Monday, March 10, 2014 - 12:30pm

At issue here with the State Democratic Party is no longer a matter of personality clashes or competing party ideologies. The core problem of the struggling NCDP is a lack of leadership. I am convinced that Chairman Voller is a nice guy. I have talked with him one on one and have listened to him speak. I am convinced that he genuinely cares for the party and the people in it. If all it took to be in charge was a winning personality Jimmy Carter would have won a second term and John Kerry would be a former President instead of current Secretary of State.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:14pm

There are two types of political campaigns: There is the message campaign, which is less focused on winning and more involved in promoting a specific "message" to the public and then there is a winning campaign which takes a broad look at the variables, targets the voters needed to reach a "win" number and tailors a campaign around the needs of the constituents instead of attempting to morph the constituents to meet the needs of the candidate.

If you want to make headlines go for the message campaign. If you want to win be a statesman/woman. Listen to the people. Be flexible to change your tactics and approach to better serve the people and look at the big picture instead of being led by your ego or the echo chamber of your inner circle.

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 10:21pm

Thanksgiving is a special time of the year when most people gather with friends and family to celebrate their connection to one another and to give thanks for their many blessings. For some LGBT members it can be a very lonely and even depressing time.

As a gay man and an LGBT advocate I would urge my fellow straight allies to take a moment this week and do two things. First, seek out an LGBT individual and let them know you care. For an individual who has been shunned by their family or ridiculed by others for their sexuality the holidays can be anything but festive. Be a voice of acceptance and listen to their story.

It is regrettable that thousands of LGBT teens are forced to leave home or runaway when they come out. For them, this Thanksgiving won’t be filled with laughter, turkey and football, but will be a struggle to survive on the unforgiving streets of our Cities and towns.

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 6:51pm

Anyone who attended the US House oversight committee hearing in Gastonia and sat in on it today, certainly was treated to a one-sided, political dog and pony show. I entered the hearings in silence and left in mourning.

Yes, I am in mourning. Mourning for a Country that continues to use PR and marketing tools to jockey for political position while the citizens they profess to be working for are screwed over and left on the side of the road with yesterday’s trash. The hearing had nothing to do with solutions, building communities, reaching out to others or attempting to gather information to make affordable healthcare a reality.

As the Republican committee members asked the rehearsed questions and made their one line zingers, the rest of us sat in silence as the all too predictable drama unfolded. The witnesses regurgitated fox news talking points as the room divided between those who nodded in agreement and those who shook their head in disgust.

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 11:27am

I read with excitement that the next Moral Monday’s theme will be centered on voting rights. As we are facing an up-hill battle with legislation aimed at weakening the minority and young vote in North Carolina, I began to think of another way activists can work to change things.

It may not be as glamorous or it may not be as exciting as the actual rally, but what many of our Counties, cities and precincts need is some good old fashioned canvassing, door knocking, voting registration drives and meetings with constituents to start building a new and improved voting partnership of like-minded individuals.

So attend Moral Monday if you are able and let the world see how much support there is for common sense reform and legislation in North Carolina. When you come home, reflect on the event and then begin to think of ways we can bring this energy and enthusiasm from Raleigh to every nook and cranny of our great state.

Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 2:06pm

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those others that have been tried from time to time. ~Winston Churchill

If you are like me you have sat back over the last couple years and shook your head at our government leaders and bemoaned the current state of affairs we find ourselves in. Regardless of what side of the political aisle one sits on there tends to be no shortage of fodder for the rallying cry that the sky is falling and it is the other guys fault.

Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 10:32pm

What’s Brewing in Raleigh? Possum Stew!

The most recent unemployment numbers in North Carolina show a continued decrease in employment. Gaston County, like all the counties in the state recorded more unemployed citizens than the previous month. At 11.1 % unemployment on the county level and 10.2 state-wide, the frenzied activity in Raleigh to right this sinking ship must be at an all-time high, right? Unfortunately the answer is no. Instead the feverish legislation coming out of Raleigh amounts to a piping hot bowl of possum stew!

Instead of an “all hands on deck” approach our law-makers in Raleigh have set their sights on laws that are not only insignificant, but smacks of silliness in the face of current economic calamity.

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 6:09pm

Dear President Obama:

I write to you today not as a Democrat, nor as the Chair of the Gaston County Democratic party, but I write to you as a proud man and Gay American.

Monday, May 14, 2012 - 11:05am

I became the County chair in Gaston a little over a year ago. There was so much excitement in the air that you could feel it. People came out of the woodwork to vote and to be involved and the optimism of the local and state Democratic Party was beginning to emerge after a wake-up call in the 2010 elections.

Fast forward to Saturday, May 12th, and the scene was very different. The SEC Meeting which I attended did not demonstrate the reasons why I ran for and accepted the office of a County Chair.

Friday, January 13, 2012 - 10:30pm

The following Guest Column published in the Gaston Gazette is a response to an earlier column published by Mr. Williams (a declared Republican candidate for County Commissioner) He attacked the local Democratic party and charged that we are in favor of voter fraud among other ludicrous statements.