By The Commentators
  • Handicapped Parking

    January 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Let there be no question, this guy was in a hurry. He whipped into the parking place nearest the entrance of Harris Teeter, jumped out of his luxury SUV, flung the driver’s door shut and strode majestically into the store. He had parked in a space reserved for handicapped drivers. It was well-marked with the […]

  • OFA Stay Engaged

    December 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I want to talk to everyone who put their hard work into President Obama’s re-election campaign and is now feeling a little worn out and a little disappointed that we lost in North Carolina. You need to stay involved. The Obama administration has wisely chosen to keep their base involved with governing challenges after the […]

  • Gray-Little

    December 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    This is Raleigh Mann. If the university’s chancellor search committee is looking for a proven administrator, teacher, researcher, innovator, and motivator, I have an excellent candidate in mind, someone who excels at all of those things, was born and raised in North Carolina and who knows the University of North Carolina intimately. When James Moeser […]

  • Fiscal Cliff

    December 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I was very fortunate to receive an invitation to visit the White House last Thursday. I was among a delegation of 40 community leaders from across the state of North Carolina who were asked to join in a conversation with the White House Office of Community Engagement about the impending fiscal cliff. Now the fiscal […]

  • 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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