Commentaries Archive

Confederate Monument: a Statue of Limitations

Posted January 15, 2019 By Triad Today
The Confederate memorial statue in Winston-Salem

The other day I spoke with my friend and pioneering legislator Larry Womble about the controversial Confederate statue that stands in front of the old Forsyth County courthouse on 4th street. Larry, a life-long resident of Winston-Salem said, “I was never aware of what the statue represented. It wasn’t on my radar screen.” But today […]

Pay Level for Women Makes No Cents

Posted January 8, 2019 By Triad Today
Chart: when compared across identical or similar jobs, North Carolina women make 84 cents for every dollar earned by a man

In the two years since Donald Trump was elected, women across the country have staged some pretty impressive rallies to make their voices heard. They marched on Washington, they launched the #MeToo Movement, and this past November they elected a record number of their own gender to local, state, and federal offices. Mission accomplished, right? […]

Convicted Teachers Are Not Always Sexual Predators

Posted January 1, 2019 By Triad Today
Insignia of East Forsyth High School

With apologies to Charles Dickens, last month was the best of times and the worst of times for the town of Kernersville. Ten days before Christmas, East Forsyth High School brought home a State football championship, certainly the best of times. Then, only days later, a female teacher and a female volunteer at the high […]

Foundations Should Rescue Bennett

Posted December 18, 2018 By Triad Today
The sign at Bennett College, Greensboro NC

The Piedmont Triad is replete with agencies, organizations, churches, and businesses who routinely help those in need. We have food banks, homeless shelters, crisis centers, and free clinics. Our taxes go to help neighbors who lose their home to a natural disaster, and to those who lose their job through no fault of their own. […]

Remembering Ken Berry

Posted December 11, 2018 By Triad Today
Ken Berry

In the entertainment business, a triple threat is someone who can sing, dance and act. It’s also someone who’s accomplished on stage, in film and on television. I guess that made Ken Berry a double-triple threat because he could do just about everything in any venue. I first got to know Ken some years ago […]

Voter ID is Not Voter Suppression

Posted December 4, 2018 By Triad Today
ballot box

In a previous column I noted how Phil Berger and company have manipulated the system to favor Republican candidates, including making an end-run around the Supreme Court by crafting voter ID as an amendment to our state constitution. Like him or not, Berger’s feat is even more impressive in a year when Democrats won enough […]

Gerrymandering Doesn’t Always Succeed

Posted November 27, 2018 By Triad Today
A salamander crawling on a map of North Carolina's 13th District

Last week, Democratic congressional candidate Kathy Manning talked to the Associated Press about her mid-term loss to 13th district Republican incumbent Ted Budd. Said Manning, “We did everything we could, but we just could not overcome the gerrymandering.” Were he alive today, founding father James Madison might take issue with Ms. Manning’s assessment. In 1788, […]

JFK and the First Thanksgiving

Posted November 20, 2018 By Triad Today
President John F. Kennedy

Presidents are only human, so they make mistakes. No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump’s claim that he only hires the “best people”, or George Bush’s decision to invade the wrong country after 9/11. I’m talking about John Kennedy, and how he misread history, unintentionally insulted the Commonwealth of Virginia, and was compelled to make […]

Press Boycott Might Throw Trump Over the Edge

Posted November 13, 2018 By Triad Today
President Trump during press conference

Day after day, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stands behind an all-too familiar podium, and proceeds to repeat, justify, and validate the lies that her boss has uttered in the past 24 hours. In doing so, she occasionally makes up new lies of her own. Huckabee is a disgrace to the journalism profession, […]

Kids and Guns: The Crisis Grows

Posted November 6, 2018 By Triad Today
Drawing of a gun on a blackboard

We journalists are naturally drawn to superlatives. Something is either “the first of its kind”, or it’s “the most comprehensive”, or it’s “the largest in the area”. It’s not surprising, then, that last year’s Las Vegas concert massacre was known as “the bloodiest mass shooting in our history”, and last week’s attack on Pittsburgh’s Tree […]

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