By The Commentators
  • Economic Democracy In A Co-op

    April 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

    This is Geoff Gilson. I am a worker-owner with Weaver Street Market Co-operative. Just recently, we workers got a little scold from the powers-that-shouldn’t-be in our bi-weekly employee “Market Messenger” about not meeting “our” sales targets. And the fact that this would decrease the profit available for worker-owner and consumer-owner dividends. I was just about […]

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    Energy Freedom Now!

    April 29, 2015 at 9:23 am

    This is Jim Warren. North Carolina is on track to greatly increase its use of solar power – at a really important time in the fight to slow climate change. The bipartisan Energy Freedom Act would allow well-financed companies to install solar power on customers’ property at no up-front cost – then sell them the […]

  • Widen Estes Drive!

    April 22, 2015 at 10:57 am

    When Betsy and I left a medical office in Cary recently, we found ourselves heading home on I-40 just after 4 o’clock on a Friday afternoon. This is a punishment that only a mean-spirited judge would use as a sentence.

  • “Better Than Nothing” Isn’t Good Enough

    April 15, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Remember all the fanfare last spring surrounding the Ephesus-Fordham redevelopment plan? How the new zoning code was going to eliminate traffic congestion, solve our flooding problems, bring us new shopping opportunities, create lots of affordable housing, improve the town’s balance sheet, help us lose weight and spice up our sex lives?

  • A Drought In Our Back Yard?

    April 10, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Is it possible we could experience a severe drought this Summer? There is a high probability based upon long range weather forecasts, and we should be prepared. While our water reservoirs here in Orange County are at their highest peaks, a long, hot Summer with appreciable lack of rain would quickly draw down that supply.

  • UNC Board: Not A Winning Team

    April 9, 2015 at 9:16 am

    This is Brian Thornburg. I don’t know about you, but I love cheering for UNC.  The way our men’s and women’s basketball teams played this season was enough to make you very proud to be a Tar Heel. In fact, most UNC teams are excellent and usually compete for national honors every season. But there’s one UNC […]

  • UNC’s Board Of Politicians

    March 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

    This is Raleigh Mann. What are the qualifications for someone whose job it is to control a university? How about a whole bunch of universities – say, 17 of them? Some experience in higher ed administration is essential, wouldn’t you say? But members of our UNC System’s Board of Governors don’t bring that kind of […]

  • A Call For Fairness In Recycling

    March 25, 2015 at 11:16 am

    This is Art Menius. I have been following with great interest the efforts by Carrboro, Orange County, and Chapel Hill to agree on a new fee structure for recycling. We have witnessed some high-level discussion on what equity really means concerning one fee for all versus tiered fees with rural residents paying more that Chapel […]

  • What Do “An Enemy Of The People” And “The Carolina Way” Have In Common?

    March 13, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    For anybody who wants to participate in the ongoing controversy about the UNC academic and athletics scandal, run to see Playmakers stunning performance of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. If you can’t see it, at least read it and discuss it with friends. To summarize briefly, the town doctor discovers that the recently constructed springs, the basis of an institute intended to bring health and prosperity, are contaminated, promising sickness instead of cure. Instead of welcoming this undeniable truth in a community meeting, the town leaders and the mob denounce the doctor and threaten his family as the curtain falls.

  • Coming After ObamaCare

    February 27, 2015 at 10:01 am

    The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as ObamaCare, is facing its toughest challenge. And it comes from none other than North Carolina’s own Senator Richard Burr.

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