Commentaries Archive

Eric Braeden: An Astonishing Man

Posted January 2, 2018 By Triad Today
Eric Braeden on the cover of his book I'll Be Damned

When I was a little boy, I dreamed of becoming a great athlete, a rugged cowboy, or a famous actor. None of those dreams came true for me, but all of them did for one little boy who grew up poor in war-torn Nazi Germany. His is a remarkable journey which even he is astonished […]

Top Ten Stories of 2017

Posted December 26, 2017 By Triad Today
A dumpster on fire with the year 2017 on the front

I don’t put much stock in top ten lists because they are generally subjective in nature. Even lists that are compiled from public polling can be skewed based on which public was polled. On the other hand, lists can serve as conversation starters, and anything that encourages constructive dialogue can’t be all bad. My list […]

Plenty of Ways to Give This Holiday Season

Posted December 19, 2017 By Triad Today
Hand offering holiday gift to charity

As we celebrate and enjoy this holiday season, let’s not forget that there are people beyond our immediate circle of family and friends who could benefit from our love and generosity. Over the past decade, I’ve been able to showcase scores of community organizations on Triad Today, and in the process, I’ve learned that there […]

Time for Trump to Go

Posted December 5, 2017 By Triad Today
President Donald Trump with a crazy look

According to a recent poll, 61% of all Americans believe Donald Trump should be impeached if he is proven guilty of any of the sexual assault charges leveled at him by over a dozen women. But if he is removed from office, it probably won’t be because of his behavior toward women. It will more […]

False Accusers Cause Pain Too

Posted November 28, 2017 By Triad Today
Sexual assault protest sign

One of the earliest fables I recall from my childhood was about the boy who cried wolf. The story goes that a shepherd boy kept crying wolf when there was no wolf. Eventually the villagers got tired of being pranked with false alarms, so one day when a real wolf actually appeared, the boy cried […]

JFK and the First Thanksgiving

Posted November 21, 2017 By Triad Today
President John F. Kennedy

Presidents are only human, so they make mistakes. No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump’s claim that President Obama wiretapped Trump Towers, or George Bush’s decision to invade the wrong country after 9/11. I’m talking about John Kennedy, and how he misread history, unintentionally insulted the State of Virginia, and was compelled to make amends. […]

Ed Asner’s Strong Constitution

Posted November 14, 2017 By Triad Today
Ed Asner's book The Grouchy Historian

Some years ago I moderated a panel discussion featuring a number of television’s biggest stars. The event took place just prior to Election Day, so I began by asking, “Is it OK for actors to be openly involved in and vocal about politics?” A tinge of unease came over their faces. You would have thought […]

JFK Death Still a Mystery Despite Document Dump

Posted November 7, 2017 By Triad Today
John F Kennedy pictured in rifle crosshairs

Last month, in accordance with a 1992 law, President Trump ordered that the JFK assassination files be made public. However, thousands of documents in those files still remain under lock-and-key, at the request of the CIA and FBI. The remaining documents will now undergo a six-month review to determine if they too should be released. […]

A Time for Honoring Hospice

Posted October 31, 2017 By Triad Today
Doctor and patient at Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care

Often times it seems like we are inundated with celebrations of special causes, which include their own special color ribbon, or commemorative event. And while these events raise awareness and money, they are soon forgotten by the general public. They are, however, especially meaningful for those of us who have been directly affected by the […]

Boys and Girls and Scouts, Oh My!

Posted October 24, 2017 By Triad Today
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts logos over male and female symbols

Back in the day I joined the BOY Scouts because I was a boy. My sister joined the GIRL Scouts because she was a girl. There was nothing ambiguous or confusing about our choices, nor should there have been. It was just part of the natural order of things. Earlier this month, however, Boy Scouts […]

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