Commentaries Archive


The Side Effects of Helping

Posted May 4, 2021 By Triad Today
A scientist wearing protective equipment examining a petri dish with glowing dollar signs in it

We are a nation that has become obsessed with side effects. First, we wanted to know the side effects of COVID-19, then we wanted to know the side effects of COVID vaccines. Collaterally, we wanted to know the side effects of COVID on our economy, and on our ability to financially support ourselves and our […]


Vaccines, Passports, and the Herd

Posted April 27, 2021 By Triad Today
A COVID-19 vaccination shot being administered

I suppose it’s natural to blame someone else for our own mistakes and short-comings, or when something happens that we don’t like. We blame the teacher when we get a bad grade, and we blame the boss when we get fired. It’s always someone else’s fault but ours. We’re all guilty of this behavior, even […]


Alienation of Affection Law Must Go

Posted April 20, 2021 By Triad Today
Illustration of woman upset woman

I suppose it’s natural to blame someone else for our own mistakes and short-comings, or when something happens that we don’t like. We blame the teacher when we get a bad grade, and we blame the boss when we get fired. It’s always someone else’s fault but ours. We’re all guilty of this behavior, even […]


Mountain Valley Hospice Expands Services

Posted April 13, 2021 By Triad Today
Mountain Valley Hospice Logo

I can tell you from personal experience that hospice care is a blessing, and the professionals who administer that care are angels. Traditional hospice care is available to anyone who is diagnosed with a terminal illness, and has six months or less to live. In that regard, end-of-life care typically seeks to keep the patient […]


Gun Violence Solutions Moot for Now

Posted April 6, 2021 By Triad Today
A handgun superimposed over a US flag with a bullet hole

A wise man once advised me never to complain about a problem unless I was prepared to offer a solution, and, where possible, I’ve always tried to adhere to that advice in my newspaper columns. For example, I’ve criticized long-serving politicians by advocating for term limits, and I’ve criticized the practice of jailing people for […]


Theatre Endowment Named for Seaman

Posted March 30, 2021 By Triad Today
Professor, musician and theater director Dan Seaman

The late great Ernie Banks, a Hall of Fame baseball player, once said, “the measure of a man is in the lives he’s touched.” If that’s true, then Daniel Seaman must be one of the most successful men in Heaven. He was a devoted husband and loving father. He was a loyal friend and confidant. […]


Melvin and Elon: Saga of a portrait

Posted March 23, 2021 By Triad Today
The historical marker sign for the Greensboro Massacre

Every family in America has been affected by COVID-19, some from loss of life, and others from loss of employment. But another casualty of the pandemic has been education. To put things in perspective, there are approximately 74 million children under age 18 living at home, and another 20 million enrolled in college. That means […]


Pass/Fail a Product of the Pandemic

Posted March 16, 2021 By Triad Today
A computer tablet with several checkboxes marked PASS and FAIL with a finger checking a PASS box

Every family in America has been affected by COVID-19, some from loss of life, and others from loss of employment. But another casualty of the pandemic has been education. To put things in perspective, there are approximately 74 million children under age 18 living at home, and another 20 million enrolled in college. That means […]


Pandemic and the Right to Recall

Posted March 2, 2021 By Triad Today
US map showing the states with active governor recall efforts in red, and states that allow governor recalls in orange

The COVID-19 virus has taught us some painfully valuable lessons. For starters, it showed us how ill-prepared we were to deal with a pandemic, and it underscored disparities in our healthcare system. The pandemic has also given our elected officials an opportunity to either shine or shrivel under pressure. For example, it is widely accepted […]


Burr Censured… At Last

Posted February 23, 2021 By Triad Today
Senator Richard Burr

For over 20 years now, Richard Burr has managed to enrich himself through unethical means, mislead the American people about a deadly virus, oppose letting Americans buy cheaper drugs from Canada, take money from industries he was supposed to regulate (then push for tax breaks for them), and vote against the creation of a job […]

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