By The Commentators
  • Remembering Favorite Son Doc Watson, Part 1

    June 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    When I learned of Doc Watson’s death May 29, I was saddened, but not surprised. News bulletins had earlier reported that Doc, 89, fell at his Deep Gap home a week earlier and was rushed to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, where doctors also found an abdominal blockage. I’ve had the privilege of […]

  • Recalling Incalculable Joy

    June 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    For most dedicated Tar Heel fans, thoughts of the 1957 season are never very far from our minds. Easy to recall this week with the passing of handsome Pete Brennan, the small forward on the team and one of the “Four Catholics” recruited by Frank McGuire to join Lennie Rosenbluth and give UNC a truly […]

  • Necessary Judgment, Necessary Adjustment

    June 8, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Will the third time be the charm? Can the Carrboro Board of Adjustment complete a twice-continued public hearing and make a decision Wednesday night on developer Will Stronach’s application to build a Family Dollar discount store on Alabama Avenue? This highly controversial proposal has enraged residents of this small, closely knit, predominately African American neighborhood […]

  • You Are Not Invisible

    June 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

    There has been a lot of talk in the days that have followed Chahnaz Kebaeir’s killing –some have said, “we can’t believe this happened here,” and some have said, “this can happen anywhere.” For me, though, both of those statements are inadequate.  Neither speak directly to the women in our neighborhoods for whom domestic violence […]

  • A Memorial to Life

    May 30, 2012 at 11:00 am

    This past weekend, a long-serving and hugely popular co-worker at Weaver Street Market Co-operative died suddenly. This on a weekend we had already set aside to honor those in our armed forces who gave their lives to protect us. It got me thinking about the way I truly appreciate life. So. This morning, I consciously […]

  • Let's do the math on magnet schools

    May 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Today I speak with you as an extremely disheartened FPG parent, but also as a concerned citizen. So much is in the news about budget cuts, teacher layoffs and barebones classrooms for our schools. Yet our experience to keep FPG a neighborhood school has been very different. As thoughtful board members Kelley, Streater and McElvenny […]

  • The Chapel Hill 2020 Plan Unveiled: We have seen the future…Or have we?

    May 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

    At last, the Chapel Hill 2020 Plan has been unveiled, and we have seen the future.  Or have we? Over the last year, many, many people have expended a great deal of precious time and effort in attempting to formulate a comprehensive plan to guide Chapel Hill’s future. The Chapel Hill 2020 Plan has been […]

  • Amendment One: All You Need Is Love

    May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Orange County voted against Amendment One. But it wasn’t enough. Even though a couple of weeks have passed, the pain still lingers. I know. I have friends who effectively have been told by the State of North Carolina they may not love in the way they find natural. Love should never be considered a privilege. […]

  • Frank Porter Graham School Should Be Applauded, Not Dismantled

    May 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

    My name is Carroll Scott, and I am the mom of a 2nd grader at Frank Porter Graham Elementary.  My son started the year in 1st grade, but the outstanding teachers and staff at FPG recognized that he was not being challenged and needed more.  They created a plan to slowly and comfortably transition him […]

  • Dual Language: More Than One Option

    May 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    This is Andrew Davidson and I’m a member of the School Improvement Team at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School, where I have a second grader and a rising kindergartener. The revised Dual-Language proposal put before our school board doesn’t acknowledge the alternative proposals that have been presented by fellow parents like me who support dual […]

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