By The Commentators
  • Why Chapel Hill should NOT get back on track

    September 23, 2015 at 10:54 am

    By Matt Bailey As local election season heats up in Chapel Hill, you’re bound to hear some candidates talk about how things used to be wonderful back in the old days, but that we’ve gotten off track in recent years.  So, what track was Chapel Hill on during these halcyon days that these candidates are […]

  • It’s Just Brain Trauma

    September 17, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    By Lew Margolis A student accompanied me to a recent football game at Kenan stadium to encourage conversations about concussions and football.  Holding signs asking, “how much brain damage from football is o.k.?” we invited comments and questions from fans flowing into the game. Our encounter with one young man expresses and reflects the ethical problem […]

  • Changes

    September 9, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    By Julie McClintock We go about our lives not noticing when big changes are afoot. Most people are busy with a demanding job or just getting their kids ready for school. Now changes are too big not to notice. Near Whole Foods across from the Credit Union , I miss the graceful willow oaks lining […]

  • Who Win$ in Teaching in NC?

    September 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    By Ryan Ellefsen, Director of Bands and Orchestras, East Chapel Hill High School I have to admit that I wasn’t as excited to start this school year as much as I had been for all the others. That feeling has been gnawing away at me since the beginning of August…Have I lost “it”? Did the […]

  • Single Family – Raleigh Mann

    August 24, 2015 at 11:55 am

    The legal definition of a single family home is “a residence housing one family or household or one that is designed for one family only.” Betsy and I have lived in one of these for 38 years, in a nice Chapel Hill neighborhood filled with single-family homes. But Chapel Hill town leaders apparently define “single […]

  • How Far Have We Really Come?

    July 29, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    By Barbara Foushee: I celebrated the Fourth of July by participating in the community reading of Frederick Douglass’ “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”; the speech was given in Rochester, NY, on July 5, 1852 at the height of North American slavery. We must thank Mr. James Williams, Public Defender for Orange and […]

  • Earth to Art Chansky: It Wasn’t About the Women

    July 21, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Editor’s note: Art Chansky’s Sports Notebook on July 14th was about UNC Coach Sylvia Hatchell. Chansky followed with a longer Art’s Angle on the subject of Coach Hatchell on July 15th. The commentary below is from Mary Willingham and Jay Smith of, and was published to their blog on July 16th, but only in response to […]

  • Water Conservation Suits Us

    July 6, 2015 at 11:51 am

    By John Young, Chair of Orange Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors: Have you seen the wave of headlines about the water crisis in California? Of course you have. I sympathize with the communities and agencies that must confront the grim situation and create the solutions for it. This won’t get solved overnight, but […]

  • Diversity Across the Boards

    June 29, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    By Barbara Foushee: The Chapel Hill-Carrboro/Orange County area has a very diverse population. There are many different cultures and races. Our local governing boards make decisions that affect all of us and these boards should be a direct reflection of the populations that they serve. This is not the case. There is approximately one minority […]

  • Photo by Brian J. Matis.

    Education for All

    June 12, 2015 at 11:05 am

    This is Rabbi Jen Feldman. The School Board adopted calendars for 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 that again leave Saturdays available to be used for make-up days. Saturday in Judaism is the Sabbath  — a time of communal and family celebration.  It is a time of refraining from work, of rest and renewal. School on the Sabbath […]

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