By The Commentators
  • Pam Hemminger for Open County Leadership

    April 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    County government matters, and many of us pay close attention to the decisions that impact schools, economic development and critical county services for public health and safety. In that context, we encourage District 1 voters (Chapel Hill and Carrboro) to please re-elect Pam Hemminger as County Commissioner District 1. Pam is a thoughtful and engaging […]

  • Support and Protect Diversity

    April 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    You probably already know that it takes a village to raise a child. But did you know that the Chapel Hill Carrboro City School District is recommending turning one of its best known and best loved little villages, Frank Porter Graham Elementary, into a dual-language Spanish magnet school? This would displace more than 400 students, […]

  • Kindergarten Parents: Register for Chinese by May 31

    April 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    If you are a parent of a rising kindergarten parent in the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) district, please note that CHCCS is still accepting applications to the outstanding and innovative Chinese dual language program.    Recent press and misinformation from staff at Lincoln Center have led to uncertainty about the future of the […]

  • Turn Them Down Carolina Flats

    April 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Monday night, the Town Council will be reviewing a request to re-zone the corner of MLK/Historic Airport Road and Estes Drive. The project, named “Carolina Flats,” proposes to develop this tract of land with a four story hotel placed right on the corner of this intersection with a minimal setback, plus seven apartment buildings, all […]

  • The ‘OMG Rule’ For Political, Economic And Social Etiquette

    April 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    You know, it suddenly struck me recently that we don’t need complicated definitions for competing political, economic and social philosophies to determine how we should interact when living and working together in a community, a society, a co-op, a family, a nation, a world.   We just need to remember the definition of words like […]

  • Benefit to Some AND to All

    April 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    A recent story on WCHL informed us that Orange County rural residents were upset because, although they represent 40% of the county population, they would only receive 12% of services under a newly proposed Orange County Bus plan.  One commissioner agreed, saying that it is crucial that county residents receive transit services in proportion to […]

  • Just the Facts on Amendment One, Please

    April 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Washington State, Maryland. New Jersey, New Hampshire. So far this year, the bumpy road to marriage equality has played out in four states, with wins in three, and an unsurprising veto in the Garden State by Republican Governor Chris Christie. Next up, North Carolina’s voters head to the polls on May 8 to vote on […]

  • Members of the Same Community

    March 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I am a supporter of the Occupy Movement. Not least because I have spent much of my life fighting for social and economic justice, and against any form of arbitrary authority. Recently, I have become unhappy with some of the actions of the group calling itself Carrboro Commune, because I have felt that, although they […]

  • Chapel Hill is Hemorrhaging Tax Dollars

    March 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    It’s official! Walmart is coming to town! Well, not our town, but Chatham County, just over the line. And to the victor go all the spoils. Walmart has announced it will build a huge 148,500 square foot store on the 15-501 commercial corridor near Smith Level Road and hire 300 employees. Walmart cash registers will […]

  • Sad Update to the Glen Lennox Saga

    March 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Four years ago, in the Ides of March, those of us living in or around the Glen Lennox Apartments were shocked and awed as Grubb Properties presented plans to destroy most of the apartments and trees, build many big-story buildings, tunnel one of the streets and place a large grocery store across the street from […]