Commentaries Archive

The Silent Sam Saga

Posted September 4, 2018 By Triad Today
UNC's Silent Sam statue toppled

Once upon a time, a group of women who had lost their fathers and husbands to war, raised enough money to erect a statue in honor of their fallen loved ones. That group was the Daughters of the Confederacy, and, over time, their statue of a rifle-bearing soldier affectionately became known as “Silent Sam”. Sam […]

Democrats Underestimate Transgender Issue

Posted August 21, 2018 By Triad Today
Transgender symbol

Political pundits keep telling us that there will be a blue wave in November, and that Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives. Given Donald Trump’s erratic behavior, vitriolic tweets, and questionable policy decisions (think trade war with Canada), it is quite possible that the upcoming mid terms will be a referendum on […]

Kids do Stupid Things

Posted August 14, 2018 By Triad Today
Kid eating a Tide Pod

Teenagers have always displayed risky behavior. In the 1950’s they did stupid things in and on their cars. They stood on the hood, they mooned other cars, and sometimes they engaged in make-shift drag races. By the end of the decade, cramming into phone booths was all the rage on college campuses, and during the […]

Boy Scouts Now Welcome Girls

Posted August 7, 2018 By Triad Today
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts logos over male and female symbols

Call it political correctness. Call it co-ed scouting, or a gender-blind experiment. Call it whatever you like, but Boy Scouts of America is now accepting girls into its ranks, and for the local Old North State Council, that means an opportunity to better serve families. As a 64-year-old former cub scout, I was skeptical of […]

Trump Has the Best People(?)

Posted July 31, 2018 By Triad Today
President Trump making a face

Whether you like Donald Trump or not, you have to admit that the man loves to brag. He bragged about having the biggest electoral college victory (it wasn’t). He bragged about having a larger inauguration crowd than Barack Obama (it wasn’t). He bragged about being the toughest president on Russia (sorry, but that honor goes […]

Fired by Social Media

Posted July 24, 2018 By Triad Today
Adam Bloom of Glenridge Community Pool

In May of this year, comedian Roseanne Barr tweeted some racist remarks in a late-night rant, which she later blamed on having taken Ambien. (Fact check: Ambien makes you sleepy, not racist.) Regardless of her intent or her lame excuse, Roseanne’s tweet was inappropriate, and it set social media ablaze, with calls for ABC to […]

DWI laws, Justice System a Deadly Combination

Posted July 10, 2018 By Triad Today
Drunk driver Taylor Roberts

No matter how you spin or manipulate the statistics, and despite heroic efforts by a number of organizations and agencies, the fact is that drunk driving is still a huge problem. The Centers for Disease Control calculates that intoxicated drivers get behind the wheel no less than 112 million times per year, and that translates […]

ATV Laws Must Change

Posted July 3, 2018 By Triad Today
ATV accident survivor Tyler Hughes

Last week I taped a segment for Triad Today that focused on the prevention of childhood injuries. My guest, a noted Pediatric Injury Prevention Coordinator at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, suggested, among other things, that parents keep their children away from all-terrain vehicles. Coincidentally, before that segment could air, the Winston-Salem Journal ran a […]

Media Inflames Child Immigrant Problem

Posted June 26, 2018 By Triad Today
Immigrant children at the "Ursula" Detention Center in McAllen, Texas

Earlier this month the mainstream media decided to hype the plight of illegal child immigrants, but what most news outlets failed to report is that families from Central America have been sneaking into the United States for years, and, under President Obama, were often deported. No doubt President Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy (prosecution over deportation) […]

Trudy Wade’s “Enemies” Are Fighting Back

Posted June 19, 2018 By Triad Today
NC state senator Trudy Wade as a squawking parrot

Last week President Trump announced that the news media are America’s biggest enemy. Thus far, however, Mr. Trump has only attacked his enemies with words. Not so with former President Richard Nixon who actually compiled a written list of enemies, and planned to punish them with IRS audits and other forms of government harassment. Fortunately, […]

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