By The Commentators
  • 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 […]

  • Members of the Same Community

    March 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I am a supporter of the Occupy Movement. Not least because I have spent much of my life fighting for social and economic justice, and against any form of arbitrary authority. Recently, I have become unhappy with some of the actions of the group calling itself Carrboro Commune, because I have felt that, although they […]

  • Chapel Hill is Hemorrhaging Tax Dollars

    March 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    It’s official! Walmart is coming to town! Well, not our town, but Chatham County, just over the line. And to the victor go all the spoils. Walmart has announced it will build a huge 148,500 square foot store on the 15-501 commercial corridor near Smith Level Road and hire 300 employees. Walmart cash registers will […]

  • Sad Update to the Glen Lennox Saga

    March 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Four years ago, in the Ides of March, those of us living in or around the Glen Lennox Apartments were shocked and awed as Grubb Properties presented plans to destroy most of the apartments and trees, build many big-story buildings, tunnel one of the streets and place a large grocery store across the street from […]

  • Carrboro Commune is like Donald Trump…

    March 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I am a supporter of Occupy. I am a supporter of civil disobedience. But I do not support assault, when it is physical or verbal. And I do not support trespass on private property, which I regard as violence against people and the community. Specifically, I did not support the guerrilla gardening exercise by Carrboro […]

  • More At Stake Than You Might Think

    March 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I’m calling on my fellow Orange County residents to help defeat amendment one, also known as the marriage discrimination amendment, by voting against the amendment on May 8th. You may be aware that all domestic partnerships, for both gay and straight couples alike, will be ended in places that offer them such as Chapel Hill, […]

  • Venomous Limbaugh

    March 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Cries of protest of Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s vicious attack on a Georgetown law student are echoing across the land — even touching the hallowed halls of the University of North Carolina. A petition circulating online is demanding that the University terminate broadcasting of UNC basketball and football games on a network that […]

  • Destruction of Trees

    March 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    To the Town Council: This is a photo of what once was a majestic, stately magnolia on E Rosemary St. It is now a one-sided sad specimen that lines the quiet street in one of Chapel Hill’s historic districts! I am appalled and saddened that Duke Power can be allowed to pay Asplundh to butcher […]