Commentaries Archive


Barbara Eden: From Princess to Jeannie

Posted February 5, 2019 By Triad Today
Barbara Eden

I suppose at one time or another we’ve all fantasized about winning the lottery or finding a magical genie in a bottle. I’ve never won the lottery, but last week I definitely met a magical “Jeannie”. Over the years Barbara Eden has materialized in a number of venues: in film, on stage, at USO shows, […]


Hal Linden: a Man of “Letters”

Posted January 29, 2019 By Triad Today
Hal Linden

There aren’t too many people on the planet who have won an EMMY, a Tony, and a Golden Globe, but then, there aren’t too many people like Hal Linden. By age 15 he was playing clarinet for a major symphony orchestra. In his twenties he sang and acted his way onto the Broadway stage. And, […]


Sewer Officials’ Response Really Stinks

Posted January 22, 2019 By Triad Today
A photo of a sewage treatment plant with odor cloud graphics added

Kathy Hines is fighting an uphill battle. A resident of southwest Winston-Salem, Ms. Hines is trying to get the city/county Utilities Division to stop stinking up her life. For some time now, Hines has been complaining about sewer odors emanating from a wastewater treatment plant near her home. Just how bad is the odor? “How […]


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, […]

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