Commentaries

Commentary: To Everything There Is A Season

Jan 2, 2015

One of my favorite stories about my mother’s early days as a nurse concerns the patient who wanted a different nurse. Forty years ago my mother’s brown skin was a bit unusual in my hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. In the hospital where she worked, she may have been the only non-white nurse. One day the head nurse assigned her to care for a dying man.

It's Time For A New Campaign Ad

Oct 21, 2014

It would be the answer to prayer if Election Day arrived before Halloween. Campaign advertising has reached a new low. Never before has character assassination been so perfected. I'm all for getting the truth out about a candidate, but this election year I am having a hard time separating the truth from truth that has been stretched, twisted and repackaged.

What are we to think of candidates whose campaign engages in half-truths and downright deception? Do we reward them with our vote or punish them by not voting at all?

City of Charlotte / City of Cincinnati

On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers take on the Cincinnati Bengals in what’s being called the "Queen City Bowl." Here are some suggestions for alternative names for the matchup.

Commentary: Thanksgiving 1963

Nov 22, 2013

Thanksgiving 1963 was a somber occasion because of the assassination of President Kennedy the previous week. Commentator Gus Succop says his death made Thanksgiving especially important that year. He also learned a lifelong lesson that day.

Many of us still remember exactly where we were on November 22, 1963.  I was in fifth grade.  After gym that day, our PE teacher told us the news: the president had been shot.  We looked at each other as if our teacher had just spoken to us in Swahili.  That weekend, our family ate every meal in front of our black-and-white television set.

We sometimes hear pundits talk about a lack of civility in American politics. Scott Hicks of Charlotte agrees there’s a problem, but he thinks something is missing in that discussion. So, he addressed it in this commentary.

Reading and watching the media over the past few weeks, especially as the federal government began to shutdown, I was more mindful than ever that many you who I care for are “Tea Partiers,” or close kin of the same.

Avoiding the Little White Lie

Jan 17, 2006

(1/17/06) For many people, telling the truth one-hundred-percent of the time is tougher than it seems. Even those with the best intentions sometimes get caught in a little white lie. And for them, WFAE commentator Tom Pfahlert has some advice.

Good Food, Not Guilt

Jan 6, 2006

(1/6/06) It's January! Time for a new start. For many of us, that means making resolutions about food. We launch new diets, and give up sugar or butter or wine. WFAE commentator and food writer Amy Rogers says enough already. She has a revised plan for staying healthy in 2006. Hear her suggestions.

Learning to Give

Dec 23, 2005

(12/23/05) It's sometimes hard to let go of childhood Christmas wishes that never came to be. For WFAE commentator Carolyn Noell, it was a while before she realized her daughter's Christmas wishes were not the same as hers.

The Gift of...Nothing

Dec 22, 2005

(12/22/05) WFAE commentator Krissa Palmer recalls one of the best holidays she ever had, in New Hampshire circa 1977. She was newly married and broke.

Holiday Letters

Dec 21, 2005

(12/21/05) WFAE commentator Peter Moore has some reflections on one holiday tradition. Like fruitcake, this tradition has many critics, yet we can't seem to live without it.

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