By The Commentators
  • Questions for Superintendent Forcella

    July 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    July 25, 2012 Dear Mr. Forcella, I have been following the debate regarding the involuntary transfers of Mr. Wartski and Mrs. Thompson. As a parent who had two children at Chapel Hill High, one in Mr. Wartski’s class and one in Mrs. Thompson’ class, I am confused and concerned about their transfers. Whatever your reasons, […]

  • July 2012 Second Primary

    July 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Did you know we had a second primary July 17th, a run-off election?  Apparently, most North Carolinians did not know or care. Despite numerous stories in the media, and of course on WCHL and, the turnout statewide was a dismal 3.58 percent.   At White Cross, I was voter number nine around 9 am. […]

  • Be Mojo Ambassadors

    July 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Just a few weeks ago, the Orange County Visitors Bureau launched a new campaign, inviting visitors to come see, taste, tune in to, and explore Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough.  A local print outlet took the CVB’s new marketing campaign to pose the question, “What makes Chapel Hill cool?” and a corollary question, “Has Chapel […]

  • GOP vision for NC pushing state backwards

    July 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    The General Assembly recently completed one of the most difficult and disappointing sessions I have been a part of during my time in the North Carolina House of Representatives. I and others will note it as one of the most regressive in memory. The GOP-led legislature continued its drive to defund public education. They turned […]

  • In Case You Missed It

    July 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Richard Taylor recorded and edited this video of the Town of Chapel Hill’s Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration, saying, “It’s so nobody will have missed out on seeing them.” Please enjoy what was an amazing night for everybody involved, then click on the image below to view a gallery of shots he took of the […]

  • Scandal at UNC

    June 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Once again, scandal has reared its ugly head at UNC. It seems that coincidentally 18 UNC football players were all enrolled in the same Black American Studies Class. That in itself might not raise eyebrows, but when lectures were held few and far between, and all the students passed the course with flying colors, red […]

  • Fracking will affect air & water quality in the Triangle

    June 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Triangle residents may not realize that fracking areas run through Wake, Durham, Chatham, Orange, and Lee counties, affecting the water supply of 2.4 million people.  This map shows watersheds and fracking areas (slide 2 at this link). North Carolina has the least separation between water and natural gas layers of rock, where fracking fluids could […]

  • Remembering Favorite Son Doc Watson, Part 2

    June 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Click here for the first half of Richard Taylor’s in-depth tribute to Doc Watson. Speakers told how Doc saw with his ears. Doc’s long time bass player and driver T. Michael Coleman emotionally remembered how Doc would practice his stage stories over and over as they drove to far away concerts. Coleman lovingly told the […]

  • Taking Entrepreneurs Under Its Wing

    June 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Where are all the jobs? That’s a question everyone is asking these days, especially if you’re one of the jobless here in Orange County. Don’t give up hope! There may be light at the end of the tunnel.  The town of Chapel Hill has announced it is forming a partnership with UNC, Orange County and […]

  • Duke Energy Cost Cutting Gets In The Way Of Safety

    June 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    For the last four years, the Town of Chapel Hill has had a unique agreement with Duke Energy that they not spray herbicides under most of our power lines within town limits, due to our concerns that such herbicides are toxic generally, that they seep into our groundwater, and because very tall pine trees that […]

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