It’s not surprising that over 2,000 people of all denominations attended the rally against hate and violence at Temple Emanuel following the shooting in Pittsburgh in which 11 Jews worshipping at the Tree of Life Temple were killed. Greensboro has always been an ecumenical city.

The old Temple Emanuel is across the street from First Presbyterian Church and recently, when the church was undergoing renovation, it used the old temple for activities and services. At First Presbyterian, the stained glass window that faces the old Temple Emanuel is a star of David in recognition of the friendship and cooperation through the years. You don’t find that kind of interfaith cooperation in every city.

It is not just a heritage but a way of life that Greensboro can take pride in.


The Greatest Homecoming on Earth, as the North Carolina A&T State University event is billed, is this weekend. With alumni coming from all over the world for the A&T homecoming, you can expect the downtown to be packed with people Friday and Saturday nights.

The A&T Homecoming parade, which is by far the best parade in Greensboro, begins Saturday morning at 8 a.m. on Murrow Boulevard at East Market Street. The parade turns down Lindsay Street and ends at the BB&T football stadium. Although it’s early Saturday morning, the parade is well worth getting up for.


If you had any doubts about Greensboro losing its daily newspaper and becoming a part of the Winston-Salem Journal, we had more proof that is well on its way this week. Steven Doyle is no longer the editorial page editor, which means the News & Record has no editorial page editor, just as the daily paper has no executive editor, managing editor or anyone in particular over the news department.

Allen Johnson is still the executive editorial page editor, which means he is in charge of the editorial pages for both the News & Record and the Winston-Salem Journal. The only other name in the publisher’s box is Alton Brown, who is publisher of both the WSJ and the N&R.

If there was an announcement that Doyle, who before becoming editorial page editor was the managing editor, was leaving, it must have been tiny because I have been looking for it and could never find it.

But you can’t really blame the folks at BH Media or Warren Buffett for the lack of staff; it is the state of the industry. Many people don’t realize it but newspapers are supported almost entirely by advertising, and print advertisers have largely gone to other media. Subscriptions for newspapers usually account for between 10 percent and 15 percent of the gross revenue and, of course, subscriptions are way down for daily newspapers across the country.


I was reading my election guide provided by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters, the nonpartisan News & Record and the nonpartisan Democracy North Carolina. On the inside cover of the guide is a full-page advertisement against all six proposed North Carolina constitutional amendments, which is exactly what the Democratic Party – not known as being nonpartisan – is advocating. The Republican Party is in favor of all six.

So how does an extremely partisan advertisement, the only advertisement in the voter guide, get in a nonpartisan voter guide? The truth as we all know is that the League of Women Voters, the News & Record and Democracy North Carolina are all liberal organizations. They are nonpartisan if the meaning of the word is that they represent liberal Democrats, liberal Green Party members, liberal unaffiliated members and generally represent the views of liberals regardless of political party.

If they were truly nonpartisan they would have offered other organizations, including conservative ones, the opportunity to “buy” an advertisement in their nonpartisan publication.