By The Commentators
  • Developers And Other Bad Guys

    June 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Ellie Kinnaird. We all know who the bad guys are in our towns are, don’t we?  Developers. The only things more evil are big box stores. By the way, where did you shop last week? Developers, those folks who cut down the trees next to our beautiful home. Who destroy open space and pave roads […]

  • For Affordable Housing, Build More Homes

    June 19, 2014 at 11:57 am

    This is Matt Bailey. Recently, a grass-roots effort came together to make sure affordable housing is a priority for the town of Chapel Hill. The town responded, devoting $689,000 of next year’s budget and land on Legion Road worth $2 million to affordable housing. Our affordable housing problem goes far beyond helping those of our […]

  • Development The Right Way

    June 16, 2014 at 8:55 am

    This is David Schwartz. Last week, this radio station aired an interview with Chapel Hill resident Roger Perry in which Mr. Perry discussed the town’s fiscal challenges and suggested ways to remedy them. It is no surprise that Mr. Perry, who makes his living building real estate, believes that we should—guess what?— build more real […]

  • Act Locally To Keep Our Teachers Local

    May 28, 2014 at 11:44 am

    This is Matt Bailey. One of the wonderful things about being a part of the Chapel Hill – Carrboro community is that you don’t have to convince people of the value of education. So I’m pretty sure I don’t have to sell you on the importance of fully funding our schools, including giving our teachers […]

  • Commemorating Memorial Day

    May 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Fred Black. Federal law establishes Memorial Day on the last Monday in May, and it is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of our country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Many communities have activities and programs […]

  • War: What Is It Good For?

    May 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Wes Hare. Again, I sing: “War, what is it good for? Good God, y’all. Listen to me…What is it good for? Absolutely nuttin’!” Here we are again… Memorial Day. Can you imagine a world without war? There will be memorials across the US of A, and we, The Orange County Peace Coalition, have […]

  • Ephesus-Fordham: We Can Do Better

    May 7, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    This is David Schwartz. Now that the citizens of Chapel Hill have woken up to the fact that the Ephesus-Fordham redevelopment plan is a sham, the proponents are trying a new sales pitch. Now they tell us we need to approve the plan so that we can go shopping in Chapel Hill instead of having […]

  • Grading The Ephesus-Fordham Plan

    May 5, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    This is Ken Larsen. There has been a lot of controversy about the Ephesus-Fordham plan. Some people are for it, and some people are against it. The main reason for the polarization is: If you just read Town’s vision statement or advertising, you’ll love it.  I give the Town’s staff an A+ for the hype. […]

  • Saluting Public Service

    May 2, 2014 at 9:48 am

    This is Walt Mack. Public Service Recognition Week runs from May 4th through the 10th. The purpose of Public Service Recognition Week is to honor military, federal, state, county and local government employees whose hard work has made our government the best in the world. Yet Governor McCrory, state legislators and those Republicans seeking election […]

  • Valuing Votes

    April 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    This is Brian Thornburg. I don’t know about you, but I take voting pretty seriously. No matter who you end up voting for, I think we all should take the time and make the effort to put a ballot in the box a couple times a year. It’s one of the few ways we can influence […]