairie, St. Elsewhere, Boy Meets World, and Better Call Saul, and big screen box office hits […]

Age Limits versus Ageism

Posted February 28, 2023 By Triad Today
President Joe Biden

Late last month just after announcing her run for president, former South Carolina Governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley opened a can of worms when she proposed that politicians over the age of 75 be required to undergo a competency test. Under the proposal, Haley, who is just 51, would not have to prove her competence, even […]

If You Want to Lie, Run for Office

Posted February 21, 2023 By Triad Today
NC Attorney General Josh Stein

If you lie to the police, you end up in jail. If you lie to your spouse, you end up in divorce court. And, if you lie to the IRS, you end up broke. Yet according to a recent ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, you can lie and get away with it […]

Barbara Johns to Replace Robert E. Lee

Posted February 14, 2023 By Triad Today
Civil rights activist Barbara Johns as a high school student

Hall of Fame baseball player Johnny Bench once told me that you’re never too old to have heroes. One of mine is Barbara Johns, and I’m proud to say that soon a bronze sculpture of her will stand in the U.S. Capitol, replacing a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Barbara Johns wasn’t just […]

Remembering Laverne & Shirley Star Cindy Williams

Posted February 7, 2023 By Triad Today
Actress Cindy Williams

Once upon a time, there were only three TV channels to watch, and in the late 1970s, no show was bigger than Laverne & Shirley, a sitcom starring Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall as roommates who worked at a Milwaukee beer factory. The series was a spin-off from a Happy Days episode in which Fonzie […]

Remembering Billy Packer

Posted January 31, 2023 By Triad Today
Billy Packer speaking sometime in the mid-2010s

If you were a kid growing up in Winston-Salem during the late 1950s and early 1960s, you knew who Billy Packer was. At first, he was the fearless guard who, in 1962, led Wake Forest to its only Final Four appearance. The team was ranked as high as #3 in the nation that season, and […]

Kids, Guns, and Getting Woke to School Security

Posted January 24, 2023 By Triad Today
Someone handing a handgun to a small child

In 1999 Columbine was an anomaly, but within a decade, school shootings were becoming almost commonplace. Gun-toting students and former students have acted out their rage in places like Sandy Hook, Parkland, and Uvalde. But while school massacres continued to grab headlines, single-victim shootings have often flown under the media radar. Some confrontations were initiated […]

Children Dying from Lack of “Restraint”

Posted January 17, 2023 By Triad Today
Child in a car seat

On November 14 of last year, a Texas woman loaded her four children into the car and went for a drive. The children ranged in age from 8 months to 6 years. None were wearing seat belts and the baby was not in a car seat. Suddenly one of the unlocked doors flew open, hurling […]

Burr’s Farewell Comes 28 Years Late

Posted January 10, 2023 By Triad Today
Senator Richard Burr

In 1994 liberal Democrat Congressman Stephen Neal decided not to run for re-election in North Carolina’s 5th district. That opened the door for Richard Burr, a lawn equipment salesman from Winston-Salem, to run for and win Neal’s seat. Burr, a moderate Republican, had all the makings of a southern statesman in the mold of Sam […]

Cooper Mutes Screams of Victims AGAIN

Posted January 3, 2023 By Triad Today
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

I hate to start the new year out on a sour note, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that our governor just released another murderer from prison. I used to refer to Cooper as the man who, as attorney general, courageously waged war on innocent allergy sufferers, but now he has a new title: Roy […]

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