Commentaries Archive

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Posted May 9, 2017 By Triad Today
Mom on Mother's Day

Increasingly, national holidays seem to be more about buying candy, jewelry, cards, and turkey, than they are about honoring the spirit of the holiday itself. Mention Memorial Day, and most people will only talk about their trip to the beach. Mention Christmas, and Jesus takes a back seat to Santa. Mention Mother’s Day, and the […]

Obama and General Flynn

Posted May 2, 2017 By Triad Today
Former president Barack Obama and former DIA director General Michael Flynn

Sometimes the irony and hypocrisy of two seemingly unrelated news items is inescapable. Such was the case last week when General Mike Flynn and former President Barack Obama both made headlines because of payments they had received or were about to receive from unethical sources. The concurrent controversies led to heightened investigations of one man, […]

Rep. Walker Speaks Out on Triad Today

Posted April 25, 2017 By Triad Today
Rep. Mark Walker, R-NC

Politics has become a dirty business. Campaigns are laced with mudslinging, and once in office, candidates spend most of their time harvesting money and votes for the next election. Mark Walker has proven to be a refreshing exception to the rule. A former minister from Greensboro, and now second-term Congressman for the 6th district, Walker […]

Little Ricky, Then and Now

Posted April 18, 2017 By Triad Today
Little Ricky Ricardo

Once upon a time there was a six-year-old Louisiana Cajun who landed a job playing the son of a Cuban bandleader, and ended up running a ballet company. Along the way, he was the sage of Mayberry, the most visible member of a Christian rock band, almost joined the Von Trapp family, and after struggling […]

“Welcoming City” a Bad Idea

Posted April 11, 2017 By Triad Today
Sign at sanctuary cities protest

Like many folks in our subdivision, my wife and I proudly display a “welcome” mat on our front porch. That welcome extends to family, friends, neighbors, girl scouts, and authorized contractors. The welcome does NOT extend to people who break the law. It also does not prohibit, discourage, or hinder police from carrying out their […]

HB 142 Vindicates McCrory

Posted April 4, 2017 By Triad Today
Pat McCrory

It’s a crime to yell “FIRE” in a crowded theatre when there is no fire. That’s because a prank like that can make people think there’s a crisis, and that can lead to panic and all kinds of collateral damage. Last year, Attorney General Roy Cooper, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, and the inappropriately named Human […]

Barnes, Daggett, Shuler Making a Difference

Posted March 28, 2017 By Triad Today
Sheriff BJ Barnes, Attorneys David Daggett and Griff Shuler

Every day, newspapers, television, and the internet are awash with bad news. Even worse, there seems to be nothing we can do to make the bad news go away. We can’t stop terrorism, we can’t escape racism, and we don’t have a cure for cancer. But if you look beyond the headlines, there is plenty […]

The Naked Truth About Naked Selfies

Posted March 21, 2017 By Triad Today
Blacked-out examples of revenge porn

In a recent commercial for Geico, noted angler Bill Dance offers up a valuable tip for careless fishermen who break off the end of their rod in the car door. Says Dance dryly, “Don’t do that.” Bill’s simple advice is priceless, more importantly it can apply to a myriad of situations. If you don’t want […]

Remembering Bill Paxton

Posted March 14, 2017 By Triad Today
Bill Paxton

On the day my father died, a friend of mine 2,500 miles away stopped filming his TV show, and sent me a personal message: “Jim, I’m sorry about your Dad. I’m sure he must have been quite proud of you. Someone once wrote, ‘Flowers will wilt and tears will dry, but love lives on in […]

GOP Health Plan a Sick Joke?

Posted March 7, 2017 By Triad Today
Paul Ryan (black-and-white)

The Ides of March are upon us, and like Julius Caesar, many of us are about to be stabbed in the back unexpectedly. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have their daggers at the ready, and together they are hatching a secret plan to stick it to us. They have mesmerized […]

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