By The Commentators
  • Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Big-Time College Football

    October 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Domestic violence and child abuse have stunningly supplanted betting lines, rushing statistics, and Monday morning quarterbacking for the National Football League. The league’s commissioner recently announced that the NFL would revise its personal conduct policies and provide resources for community domestic violence prevention and treatment. America’s sport, which apparently has tolerated such abhorrent behavior for years, seems to be making an effort to shine a light on the problem of domestic violence, a problem where light is an important antidote to the secrecy, shame, and ignorance that allow this violence to flourish.

  • School Boards And Football

    October 2, 2014 at 5:00 am

    This is Lew Margolis. The drumbeat of chilling evidence of brain damage associated with football continues to quicken. The National Football League recently reported that nearly a third of former players develop long-term cognitive problems. These NFL players are a small subset of the over 1 million high school football players, boys who are subjected […]

  • Guns – Again

    September 30, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Unbelievable! Buried in the middle of the paper, in a catch-all section called “Other News,” was the headline: “Grandfather kills 6 children, mother of children, and self.” Folks, this is a major slaughter, and nobody cares? The National Rifle Association has so conned us into thinking that guns are the American Way, patriotic and God-fearing, that we don’t even pay attention when a family implodes because of the easy accessibility of guns?

  • Too Much Power For Stancil?

    September 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    We who have called Chapel Hill our home for a long time remember the flap over the size of North Carolina National Bank. NCNB, as it was known, liked to be thought of as a friendly, small town kind of place. “We want to be the best bank in the neighborhood,” its commercials said.

  • The Right Management For Chapel Hill

    September 19, 2014 at 11:36 am

    This is David Schwartz. The Chapel Hill Town Council recently asked Town Manager Roger Stancil to explain several instances of apparent mismanagement of the town’s finances. The alleged instances included substantial cost overruns for consultants and failure to set aside money to fund the Town’s $56 million retiree benefits liability. In his explanation, Stancil passed […]

  • Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Football Players

    September 12, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    With apologies to Willie Nelson, “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be football players.” Given the growing evidence of the long-term harm of concussions, all the adults involved in the game of football—coaches, parents, boards of education, trainers, and doctors—should halt this experiment in brain damage. Motivated by the National Football League’s concern about maintaining its workforce and its fan base, it has pumped millions upon millions of dollars into research on head trauma and football, not to mention the nearly $1 billion fund to care for former

  • A Community House For The Whole Community

    September 2, 2014 at 9:43 am

    This is Raleigh Mann. Well, there goes the neighborhood. That has been the concern of the people who are uncomfortable with the thought of homeless men living near them. Yes, I’m talking about the Inter-Faith Council’s new Community House for homeless men that is about to be built on Martin Luther King Boulevard just north […]

  • Hotel Distractions

    August 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    This is Lew Margolis. The challenges posed by big-time sports for UNC continue apace, as if on a schedule like weekly football games or daily practices. Four players have just been suspended for one game after an altercation—an assault, a hazing incident, we don’t really know—in a local hotel at the beginning of August.  I […]

  • When is the Past Past?

    August 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    This is Lew Margolis. It is the quiet calm of summer on a college campus, but the quiet this year seems heightened by anticipation of the report by Investigator Kenneth Wainstein on the unresolved athletic scandals at UNC. Further, the NCAA, that stalwart institution of educational and athletic integrity, is re-opening its investigation of the […]

  • Changing Chapel Hill For The Better

    August 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This week, Chapel Hill hosts a conference of mayors from around the country. Our elected officials are no doubt eager to tell visitors, constituents and the media about the many wonderful things that Chapel Hill Town government is doing. And some good things have indeed been happening lately, such as the completion of the Morgan Creek trail and the downtown sidewalk improvements. in other respects, however, the town’s development efforts, including our first foray into form-based code, leave much room for improvement.

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