By The Commentators
  • Transparency

    September 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Like many friends of UNC, I am saddened by the resignation of Chancellor Holden Thorp. His talents as a scholar, entrepreneur, and academic leader illuminate what is best about UNC.  He has acted with dignity during the past two years of painful revelations.  Neither his letter of resignation nor his public comments have reflected anything […]

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    Carolina Home Football Game Day: Top Things To Do

    September 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Excitement is in the air as college football season kicks off around the country. Here in Chapel Hill the energy of the first home game led by a brand new coach builds under Carolina blue skies. For all game day & schedule information visit We’ve narrowed down the list of top game day favorite […]

  • 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 […]

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