By The Commentators
  • Help Toy Chest Program Serve Others

    November 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    For the past, five years, I have been involved in the Orange County Department of Social Service’s Toy Chest. The program, a part of the department’s annual Holiday Program, provides toys, food and clothing to thousands of Orange County children who might not otherwise have a holiday. Each year, parents line up hours before the […]

  • My two cents on the quarter-cent

    November 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm

     About twenty-five years ago, I was a young girl attending Carrboro Elementary and listened to my dad record a PSA in support of funding for our schools on this radio station. I never would have guessed that twenty-five years later, I would be doing something similar. However, I want to tell you about an opportunity […]

  • To The Editor: Candidate withdraws from CHCCS Board of Education race

    October 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    All concerned parties, As of October 19, 2011 I have officially withdrawn my candidacy for one of the seats on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education. This message has been or will be sent to all of the Board of Education candidates including the current chair of the CHCCS Board of Education, Ms. […]

  • To the Editor: Donna Bell for Council

    October 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    To the Editor: When deciding for whom to vote for local elected office, we look for brains and the guts to use them. Donna Bell has demonstrated on the Chapel Hill Town Council that she considers each issue in front of the council carefully, asks the right questions to fully understand the issue, and votes […]

  • To The Editor: James Barrett School Board

    October 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    As I’ve gotten to know James Barrett and where he stands on the issues facing Chapel HIll-Carrboro schools, several things stand out. I know of his background working with Justice United on their education agenda. I know that he wants to create a better system for all of our students by focusing on metrics to […]

  • The 1/4 Cent Sales Tax

    September 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    When Orange County created its Economic Development Districts in the early 1990’s, the purpose was to designate non-residential zones that would serve “for the next fifty years.” The districts were created along interstate highways to benefit from obvious transportation advantages. Orange County, with its support for quality education and environmental awareness, provides a great place […]

  • God Save us from the Biblical Marriage Ideal

    September 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Gay marriage a deviation from the biblical ideal? Really? Read the Bible. The biblical ideal of marriage is one man, lots of wives, concubines, bride prices and arranged marriages. Is this what we are defending? If our society’s ideas of marriage have changed, why are some so intent on returning to the past? The past […]

  • It's Not Obdurate Stupidity (Response to "Common Science")

    September 12, 2011 at 2:56 am

    This T.W.O. Cents Column is in response to“It’s a Theory That’s Out There” – from Common Science, by Jeff Danner. You ask what people, and especially politicians, mean when they say “no” to science, and particularly evolution. I believe it is because people compartmentalize their understanding. Science is perceived to be the first step toward engineering, […]

  • True Community in a Transient Town

    September 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Though I’ve been in the Chapel Hill area for over 25 years, I only began getting involved in the community a few years ago when I attended “Leadership Chapel Hill” through the Chamber of Commerce. I thoroughly enjoyed that class, learned a ton, and met lots of wonderful people. From there I plugged into the […]

  • "I Applaud Chancellor Thorp"

    August 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    There are a lot of us folks who applaud the Chancellor for putting institution above any sport. I am a season ticket holder and a twenty-five year Ram but I do not want to see Carolina become a football factory. Our b-ball program makes it clear that excellence and graduating the kids can go together. […]