Commentaries Archive


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 […]


A Case of Inflammatory News

Posted February 28, 2017 By Triad Today
Triad City Beat's Jordan Green

The other day I was watching a morning news show on which Dr.Mehmet Oz was interviewed.  The famous TV doc was asked how to recognize fake news, and then what to do once you’ve read it. Said the all-knowing Oz, “Be aware before you share.”  I’m not a big fan of Dr. Oz, but I was struck […]


A Shrink in the White House?

Posted February 21, 2017 By Triad Today
Donald Trump figure

Ever since 1928 there has been a full time physician attached to the White House (not the same one, of course). These medical professionals perform routine check-ups, prescribe medication, and monitor the President’s overall health. Presumably the White House doctor would also help to determine if the President has become physically incapacitated and is, therefore, […]


Remembering Mike Connors

Posted February 14, 2017 By Triad Today
Mike Connors

In the Fall of 2010 the Television Academy asked me to produce and moderate “A Salute to TV Crimefighters”. The panel of prime time cops and detectives included my buddies Matt Bomer (White Collar), and Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) along with Marg Helgenberger (CSI), Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds), Angie Harmon (Rizzoli & Isles), Matt […]


Give Us Your Tired, Your Terrorists

Posted February 7, 2017 By Triad Today
President Bill Clinton at the 1995 State of the Union address

“All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected, but in every place in this country, are rightfully disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. We are […]


Burr Should Be Ashamed

Posted January 31, 2017 By Triad Today
Richard Burr

Thanks to Donald Trump’s upset victory, and to the movement it represents, Republicans in Congress are not only in the majority, they are an entrenched majority. Perhaps their status will change if the Trump bandwagon loses steam by 2018, but for now, the GOP has a stranglehold on both houses of Congress. As a result, […]


16 to 18 is a Bad Idea

Posted January 24, 2017 By Triad Today
Juvenile offender

Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly can’t seem to agree on much of anything. Just look at what has happened with HB2, or the squabble between the Board of Education and the state superintendent’s office, or the number of Gubernatorial appointees that have been slashed. But there may be common ground when it comes […]


“Hacking” vs. “Cracking”

Posted January 17, 2017 By Triad Today
Vladimir Putin

In the 1950s Senator Joe McCarthy led us to believe that there was a commie behind every bush. Old Joe would feel right at home in Washington these days, because over the past several weeks, our government has become obsessed with and paranoid about Russia, the likes of which I haven’t seen since 1962 when […]


The Commander-in-Tweet

Posted January 10, 2017 By Triad Today
Twitter logo with Donald Trump's hair

Last week America witnessed an unprecedented and remarkable lesson in governing. House Republicans were poised to vote on a measure that would have gutted the Office on Congressional Ethics, a watchdog agency which they believed had been overzealous in recent years. Truth be told, many Democrats probably felt the same way about the OCE, but […]

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