Commentaries Archive


Young People are Sustaining COVID-19

Posted September 15, 2020 By Triad Today
A group of coronaviruses floating around the Old Well on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill

“Kids. I don’t understand what’s wrong with these kids today.” “Kids. Who can understand anything they say?” “Kids. You can talk and talk till your face is blue, but they still do just what they want to do.” Those lyrics are from the 1960 Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie, but given what’s happened lately, they […]


Trump and the Dreaded “S” Word

Posted September 1, 2020 By Triad Today
Street sign showing the intersection of Capitalism and Socialism

During the opening night of the Republican convention, former UN ambassador and South Carolina governor Nikki Haley warned that America would turn socialist under a Biden/Harris administration. Haley and a host of other speakers took their lead from Donald Trump, who has been using the dreaded “S” word to stoke fear among voters for the […]


Postmaster Blows It, Then Backpedals

Posted August 25, 2020 By Triad Today
Ballot Box with US Postal Service logo

Sometimes newspaper headlines can be misleading, even inaccurate. Sometimes they can be confusing or taken out of context. Sometimes, though, you can glean a lot about an on-going story by simply stringing the headlines together. For example: “Biden Leads Trump by Double Digits”; “COVID Spurs Increase in Mail-in Ballots”; “Democratic Voters Requesting Ballots 2 to […]


Race Car Drivers Getting Younger

Posted August 18, 2020 By Triad Today
NASCAR driver Thad Moffitt

Most of us have fond memories of our first time behind the wheel of a car, truck or tractor. My wife Pam, for example, told me that when she was a little girl, her grandfather let her drive his car up a country road to a little store. Needless to say, they did not tell […]


Minority Business Expo Goes Virtual

Posted August 11, 2020 By Triad Today

By all accounts, COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on small businesses, especially those owned by minorities, so says Ohio congresswoman Joyce Beatty, who testified at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion last month. “Small businesses have experienced a 22% closure rate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic from February to […]


For Now, We’re All “Home” Schooled

Posted August 4, 2020 By Triad Today
A child being taught at home

Thomas Edison, Booker T. Washington, and the Wright brothers are among thousands of famous innovators who would feel right at home in North Carolina these days. So would modern-day celebrities like Taylor Swift, Venus and Serena Williams, and Olympic gymnast Simon Biles. That’s because all of them were schooled at home, or as Governor Cooper […]


Rely on Newspapers, Not Social Media

Posted July 28, 2020 By Triad Today
A portion of a newspaper headline

In the 1984 film Ghostbusters, Janine, the company receptionist, said to her geeky boss Egon Spengler, “I bet you like to read a lot,” to which Egon coldly replied, “Print is dead.” No doubt Mr. Spengler must have had some inside information or a crystal ball because private connections to the internet didn’t become widespread […]


Time to Strengthen Fireworks Laws

Posted July 21, 2020 By Triad Today
Kid plugging his ears from noise of fireworks

Every year around the end of June, I used to write about the dangers of fireworks, and every year, the feedback I received from friend and foe alike was almost always the same: “Come on Jim, don’t be a wet blanket. You’ve got to have fireworks on the Fourth of July!” It became obvious that […]


Are Governors Abusing Their Powers?

Posted July 14, 2020 By Triad Today
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

While serving as Chairman of the Southern Governors Association, Virginia Governor Doug Wilder asked me to produce a documentary about how he and his nineteen colleagues worked together to deal with matters of regional concern, ranging from increasing trade with Central America, to decreasing the infant mortality rate. The SGA also focused on emergency preparedness […]


Happy Anniversary, R.J.!

Posted July 7, 2020 By Triad Today
Actor Robert Wagner in 1977

In the summer of 1977, I witnessed something I’ve never experienced before or since. I was holding court in a Century City hotel where CBS shuttled their primetime stars in and out of my suite for two straight days. I was there to tape interviews that we could broadcast back home on our local affiliate, […]

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