- D.G. Martin Climbing a New Mountain Peak
“Life is like a mountain range,” Ping Fu told a group of UNC-Chapel Hill students last week. Fu is the founder of Geomagic, Inc., which developed the computer code that made 3-D printing possible. Earlier this year, she sold Geomagic to Spartanburg, S. C., based 3D Systems Corp., a manufacturer of 3-D printing machines, for […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Lessons from Disney World for Obamacare
What does Disney World have to do with Obamacare? There is an answer, but you will have to read on a little bit to get there. First, there is this grandfather’s testimonial about a wonderful experience at Disney World last week. Watching grandchildren experience the magic of the Disney kingdom was a treat of a […]Read More
- D.G. Martin “Turn the tape recorder back on”
William Friday has been dead a year now, and we still don’t know how we are going to get along without him. He was a living monument to all that is, or was, right with our state. Optimism, confidence in the basic goodness of others, respect for those who disagreed, and a relentless commitment to […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Always, Always, Follow The Money
What is the first rule of politics? “Follow the money,” says Mickey, a character in Robert Inman’s new book, “The Governor’s Lady.” It is a rule that we might overlook in a time when our politics seems to be defined by hard-line ideological differences. In fact, some of us would argue that following the money […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Advice For The President from Pat Conroy’s Mom
What advice would author Pat Conroy’s late mother give President Obama in dealing with congressional Republicans over the government shutdown and debt ceiling crises? We get a clue in Conroy’s latest book, “The Death of Santini,” which comes out in a few days. Conroy describes his mother Peg’s likely reaction to a demand from Conroy’s […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Some Things Worse Than A Government Shutdown
How could it be worse? We ask ourselves this question as our government’s ability to lead our country disintegrates and we are mostly helpless to keep it from happening. Funny, though, that this concern can evaporate in light of the challenges that face so many of us–loss of job, no prospects for a new one, […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Obama and McCrory In The Same Box
President Barack Obama and Governor Pat McCrory are in the same box. Criticized by their opponents for being radical and divisive, they are, at the same time, dismissed by partisans in their own political parties as too moderate and too accommodating. Both came into office promising, and genuinely aspiring, to bring a new spirit of […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Too Many Books, Not Enough Politics?
“Aren’t you writing about politics anymore?” a newspaper editor asked me the other day. I stuttered because I have been writing more about books than politics lately. The editor continued, “Are you a little gun-shy from that controversy about the column you wrote bringing Joseph Goebbels’s voice into North Carolina politics?” Maybe he has a […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Allan Gurganus is Back… With a Bang
Say Gurganus’s name in a group of readers, and several may tell you that the Rocky Mount native’s “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” is their favorite novel.Read More
- D.G. Martin The Making of a Southern Liberal
What is the dilemma that haunts every Southerner who confesses he or she is a liberal?Read More
- D.G. Martin New Book, New Author, and MLK’s Dream
Last week while we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, part of that dream came true.Read More
- D.G. Martin A Good “Night” Book From Another North Carolina Author
Think for a minute about books by North Carolina’s best writers.Read More
- D.G. Martin Why Maine?
Mountains and ocean coasts, all within reach.
In North Carolina, we appreciate this blessing.Read More
- D.G. Martin Apologize Sincerely, My Mom Told Me
Apologize, my mom told me. When you hurt somebody’s feelings, she said, apologize, even if they misunderstood or even if you didn’t mean it the way they took it.Read More
- D.G. Martin Julius Chambers — Gratitude and Memories
The death of Charlotte civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers gives us the opportunity and the responsibility to reflect upon his importance as a public figure.Read More
- D.G. Martin Egypt, Nazi Germany, and North Carolina
“What are the odds that Moral Monday protests or the like will deter North Carolina’s new right-wing politics?” asks Peirce.Read More
- D.G. Martin Losing The Best Lobbyist
When Zeb Alley died earlier this month, lots of people in North Carolina thought they had lost one of their best friends.Read More
- D.G. Martin If Not Moral Mondays, What?
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.Read More
- D.G. Martin Nostalgia
I picked up The New York Times the other day and found these words in the first paragraph of a front page story in one of the paper’s sections.Read More
- D.G. Martin Can Tillis Duplicate Holshouser’s Singular Victory?
When former Gov. James Holshouser died last month, many North Carolinians of all political persuasions remembered with gratitude his example of leadership…Read More