By The Commentators
  • Chapel Hill 2020 Just Might Be Truly Democratic

    May 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I am suspicious of towns that claim to be “truly democratic.” In my experience that means that the influential people get to negotiate how they’ll use everyone’s resources. Sure, there is “input” from the public, but it seldom changes the discussion, much less the outcome. Chapel Hill 2020 has helped me become a little less […]

  • Bad For Business

    May 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Today, North Carolinians go to the polls to vote in a primary election.  You may never have voted in a primary before, or maybe never voted in any election, or maybe you don’t claim any political party.  But  today all North Carolinians need to go to the polls – Democrat, Republican, and unaffiliated – and […]

  • Everything Changes Next Week…Unless We Stop Amendment One

    May 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I’m a Chapel Hill resident, and I’ve got something to say.   Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, and a number of other towns around the state offer domestic partnerships.  That ends next week.   Unmarried heterosexual couples, and their children, enjoy certain rights in North Carolina.  That ends next week.   Unmarried victims of domestic violence […]

  • 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 […]

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