Commentaries Archive

Boot Wade, Keep BJ, Budd, Walker

Posted October 30, 2018 By Triad Today
ballot box

The last mid-term election we had was in 2014, and in that year, only 46% of registered North Carolinians turned out to vote, as compared to the 2016 election, when 67% of voters showed up at the polls. This year, Democratic candidates running in heavily Republican districts are hoping that normally apathetic voters will be […]

The Jerry Springer Effect

Posted October 23, 2018 By Triad Today
Former TV show host Jerry Springer

Earlier this month, infamous TV personality Jerry Springer turned up at the Dixie Classic Fair, and was asked by a reporter from the Winston-Salem Journal what kind of food he liked. Replied Springer, “I like everything that’s not healthy.” It was a fitting response from the man who almost single-handedly turned television into a repository […]

Trump’s Accomplishments Are Undeniable

Posted October 16, 2018 By Triad Today
President Trump making a face

Americans don’t agree on much of anything anymore. We seem to be sharply divided along party lines on every issue. We can, however, agree on one thing: Donald Trump is a polarizing figure who succeeds where others have failed. Love him or hate him, he is a force of nature who defied pollsters, pundits, and […]

Old White Men Just Don’t Get It

Posted October 9, 2018 By Triad Today
Brett Kavanaugh in 2018

Watching Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, and John Cornyn standing side-by-side at a recent press conference was like looking at the Mt. Rushmore of misogyny. The message that they and other old white senators (including our own Richard Burr and Thom Tillis) have sent to women is clear: if you are sexually assaulted then […]

The Thin Greek Line

Posted October 2, 2018 By Triad Today
The Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter at Wake Forest University

Fraternities (aka Greek Letter Organizations) have been around in America for more than two centuries. They were originally established as secret societies within a college or university, but secrets are hard to keep once a police report is filed. That’s what happened last month when two sexual assaults were alleged to have happened at the […]

Kavanaugh v. Ford

Posted September 25, 2018 By Triad Today
Judge Brett Kavanaugh in his high school yearbook photo

The on-going controversy surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford has brought to the fore a number of issues. For starters it’s about alleged sexual misconduct, and when it’s appropriate for a victim to come forward. It’s about alcoholism and the effects that drinking can have on one’s behavior and memory. It’s […]

Kaepernick is no Jim Brown

Posted September 18, 2018 By Triad Today
Football player Colin Kaepernick

In 2002 the Sporting News named Jim Brown the greatest professional football player ever. That recognition came as a result of Brown’s on field prowess, where he set all kinds of rushing records by running through and over top of various obstacles in order to get to where he wanted to be. It was the […]

Alda the Communicator Comes to UNCG

Posted September 11, 2018 By Triad Today
Alan Alda

I think it’s safe to say that Alan Alda is the only thespian to ever be sponsored by a school of nanoscience. Surely whoever printed the ad for Alda’s upcoming lecture at UNCG must have made a mistake. After all, aren’t acting and science two incompatible cultures? Not in Alan Alda’s universe. In fact, his […]

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 […]

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