‘The Post’ and lessons about freedom of the press

It's almost impossible to view "The Post," Steven Spielberg's much-anticipated film chronicling a First Amendment fight in 1971 pitting two newspapers vs. the U.S. government over reporting classified Defense Department information. without also considering what happens later. Indeed the re-election of President Richard M. Nixon in 1972, the ensuing Watergate scandal initiated by Washington Post … Continue reading ‘The Post’ and lessons about freedom of the press

Waterfalls freeze at Hanging Rock? Now that’s cold and unprecedented

I noticed the photos on Facebook over the weekend. And like most things I see on social media, I refused to believe it. Then again, one of the photo sources is among the most trustworthy people I know -- my longtime friend from high school and college, Tip Wood. Tip wouldn't lead me astray, would … Continue reading Waterfalls freeze at Hanging Rock? Now that’s cold and unprecedented

North Carolina loses again to Alabama in big game auto wars

The announcement that Toyota-Mazda veered from building a joint auto manufacturing plant in Randolph County and straight into Alabama was a major blow for North Carolina -- again. The hailed megasite in Randolph County was groomed for just such an enterprise. North Carolina economic development officials have drooled over landing a auto-building plant for a … Continue reading North Carolina loses again to Alabama in big game auto wars

Nick Saban’s coaching tree yields a promising acorn at Elon

In all the post-game hoopla following the University of Alabama's stunning 26-23 overtime victory over SEC rival Georgia in the FBS national title game Monday night, I took note of an on-field TV interview with Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban. He had just tied legendary Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant for the most … Continue reading Nick Saban’s coaching tree yields a promising acorn at Elon