By The Commentators
  • Too Much Power For Stancil?

    September 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    We who have called Chapel Hill our home for a long time remember the flap over the size of North Carolina National Bank. NCNB, as it was known, liked to be thought of as a friendly, small town kind of place. “We want to be the best bank in the neighborhood,” its commercials said.

  • The Right Management For Chapel Hill

    September 19, 2014 at 11:36 am

    This is David Schwartz. The Chapel Hill Town Council recently asked Town Manager Roger Stancil to explain several instances of apparent mismanagement of the town’s finances. The alleged instances included substantial cost overruns for consultants and failure to set aside money to fund the Town’s $56 million retiree benefits liability. In his explanation, Stancil passed […]

  • Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Football Players

    September 12, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    With apologies to Willie Nelson, “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be football players.” Given the growing evidence of the long-term harm of concussions, all the adults involved in the game of football—coaches, parents, boards of education, trainers, and doctors—should halt this experiment in brain damage. Motivated by the National Football League’s concern about maintaining its workforce and its fan base, it has pumped millions upon millions of dollars into research on head trauma and football, not to mention the nearly $1 billion fund to care for former

  • A Community House For The Whole Community

    September 2, 2014 at 9:43 am

    This is Raleigh Mann. Well, there goes the neighborhood. That has been the concern of the people who are uncomfortable with the thought of homeless men living near them. Yes, I’m talking about the Inter-Faith Council’s new Community House for homeless men that is about to be built on Martin Luther King Boulevard just north […]

  • Hotel Distractions

    August 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    This is Lew Margolis. The challenges posed by big-time sports for UNC continue apace, as if on a schedule like weekly football games or daily practices. Four players have just been suspended for one game after an altercation—an assault, a hazing incident, we don’t really know—in a local hotel at the beginning of August.  I […]

  • When is the Past Past?

    August 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    This is Lew Margolis. It is the quiet calm of summer on a college campus, but the quiet this year seems heightened by anticipation of the report by Investigator Kenneth Wainstein on the unresolved athletic scandals at UNC. Further, the NCAA, that stalwart institution of educational and athletic integrity, is re-opening its investigation of the […]

  • Changing Chapel Hill For The Better

    August 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This week, Chapel Hill hosts a conference of mayors from around the country. Our elected officials are no doubt eager to tell visitors, constituents and the media about the many wonderful things that Chapel Hill Town government is doing. And some good things have indeed been happening lately, such as the completion of the Morgan Creek trail and the downtown sidewalk improvements. in other respects, however, the town’s development efforts, including our first foray into form-based code, leave much room for improvement.

  • Legalize It, NC!

    August 19, 2014 at 10:48 am

    This is Walt Mack. Hash, weed, pot, grass, joint. You name it – just a few of the hundreds of slang words for marijuana that have come into the American lexicon. And there’s a good reason why. It’s estimated that one in three Americans have experimented with pot or smoke it regularly. That would include […]

  • Eat Local!

    August 14, 2014 at 11:20 am

    This is Brian Thornburg. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE going out to eat.  Discovering a wonderful new restaurant is one of life’s great pleasures, and it can be hard to decide on which one to go to. But if you care about your local community and its economic health, here’s one criterion […]

  • Notice Who Doesn’t Speak At Rezoning Debates?

    August 14, 2014 at 11:03 am

    This is Matt Bailey. Whenever a rezoning proposal is on the agenda, you can bet on hearing from passionate residents at the Chapel Hill town council meeting. However, have you ever noticed who doesn’t comment at those public hearings? Young single professionals. You might write off their absence as a sign of political apathy among […]

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