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 Eerie Quietness Of A Once Thriving Island

    February 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Portsmouth where? Maine? Virginia? Like many North Carolinians, my friend had not heard of Portsmouth, North Carolina. He was resisting my push to visit Portsmouth in connection with a planned trip to Ocracoke Island to participate in a program for public school teachers organized by the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, known […]

  • Is North Carolina Manufacturing Dead?

    February 19, 2013 at 10:39 am

    “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 last week are saying something similar about the reported death of manufacturing in North Carolina. “Manufacturing […]

  • Holding Back The Tide

    February 12, 2013 at 10:30 am

    North Carolina Republicans are trying to do what the Democrats did in our state for 50 years: Hold back the tide! Until about 1960, North Carolina was part of a “Democratic Solid South.” But a Republican “Southern Strategy” and changing loyalties brought about a rising GOP tide that attracted conservative Democrats who followed Strom Thurmond […]

  • Reacting to Governor McCrory's Higher Education Remarks

    February 5, 2013 at 10:40 am

    It was as if aliens had attacked and taken over the state’s university system. At least that is how upset my university friends and faculty reacted to Governor Pat McCrory’s remarks about higher education. He said, “I think some of the educational elite have taken over our education where we are offering courses that have […]

  • The Whole Nation Looks at 3 North Carolina Connected Authors

    January 30, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Three recent books with North Carolina connections have gained national recognition. You should certainly know about them. Tim Gautreaux is widely admired in our state’s literary community. For instance, popular Hillsborough author Lee Smith, writing about Gautreaux’s latest book, “The Missing,” said, “I have just finished, biting my nails and staying up almost all night […]

  • Caught In A Lie, What Do You Do?

    January 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

    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 the whole story makes it worse. Day after day, the news media’s reports […]

  • The Violin Lesson

    January 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    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” from my seven-year-old grandson Jake. Jake has been taking violin for about a […]

  • Disfranchisement–then and now

    January 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    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 a white Democratic state senator more than 100 years ago. Legendary historian C. […]

  • D.G.'S Mini-N.C. Almanac — Updated For 2013

    January 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    When the 2013 edition of one my very favorite books, “The World Almanac and Book of Facts,” arrived on the bookshelves the other day, it reminded me that it has been several years since I updated my mini-state almanac. With the hope that someone will take up the challenge of giving us a printed and […]

  • NC Democrats – Following a Lead and Finding a Leader

    December 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    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 a legislature totally dominated by Republicans, who have gerrymandered so effectively that it […]

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