Commentaries Archive


JFK and the First Thanksgiving

Posted November 23, 2021 By Triad Today
President John F. Kennedy

Presidents are only human, so they make mistakes. No, I’m not talking about Bill Clinton hooking up with Monica Lewinski, or Joe Biden falling asleep at a global climate conference. I’m talking about John Kennedy, and how he misread history, unintentionally insulted the Commonwealth of Virginia, and was compelled to make amends. The story begins […]


GOP-Drawn Maps Will Cheat Voters

Posted November 9, 2021 By Triad Today
A map of the southeast United States with a mottled red-and-blue pattern covering North Carolina

If you watch enough old movies, you know that there are two types of bank robberies. The first kind is where the bad guys wait until the middle of the night when folks are asleep, then break into the bank and dynamite the safe. Then there’s the other kind of caper, where the bad guys […]


McManus Gets High Marks for First Year on the Job

Posted November 2, 2021 By Triad Today
Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Tricia McManus

When most folks start a new job, they expect to enjoy an uneventful period of quiet transition, with plenty of time to settle in. Not so for Tricia McManus, who is just now winding up her first year as superintendent of the Winston-Salem Forsyth County schools. And what a year it has been. From day […]


Remembering Betty Lynn, AKA Thelma Lou

Posted October 26, 2021 By Triad Today
Actress Betty Lynn

No doubt Andy Griffith is Mt. Airy’s most famous native son. After all, he created The Andy Griffith Show, a TV series set in a fictional version of his hometown, which has aired continuously since 1960. Andy is also revered in Mt. Airy because when NAFTA all but killed the furniture and textile industries there, […]


We Need to Clarify Powers of Lieutenant Governors

Posted October 19, 2021 By Triad Today
Mark Robinson, lieutenant governor of North Carolina

Although technically incorrect, I was always taught that the polite way to address a lieutenant governor is to call him or her, “Governor.” It sounds like an instant promotion, but it’s just a respectful formality, unless of course, the lieutenant governor in question abuses the title. Earlier this month, North Carolina’s lieutenant governor Mark Robinson […]


Time May Be Up for TikTok

Posted October 12, 2021 By Triad Today
TikTok logo

Earlier this month former Facebook employee Frances Haugen told Congress that Facebook has a negative impact on teenagers, creates divisiveness, and consistently chooses profit over safety. During her testimony up on Capitol Hill, Haugen produced thousands of internal documents containing some rather alarming data. For example, 13.5% of teenage girls said Instagram worsens suicidal thoughts, […]


The College Gender Gap

Posted October 5, 2021 By Triad Today
Triad Today logo

By the time I was a junior in high school, I had already embarked on a career in broadcasting. My first job was as a weekend announcer at WSJS radio in Winston-Salem. I was jazzed about the work, and all I could think about was landing a full-time position and skipping college. But no one […]


State Lawmakers and Sessions Need Limits

Posted September 28, 2021 By Triad Today
A session of the North Carolina General Assembly

Back in the 1960s, Fletcher’s Castoria ran a TV ad that compared the benefit of their laxative versus the number of prunes you’d have to eat each day to stay regular. It asked the question, “Is three enough? Is six too many?” Prunes aside, that commercial said a lot about common sense limits, and it […]


Enthusiastic Wilcox is Lifelong Girl Scout

Posted September 21, 2021 By Triad Today
Lapel pin of the Girl Scouts logo

If there was a competition for the “Most Enthusiastic CEO”, Jennifer Wilcox would be a finalist for sure. Though still new to the job of Chief Executive Officer (she was hired in late July), Jennifer is both leader and cheerleader for Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, an organization that stretches across 40 counties in […]


Remembering Ed Asner: A Grouchy Crusader

Posted September 14, 2021 By Triad Today
Actor Ed Asner on the set of Triad Today in 2010

I would imagine that most wealthy nonagenarians spend their days relaxing at the beach or at their mountain villa, but not Ed Asner. After appearing in over 150 TV shows, 70 films, and countless plays, Ed had, as of late last month, no less than fifteen current projects in post-production and five more announced. Of […]

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