Commentaries Archive


Brian James: Homegrown Crimefighter

Posted May 19, 2020 By Triad Today
Greensboro Police Chief Brian James

Thus far, 2020 has been anything but a banner year for Greensboro. Except for Charlotte, the Gate City area has had more deaths resulting from COVID-19 than any other locality in the state. And so, we tend to forget that on February 1, the citizens of Greensboro actually had some good news to celebrate. That’s […]


Sometimes I’m Ashamed to Be White

Posted May 12, 2020 By Triad Today
A crumpled white paper with the words WHITE GUILT

Last Thursday my wife Pam and I were standing on the street in front of our house, enjoying a social-distancing breath of fresh air, when one of our neighbors walked by us. We live in a very diverse neighborhood, and the lady who walked past us is Black. She was also engaged in a Bluetooth-phone […]


Divisiveness Is a Virus Too

Posted May 5, 2020 By Triad Today
Two people staring into a chasm dividing them

Unlike our childish, mean-spirited President who thrives on name-calling and social unrest, I never intend to stir up controversy with my words. And yet, last week, my column, “Cooper’s Shell Game Could Ruin Us”, did just that. Not long after YESWeekly Publisher Charles Womack posted my column, he was deluged with responses. Some of them […]


NASCAR Is Also an N-Word

Posted April 28, 2020 By Triad Today
NASCAR driver Kyle Larson

Flip Wilson was arguably one of the most popular comedians of the 1960’s and ‘70’s, and his signature routine was about how most Christians never take responsibility for their sins. Their excuse, he would say, is, “The Devil made me do it.” The fact is, none of us likes to own up to our mistakes. […]


Cooper’s Shell Game Could Ruin Us

Posted April 25, 2020 By Triad Today
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper

I have, on many occasions, used this column to excoriate Donald Trump for the irrational things he says and does, but last week he out did himself. He suggested that a person infected with COVID-19 could kill the virus by injecting disinfectant.  But even a stopped clock is correct twice a day. For example, Trump […]


Trump and the Equal Time Rule

Posted April 21, 2020 By Triad Today
Donald Trump appearing on an old-fashioned TV set

If you put any credence in the Mueller report and its resulting prosecutions, then you know that Russians interfered with and influenced our 2016 elections. They did it largely by posting bogus news stories on social media in an effort to spread divisive misinformation. But you don’t have to be a foreign hacker to impact […]


R.I.P. Curly and Carl

Posted April 14, 2020 By Triad Today
A basketball

Dudley High School and Wake Forest University each lost a good friend recently, and their loss was felt throughout the Triad, and far beyond. Harlem Globetrotter legend Freddie “Curly” Neal passed away on March 26, at the age of 77, and legendary basketball coach Carl Tacy lost his battle with leukemia on April 2. He […]


Getting ‘Woke’ to Burr’s Greed

Posted April 7, 2020 By Triad Today
Senator Richard Burr

I may not be good at very many things, but I’ve always been pretty good with words, so it is particularly frustrating to me that I can’t find just the right word to describe Senator Richard Burr. “Congenial” comes to mind because that’s what he is whenever you meet him in person. “Humble” is another […]


TV Stations Still on the Job Despite Virus

Posted April 1, 2020 By Triad Today
Logos of WXII, WGHP and WFMY TV stations

The year was 1928 and Philo Farnsworth was in a celebratory mood as he and his wife Penn took a leisurely drive back home to Los Angeles from San Francisco, where he had just secured financial backing for his new invention. Though it would be another twenty years before the masses could appreciate Philo’s gift […]


In the Public Interest

Posted March 24, 2020 By Triad Today
ballot box

Not long ago I found myself needing to get in touch with the campaign director for a United States senator who was running for president. Rather than go through various state, local, and national party headquarters and spending 20 minutes on the phone being put on hold and transferred from one person to another, I […]

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