By The Commentators
  • War: What Is It Good For?

    May 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Wes Hare. Again, I sing: “War, what is it good for? Good God, y’all. Listen to me…What is it good for? Absolutely nuttin’!” Here we are again… Memorial Day. Can you imagine a world without war? There will be memorials across the US of A, and we, The Orange County Peace Coalition, have […]

  • Ephesus-Fordham: We Can Do Better

    May 7, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    This is David Schwartz. Now that the citizens of Chapel Hill have woken up to the fact that the Ephesus-Fordham redevelopment plan is a sham, the proponents are trying a new sales pitch. Now they tell us we need to approve the plan so that we can go shopping in Chapel Hill instead of having […]

  • Grading The Ephesus-Fordham Plan

    May 5, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    This is Ken Larsen. There has been a lot of controversy about the Ephesus-Fordham plan. Some people are for it, and some people are against it. The main reason for the polarization is: If you just read Town’s vision statement or advertising, you’ll love it.  I give the Town’s staff an A+ for the hype. […]

  • Saluting Public Service

    May 2, 2014 at 9:48 am

    This is Walt Mack. Public Service Recognition Week runs from May 4th through the 10th. The purpose of Public Service Recognition Week is to honor military, federal, state, county and local government employees whose hard work has made our government the best in the world. Yet Governor McCrory, state legislators and those Republicans seeking election […]

  • Valuing Votes

    April 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    This is Brian Thornburg. I don’t know about you, but I take voting pretty seriously. No matter who you end up voting for, I think we all should take the time and make the effort to put a ballot in the box a couple times a year. It’s one of the few ways we can influence […]

  • Making Public Health Real

    April 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    This is Colleen Bridger. Public health in North Carolina is suffering from an identity crisis. As your public health director, this concerns me. Many in the public health profession like to proclaim that public health is a “silent miracle.” The idea behind this proclamation is that when public health is working, everybody is safe and […]

  • The Real Ephesus-Fordham Issue

    April 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    This is Matt Bailey. With all the fiery debate about the Ephesus-Fordham renewal plan, you may still be wondering, “What’s the issue?” Ephesus-Fordham renewal will let property owners replace their strip malls and old buildings with the kind of building you’d find in a small downtown area, with shops and restaurants facing tree-lined sidewalks and […]

  • Questions for Experts

    April 22, 2014 at 9:26 am

    This is Lew Margolis. Many members of the university community, as well as outside commentators, have expressed puzzlement at the recently released external reviews of reading test data for some UNC students who played football and basketball. I know that many would agree that standardized test results are only one way – an admittedly imperfect […]

  • UNC Giving In To Bullies

    April 18, 2014 at 11:57 am

    This is Perry Deane Young For some time now, a few radical right wingers in Raleigh have been trying to intimidate and silence UNC Law professor Gene Nichol. A great teacher, Nichol is also a fine writer for the News and Observer. Urging an end to the “unforgivable war on poor people” in our state, […]

  • Bait & Switch 101 – The Ephesus-Fordham Plan

    April 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    This is David Schwartz Have you heard about the Town’s plan to rezone 200 acres of land around Eastgate and Ram’s Plaza? It’s called the Ephesus-Fordham plan. Perhaps you’ve heard or read about how wonderful this plan is, or maybe you’ve seen the pretty pictures of what this area of town will supposedly look like […]

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