Commentaries Archive

Yes, the Border Crisis is Real

Posted March 12, 2019 By Triad Today
Children look through the wall on the US-Mexico border

Lord knows I am not a fan of Donald Trump. Over the past two years I have written about the President’s amoral character, his proclivity for telling lies (over 8,000 of them since taking office), about his mean-spirited, un-presidential tweets and speeches, about his refusal to read briefing papers or accept input from his own […]

Wonder Women of Triad Today

Posted March 5, 2019 By Triad Today
Female super hero in a mask

A couple of weeks ago, YESWeekly editor Katie Murawski told me that this issue was going to salute Wonder Women of the Triad, and asked if I would participate. Immediately my thoughts turned to the first two Wonder Women I ever met, both from the Triad. The first was Dr. Mary Griffith. In the 1940s […]

A Casino in Danville is No Gamble

Posted February 26, 2019 By Triad Today
Danville River Mills, in better times

In 1993, Ross Perot warned that within ten years, NAFTA would suck jobs out of America and spur a wave of plant closings. Turns out he was right. The Economic Policy Institute reported that, as of 2007, NAFTA had cost one million Americans their jobs. As if that wasn’t bad enough, greedy big banks and […]

Who Will Break the Glass Ceiling?

Posted February 19, 2019 By Triad Today
Senator Kamala Harris

Victoria Woodhull tried to do it. So did Belva Lockwood and many others. In fact, 34 women have run for president, representing a total of 17 different political parties, and while all of them tried, none were able to break the glass ceiling that has kept women out of the Oval Office for the past […]

Blackface Saga Gives Virginia a Black Eye

Posted February 12, 2019 By Triad Today
photo from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's 1984 yearbook page

If you’re not from Virginia, or haven’t lived in the Old Dominion for any significant amount of time, then you’re probably wondering how a Democrat governor of that state could have once donned blackface and not understand the ramifications at the time, or even decades later. I’ll offer some possible explanations in a moment, but […]

Barbara Eden: From Princess to Jeannie

Posted February 5, 2019 By Triad Today
Barbara Eden

I suppose at one time or another we’ve all fantasized about winning the lottery or finding a magical genie in a bottle. I’ve never won the lottery, but last week I definitely met a magical “Jeannie”. Over the years Barbara Eden has materialized in a number of venues: in film, on stage, at USO shows, […]

Hal Linden: a Man of “Letters”

Posted January 29, 2019 By Triad Today
Hal Linden

There aren’t too many people on the planet who have won an EMMY, a Tony, and a Golden Globe, but then, there aren’t too many people like Hal Linden. By age 15 he was playing clarinet for a major symphony orchestra. In his twenties he sang and acted his way onto the Broadway stage. And, […]

Sewer Officials’ Response Really Stinks

Posted January 22, 2019 By Triad Today
A photo of a sewage treatment plant with odor cloud graphics added

Kathy Hines is fighting an uphill battle. A resident of southwest Winston-Salem, Ms. Hines is trying to get the city/county Utilities Division to stop stinking up her life. For some time now, Hines has been complaining about sewer odors emanating from a wastewater treatment plant near her home. Just how bad is the odor? “How […]

Confederate Monument: a Statue of Limitations

Posted January 15, 2019 By Triad Today
The Confederate memorial statue in Winston-Salem

The other day I spoke with my friend and pioneering legislator Larry Womble about the controversial Confederate statue that stands in front of the old Forsyth County courthouse on 4th street. Larry, a life-long resident of Winston-Salem said, “I was never aware of what the statue represented. It wasn’t on my radar screen.” But today […]

Pay Level for Women Makes No Cents

Posted January 8, 2019 By Triad Today
Chart: when compared across identical or similar jobs, North Carolina women make 84 cents for every dollar earned by a man

In the two years since Donald Trump was elected, women across the country have staged some pretty impressive rallies to make their voices heard. They marched on Washington, they launched the #MeToo Movement, and this past November they elected a record number of their own gender to local, state, and federal offices. Mission accomplished, right? […]

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