By The Commentators
  • Big Business vs. Small Business

    January 7, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Most of us would say that we believe in buying local.  It’s like saying we believe in hot dogs, apple pie, and the Fourth of July. But, do we put our money where our mouth is? Let’s face it, there are certain goods and merchandise that simply cannot be bought locally and reasonable prices.  Because […]

  • Happy Holidays From Ellie Kinnaird

    January 4, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    “This is Ellie Kinnaird. I always enjoy Alan Culton’s commentary. Most WCHL commentaries are just preaching to the choir. For the most part our community shares the same goals, values, gripes and aside from arguments about development we sing off the same page, but not Alan. He is not afraid to take on the liberals […]

  • Margaret Spellings: Embodiment of Corporatization of Higher Education

    December 16, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I want to talk with you about UNC. I’ve been on the faculty of the geography department for 21 years. I love UNC. A few days ago, police removed me from the UNC Board of Governors meeting. I was in good company – faculty from Appalachian State and East Carolina University were also ejected. A […]

  • The climate crisis won’t wait for world leaders

    December 17, 2015 at 5:47 am

    The Paris climate talks led to what could be a step toward stabilizing the global climate crisis – if real action follows. Now, what’s needed is a more vocal U.S. public to offset the clout of corporations holding on to the fossil fueled past. North Carolina is crucial – as home to the nation’s largest […]

  • Disheartened by David Price, Gun Control, and Syrian Refugees

    December 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    It is disheartening to hear our Congressman “For Life” David Price preach to us about gun control, about accepting Syrian refugees, and about the futility of prayer. To add insult to injury, our new Attorney General Loretta Lynch warns us to watch what we say or else. Excuse me, just a minute, can we wait […]

  • How Chapel Hill’s New Town Council Can Prove It’s Listening to the People

    December 8, 2015 at 10:18 am

    With Chapel Hill’s newly elected mayor and town council members now in office, remember how several challenger candidates back during this fall’s election claimed that the former mayor and council members weren’t listening to the people? In contrast, some folks felt that those candidates simply failed to comprehend the difference between being heard and getting […]

  • Look Out For Pedestrians in Chapel Hill

    December 4, 2015 at 2:59 am

    I recently returned from a 10 month stay in Britain and Europe, and for much of that time, walked to wherever I needed to go, visit, or explore.   Not only was it an excellent way to get to know the areas, but back home in Chapel Hill, my doctor was impressed at my physical condition. […]

  • The Heart of the Matter

    December 3, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Racism and classism are two words that raise eyebrows all across America.  We would like to believe that neither one of these words is applicable to us or our thinking but if you clutch your pocketbook a little tighter when an African-American walks past or if you cross to the other side of the street […]

  • Let’s Discuss UNC System Salaries

    November 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Is $775,000 too much or not enough to pay the new president of the UNC System? Is a raise of 9.6 percent too much or not enough for the chancellor at Chapel Hill? The worthy mission of the UNC System, “to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address the needs of individuals and society,” invites […]

  • Duke Energy: Be a Responsible North Carolina Citizen

    November 16, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Duke Energy, the nation’s largest provider of electricity, is making news again.  But, it’s not exactly what anyone would call a public relations dream scenario. In May, the Charlotte-based utility pleaded guilty to nine violations of the Federal Clean Water Act.  The firm admitted illegally discharging coal ash pollution from five of its North Carolina […]

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