By The Commentators
  • Expand Voting Access

    July 21, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Tomorrow the Orange County Board of Elections will adopt a plan for early voting for the fall election. The Board will consider both the locations and hours for early voting. When it comes to locations, the board should keep the same voting locations used during the spring primary to maintain consistency. After considering a number of options, the plan adopted for the primary included five early voting sites, including a location in rural Orange County at Master’s Garden Preschool, and a location adjacent to UNC’s campus at North Carolina Hillel. I’ve been a strong advocate for securing a site that is accessible to the faculty, staff, and students who attend UNC, and while NC Hillel might not be the perfect site, it is accessible to pedestrians from UNC and we should maintain stability from the primary.

  • Why Orange County Needs Sunday Voting

    July 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    This is Alyssa Davis. I am a student. I am an organizer. And I am concerned. After the initial Board of Elections meeting to discuss early voting plans for Orange County, I am concerned about the Board’s process for making decisions that impact all of the citizens of Orange County. Namely Sunday voting. Currently this […]

  • The Lawmakers Are Restless

    July 17, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    This is Walt Mack. Lawmakers are growing restless in Raleigh. I’m speaking about the State Legislators who are wrangling over proposed teacher salary hikes and how to pay for them. Oddly, the dispute rages between the House and Senate chambers—both sides dominated by Republicans. In a joint session, tensions became so heated that the House […]

  • Give The People A Voice On Ephesus-Fordham

    July 15, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This is Raleigh Mann. Lots of people have already expressed their opinions on the proposed redevelopment of what we have come to call the Ephesus-Fordham area. It’s an ambitious plan for 123 in-town acres, encompassing 60 local businesses, a plan that could bring big box stores within our town borders and the tax revenue that […]

  • Douglass’ Dream Of Equality

    July 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

    This is Mayor Lydia Lavelle. America celebrates the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. We have parades, fireworks, and we wear our red, white, and blue. In the past, this day was also commemorated with speeches. One of these was given by the great orator, Frederick Douglass, in 1852 in Rochester, New […]

  • Chapel Hill Parking Fees Out Of Control

    July 2, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Parking, parking everywhere, and not a free space to be found anywhere.

    That seems to be the situation on the UNC campus and elsewhere in Chapel Hill as parking continues to become more problematic.

  • Stateside Drive Needs A Traffic Light!

    June 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    This is Raleigh Mann. Last week, the Chapel Hill Planning Board unanimously approved the rezoning request of some folks who want to convert the house next door to us into a place where Muslims may gather for prayer. Betsy and I wanted to be at this meeting to support this project, which we see as […]

  • Developers And Other Bad Guys

    June 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Ellie Kinnaird. We all know who the bad guys are in our towns are, don’t we?  Developers. The only things more evil are big box stores. By the way, where did you shop last week? Developers, those folks who cut down the trees next to our beautiful home. Who destroy open space and pave roads […]

  • For Affordable Housing, Build More Homes

    June 19, 2014 at 11:57 am

    This is Matt Bailey. Recently, a grass-roots effort came together to make sure affordable housing is a priority for the town of Chapel Hill. The town responded, devoting $689,000 of next year’s budget and land on Legion Road worth $2 million to affordable housing. Our affordable housing problem goes far beyond helping those of our […]

  • Development The Right Way

    June 16, 2014 at 8:55 am

    This is David Schwartz. Last week, this radio station aired an interview with Chapel Hill resident Roger Perry in which Mr. Perry discussed the town’s fiscal challenges and suggested ways to remedy them. It is no surprise that Mr. Perry, who makes his living building real estate, believes that we should—guess what?— build more real […]

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