By D.G. Martin D.G. Martin hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” which airs Sundays at noon and Thursdays at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV. For more information or to view prior programs visit
  • The South: A Dilemma For Both Parties

    May 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

    “Just be patient,” some North Carolina Democrats are telling each other. “The demographics,” they say, “are on our side. The older white conservative Republicans are dying off. They are being replaced by younger, multi-ethnic, social liberals who tilt Democratic when they go to the polls. It is just a matter of time until these factors […]

  • Would A Shirley Temple Help?

    April 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

    What President Obama needed was a Shirley Temple! Not the popular non-alcoholic drink named for the childhood star. What he needed as he faced the nation’s worst economic situation since the Great Depression was the kind of help President Franklin D. Roosevelt got from a bright, cheerful, optimistic child actor who lifted the spirits of […]

  • Our “Variety Literatureland”

    April 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

    “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 appearing on North Carolina Bookwatch. First is Krista Bremer, associate publisher of The […]

  • Saying Thanks Is Not Enough

    April 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

    “Thanks for your service.” Maybe we have done a better job of showing appreciation to the members of the armed forces who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan than we did for those who served in Vietnam. Some opponents of that war made many Vietnam veterans feel that coming home was like leaving one war only […]

  • From Ash Pond, To River, To Your Bloodstream

    April 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

    “When you have finished drinking this bottle of water, fill it with our tap water for liquid refreshment that tastes as good and is just as pure as what was in the bottle.” That was the message from the City of Wilmington’s proud and professional public utilities department at an event celebrating one of its […]

  • Be Proud Of The Way You Talk

    April 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

    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. Or if you grew up somewhere else and moved here, folks […]

  • New Books, Times, And Authors For Bookwatch

    March 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

    There are three pieces of good news about my favorite television program, UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch: First, upcoming new programs feature some of North Carolina’s most interesting authors. UNC-Greensboro’s Michael Parker’s new novel follows a North Carolina man who packs up a truck, runs away from his troubles here, and winds up in Texas. On […]

  • North Carolina-Florida Women: Political Bellwethers

    March 19, 2014 at 6:00 am

    What important Democratic woman politician, a Wake Forest alumna who was born in North Carolina and later moved to Florida, has gained national attention this year for her candidacy in a critical bellwether election? There are two correct answers. First, Senator Kay Hagan. Although born in North Carolina, she grew up in Florida, where her […]

  • “A Mountain Populist To The Very End”

    March 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

    When long-time legislator and lawyer Martin Nesbitt died last week at age 67, he was already on my mind for a column. The news of his stomach cancer, followed quickly by his death, shocked those who remembered his powerful presence as a representative and then state senator. Nesbitt was one of North Carolina’s all-time great […]

  • North Carolina’s Tribal Rivalries

    March 5, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Have we gotten used to all the national attention on North Carolina and our tribal rivalries? Do we mind the reports of the mean-spiritedness, the rudeness, the shouts and ranting, the unsupported ugly comments about the opposition and its motives, and the hateful remarks about the leaders of the other group? Am I thinking about […]

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