- D.G. Martin Good Results From Virtual Education Won't Come Cheap
Mention on-line education around some of my friends and you will get an emotional reaction. Some senior university faculty members teach classes filled with several hundred students and they worry that famous on-line lecturers could take their places. Others wonder if they can transfer their talents to the on-line market and, if so, how much […]Read More
- D.G. Martin The Eerie Quietness Of A Once Thriving Island
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 […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Is North Carolina Manufacturing Dead?
“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 […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Holding Back The Tide
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 […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Reacting to Governor McCrory's Higher Education Remarks
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 […]Read More
- D.G. Martin The Whole Nation Looks at 3 North Carolina Connected Authors
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 […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Caught In A Lie, What Do You Do?
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 […]Read More
- D.G. Martin The Violin Lesson
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 […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Disfranchisement–then and now
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. […]Read More
- D.G. Martin D.G.'S Mini-N.C. Almanac — Updated For 2013
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 […]Read More
- D.G. Martin NC Democrats – Following a Lead and Finding a Leader
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 […]Read More
- D.G. Martin This Season – How Do We Bring It All Together?
How do we put it all together at this time every year? Christmas. That is what I am thinking about. We are used to it of course. It almost seems natural. But it is not. We have just done it this way forever. We are on autopilot—usually not stopping to think about whether the things […]Read More
- D.G. Martin North Carolina Books For Last Minute Gifts
Just in time for holiday giving, here are some good ideas about a variety of North Carolina related books, one or two of which might be perfect for a last minute gift. But first a bit of news about UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch’s broadcast schedule. Beginning in January, the program will air on Sundays at […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Jay Robinson's Advice For President Obama
Why doesn’t U.S House Speaker John Boehner go ahead and recognize the hard facts? The president won the election. A majority of the country wants rich people to pay more taxes while everybody else’s rates stay the same. In the end Boehner will have to give up on this issue. Some say it would be […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Innovation. What do you mean?
“Innovation is the key.” We are hearing these words of wisdom all the time, aren’t we? And we nod our heads in agreement, remembering our pocket computers and communication devices that we still call phones. Or how the 3D technology and programs of North Carolina-based Geomagic make possible the on-demand manufacture one-of-a kind products based […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Politics, no. Lee, Jill, and Bookwatch, yes.
“Tell me more about Jill and Lee and their new books.” I wanted to talk politics and more about why Romney lost and McCrory won, but these readers wanted only to hear more about the upcoming books by their favorite authors, Jill McCorkle and Lee Smith. These two popular writers are good friends and artistic […]Read More
- D.G. Martin What if Romney had won?
“Why did Romney win?” Well, of course, he didn’t. But–suppose he had. How might the experts be explaining it? They would be explaining it, you know. In the aftermath of President Obama’s victory, ‘the experts’ have been coming out of the woodwork with all sorts of macro- and micro-explanations for why the outcome was such […]Read More
- D.G. Martin On Thanksgiving, giving thanks for Election Day
Earlier this month, I remembered something to add to my list of things to remember on Thanksgiving Day. It was on Election Day, which was for me this year a day of memories rather than a day of action like it has been before. Beginning in 2004, when my son was first a candidate for […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Don't like my election answers? You can get different ones almost everywhere you
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 lost? Why, when Democrats were making gains throughout the rest of the country, did they lose so much in North Carolina? You can get answers anywhere and […]Read More
- D.G. Martin North Carolina books for post-election reading and holiday giving
Just in time to bury your head in something other than politics, here is a new group of books to help you forget any disappointing election results. There are new authors you should know about even if you are not ready to read their work, and there might be a good holiday gift for a […]Read More