Commentaries Archive

Can We Have 0% Unemployment?

Posted February 13, 2018 By Triad Today
Unemployment statistics on a chart

In a newspaper ad, the Republican National Committee promised prosperity, and hinted at full employment if their candidate was elected. Their promise was, “a chicken in every pot, and a car in every garage.” But that ad wasn’t placed recently. It ran during the 1928 presidential campaign of Herbert Hoover. Hoover went on to win […]

Stop Blaming Prescription Opioids

Posted February 6, 2018 By Triad Today
Opioid pill

Last year I angered a lot of my friends when I criticized politicians and the media for misstating and miscommunicating the nature of the so-called opioid epidemic. My concerns were two-fold. First was the tendency to lump legal analgesics with heroin when citing statistics. Second was an overreaction by Governor Cooper and others in handing […]

Airport Name Not the Problem

Posted January 30, 2018 By Triad Today
Sign at airport with Piedmont Triad crossed out, Central North Carolina instead

A few years ago I was speaking with a travel agent, and told her I wanted to fly out of PTI. “What’s PTI?”, she said. On another occasion I asked a flight attendant if we would make our connection to PTI in time. “What’s PTI?”, she responded. Clearly a lot of folks don’t know what […]

G.I.R.L. (Scout) Power

Posted January 23, 2018 By Triad Today
Historical photo of girl scout cookies

Every year about this time, thousands of girl scouts in our area hit the pavement to sell cookies. It’s their signature project. It’s what they’re known for. But selling cookies isn’t just about selling cookies. It’s about leadership, empowerment, and a tradition of service that dates back over a hundred years. In 1917, America was […]

Did Toyota Play Us?

Posted January 16, 2018 By Triad Today
Outlines of Alabama and North Carolina facing off over a Toyota logo

In 1976 Toyota aired a TV ad campaign whose slogan was, “You asked for it, you got it. Toyota!” For the past year Piedmont business leaders, elected officials, and economic development specialists have “asked” Toyota/Mazda to bring their new manufacturing plant to our Megasite in Randolph County, but last week Toyota told us that we […]

The Amazon Dilemma

Posted January 9, 2018 By Triad Today
Amazon shipping packages on a conveyor line

Late last year Seattle-based announced plans to build a second headquarters in order to better serve its growing customer base in North America. Amazon says the new plant will cost $5 billion dollars to construct, and will eventually bring 50,000 jobs to the community that lands it. But not every community is in the […]

Eric Braeden: An Astonishing Man

Posted January 2, 2018 By Triad Today
Eric Braeden on the cover of his book I'll Be Damned

When I was a little boy, I dreamed of becoming a great athlete, a rugged cowboy, or a famous actor. None of those dreams came true for me, but all of them did for one little boy who grew up poor in war-torn Nazi Germany. His is a remarkable journey which even he is astonished […]

Top Ten Stories of 2017

Posted December 26, 2017 By Triad Today
A dumpster on fire with the year 2017 on the front

I don’t put much stock in top ten lists because they are generally subjective in nature. Even lists that are compiled from public polling can be skewed based on which public was polled. On the other hand, lists can serve as conversation starters, and anything that encourages constructive dialogue can’t be all bad. My list […]

Plenty of Ways to Give This Holiday Season

Posted December 19, 2017 By Triad Today
Hand offering holiday gift to charity

As we celebrate and enjoy this holiday season, let’s not forget that there are people beyond our immediate circle of family and friends who could benefit from our love and generosity. Over the past decade, I’ve been able to showcase scores of community organizations on Triad Today, and in the process, I’ve learned that there […]

Time for Trump to Go

Posted December 5, 2017 By Triad Today
President Donald Trump with a crazy look

According to a recent poll, 61% of all Americans believe Donald Trump should be impeached if he is proven guilty of any of the sexual assault charges leveled at him by over a dozen women. But if he is removed from office, it probably won’t be because of his behavior toward women. It will more […]

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