- D.G. Martin Do the lessons of Vietnam still haunt us?
Afghanistan is not Vietnam. True enough. But does that obvious truth mean that there are no lessons from our experience in Vietnam? Are there no haunting legacies that affect today’s leaders? Does the Vietnam War have an impact on Americans as they decide on actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, and other places that call […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Who can tell us how North Koreans really live?
Charles Robert Jenkins. Does that name ring a bell? Jenkins is a North Carolina native whom I have wanted to meet for a long time. Why? I would like to talk to somebody who knows how North Korea works and how North Koreans think and live. As an outsider living half a world away, I […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Birds from Dinosaurs? Not so fast, says one North Carolinian
The publication of a new book by retired UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Alan Feduccia could make our state a battleground in an argument among evolutionary scientists. This fight between evolutionists could make creationists as happy as Democrats watching the Republican presidential candidates tear each other apart. This difference of opinion between two groups of scientists, all […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Celebrating George Washington's failures
George Washington was a failure. But that is not the reason we do not celebrate his birthday (February 22) anymore, unless you count Monday’s President’s Day. Washington’s failures are not the reason there are no more cherry pies or axes to help us remember the legends of his honesty and character. We just don’t […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Gen Zers – your Social Security may depend on them
Gen Z, I thought to myself, what in the world is that? Because it was the theme of the annual Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh last week, I knew I was behind the times. Just so you will not be so far behind, here are some basics. Gen Z is shorthand for Generation Z, young […]Read More
- D.G. Martin My coach did not spit on anybody's hand
It is too bad that sports reporters and historians at Atlantic Coast Conference headquarters are not reading “ACC Basketball.” This UNC Press book by Sam Walker was published last year and chronicles the game during the conference’s first 20 years. On the other hand, maybe it is a good thing for my old basketball coach, […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Opening ever so slightly
It is the kind of surprise for which every ambitious politician must be prepared: the unexpected decision by an incumbent elected official to retire. It is, my friend Jay Rivers told me, the kind of window of opportunity that opens ever so slightly and rarely. Be ready to decide quickly and pounce on the unexpected […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Does time heal all wounds?
Will John Edwards someday be the new Newt Gingrich? Where did this crazy question come from? To get the answer, read on. First, we should wrestle with the questions political experts have been stuttering over since Gingrich’s stunning upset of Mitt Romney in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary last weekend. How can a candidate […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Learning about North Carolina from a Favorite Mystery Writer
What is the best book I could read to learn about North Carolina? I get this question all the time from people who know about my interest in books about our state and those written by our great writers. My answer differs, depending on what kind of books my questioner likes to read. For instance, […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Replacing elections with lotteries
There has to be a better way. Some of us reached that conclusion after discussing the mess our congressional and legislative governing systems have come to. Winston Churchill said that democracy is the worst form of government “except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” I wonder if he […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Following Daniel Boone to the west
First there was Daniel Boone. Boone’s real exploits on America’s frontier made him a legend in a new country whose people were ever pushing westward, driving the boundaries of their nation to the Pacific and beyond. The history of our country’s push westward has never been easy to write, wrapped up as it is with […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Who Teaches us How To Live – And Die?
Alzheimer’s. Just the word scares you to death, doesn’t it? A few years ago, I saw an article that described and gave examples of a new mental test that can make a very reliable preliminary diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s. I read every word. I answered every question. I will tell you why in a […]Read More
- D.G. Martin One more year of believing
What does my brief appearance last month on stage in “The Murphey School Radio Show” have to do with Christmas memories? It is a little bit of a long story, starting with the confession that for a long time I wanted to be a ventriloquist like Edgar Bergen and his dummy, Charlie McCarthy. Okay, “The […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Missing someone special at holiday time
Harder, isn’t it, when the loss of a best friend or a loved one comes at holiday time? Maybe we already had a present picked out. And we are left wondering what gift for us might have been in the plans of our lost one. Harder still, isn’t it, when an accident or health crisis […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Winter reading suggestions from North Carolina Bookwatch
It is time to talk about books again. If you are looking for some special holiday gifts for some hard-to-give-to friends, I may have some help for you, thanks to UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch’s programs during the next few weeks. Here is a book for lovers of history or politics: One of North Carolina’s most […]Read More
- D.G. Martin The ACC's first 20 years
Just as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is poised to expand again, North Carolina’s basketball victory over South Carolina in Las Vegas last week brought back memories. They are memories of a time when the ACC was young and South Carolina was part of the small family. Well, sort of. That “sort of” story is […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Prime Minister Bowles?
We are following in the footsteps of Greece and Italy. Just like them, we have lost control of our nation’s budget, and along with them, our economy is tanking. Just like them, we have a bunch of people who are hooked on government subsidies and unwilling to give up any part of them. We also […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Eleven-Eleven-Eleven
November 11, 2011. It will be remembered by many of us as the day Carolina beat Michigan State in the inaugural NCAA Carrier Classic on the deck of the Navy aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson. Others of us still remember the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Still weaving for a living
There was a time when events near Kinston a few days ago would have been headline news. Here is what happened. A Russian military-style cargo airplane took off from the Kinston Regional Jetport loaded with a North Carolina woven product worth millions. The product was transported to France where it will be assembled into a […]Read More
- D.G. Martin Top Screwups Doctors (and Politicians) Make
What are the top screwups that politicians make? Joe and Terry Graedon, radio hosts of “The People’s Pharmacy,” have a new book, “Top Screwups Doctors Make and How to Avoid Them.” Could politicians and doctors be making the same mistakes? Here is the Graedon’s top 10 list of medical screwups and the similar errors our […]Read More