Category Archives: My N&R columns

Sicko film shows need for change

Update: Fred asked in an email if I would post some counterpoint to my take on ‘Sicko’ from the NY Post’s Kyle Smith.  Happy to oblige.  Apparently my comments are kicking a lot of people out.  I’ll fix that.  Send an email to if you are having trouble. ********************* One thing I found out last [...]

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Education is yours forever

I was otherwise indisposed when my N&R column ran this past Wednesday and unable to post it online for those of you who don’t get the print edition of the paper (mainly, though, this is for my parents in Kentucky). It has been a busy and emotional week what with all the truck drama and our [...]

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What if Guilford County’s top leadership vanished?

As promised, I expanded on my dark, ‘what if’, thinking following last Wednesday’s “One Guilford” leadership symposium for my bi-weekly N&R column, which appeared in print yesterday. Turns out, I wasn’t the only person in the audience who has such a twisted imagination.  I spent some time on Lake Townsend last Saturday with Councilwoman Sandy Carmany [...]

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Three people who should run for City Council

I generally post my N&R column early in the morning of the day it shows up in print but just didn’t have the time yesterday.  So, to the paper’s print subscribers, this post is yesterday’s news. Over the past several weeks I have had a whole slew of people call, email, and otherwise communicate their [...]

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N&R Column: “Crisis of the black male”

This week’s Carolina Peacemaker ran an article highlighting the National Urban League’s annual assessment of the “State of Black America“.  Sen. Barack Obama, writing the forward to this years report, subtitled “Portrait of the black male”, had this to say… “The crisis of the black male is our crisis. It is in our shared interest and [...]

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Sticking by an old friend to the end

With the Greensboro Grasshopper’s new season upon us, I thought it would be a good time to revisit an old friend for this fortnight’s N&R column. With this, I am re-stoking the fires of my blog after an extended, mostly self-imposed, hiatus.  Thanks for your patience. ********************** 4/13/07 Knowing I was such a strong proponent [...]

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Greensboro, go small on incentives

My company, Double Hung is teetering on the edge of another expansion.  We’re at a point where we either need to grow pretty quickly or start turning down some business. In weighing the positives and negatives the decision on which way to go I thought to myself, “Self, wouldn’t it be great if I could get [...]

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Greensboro city manager needs a blog of his own

Today’s N&R column by yours truly can be found below the following comments.  Other bloggers’ takes on the meeting can be found at the end of this post. ************************ Last Friday’s meeting (audio) between bloggers and Mitch Johnson and Engineering Director Butch Simmons didn’t sway me one way or the other on the various issues discussed.  I think [...]

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Delayed reaction

Just in case you’re wondering why I haven’t yet posted anything about last Friday’s Mitch meet-up, I decided to hold my fire and retreat to the pages of the the N&R for my take. The deadline for my Wednesday column is noon the Monday before.  I am very pleased to report that I actually made said deadline [...]

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Confusing criticism

I loved the opening line in a letter to the editor in yesterday’s N&R from a fan out of Apex.  He was addressing last week’s column… “I am glad that your column (David Hoggard) comes with a picture of you smiling, because you are definitely a joke…” But from there, I’m afraid I was lost.  Especially with this [...]

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