Protests At Richard Burr’s Office Past And Present

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, will be remembered as a day of action against gun violence. It was the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida that took the lives of 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Across the country, students walked out of their classrooms to protest Congress’s failure to pass sensible gun control measure that would decrease the frequency and severity of mass shootings. Locally student walkouts varied from school to school. … Read the rest

Ramkat Ramblings: As Downtown Winston Creeps East It Must Embrace East Winston

The Ramkat hosted its first concert Friday night. The Vagabond Saints Society, an amazing collection of the city’s best musicians had the honor of reopening Downtown Winston’s premier music venue.

It’s been just over two years since the club that Jay Stephens opened in 2011 on the corner of 9th and Trade closed. It’s nice to see large-scale live music return to Downtown Winston. The hope is that The Ramkat will succeed where Ziggy’s failed.

Over the last couple of … Read the rest

Subsidies Go From Main Street Winston-Salem To Wall Street

Monday night the city council was happy to approve $147,834 in subsidies to The Clearing House over 5 years. Earlier in the month, the Forsyth County Commissioners approved  $179,038 in subsidies to TCH. State subsidies are yet to be determined. But if The Clearing House expands in Winston it will clear a sizable check from local taxpayers.

Monday’s Winston-Salem City Council meeting was more of a sprint than a marathon. The council’s agenda was short and the city council members … Read the rest

Against Their Will: The Journal, News And Record Layoff Workers To Aid Buffets Bottom Line


Today is another sad day for local journalism in the Triad and beyond. The Winston-Salem Journal and Greensboro News & Record just laid off more workers, including journalists. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, the parent corporation of the Journal, News & Record and many other small and medium-sized newspapers is cutting costs even as its publication’s page views are increasing. Warren Buffett is famous for playing the long game in stocks. But Buffett isn’t demonstrating the same patience with his … Read the rest

Winston-Salem City Council Notes: The C-SPAN Edition

Not a lot transpired at Monday’s Winston-Salem City Council meeting. While not much news was made at the city council meeting, there was an announcement from a representative of the C-SPAN Cities Tour that Winston will be the subject of several features that will air March 17-18 on C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3. While Winston might not always have a lot of newsworthy events going on, it will always have a lot of history.

I have serious doubts that C-SPAN will examine … Read the rest

Winston’s Twin Arches Viewed From Happy Hill

Earlier this week, Mayor and Winston-Salem Alliance president Allen Joines oversaw the official powering-up of the LED lights on the Twin Arches over Highway 52.

The public art initiative is a public/private partnership spearheaded by the Creative Corridors Coalition. It’s the first of several projects that Creative Corridors are working on in conjunction with the ongoing road-work along Highway 52 and Business 40.

The Winston-Salem Journal is reporting that opinions on the Twin Arches are mixed. I personally find … Read the rest

Lake Park Is Part Of An Ocean Of Failed Projects In East Winston

Last week the Winston-Salem City Council forgave a $167,500 loan to Lake Park Develpment, Inc. Lake Park Development, Inc. is owned by media/real estate mogul, Jose Isasi. Mr. Isasi’s has been the recipient of generous city subsidies in the past. But for now, let’s focus on Lake Park.

Lake Park is a nice subdivision, that was built in the 1990s onto an existing neighborhood off of Waterworks Road. It’s an upper-middle-class subdivision that would not be out-of-place in Clemmons … Read the rest

Trump Protesters Shouldn’t Give Allen Joines A Free Pass

Thousands of protestors from around the Triad gathered at Corpening Plaza Saturday to denounce Donald Trump and the politics of hate. It was nice protesting an ugly president on such a beautiful day.

Donald Trump has made life dramatically worse for women, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, workers, minorities, and the environment upon which we all depend. (By contrast, Trump has delivered for the billionaire class that elected him)

Indivisible Piedmont NC did a great job of bringing thousands of women … Read the rest

Supporting The Undocumented In The Age Of Trump

Friday night, a little over 25 people gathered at Parkway United Church of Christ to support undocumented members of our community. Immigration reporter Tina Vasquez and her partner Ben Presley prepared a delicious family style Mexican dinner-complete with appetizers and desserts. Tickets were $20 per person.

Members of Parkway UCC helped set-up and clean-up the dinner. Compare Foods donated the groceries. All proceeds-over $500 raised, went into an emergency fund to benefit undocumented community members being targeted for deportation.

Tina … Read the rest

From Martin Luther King, To Market-Based Solutions

Martin Luther King Day is a curious holiday in the United States. We give Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a day, yet ignore Dr. King the other 364 days of the year. What if we celebrated Christmas the same way that we celebrate Martin Luther King Day?

Only a fool would unwrap their gifts, enjoy them for one short day, then box them up until next Christmas. But that is how we celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

We need Dr. … Read the rest

The Ramkat Is Coming…

Winston’s music scene just got an unexpected shot in the arm today. Ziggy’s at 9th and MLK will be re-opening under the curious name RamKat.

Triad City Beat reported that Richard Emmett and Andy Tenille, will be co-owners and managing partners of the new club. TCB also reported that Bryan Ledbetter of Airtype, has invested in Ramkat and will be responsible for the new club’s brand.

Having Richard Emmett involved in Downtown Winston is truly good news. Emmett is responsible … Read the rest

Public Ownership Of Shuddered Music Venues In Winston?

Winston was sad to see its beloved little music venue (the Garage) close on New Year’s Eve. The question now is, what should Winston do to promote live music in a city that calls itself, “The City of Art’s and Innovation?” Public ownership of Winston’s shuddered music venues is a solution worth exploring.

Downtown Winston’s success killed The Garage. Bars and breweries now line Trade Street and Liberty Street. The Garage’s fate may have been sealed when Tucker Tharpe’s former … Read the rest

The Liberty Street Market Isn’t In Transition, Neither Is East Winston

The Winston-Salem Chronicle recently reported that the Liberty Street Market was “in transition once again.” Once again, in the market’s short, but troubled history it’s without a manager. But setbacks at the Liberty Street Market are hardly news.

To say that the Liberty Street Market is in “transition” implies that the property is in motion. In truth, the Liberty Street Market has been mostly dormant since it opened in October 2014. It’s an utter failure, a monument to the incompetence … Read the rest

Winston’s Seven Most Important News Events Of 2017


1. Bus route change chaos

The 2017 news cycle started in earnest when the Winston-Salem Transit Authority completely overhauled its bus routes. Months of preparations took place and many community meetings were held. But obviously, the implementation of WSTA’s new bus routes was a massive failure.

The new routes went into effect January 2. Immediately there was a community uproar. The new routes disrupted the lives of the city’s bus riders. They had to walk greater distances to … Read the rest

A Big Idea For 2018: Wake Forest Should Buy The W-S Fairgrounds

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated Texas A&M in a thriller of a football game Friday. As entertaining as the game was, I still find it hard to understand why universities participate in football.

Afterall, the science is very clear. It’s a dangerous game that puts football players at risk for all types of bodily injuries and long-term brain damage. Ironically, Wake Forest has produced numerous studies in recent years that have added to our understanding of the intrinsic dangers … Read the rest