By The Commentators
  • More At Stake Than You Might Think

    March 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I’m calling on my fellow Orange County residents to help defeat amendment one, also known as the marriage discrimination amendment, by voting against the amendment on May 8th. You may be aware that all domestic partnerships, for both gay and straight couples alike, will be ended in places that offer them such as Chapel Hill, […]

  • Venomous Limbaugh

    March 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Cries of protest of Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s vicious attack on a Georgetown law student are echoing across the land — even touching the hallowed halls of the University of North Carolina. A petition circulating online is demanding that the University terminate broadcasting of UNC basketball and football games on a network that […]

  • Destruction of Trees

    March 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    To the Town Council: This is a photo of what once was a majestic, stately magnolia on E Rosemary St. It is now a one-sided sad specimen that lines the quiet street in one of Chapel Hill’s historic districts! I am appalled and saddened that Duke Power can be allowed to pay Asplundh to butcher […]

  • Recruiting

    March 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Can somebody explain to me “recruiting” in Division 1 intercollegiate sports?  Recently, high school athletes announced the schools that they plan to attend and the teams they will join next year.  Concerns have been raised about the quality of the football skills of the class of players who have declared their intention to enroll at […]

  • Is There a Disconnect Here?

    February 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I wasn’t at Town Hall on Monday, February 20th but I watched the proceedings from the comfort of home.  Too bad what I heard didn’t make me very comfortable.  I appreciated the emotional and heartfelt comments from those who want the Town of Chapel Hill to be the first jurisdiction in North Carolina to ban […]

  • Enter the Chorus Girls and a Dancing Bear

    February 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Chapel Hill Town Council’s Community Policing Advisory Committee (CPAC), at its meeting this past week, rejected the proposal of the Town Council to have a web-site gather facts about the Yates Garage incident last November. The reason? There would be no way of proving the veracity of submissions. The Town Council had already nixed CPAC’s […]

  • Yates, The Next Steps

    February 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

    So. Where are we with the aftermath of protesters being evicted from office buildings they have occupied? Clearly, the Mayor of Carrboro has proven that it’s better to send in ice cream than SERT.   The powers-that-be in Chapel Hill may be moving in much the same direction. This past week has seen a flurry […]

  • Creeks Need Your Help

    February 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Piedmont Creeks need your help! Rain water is running off roofs, roads, lawns – flowing too quickly into our creeks! Hard surfaces have replaced forest and dramatically reduced the amount of rain water that sinks into the ground to replenish our ground water.  Rapid bursts of water scour banks, degrade animal habitat, and carry sediment […]

  • Recycling, The Official Religion

    February 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    The recycling movement has finally become an official religion. Have you ever felt guilty for throwing that glass bottle into the trashcan, instead of the recycling bin? I believe the emotion of guilt should be reserved for higher level trespasses such as those of a religious or moral nature. But we’ve all felt it in […]

  • A Joke, And The Mayor Is Laughing

    February 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    The latest incarnation of the Chapel Hill Town Government’s fumbling quest to cover up the Yates incident is a joke, and may be the most politically revealing. Town Manager Roger Stancil, and presumably the Mayor and Police Chief, have come out with their newest attempt to prevent the truths of this incident from receiving credibility. […]