By The Commentators
  • The Chapel Hill 2020 Plan Unveiled: We have seen the future…Or have we?

    May 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

    At last, the Chapel Hill 2020 Plan has been unveiled, and we have seen the future.  Or have we? Over the last year, many, many people have expended a great deal of precious time and effort in attempting to formulate a comprehensive plan to guide Chapel Hill’s future. The Chapel Hill 2020 Plan has been […]

  • Amendment One: All You Need Is Love

    May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Orange County voted against Amendment One. But it wasn’t enough. Even though a couple of weeks have passed, the pain still lingers. I know. I have friends who effectively have been told by the State of North Carolina they may not love in the way they find natural. Love should never be considered a privilege. […]

  • Frank Porter Graham School Should Be Applauded, Not Dismantled

    May 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

    My name is Carroll Scott, and I am the mom of a 2nd grader at Frank Porter Graham Elementary.  My son started the year in 1st grade, but the outstanding teachers and staff at FPG recognized that he was not being challenged and needed more.  They created a plan to slowly and comfortably transition him […]

  • Dual Language: More Than One Option

    May 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    This is Andrew Davidson and I’m a member of the School Improvement Team at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School, where I have a second grader and a rising kindergartener. The revised Dual-Language proposal put before our school board doesn’t acknowledge the alternative proposals that have been presented by fellow parents like me who support dual […]

  • Chapel Hill 2020 Just Might Be Truly Democratic

    May 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I am suspicious of towns that claim to be “truly democratic.” In my experience that means that the influential people get to negotiate how they’ll use everyone’s resources. Sure, there is “input” from the public, but it seldom changes the discussion, much less the outcome. Chapel Hill 2020 has helped me become a little less […]

  • Bad For Business

    May 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Today, North Carolinians go to the polls to vote in a primary election.  You may never have voted in a primary before, or maybe never voted in any election, or maybe you don’t claim any political party.  But  today all North Carolinians need to go to the polls – Democrat, Republican, and unaffiliated – and […]

  • Everything Changes Next Week…Unless We Stop Amendment One

    May 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I’m a Chapel Hill resident, and I’ve got something to say.   Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, and a number of other towns around the state offer domestic partnerships.  That ends next week.   Unmarried heterosexual couples, and their children, enjoy certain rights in North Carolina.  That ends next week.   Unmarried victims of domestic violence […]

  • Pam Hemminger for Open County Leadership

    April 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    County government matters, and many of us pay close attention to the decisions that impact schools, economic development and critical county services for public health and safety. In that context, we encourage District 1 voters (Chapel Hill and Carrboro) to please re-elect Pam Hemminger as County Commissioner District 1. Pam is a thoughtful and engaging […]

  • Support and Protect Diversity

    April 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    You probably already know that it takes a village to raise a child. But did you know that the Chapel Hill Carrboro City School District is recommending turning one of its best known and best loved little villages, Frank Porter Graham Elementary, into a dual-language Spanish magnet school? This would displace more than 400 students, […]

  • Kindergarten Parents: Register for Chinese by May 31

    April 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    If you are a parent of a rising kindergarten parent in the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) district, please note that CHCCS is still accepting applications to the outstanding and innovative Chinese dual language program.    Recent press and misinformation from staff at Lincoln Center have led to uncertainty about the future of the […]

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