By The Commentators
  • The Paradox of the PSA

    September 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer among men and it’s predicted that 33,000 men will die from the disease this year. The PSA or Prostate Specific Antigen blood test is the primary  marker used to detect cancer of the prostate. During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, the University of North Carolina Health Care […]

  • Your Boys Are Playin' Scared

    September 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    And it wasn’t even halftime. In fact, we were only down 22-0 at this point. This observation came from a head shaking, sympathetic UL fan as I rode up an elevator in Papa John’s stadium amidst the Tar Heels’ first half from Hell versus Louisville.   My elevator partner wasn’t being a smartass; he seemed […]

  • A Few Questions about Compensation for Coaches

    September 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    The Daily Tar Heel recently published an analysis of the latest budget of UNC’s Department of Athletics.  While expenses in the $75 million budget are slated to increase by about 4%, salaries and benefits will increase a generous 11.7%.  Apparently there are “contractual obligations” to coaches based on all sorts of incentive clauses in their […]

  • Life is Not About Money, But About People

    August 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    While I respect Dr. Thorp as Chancellor, I was very frustrated listening to his interview regarding the Northside community, a traditional African-American part of Chapel Hill. He seemed to be on the side of the African Americans whose have lived there for generations but made no effort to defend their right to stay there, whereas […]

  • Duke-Progress Merger: A Net Public Soaking?

    August 29, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    NC WARN has long opposed Duke Energy’s takeover of Progress Energy for a host of reasons.  Foremost is that the merger would strengthen Duke’s business model of using climate-wrecking fossil fuels for decades to come – while raising rates dramatically to build unneeded nuclear power plants.   In June, we called on the Utilities Commission […]

  • Building Grassroots Support Against The Death Penalty

    August 23, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    This is Steve Dear. And this is a call to action. North Carolina has just begun its seventh year without an execution. During these years, the overall murder rate has declined significantly. With your involvement it is possible that North Carolina will never go back to the Old South justice that brutalizes our communities. This […]

  • There's A New Triangle in Town

    August 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    It’s been 60 days since we launched our new campaign, The Edge of the Triangle – not that long, but long enough for us to assess certain aspects of it, especially the response locally. The reaction to the campaign has been predominantly positive, reflective of what we learned in the year of research conducted before […]

  • This is the Age of Too

    August 17, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Dear Editor, This is the age of “Too.”  Too many demands – from kids, work, relationships, finances, health; even global events pushed on us via instant media. So we learn to compartmentalize. To pick and choose the battles.  To decide what piece of us we have to carve out for that next grasping hand.  Somewhere […]

  • Save The Carrboro Citizen

    August 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    After almost five years and over 280 consecutive weekly issues, publisher Robert Dickson has decided to sell The Carrboro Citizen. I find this sad news in a market already saturated with local news reporting, including the outstanding news and information presented on WCHL and  Of course, other papers cover Carrboro stories, but nobody has […]

  • Open Letter To Teachers

    August 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    An open letter to all teachers in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro city school system: As you may have read or heard, Bert Wartski and I are appealing our involuntary transfers from Chapel Hill High School.  As colleagues, we want to assure each of you that in all honesty, neither of us has been given any documented […]

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