Category: One On One

The D.G. Martin Opinion Column

European history lessons for North Carolinians

Out of the Ashes

by D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – What does a new 800-page history of 20th Century Europe have to do with North Carolina politics of the 21st Century? First, a few words about the book itself, “Out of Ashes: A…

Wearing a black doctor’s white coat

Black Man in a White Coat

by D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – “Why do black people suffer more health problems than other groups? What do these challenges mean in their everyday lives? How do their struggles play out before a largely white medical community? How…

One On One: Trump and Buncombe

Senator Robert Rice Reynolds of North Carolina

by D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – Would North Carolinians ever vote to elect Donald Trump or somebody like him? We did once. When we did, we proved that North Carolinians, like voters across America, can be attracted to tough-talking…

One on One: The biggest news for me

Fresh Peaches

By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – The biggest news for me this year? Not ISIS, not Obamacare, not gay marriage, and not even the earth-shaking tragedy in Charleston. This year’s big news is that there are no more peaches…

One On One: Memories on the fault lines of race

Bruce Jenner and Rachel

By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – Two people who wanted to be something else have grabbed our attention recently: Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president in Spokane, Wash., and Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion.…

D.G. Martin: Why we lost the wars

By D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – “I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism.” These are the opening lines of retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger’s book, “Why We Lost:…