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  • 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 […]

  • Letter to the Editor

    January 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    At the Chapel Hill celebration honoring Dr. King Monday, a variety of speakers were invited to participate in the the town remembrance. This included Orange County Democratic Party Chairman, Matt Hughes, who used the opportunity honoring Dr. King to publicly attack Republicans, describing them as “drunk with power” and their policies “unjust” and “evil.” Both […]

  • Light rail for chapel hill is still a long way off

    January 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    The long awaited $1.4 Billion light rail transit line project that will span Chapel Hill and Durham is finally getting underway. But it could be another decade before the first rail is laid. That’s what came out of the first standing room only public hearing with officials of Orange and Durham Counties on the proposed […]

  • An Open Letter to the Town Council

    January 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Re: About last night’s Council meeting, and my statement from last night, (Monday January 9) regarding the Yates incident. At the bottom of this message is the text from my statement last night, with a few additional lines I had omitted to save time. I encourage you to read this whole message, as I and […]

  • CH Police Deserve Praise Not Criticism

    December 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Groups that promote guns to children as a way to deal with problems with authority should be considered potentially very dangerous and treated with extreme caution.  I am disappointed that the Carrboro Aldermen apparently disagree.   Approximately two years ago, I was walking on Main Street in front of the then Kentucky Fried Chicken.  On […]

  • Help Toy Chest Program Serve Others

    November 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    For the past, five years, I have been involved in the Orange County Department of Social Service’s Toy Chest. The program, a part of the department’s annual Holiday Program, provides toys, food and clothing to thousands of Orange County children who might not otherwise have a holiday. Each year, parents line up hours before the […]

  • My two cents on the quarter-cent

    November 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm

     About twenty-five years ago, I was a young girl attending Carrboro Elementary and listened to my dad record a PSA in support of funding for our schools on this radio station. I never would have guessed that twenty-five years later, I would be doing something similar. However, I want to tell you about an opportunity […]