Commentaries Archive

Taxes and Bonds and Schools, Oh My!

Posted June 7, 2022 By Triad Today
Cartoon drawing of James Madison and Alexander Hamilton holding a copy of the Federalist Papers

In 1787, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison penned a collection of essays that were published in what has since become known as “The Federalist Papers”. The focus of their essays was primarily to promote ratification of the Constitution, but some of what they wrote also served as a road map for how citizens […]

Our Children Are Massacred… AGAIN

Posted May 31, 2022 By Triad Today
Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas after the May 24 shooting

For the past 20 years, I’ve been calling for all schools to have armed officers with metal-detecting wands placed at every entrance, but I’m always told by politicians that my plan is impractical and would be too expensive. Yet less than a week after Congress allocated $40 billion, unbudgeted, to stop the carnage in Ukraine, […]

Gun Shows Paid Not to Show

Posted May 24, 2022 By Triad Today
Greensboro Coliseum Complex managing director Matt Brown

During the final battle in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Klingon General Chang incessantly quotes Shakespeare while Spock and Dr. McCoy try frantically to prepare a torpedo that will put the chatty villain out of his misery. “I’d give real money if he’d shut up,” said McCoy. And so, even centuries into the future, we humans are willing to […]

Burr, Meadows, Cawthorn a Disgrace

Posted May 17, 2022 By Triad Today
soon-to-be-former North Carolina congressman Madison Cawthorn

Once upon a time, North Carolina was known for its outstanding representatives in Washington. Democrats like Sam Ervin and Richardson Pryor, and Republicans like Howard Coble and Jim Broyhill were widely respected for their integrity. Ervin got us through Watergate, Pryor helmed a committee that largely disproved the Warren Report on JFK’s assassination, and Broyhill […]

Budd vs. Beasley in November?

Posted May 10, 2022 By Triad Today
North Carolina candidates for US Senate Ted Budd (left, Republican) and Cheri Beasley (right, Democrat)

Whenever there is a large number of candidates vying for the same office, political pundits like to refer to it as a “crowded field”, which often implies that those candidates are all bunched up in the polls. Not so with North Carolina’s race for U.S. Senate, where a dozen or more hopefuls are entered in […]

Tales of TV Moms

Posted May 3, 2022 By Triad Today
Title Card for the Mother's Day Salute to TV Moms from 2008

Mothers are special. They give us life. They nurture us. And, they shape the way we think and act. TV Moms are special too. They are our imaginary surrogates, and they remain a fixture in our childhood memories. In May of 2008, I paid tribute to some of those small screen surrogates when I produced […]

Female Leadership Needed in Female Sports

Posted April 26, 2022 By Triad Today
Girls playing youth soccer. Cropped from photo by Sarah Jones at

For those of you old enough to remember the debate over single-sex education, and how VMI fought to remain an all-male institution, you’ll recall that a number of prominent women joined that fight. While producing a 1993 documentary about the value of single-sex institutions, I interviewed a number of highly successful women, all of who […]

Animal Abuse Occurs in Many Forms and at All Levels

Posted April 19, 2022 By Triad Today
Susie, a puppy who was tortured in Greensboro in 2009

North Carolina made national headlines back in 2010 when the General Assembly passed “Susie’s Law”, so named for a puppy that was rescued in Greensboro after having been set on fire and abandoned by her owner. Thanks to “Susie’s Law”, anyone convicted of cruelty to animals can face up to two years in jail. Of […]

New Noise Ordinance Falls Short

Posted April 12, 2022 By Triad Today
A depiction of sound waves emitting from Kernersville

After numerous complaints from residents, a series of public hearings, and a study of decibel levels, the Kernersville Board of Aldermen last week approved a new noise ordinance which they hope will end the conflict and debate over loud music in outdoor venues. Unfortunately, the new ordinance falls short, not so much for what it […]

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 […]

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