Commentaries Archive


Gun Violence Solutions Moot for Now

Posted April 6, 2021 By Triad Today
A handgun superimposed over a US flag with a bullet hole

A wise man once advised me never to complain about a problem unless I was prepared to offer a solution, and, where possible, I’ve always tried to adhere to that advice in my newspaper columns. For example, I’ve criticized long-serving politicians by advocating for term limits, and I’ve criticized the practice of jailing people for […]


Theatre Endowment Named for Seaman

Posted March 30, 2021 By Triad Today
Professor, musician and theater director Dan Seaman

The late great Ernie Banks, a Hall of Fame baseball player, once said, “the measure of a man is in the lives he’s touched.” If that’s true, then Daniel Seaman must be one of the most successful men in Heaven. He was a devoted husband and loving father. He was a loyal friend and confidant. […]


Melvin and Elon: Saga of a portrait

Posted March 23, 2021 By Triad Today
The historical marker sign for the Greensboro Massacre

Every family in America has been affected by COVID-19, some from loss of life, and others from loss of employment. But another casualty of the pandemic has been education. To put things in perspective, there are approximately 74 million children under age 18 living at home, and another 20 million enrolled in college. That means […]


Pass/Fail a Product of the Pandemic

Posted March 16, 2021 By Triad Today
A computer tablet with several checkboxes marked PASS and FAIL with a finger checking a PASS box

Every family in America has been affected by COVID-19, some from loss of life, and others from loss of employment. But another casualty of the pandemic has been education. To put things in perspective, there are approximately 74 million children under age 18 living at home, and another 20 million enrolled in college. That means […]


Pandemic and the Right to Recall

Posted March 2, 2021 By Triad Today
US map showing the states with active governor recall efforts in red, and states that allow governor recalls in orange

The COVID-19 virus has taught us some painfully valuable lessons. For starters, it showed us how ill-prepared we were to deal with a pandemic, and it underscored disparities in our healthcare system. The pandemic has also given our elected officials an opportunity to either shine or shrivel under pressure. For example, it is widely accepted […]


Burr Censured… At Last

Posted February 23, 2021 By Triad Today
Senator Richard Burr

For over 20 years now, Richard Burr has managed to enrich himself through unethical means, mislead the American people about a deadly virus, oppose letting Americans buy cheaper drugs from Canada, take money from industries he was supposed to regulate (then push for tax breaks for them), and vote against the creation of a job […]


Remembering Hal Holbrook

Posted February 16, 2021 By Triad Today
Actor Hal Holbrook

During his storied career, Hal Holbrook portrayed, among other things, a president, a senator, a secretary of state, and a “Deep Throat” whistle-blower, all of whom spoke eloquently about life, politics, and the human condition. But it was Hal himself who often articulated views that were befitting of the characters he played, such as this […]


Prime Time Love: Famous TV Couples

Posted February 9, 2021 By Triad Today

Over the past 70 years, prime time television has been inhabited by thousands of loving couples who’ve had to navigate either comedic or dramatic situations in order to stay together. Therefore, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ve compiled a list of a few memorable duos who have graced the small screen. Lucy & Ricky Ricardo: […]


Remembering Cloris Leachman

Posted February 2, 2021 By Triad Today
Actress Cloris Leachman in 2008

I had only known Cloris Leachman for less than thirty minutes when she asked me to take off my clothes. More on that in a moment, but suffice to say it was one of those things that sort of sticks in your head, much like everything Cloris did, and she did a lot. Cloris passed […]


Celebrating Transfers of Power

Posted January 26, 2021 By Triad Today
Joe Biden taking the oath of office for the US presidency

Donald Trump stirred up a bunch of angry white people, asked them to storm the Capitol building, and disrupt a Constitutional proceeding. It was a sickening site to see as these Trump sycophants breached a secure area, yelling and creating chaos. No, I’m not describing the siege on January 6. I’m referring to the mob […]

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