By The Commentators
  • Eat Local!

    August 14, 2014 at 11:20 am

    This is Brian Thornburg. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE going out to eat.  Discovering a wonderful new restaurant is one of life’s great pleasures, and it can be hard to decide on which one to go to. But if you care about your local community and its economic health, here’s one criterion […]

  • Notice Who Doesn’t Speak At Rezoning Debates?

    August 14, 2014 at 11:03 am

    This is Matt Bailey. Whenever a rezoning proposal is on the agenda, you can bet on hearing from passionate residents at the Chapel Hill town council meeting. However, have you ever noticed who doesn’t comment at those public hearings? Young single professionals. You might write off their absence as a sign of political apathy among […]

  • Summer Camp For All Kids

    August 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I am Emma Friedman, I am in 10th grade, and I have had the privilege of attending summer camp every year since I can remember. Some of my best memories are from camp. Unfortunately, many kids in our community don’t have the resources for these activities. Their parents work one or more jobs all summer […]

  • Complete Carolina?

    August 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Lew Margolis. UNC recently announced a new program—Complete Carolina–for students who were athletes, but left school without a degree. The program provides financial support, academic advising, and career counseling. I commend UNC for this effort to elevate the importance of education, reflected in a college degree, by enabling these former students to return […]

  • Duke Energy Squashing Solar Power

    July 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Are you angry at Duke Energy executives for polluting North Carolina with coal ash?

    Well, now they’re trying to kill our growing solar power industry.

    Duke Energy is already severely harming North Carolina’s large-scale solar developers.

  • An Affordable Housing Crisis

    July 25, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Last year a Virginia investment firm bought seventeen apartment complexes in Durham and Chapel Hill. The units were old, and the company is renovating them and raising the rent significantly as a result. The higher rents already have affected many middle class folks who are having a hard time paying the increased rent.

  • Lumps Of Coal From The General Assembly

    July 24, 2014 at 10:04 am

    This is Laurin Easthom. While some members of the NC General Assembly have passed around lumps of coal, surreptitiously placed Christmas wreaths in their legislative chamber, and walked out of negotiations holding their breath, a multitude of teacher’s assistants wonder if they have jobs in one month. Medicaid services, adequate access to health care for […]

  • Expand Voting Access

    July 21, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Tomorrow the Orange County Board of Elections will adopt a plan for early voting for the fall election. The Board will consider both the locations and hours for early voting. When it comes to locations, the board should keep the same voting locations used during the spring primary to maintain consistency. After considering a number of options, the plan adopted for the primary included five early voting sites, including a location in rural Orange County at Master’s Garden Preschool, and a location adjacent to UNC’s campus at North Carolina Hillel. I’ve been a strong advocate for securing a site that is accessible to the faculty, staff, and students who attend UNC, and while NC Hillel might not be the perfect site, it is accessible to pedestrians from UNC and we should maintain stability from the primary.

  • Why Orange County Needs Sunday Voting

    July 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    This is Alyssa Davis. I am a student. I am an organizer. And I am concerned. After the initial Board of Elections meeting to discuss early voting plans for Orange County, I am concerned about the Board’s process for making decisions that impact all of the citizens of Orange County. Namely Sunday voting. Currently this […]

  • The Lawmakers Are Restless

    July 17, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    This is Walt Mack. Lawmakers are growing restless in Raleigh. I’m speaking about the State Legislators who are wrangling over proposed teacher salary hikes and how to pay for them. Oddly, the dispute rages between the House and Senate chambers—both sides dominated by Republicans. In a joint session, tensions became so heated that the House […]

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