By The Commentators
  • Carrboro, 'Establishment' and Itch

    December 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    This is Geoff Gilson. A vacancy will soon be opening on the Carrboro Board of Aldermen. My mind turns to matters of political ‘establishment,’ the righteousness of challenge in a community, and what makes me itchy. Now. Let’s get clear. There is a political ‘establishment’ in Carrboro. This is not necessarily a bad thing. So, […]

  • School Colors

    December 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    This is Raleigh Mann. If you watched the UNC men’s basketball game against the Indiana team recently, you had to notice the color red. Red and white are the team colors for the Hoosiers, and always have been. The same can be said of the Tar Heel fans who proudly deck themselves out in that […]

  • A Call for Peace

    November 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I am Miriam Thompson, a member the Triangle Branch of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Jews for a Just Peace NC and part of a growing number of local Abrahamic faith leaders seeking a just and secure peace for Palestinians and Israelis. Gaza is in the news, but seldom will you hear in the […]

  • Binge Drinking Not Shrinking: UNC's Need for a New Environmental Approach

    November 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    In August 2008, University of North Carolina star tennis player Chris Kearney, 20, was charged with drunken driving in a wreck that hospitalized two fellow students; his blood alcohol level was 0.18 – more than twice the legal limit. One year later, former fraternity president Courtland Benjamin Smith, 21, was shot to death by a […]

  • Put Women In Charge

    November 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    The results of our 2012 elections were decidedly mixed for Democrats and progressives in North Carolina. It was hard to watch as our state really did swing back to red. The whole country seemed to be headed in the other direction, especially when marriage equality measures fared better elsewhere than Amendment One did here just […]

  • My Call 2012

    November 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Stepping out of news-director mode for a moment. Who wants prognostications? Here are five predictions for this year’s election. (Not necessarily reflective of how I want it to go.)   1.      It’s going to be 2004 all over again, in reverse. History tends to repeat itself—and for a while there in 2009 and 2010, I […]

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    The Art of Tailgating

    November 3, 2012 at 7:55 am

    A fall Saturday without Carolina football just doesn’t seem right.  Any college football fan would agree that a mid-week game or bye weekend for your team leaves you longing for the tight spiral of the pigskin leather, the emotional roller coaster roar of the fans, the come-from-behind fourth quarter play to tie the game and…..the […]

  • JIAC Invitation Letter

    October 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

    With this letter, I invite you to apply for membership in the Town of Chapel Hill’s Justice in Action Committee. Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Yet, Dr. King did not rest on the promise of inevitability; he took action. Through his […]

  • We Need a Better Plan for Transit. Vote "No"

    October 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    There’s a 1/2 cent sales tax referendum on November’s ballot. It will be used to fund a 25-year, $660 million plan for light rail and other transit in Orange County. Separately, the commissioners and Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) will add $10 to the annual vehicle registration fees. If the tax passes and the fees are […]

  • Division 1 Revenue Sports, the Daily Tar Heel, and the Mission of UNC

    October 24, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Kudos to WCHL and Jim Heavner for his thoughtful interview with Bubba Cunningham, the Director of Athletics at UNC.  These athletics scandals have harmed the entire UNC community, so they demand that we ask difficult questions and challenge the often mis-guided assumptions about the role of Division 1 athletics in a great research university.  Of […]

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