By The Commentators
  • The Ephesus/Fordham Plan Is Right For Chapel Hill

    February 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    This is Kristen Smith. Chapel Hill, we have a real opportunity before us. After several years of work, the Town is looking to begin implementation of the Ephesus Church Rd./Fordham Blvd. small area plan. The plan was approved in June 2011 and was crafted with the involvement of a diverse set of stakeholders. In an […]

  • Safeguarding Our Water

    January 24, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    This is Alan Rimer, Chair of the OWASA Board of Directors. I want to take this opportunity to discuss our local water supply, which I thought timely as we have all heard about the tragedy of the contaminated water supply in Charleston, West Virginia. As many listeners know, OWASA is the Carrboro-Chapel Hill community’s publicly-owned, […]

  • Keep Chapel Hill – Carrboro Schools Great

    January 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    This is Brian Thornburg. I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy life in Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and North Carolina, even though I wasn’t born and raised here. We moved our family here in 2006 from Chicago, in search of a better lifestyle, better weather, good people, and, most important, great public schools for […]

  • Death Threats and the University

    January 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    This is Lew Margolis. I hope that anyone connected with UNC in any way — faculty, students, staff, administrators, fans of its athletics teams — will agree, without hesitation, that death threats have no place in the university. And yet, shockingly, that is exactly what Mary Willingham, a learning specialist at UNC, has experienced. Why? […]

  • Students Win Big With Environmental Project

    January 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Ellie Kinnaird. One of the joys I had as a legislator was learning about the accomplishments of students in our schools. Last year, I was invited to the demonstration of a project that four bright Phillips Middle School students entered into the Seimens national environmental contest – and won. They had read about […]

  • Millions More for Coliseums

    January 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Lew Margolis. So now we have learned that officials at UNC are engaged in serious discussions about major renovations to the Smith Center or even the construction of a new arena. Before the cranes are erected and the concrete starts pouring, the UNC community should ponder several questions. First, what is the justification […]

  • Big Time Sports: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

    December 11, 2013 at 6:00 am

    This is Lew Margolis. Since 1989, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics has worked to ensure that athletic programs operate within the educational mission of their colleges and universities. Following the lead of our late, beloved William Friday, a founding co-chair of the Commission, all who care about the growing harms to the mission of […]

  • Clean, Affordable Power Advances as Duke Energy Struggles

    November 1, 2013 at 6:00 am

    This is Jim Warren. Long-predicted and hopeful changes are quickly occurring in the electric power industry – even as scientists and bizarre weather remind us that dramatic action is needed to avert irreversible climate and economic chaos. Duke Energy – based in Charlotte and serving Orange County – is now the world’s largest electric utility. […]

  • Talking about Brain Damage at a Thursday Night Football Game

    October 30, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    This is Lew Margolis. The Thursday night football game in Chapel Hill may seem like ancient history, but as a teacher of public health and as one unsettled by the risks of brain trauma inherent in the game of football, my own experience continues to reverberate. For the game, I hand-lettered a sign asking, “How […]

  • Be A Friend

    October 15, 2013 at 6:00 am

    This is Nerys Levy and I am a member of the Friends of the Carrboro Branch Library. Recently the local storage facility where we have been keeping our used books was sold. As a result we have been kicked out of the place where we store our more than 2500 used books. For years many […]