Troy Williams

Troy Williams: Time well-spent with my ‘Daddy’s girl’

The third Sunday in June is time to celebrate fathers and paternal bonds in America. Fathers appreciate and deserve some love, but the National Retail Federation (NRF) Mother’s Day/Father’s Day spending survey shows more people celebrate Mother’s Day than Father’s Day. The parental retail holidays aren’t competing, but a combination of guilt and jewelry tends to leave dear old dad in the dust. One NRF figure had U.S. consumer spending for Mother’s Day at $23.6 billion and Father’s Day at $14.3 billion.
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Troy Williams: In Cumberland County, seniors leading the way in voting

There are a lot of critical issues on the table that might sway the mid-term election. Support for abortion rights is the latest hot-button entry, and protests have reached a fever pitch after the leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would strike down the legal right to have an abortion. I drove through downtown last weekend, and I saw activists on both sides of the issue, front and center in the Market Square, screaming at each other and motorists in the traffic circle.

Troy Williams: Does the rise of unaffiliated voters signal the end of the two-party system?

Last month, unaffiliated voters eclipsed North Carolina’s Democratic Party, becoming the state’s most dominant voter group. In Cumberland County, unaffiliated voters outnumber Republicans by 20,000 and trail Democrats by the same margin. The independent voter shift has been gaining steam for decades. For various reasons, an increasing number...

Troy Williams: Fayetteville has a ‘strong mayor’ model of governance but it is not supposed to

Early voting will begin in just over two weeks, on April 28. There is a lot at stake in this election cycle at all levels. Moreover, Gov. Roy Cooper’s endorsement of an opponent of incumbent N.C. Sen. Kirk deViere in the District 19 state senate race has overshadowed what might be considered the most critical Fayetteville municipal election in recent history.

Troy Williams: How we all can help curb the Fayetteville murder rate

In the mid-1980s, when I was still in law enforcement, former Fayetteville Police Sgt. Edgar Merritt and I arrested two men in Campbell Terrace off Old Wilmington Road for dealing drugs. The suspects were driving a BMW with Washington, D.C., license tags. We also recovered a handgun used in a double-homicide, and Merritt and I became key witnesses in a month-long murder trial in Washington.

Hoosier Sounds: Former IU forward Troy Williams joins A.J. Guyton to discuss career

Listen as former IU small forward Troy Williams joined A.J. Guyton on the House of Hoosier podcast. The pair takes an in-depth look at Williams’ upbringing, time at IU, and his professional career. Williams played three seasons at Indiana and averaged 11.3 points and 5.9 rebounds. He scored 1,115 points and was a starter on the 2016 Big Ten championship team.
Fayetteville Observer

Troy Williams: No strong competitor yet for Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin

Outside of Fayetteville, the township elections in Cumberland County have always been viewed as the undercard matches. No less important, just a smaller group of voters. In this election cycle, the townships had their elections last Tuesday, and Fayetteville's mayoral and council elections are moved to 2022 because of a late census count and redrawn districting maps. Thus, the undercard and heavyweight matches occur on different dates.
Fayetteville Observer

Troy Williams: Is ‘Vote Yes’ unfair to Black City Council candidates? Numbers, elections suggest otherwise

City Hall ought to be the place that bridges the gaps in a community — the place where all citizens can be heard, and where their interests ought to matter. Good government is why voters should care about who sits on the Fayetteville City Council. Council members are expected to have the intelligence and desire to perform the hard work of thoughtful legislation and the courage to ask tough questions to ensure that the taxpayers are getting their money's worth.
Fayetteville Observer

Troy Williams: Politicians overemphasize race; the rest of us don’t have to

America will never solve its race problem relying on politicians for the solutions. Democrats and Republicans are both equal dividers. The race pot is sure to be stirred at least a couple of times every election cycle. Most partisan elected leaders do what’s in their personal or preferred party’s best interest. They play on emotions and fear and it’s a sad story, but that’s the way things are.