Category: One On One

The D.G. Martin Opinion Column

One on One: Workhorse or show horse

By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – Do you want your congressional representative to be a “workhorse” or a “show horse?” In the recently released fourth revised edition of his classic “The Congressional Experience: An Institution Transformed,” David Price writes…

One on One: When do we change names and history?

By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – Last week the Raleigh City Council  removed the historic designation of Wakestone, the former home of Josephus Daniels. That action is just one more reminder of North Carolina’s and the nation’s struggle to…

One on One: A public intellectual steps down

By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – One of North Carolina’s important public intellectuals has stepped down. What is a public intellectual and who stepped down? One definition of the word from Collins Dictionary is “an intellectual, often a noted specialist in a…

One on One: Rudolph’s little brother

By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – I know Rudolph’s little brother. And now that Rudolph and the other reindeer are safely back at the North Pole, I can tell you the mostly unknown story of where the Rudolph tale…

One on One: The college sports we want to save

By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – Is the U.S. Supreme Court going to put college athletics out of business? Last week it agreed to decide whether the NCAA’s limits on compensating college athletes violate antitrust laws. Or is it…

One on One: Jim Crow is still alive in North Carolina

By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – Unbelievable when you think about it, how North Carolina maintained its segregated and discriminatory racial system for such a long time. The remnants  of what is commonly called “Jim Crow” are still with…

One on One: Books for holiday giving – a checklist

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By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – If you are worried about holiday gifts or selections for your book club’s reading, here are some good North Carolina connected books to consider. Three beloved North Carolina authors have new books that…

One on One: Waking up as a Republican

By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – “Why so glum?” I asked a sullen group of Democrats who were expressing despair as they reviewed the results of the November 3rd elections. They explained their gloominess. Democrats had lost seats in…