Commentaries Archive

Sheriff With a Vision

Posted June 30, 2020 By Triad Today
Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough of Forsyth County

Bobby Kimbrough, Jr. has faced a number of challenges in his life. In 2005 he lost his wife, and has since raised their seven sons alone. In 2018, after retiring as a special agent with the D.E.A., he challenged a popular incumbent, and became the first African American ever elected Sheriff in Forsyth County. And […]

The Great Face Mask Debate

Posted June 23, 2020 By Triad Today
a football referee wearing a COVID-19 face mask, giving the hand gesture indicating a face mask penalty

Sports fans know that the most egregious sin a football player can commit is a face mask violation, which carries with it a substantial penalty, and with good reason. Face masks are required in football because they help to protect the players, and grabbing a man’s face mask can result in serious injury, even death. […]

Statues Shouldn’t be Scapegoats

Posted June 16, 2020 By Triad Today
The Confederate memorial statue in Winston-Salem

In 2002, conservative Republican Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered that nude statues adorning the Department of Justice be covered up, so that when he gave impromptu TV interviews, people wouldn’t see bare breasts and genitalia over his shoulder. Ashcroft became the “butt” of jokes because of his puritanical censorship of fine art. Today millions of […]

Trump Twitter Wars Both Bad and Good

Posted June 9, 2020 By Triad Today
The Twitter bird symbol with its head replaced with Donald Trump’s head

There’s no doubt about it. Donald Trump tweets some nasty things about people. He also uses Twitter to fire people and fire up people. He gives dangerous medical advice via Twitter, and he tweets about his imagined superiority on an almost daily basis. Trump uses Twitter a lot. In fact, he was the first presidential […]

Republicans for Biden

Posted June 2, 2020 By Triad Today

“The Republican Party under Trump has completely lost its way in the kind of fundamental principles that folks like me have believed in over the course of our lives.” So says former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr, and the principles he alludes to include such things as decency, honesty, separation of powers, and […]

Remembering Larry Womble

Posted May 26, 2020 By Triad Today
Former representative Larry Womble, (D) NC-71

In a world gone mad with partisan political bickering, gridlock, racist comments, obfuscations, and unethical stock transactions, we, as a society, have come to expect very little of our elected officials. Statesmanship, accountability, and leadership are in short supply these days, which is one reason why I am so saddened by the loss of Larry […]

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. […]

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