By The Commentators
  • 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 […]

  • Respect Our Greenways

    October 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    The Town of Chapel Hill is fortunate, indeed, to have one of the finest “Green Transportation Systems” to be found anywhere in North Carolina.  It’s a wonderful emerald necklace comprised of 14 miles of paved and natural trails shared equally by hikers, joggers and cyclists alike.  Many Chapel Hill residents take advantage of the winding, […]

  • Not This Time Either, Duke!

    October 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    If Duke thinks this is the year to beat UNC, the Blue Devils had better think again. The records are dead even – both teams 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the ACC. And they are mirror images of each other, playing a no huddle, fast-paced offense and an ameba-like 4-2-5 defense. So, it seems like […]

  • A UNC Basketball Coaches Respect, Connection and Relationship with Bill Friday

    October 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    My Tribute to W.C. “Bill” Friday After hearing the sad news of Mr. Friday’s death last Friday, University Day, I found the following tribute I began writing 2 years ago on the top of my desk. I write this for two reasons (maybe three). First, I recently attended a 90th birthday party on July 13, […]

  • Train Stations Make Innovation Clusters

    October 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I would like to commend the Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) and the Board of Orange County Commissioners (BOCC) for an exceptional job in developing a plan for our future transit infrastructure.   This plan calls for the creation of a light rail (LRT) segment between Chapel Hill and Durham. It also calls for a light […]

  • Re: Community is bigger than Neighborhood

    October 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    The recent commentary by Kristen Smith was deeply offensive to this longtime neighborhood advocate and also quite silly.  Fixated on the Olympics, she seemed oblivious to their central purpose: competition.  When she exhorted us to work together as a “team,” one can only wonder about the team’s opponent.   Homeowners should band together with “commercial property […]

  • Voting on Transit: What's at Stake

    October 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I served on the Chapel Hill Town Council from 1973 to 1979, and under the leadership of then Chapel Hill Mayor Howard Lee and Terry Lathrop, assisted to help pass the 1974 referendum when Chapel Hill voters, by a 2 to 1 margin, approved a tax levy for the establishment of Chapel Hill Transit. Carrboro […]

  • Community is bigger than Neighborhood

    October 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    It was just a few months ago that we watched world class athletes from over 200 countries compete in London on an international stage called the Olympics.  Although folks disagreed on the tape delay and maybe on a few gymnastics scores, most would probably agree that it was a fair competition. And though we cheered […]

  • Call the blowhards' bluff

    October 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I really don’t understand anyone — Carolina fan or otherwise — who acts surprised by any of the things we’ve learned over the last two years regarding academics and athletics at UNC. Now that Holden Thorp is stepping down, I think he should call the bluff of the blowhards. I want to see him get […]

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