Commentaries Archive


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, […]


Sheriff With a Vision

Posted June 30, 2020 By Triad Today
Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough of Forsyth County

Bobby Kimbrough, Jr. has faced a number of challenges in his life. In 2005 he lost his wife, and has since raised their seven sons alone. In 2018, after retiring as a special agent with the D.E.A., he challenged a popular incumbent, and became the first African American ever elected Sheriff in Forsyth County. And […]


The Great Face Mask Debate

Posted June 23, 2020 By Triad Today
a football referee wearing a COVID-19 face mask, giving the hand gesture indicating a face mask penalty

Sports fans know that the most egregious sin a football player can commit is a face mask violation, which carries with it a substantial penalty, and with good reason. Face masks are required in football because they help to protect the players, and grabbing a man’s face mask can result in serious injury, even death. […]


Statues Shouldn’t be Scapegoats

Posted June 16, 2020 By Triad Today
The Confederate memorial statue in Winston-Salem

In 2002, conservative Republican Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered that nude statues adorning the Department of Justice be covered up, so that when he gave impromptu TV interviews, people wouldn’t see bare breasts and genitalia over his shoulder. Ashcroft became the “butt” of jokes because of his puritanical censorship of fine art. Today millions of […]


Trump Twitter Wars Both Bad and Good

Posted June 9, 2020 By Triad Today
The Twitter bird symbol with its head replaced with Donald Trump’s head

There’s no doubt about it. Donald Trump tweets some nasty things about people. He also uses Twitter to fire people and fire up people. He gives dangerous medical advice via Twitter, and he tweets about his imagined superiority on an almost daily basis. Trump uses Twitter a lot. In fact, he was the first presidential […]


Republicans for Biden

Posted June 2, 2020 By Triad Today

“The Republican Party under Trump has completely lost its way in the kind of fundamental principles that folks like me have believed in over the course of our lives.” So says former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr, and the principles he alludes to include such things as decency, honesty, separation of powers, and […]


Remembering Larry Womble

Posted May 26, 2020 By Triad Today
Former representative Larry Womble, (D) NC-71

In a world gone mad with partisan political bickering, gridlock, racist comments, obfuscations, and unethical stock transactions, we, as a society, have come to expect very little of our elected officials. Statesmanship, accountability, and leadership are in short supply these days, which is one reason why I am so saddened by the loss of Larry […]

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