By The Commentators
  • Voting on Transit: What's at Stake

    October 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I served on the Chapel Hill Town Council from 1973 to 1979, and under the leadership of then Chapel Hill Mayor Howard Lee and Terry Lathrop, assisted to help pass the 1974 referendum when Chapel Hill voters, by a 2 to 1 margin, approved a tax levy for the establishment of Chapel Hill Transit. Carrboro […]

  • Community is bigger than Neighborhood

    October 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    It was just a few months ago that we watched world class athletes from over 200 countries compete in London on an international stage called the Olympics.  Although folks disagreed on the tape delay and maybe on a few gymnastics scores, most would probably agree that it was a fair competition. And though we cheered […]

  • Call the blowhards' bluff

    October 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I really don’t understand anyone — Carolina fan or otherwise — who acts surprised by any of the things we’ve learned over the last two years regarding academics and athletics at UNC. Now that Holden Thorp is stepping down, I think he should call the bluff of the blowhards. I want to see him get […]

  • I still hope for change in the district

    October 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Dear Chapel Hill/Carrboro Community,   As a longstanding teacher in this district, I wanted to say goodbye to you. The Superintendent and School Board dismissed me last week, which was sad to me on many levels. Chapel Hill/Carrboro is not just the district of my employment, it is my community and home. Given other recent […]

  • Assertiveness and Passivity

    September 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    On hearing news of the pending resignation of chancellor Holden Thorp, UNC faculty rallied to save their leader.  On one level, the outpouring of support is understandable.  Everyone can see the unfairness of Thorp’s situation.  But the contrast between the faculty’s sudden assertiveness and its earlier passivity is striking.    Since the cloud of scandal […]

  • 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 […]

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