By The Commentators
  • Step Up and Volunteer For Chapel Hill

    April 15, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Volunteering in Chapel Hill.  How many times have you griped about some situation in the town of Chapel Hill?  How many times have you thought about volunteering on one of the 17 standing advisory boards in Chapel Hill? These two questions go hand in hand.  Currently, there are 17 advisory boards with 175 positions which […]

  • Why Are You Drinking Raw Milk?

    April 14, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I’d like to ask you a question.  I am completely baffled by the desire to consume raw milk.  It can potentially contain listeria as well as salmonella, e coli, and tuberculous among other things. Some advocates say raw milk is “healthier than pasteurized milk.” Okay.  Putting aside the listeria, salmonella, tuberculous thing, which is hard […]

  • It’s Time For the Governor and General Assembly to Listen

    April 13, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Wise people like to point out the benefits of listening to what others have to say. As soon as our legislators passed House Bill 2 and our governor signed it, a group of folks gathered on Franklin St to voice their disapproval.  Quickly, that few became many and the group grew into a large circle […]

  • Don’t Forget Everything the General Assembly Did Before HB2

    April 12, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    You’ve heard some of my commentaries here on WCHL about our General Assembly in Raleigh on the crazy bills that have been voted on and signed by our governor. Pat McCrory has gutted unemployment benefits by 36 percent, while giving his cabinet members, campaign donors and paid election workers an eight percent raise.  Telling us that […]

  • Preparing for our Aging Population

    April 11, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    The Carolina Population Center did a Carolina Demography post on the aging of our population.  Did you know that there are nearly 45 million individuals 65 years and older representing 14.5 percent of the population?  So says the US Census Bureau. Just over 1.4 million of us older Americans live in North Carolina comprising just […]

  • The Protest at Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day

    April 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    April 12 is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s and there will be long lines at Franklin St and Columbia. Ben & Jerry’s makes very good ice cream and has even gone vegan for us.  For the past two years, a group has been there passing out flyers to the waiting cone folk. Why? Ben […]

  • Reply to Matt Bailey

    April 7, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Recently, Matt Bailey, a fan of luxury apartments on the American Legion property asked, “Where were all these park lovers before January?” We were all around you, Matt.  Our desire for a park on the Legion property was expressed clearly in the Comprehensive Parks Plan adopted in 2013.  That same year the 2020 Comprehensive Plan […]

  • Widen Chapel Hill Roads

    April 6, 2016 at 10:52 am

    When Betsy and I left a medical office appointment in Cary recently, we found ourselves heading home on I-40 just after 4 o’clock on Friday afternoon. This is a punishment that only a mean spirited judge would use as a sentence.  It did take time, but eventually we made it back to Chapel Hill safely […]

  • No, No, No Signs at Carr Mill Mall

    April 5, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Hey Carrboro! Why do you want me to be so fat? I’m trying to lose some weight here.  With so many good restaurants opening in my downtown neighborhood, this is getting harder all the time. Rise Biscuits & Donuts just opened two blocks from my house with an amazing display of fabulous treats.  How is […]

  • End the Presidential Brackets

    April 1, 2016 at 1:00 am

    I find it odd that one of the rituals of the NCAA basketball tournament has become the President of the United States producing a Presidential Bracket, affixed with the Presidential seal. I don’t mind that the President is a basketball fan and finds relaxation in watching and playing the sport. I do take issue with lending […]

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