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The Inconvenient Truth about Chapel Hill’s High Housing Costs

Paul Krugman—the Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman—recently wrote an article spotlighting how local zoning laws that hamper building enough homes to meet demand directly cause housing costs to skyrocket in growing cities. Of course, you don’t need a Nobel-prize in economics to understand that when demand goes up faster than supply, prices will go up, and when supply goes up faster than demand; prices eventually go down. Colleges teach that concept in Econ 101. Heck, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools teach supply and demand in second grade social studies. Curiously, some people right here in our own community say...

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American Legion Questions

It has recently become public that the American Legion has decided to sell their property, one of the last, large parcels of undeveloped land in the town. They have every right to do so. The Town of Chapel Hill had signed an agreement in 2005 that the town would have the right of first refusal to purchase the land, but we now find that the town manager and outgoing town council held a secret meeting where they decided not to purchase the property, and signed secret legal documents with the developers on November 20th, only 5 working days before...

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Big Business vs. Small Business

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 of high overhead and not being able to buy large lots of goods at lower prices, local merchants simply cannot compete with the big chain stores and national discounters. It seems though that our town’s officials have adopted a protectionist attitude.  If it’s not...

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Happy Holidays From Ellie Kinnaird

“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 in our area fearlessly. A more timid person might be afraid to raise his head and lift his voice in this hotbed of progressive conformity. I hear his commentary and think ‘I’ll record one opposing what I just consider his outrageous take on things...

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Margaret Spellings: Embodiment of Corporatization of Higher Education

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 student from UNC Chapel Hill and two community members stood up and spoke out as well. One-by-one SEVEN people were detained for speaking out. Our message is simple:  Margaret Spellings’ values are wrong for North Carolina. We ask the Board of Governors to terminate...

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The climate crisis won’t wait for world leaders

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 polluting utility, Duke Energy. NC WARN and allies are calling for Attorney General Roy Cooper to assert his constitutional authority – to require that Duke executives help slow global warming.   Right now, Duke Energy is making it worse by expanding dirty fuels while blocking...

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Disheartened by David Price, Gun Control, and Syrian Refugees

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 until the bodies are buried in California before you start barking orders? Leftists like David Price and Loretta Lynch have an uncanny talent for making Americans feel like foreigners in their own country.  I guess the plan is to have Syrians and Mexicans compete...

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

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 their way, or that they didn’t like the fact that their like-minded constituents weren’t calling the shots as they did back in the olden days. Understandably, those candidates and their supporters bristle at those cynical notions. So now that several of those challengers are...

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Look Out For Pedestrians in Chapel Hill

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. Here, I am trying to continue to walk as much as possible, but recently had a near collision with a car. This happened on the corner of Weaver Dairy Road and Martin Luther King Boulevard going north. There is a lot of traffic in...

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The Heart of the Matter

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 so that you won’t be in close proximity with that homeless person then you just might be guilty. Unfortunately, a lot of us tend to shy away from those people or those cultures that we do not understand.  Folks will hide behind “code words”...

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