By The Commentators
  • Douglass’ Dream Of Equality

    July 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

    This is Mayor Lydia Lavelle. America celebrates the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. We have parades, fireworks, and we wear our red, white, and blue. In the past, this day was also commemorated with speeches. One of these was given by the great orator, Frederick Douglass, in 1852 in Rochester, New […]

  • Chapel Hill Parking Fees Out Of Control

    July 2, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Parking, parking everywhere, and not a free space to be found anywhere.

    That seems to be the situation on the UNC campus and elsewhere in Chapel Hill as parking continues to become more problematic.

  • Stateside Drive Needs A Traffic Light!

    June 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    This is Raleigh Mann. Last week, the Chapel Hill Planning Board unanimously approved the rezoning request of some folks who want to convert the house next door to us into a place where Muslims may gather for prayer. Betsy and I wanted to be at this meeting to support this project, which we see as […]

  • Developers And Other Bad Guys

    June 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Ellie Kinnaird. We all know who the bad guys are in our towns are, don’t we?  Developers. The only things more evil are big box stores. By the way, where did you shop last week? Developers, those folks who cut down the trees next to our beautiful home. Who destroy open space and pave roads […]

  • For Affordable Housing, Build More Homes

    June 19, 2014 at 11:57 am

    This is Matt Bailey. Recently, a grass-roots effort came together to make sure affordable housing is a priority for the town of Chapel Hill. The town responded, devoting $689,000 of next year’s budget and land on Legion Road worth $2 million to affordable housing. Our affordable housing problem goes far beyond helping those of our […]

  • Development The Right Way

    June 16, 2014 at 8:55 am

    This is David Schwartz. Last week, this radio station aired an interview with Chapel Hill resident Roger Perry in which Mr. Perry discussed the town’s fiscal challenges and suggested ways to remedy them. It is no surprise that Mr. Perry, who makes his living building real estate, believes that we should—guess what?— build more real […]

  • Act Locally To Keep Our Teachers Local

    May 28, 2014 at 11:44 am

    This is Matt Bailey. One of the wonderful things about being a part of the Chapel Hill – Carrboro community is that you don’t have to convince people of the value of education. So I’m pretty sure I don’t have to sell you on the importance of fully funding our schools, including giving our teachers […]

  • Commemorating Memorial Day

    May 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Fred Black. Federal law establishes Memorial Day on the last Monday in May, and it is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of our country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Many communities have activities and programs […]

  • War: What Is It Good For?

    May 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Wes Hare. Again, I sing: “War, what is it good for? Good God, y’all. Listen to me…What is it good for? Absolutely nuttin’!” Here we are again… Memorial Day. Can you imagine a world without war? There will be memorials across the US of A, and we, The Orange County Peace Coalition, have […]

  • Ephesus-Fordham: We Can Do Better

    May 7, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    This is David Schwartz. Now that the citizens of Chapel Hill have woken up to the fact that the Ephesus-Fordham redevelopment plan is a sham, the proponents are trying a new sales pitch. Now they tell us we need to approve the plan so that we can go shopping in Chapel Hill instead of having […]

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