By The Commentators
  • Let’s Discuss UNC System Salaries

    November 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Is $775,000 too much or not enough to pay the new president of the UNC System? Is a raise of 9.6 percent too much or not enough for the chancellor at Chapel Hill? The worthy mission of the UNC System, “to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address the needs of individuals and society,” invites […]

  • Duke Energy: Be a Responsible North Carolina Citizen

    November 16, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Duke Energy, the nation’s largest provider of electricity, is making news again.  But, it’s not exactly what anyone would call a public relations dream scenario. In May, the Charlotte-based utility pleaded guilty to nine violations of the Federal Clean Water Act.  The firm admitted illegally discharging coal ash pollution from five of its North Carolina […]

  • 5 to 4 Votes Are Healthy For Chapel Hill

    November 13, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Before moving to Chapel Hill 38 years ago, I was a newspaper reporter in south Florida. Have you driven there lately? The weather is still great, but the beauty is harder to find.  Over-development squashed it years ago. But, I learned a lot as a covered the deliberations of those city leaders who struggled to […]

  • Is It Real Money?

    November 9, 2015 at 11:59 am

    “No state-appropriated or tuition dollars are being used for these expenses.” Enough already of this rationalizing footnote from UNC as it released its latest accounting of legal and public relations costs stemming from the athletics/academic scandal.  Where the bookkeepers say these millions of dollars come from is far less important than the realization that there […]

  • Dear Chancellor Folt

    November 6, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Dear Chancellor Folt: You came to Carolina in our most difficult hour. And the darkness has not yet lifted. We need a strong leader right now, someone who can speak for all North Carolinians, for staff, students and faculty at UNC Chapel Hill. You have immense power & responsibility as Chancellor of the UNC system’s […]

  • Who is Margaret Spellings?

    October 28, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Our university’s system Board of Governors, manipulating rules to speed up the process, has handed the presidency of our state’s university system to a non-academic with strong Republican political credentials. Margaret Spellings will replace Tom Ross, a distinguished leader this board praised for his effectiveness, but fired for reasons they could not explain. I will […]

  • Protect Personal Health Information For Athletes

    October 28, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    UNC has announced that two football players have suffered career ending medical problems, a neck injury and a heart condition. I won’t mention their names, but I certainly am puzzled and troubled by why the university releases this type of personal health information.  Just think about whether you would want your health information the media. Student health […]

  • Co-op Employee Democracy

    October 26, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    As a ten-year active advocate for worker rights within our very favorite local grocery co-op, Weaver Street Market, I am making this appeal for help from any of the some 18,000 Weaver Street consumer-owners listening to this commentary. Friday, October 16, Weaver Street employees received notice of proposed changes to the Weaver Street Board Policy […]

  • Five Things Chapel Hill’s Town Leaders are Finally Getting Done

    October 23, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    It’s human nature to be most vocal when we don’t like something, especially when it comes to our local elected officials.  Freely expressing dissatisfaction about the decisions our leaders make is the bedrock of democracy. As we express our disapproval of decisions we personally don’t like, however, it’s all too easy to sit back and […]

  • Are Assault Weapons Toys Appropriate for Halloween Costumes?

    October 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    A friend of mine went into a local pop-up store to look for a Halloween costume for her grandson.  She was horrified to find a rack of toy assault weapons that are paired with various costumes for boys.  She thought this inappropriate and insensitive.  She asked me to inquire with the store with what their […]

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