Category: One On One

The D.G. Martin Opinion Column

One on One: Good friends and books can change us

Chapel Hill, NC – Why have the attitudes of people in our state towards gay and transgender people changed so quickly and so dramatically? Before even trying to answer, I should acknowledge that many people have not changed so quickly…

One on One: Books for New Year’s reading

Game Changers: Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town

By. D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – So, have you got something about reading more books on your list of New Year’s resolutions? If so, I have some help. Four different books, at least one of which will be right…

Clinton needs Biden. So do we.

By. D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – For her sake, and for ours, I hope Hillary Clinton asks Joe Biden to run for a third vice presidential term this fall. There are several important reasons; the most important one is…

Sealing family ties with dripping red wax

Maker's Mark

Chapel Hill, NC – On the second weekend of June, people in Louisville, Kentucky, laid to rest two leading citizens. One of them, of course, was Muhammad Ali, buried on June 10. The other, my cousin Boyce F. Martin Jr.,…

Tom Ross: A jackass or a carpenter?

by D.G. Martin Chapel Hill, NC – “Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.” Using a saying from UNC President Margaret Spellings’s native Texas, one attributed to Sam Rayburn, the long-time speaker…