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DG MARTIN: North Carolina Is Variety Literatureland

DG MARTIN: North Carolina Is Variety Literatureland

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “Variety Vacationland.” Do you remember that slogan from our state’s past? I suggest a new one: “Variety Literatureland.” In the next few weeks I plan to provide support for my suggestion in the form of books and their authors who will be…

DG MARTIN: Be Proud Of The Way You Talk

DG MARTIN: Be Proud Of The Way You Talk

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - You sure do talk funny. Has anybody ever told you that? If you grew up in North Carolina and moved somewhere else for a while, you surely got that kind of question from folks who just had to laugh when they heard you talk.…

OPINION: The Regional Nature Of American Speech

OPINION: The Regional Nature Of American Speech

By Dr. Robert Moore, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Contrary to the common notion that mass media has produced the homogenization of American speech, regional words and phrases are alive and thriving. This is amply demonstrated by the monumental scholarly project that has given us “The Dictionary of American Regional…

DG MARTIN: Celebrating North Carolina’s Nelson Mandela’s

DG MARTIN: Celebrating North Carolina’s Nelson Mandela’s

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Nelson Mandela’s death last week at the age of 95 prompted a worldwide celebration of his life. The attention to him these past few days is testimony to the power of his wise and unselfish leadership. Mandela’s example was transformative. Not just…

OPINION: A Better Way In Germany In Terms Of Politics?

OPINION: A Better Way In Germany In Terms Of Politics?

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Should we look to Germany for a better way to organize our government? Our parents and grandparents from the “Greatest Generation” would be shocked at the idea that the country they fought so hard to defeat would have the kind of representative…

OPINION: A “Good Night” Book From A North Carolina Author

OPINION: A “Good Night” Book From A North Carolina Author

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Think for a minute about books by North Carolina’s best writers. Then tell me the one word that goes with the following words in the three recent book titles: Train, Woods, and Film. Okay, here are the answers: Clyde Edgerton’s “Night Train,”…

OPINION: Losing The Best Lobbyist In North Carolina

OPINION: Losing The Best Lobbyist In North Carolina

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - When Zeb Alley died earlier this month, lots of people in North Carolina thought they had lost one of their best friends. Those of us who worked the Raleigh scene knew him as one of the most influential lobbyists ever to work the…

OPINION: If Not Moral Mondays, Then What To Do?

OPINION: If Not Moral Mondays, Then What To Do?

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - “I want to do something, something besides Moral Mondays.” A friend was asking me what he could do to stop what the New York Times called last week a “demolition derby” in the state legislature. But my friend was not ready to join…

OPINION: Can NC Speaker Tillis Duplicate Holshouser’s Singular Victory?

OPINION: Can NC Speaker Tillis Duplicate Holshouser’s Singular Victory?

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – When former Governor James Holshouser died last month, many North Carolinians of all political persuasions remembered with gratitude his example of political leadership and unselfish public service. One Republican U.S. Senate candidate has a special additional reason to be grateful for Holshouser’s…

MIKE WALDEN’S YOU DECIDE: What Ails NC’s Economy?

MIKE WALDEN’S YOU DECIDE: What Ails NC’s Economy?

By Dr. Mike Walden, Special To The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – North Carolina’s economy was slammed by the Great Recession, with statewide unemployment passing 11 percent and more than 300,000 jobs being lost between 2007 and 2010. In the last three years, the state’s economy has rebounded; 200,000 jobs have…

OPINION: George Washington’s First July 4th In The Revolutionary Summer Of 1776

OPINION: George Washington’s First July 4th In The Revolutionary Summer Of 1776

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH - In the early summer of 1776 in Philadelphia, where our founders were waxing eloquently about their newly declared independence from Great Britain, modern day Tea Partiers would have felt at home. There was a lot of talk there about freedom, small and limited…

OPINION: The Battle At Gettysburg, 1963, The New South, And Airborne Training

OPINION: The Battle At Gettysburg, 1963, The New South, And Airborne Training

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Next week Americans will be remembering the 150th anniversary of a defining moment in our country’s history, the Civil War battle at Gettysburg. The horrible losses there made the battlefield like a holy temple, a destination point for pilgrims. Fifty years ago,…

LETTER TO EDITOR: NC Has A Bright Future With Solar Power

LETTER TO EDITOR: NC Has A Bright Future With Solar Power

By A Reader, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – The Raleigh Telegram recently received a letter from a reader regarding our article on the use of passive solar power at the new Oriental, NC town hall, which was rebuilt after Hurricane Irene. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dear Editor, Oriental’s…

NOTES ON QUOTES: The Amazing Health Benefits Of Just Walking

NOTES ON QUOTES: The Amazing Health Benefits Of Just Walking

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “We must not underestimate how important physical activity is for health—even modest amounts can add years to our life. “ I-Min Lee, M. D. and Harvard Medical School Years ago, Gordon jokingly asked his doctor if there was…

OPINION: Are There Any Good Options For The U.S. In Syria?

OPINION: Are There Any Good Options For The U.S. In Syria?

By Dr. Robert Moore, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – In the summer of 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CIA Chief David Petraeus and other officials urged President Obama to arm members of a disparate group of rebels who were fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Obama declined to…

OPINION: The Charlotte Hornets And An Enemy General Still Remembered

OPINION: The Charlotte Hornets And An Enemy General Still Remembered

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – What enemy general who fought in North Carolina is most memorialized here? Here is a hint. The Charlotte pro basketball team is taking back the Hornets name. One reason they are taking back that name is because the old Charlotte Hornets sports…

OPINION: Is Moral Monday At The NC Legislature Helping Or Hurting?

OPINION: Is Moral Monday At The NC Legislature Helping Or Hurting?

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “We will not be Intimidated or Coerced by Certain Alphabetical Organizations or Committees under the Disguise of ‘Betterment of Certain Groups or Races’.” It reads like the reactions of some North Carolinians to the Moral Monday demonstrations at the North Carolina Legislative…

OPINION: Some Books You Won’t See On NC Bookwatch

OPINION: Some Books You Won’t See On NC Bookwatch

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Here are some important new books you will not learn about on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch. Before I explain, let me tell you a little bit about the books. Popular novelist Clyde Edgerton’s “Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers: Advice to Dads of…

LETTER: Efforts To Dismantle Renewable Energy In NC Will Hurt Economy

LETTER: Efforts To Dismantle Renewable Energy In NC Will Hurt Economy

Special To The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – In this letter to the editor, a reader says that keeping the renewable energy requirements in North Carolina will not only benefit the economy but will help spur technology growth, create jobs, and will attract companies to the state.  The opinions expressed in…

OPINION: Passing NC Voter ID Law Makes Sense

OPINION: Passing NC Voter ID Law Makes Sense

GUEST EDITORIAL By Senator Thom Goolsby, Special To The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – As the debate rages over photo voter ID, it is fascinating to listen to the arguments against the proposed law. The opposition continues to repeat the same old lines used back in 2005 when Georgia passed a…

OPINION: North Carolina’s Own “Iron Lady”

OPINION: North Carolina’s Own “Iron Lady”

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – What about North Carolina’s “iron lady”? The recent death of Margaret Thatcher, the steely, hard-working, and effective British prime minister, led to much discussion of her career, and we heard different opinions about her impact on the opening of opportunities for women…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Margaret Thatcher’s Transformational Leadership

NOTES ON QUOTES: Margaret Thatcher’s Transformational Leadership

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “Few Prime Ministers have been called upon to change so much. Few have been loathed as much for trying. Few have shown such courage.” — Michael Portillo, “The Guardian” Margaret Roberts Thatcher’s recent death has caused writers to…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Almost Losing Our Bill Of Rights

NOTES ON QUOTES: Almost Losing Our Bill Of Rights

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.” Thomas Jefferson, U. S. President, 1801- 1809 As the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention recessed…

LETTER: Bloomberg Wants Your Guns, Your DNA, And Spy Drones

LETTER: Bloomberg Wants Your Guns, Your DNA, And Spy Drones

By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – A Raleigh Telegram reader sent in a letter expressing their opinion on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent efforts at running television commercials in North Carolina.  The spots tell gun owners they should be in favor of universal gun registration.  The reader also expresses…

NOTES ON QUOTES: What Will The Future Bring To Our Society?

NOTES ON QUOTES: What Will The Future Bring To Our Society?

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “Change is not merely necessary to life-it is life.” Alvin Toffler, Futurist As humans we are naturally curious. People who make predictions for the future enhance television talk show ratings and sell magazines and newspapers. The future is…

OPINION: NC Lottery And Rand Paul’s Drone Speech

OPINION: NC Lottery And Rand Paul’s Drone Speech

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Are you tired of the partisan divisiveness that is poisoning the political environment of our state and nation? Do you wish that the politicians from the two parties would work together more often on issues of common concern? Me too. Maybe we…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Do We Really Need Daylight Savings Time?

NOTES ON QUOTES: Do We Really Need Daylight Savings Time?

By Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Daylight Saving Time: “It impacts diverse and unexpected areas, including agricultural practices, street crime, the reporting of sports scores, energy conservation, television schedules, traffic accidents, voter turnout, and even the inheritance rights of twins.” David Prerau We were…

OPINION: Is Manufacturing Dead In North Carolina?

OPINION: Is Manufacturing Dead In North Carolina?

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” So said Mark Twain after hearing that his obituary had been published in the New York Journal. And many of the more than 1,000 people who attended the Emerging Issues Forum this year are…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Western Films And Cowboy Ethics

NOTES ON QUOTES: Western Films And Cowboy Ethics

By Gordon And Marcia Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” Will Rogers, Cherokee, Cowboy and American Humorist, 1879-1935. The great westward migration, the building of the railroad and a thriving nation’s demand for beef spawned…

OPINION: What Should Politicians Do When Caught In A Lie?

OPINION: What Should Politicians Do When Caught In A Lie?

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – What should a public figure do when caught in a mistake or telling a lie? Any experienced political advisor will urge, “Stop lying, tell the truth, and get the whole story out in one fell swoop.” Further lying or delay in telling…

OPINION: My Grandson And The Violin Lesson

OPINION: My Grandson And The Violin Lesson

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – What was the best Christmas present? For me, it would be something a family member made, like the pictures and the book my granddaughters made and gave to me last month. Or, maybe it would be the certificate for “free violin lessons”…

OPINION: City Of Raleigh’s Rules On Panhandling Are Too Strict

OPINION: City Of Raleigh’s Rules On Panhandling Are Too Strict

By Guest Editorial, Special To The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – The Raleigh Telegram publishes letters to the editor as long as they meet our criteria for publication.  The Telegram recently received a letter from the Occupy Raleigh group which has criticized the City of Raleigh’s panhandling ordinances as being too…

NOTES ON QUOTES: Rubber Ducky Day And Other Creative Holidays In 2013

NOTES ON QUOTES: Rubber Ducky Day And Other Creative Holidays In 2013

By Gordon and Marcia Mercer, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – “The more you praise and celebrate….the more there is to celebrate.” — Oprah Winfrey Christmas has come and gone in the Raleigh area. New Year’s Day has come and gone. Even the fiscal cliff has come and gone, for the…

OPINION: Voter Disenfranchisement In NC, Then And Now

OPINION: Voter Disenfranchisement In NC, Then And Now

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – They “disfranchised us, and now we intend to disfranchise them.” It sounds like what North Carolina Republicans might have said behind closed doors while they were gerrymandering legislative and congressional districts to assure their party’s continuing dominance. However, the words came from…

OPINION: NC Democrats – Following A Lead And Finding A Leader

OPINION: NC Democrats – Following A Lead And Finding A Leader

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – How are the North Carolina Democratic Party and the National Republican Party alike? That is easy. Both lost elections this fall and do not know what to do about it. It is particularly humiliating for North Carolina Democrats. They have to face…

OPINION: CEO Jim Rogers to Leave Duke Energy After Merger Fiasco

OPINION: CEO Jim Rogers to Leave Duke Energy After Merger Fiasco

By Paul Chesser, National Legal and Policy Center, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – The long, crony-capitalizing, rent-seeking reign of CEO James Rogers at Duke Energy looks like it will come to an end – in a year, but possibly sooner. The departure follows the saga that was the…

OPINION: Remembering North Carolina Leader Bill Friday

OPINION: Remembering North Carolina Leader Bill Friday

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – All over North Carolina, people are still grieving the loss of UNC President Emeritus William Friday. At the same time they are enjoying sharing memories of how Friday touched them. I want to be a part of the storytelling by sharing a…

OPINION: What Both Democrats And Republicans Can Learn From The 2012 Election

OPINION: What Both Democrats And Republicans Can Learn From The 2012 Election

By Dr. Robert Moore, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – We are a divided and fractious electorate, but most of us share a common relief that the 2012 election is over. Nonetheless, the November 6th results are surprisingly illuminating and suggest we have much to understand about our country and ourselves.…

OPINION: What If Mitt Romney Had Won The Presidential Election?

OPINION: What If Mitt Romney Had Won The Presidential Election?

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Why did Romney win? Well, of course, he didn’t. But it was close. And if he had won, how would the experts be explaining it? Maybe like this: 1. First Debate. Romney’s surprising and convincing win over a lackluster Obama turned the…

OPINION: Why Did President Obama And The Democrats Win Across America, But Lose In NC?

OPINION: Why Did President Obama And The Democrats Win Across America, But Lose In NC?

By D.G. Martin, The Raleigh Telegram RALEIGH – Don’t like my election answers? You can get different ones almost everywhere you turn. There are many different answers to the questions we are asking about last week’s elections. Why and how did Obama win? Was Romney’s team really surprised that they…

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