By The Commentators
  • Enter the Chorus Girls and a Dancing Bear

    February 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Chapel Hill Town Council’s Community Policing Advisory Committee (CPAC), at its meeting this past week, rejected the proposal of the Town Council to have a web-site gather facts about the Yates Garage incident last November. The reason? There would be no way of proving the veracity of submissions. The Town Council had already nixed CPAC’s […]

  • Yates, The Next Steps

    February 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

    So. Where are we with the aftermath of protesters being evicted from office buildings they have occupied? Clearly, the Mayor of Carrboro has proven that it’s better to send in ice cream than SERT.   The powers-that-be in Chapel Hill may be moving in much the same direction. This past week has seen a flurry […]

  • Creeks Need Your Help

    February 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Piedmont Creeks need your help! Rain water is running off roofs, roads, lawns – flowing too quickly into our creeks! Hard surfaces have replaced forest and dramatically reduced the amount of rain water that sinks into the ground to replenish our ground water.  Rapid bursts of water scour banks, degrade animal habitat, and carry sediment […]

  • Recycling, The Official Religion

    February 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    The recycling movement has finally become an official religion. Have you ever felt guilty for throwing that glass bottle into the trashcan, instead of the recycling bin? I believe the emotion of guilt should be reserved for higher level trespasses such as those of a religious or moral nature. But we’ve all felt it in […]

  • A Joke, And The Mayor Is Laughing

    February 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    The latest incarnation of the Chapel Hill Town Government’s fumbling quest to cover up the Yates incident is a joke, and may be the most politically revealing. Town Manager Roger Stancil, and presumably the Mayor and Police Chief, have come out with their newest attempt to prevent the truths of this incident from receiving credibility. […]

  • Support For An Independent Investigation of Yates Incident

    January 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Watching the inner workings of the Chapel Hill Town Government has been an education. I’ve learned how an unwarranted, dangerous SERT unit deployed at the scene of a mere misdemeanor can turn into a two-month long effort by the Mayor, certain members of the Town Council, the Town Manager, and the Police Chief to prevent […]

  • Our Community is at a Turning Point

    January 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I thought I had experienced the village in the 70’s as a student at Carolina.  Then, the old-timers corrected me, saying, “That wasn’t the village!  It was back in the 50’s.  Or the 60’s. When we were in school!” and so it goes.  We do agree on this:  the village experience of Chapel Hill has […]

  • Can a charter school do a better job?

    January 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Can a charter school do a better job of closing the achievement gap than the Chapel Hill0-Carrboro public schools? We’re about to find out. A new charter school is coming to Chapel Hill and its raising some hackles. Letters opposing the Howard and Lillian Lee Scholastic Charter school named in honor of Chapel Hill’s first […]

  • Comprehensive Plan Process Needs More Time

    January 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    We have been enthusiastic participants in the revision of Chapel Hill’s comprehensive plan since it began in September. Now as the community heads into the second half of the Chapel Hill 2020 process, we ask: Is this where we intended to be four months before the plan is complete? We haven’t yet formed a community […]

  • What will the Council do now?

    January 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    A dozen red roses to Dave Hare for the fine editorial in Sunday, January sixteen’s Chapel Hill News. Unless you are living under a rock, you have already heard about what happened on November 13… and now followed by Manager Stancil’s recent report which Mr. Hart calls disappointing. Hart notes that the police were acting […]