By The Commentators
  • The Price Of Development

    December 19, 2014 at 9:04 am

    In 20 years of living in South Florida, I was able to witness what overdevelopment does to a community. I saw miles of beautiful beachfront turn into a canyon of high-rise buildings blocking the sun. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Everglades, row upon row of concrete driveways and backyard swimming pools replaced palm trees and open space. And when the space ran out, mountains of sand were dumped to create more land, so we could build farther out into the Everglades.

  • What Should We Be Growing in Kenan Stadium?

    December 10, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Recently, ESPN published a heartwarming and extraordinary story about Paul Quinn College. The tiny school, with an enrollment of about 220, serves primarily African-American and Hispanic students in Dallas, Texas. About 5 years ago, the college’s president, Michael Sorrell, encouraged the creation of an organic farm on campus. He was motivated by two factors. The college is located in a 95% minority, low income neighborhood, officially designated a “food desert”, because there is no convenient access to fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods. Second, he had personally experienced the consequences of working in a food desert by gaining a lot of weight from eating at the fast food restaurants and convenience stores that were accessible to the college.

  • Don’t Model Chapel Hill Revitalization On Other Cities

    December 5, 2014 at 9:49 am

    As you drive or stroll along Franklin and Rosemary streets and crane your neck to view the upper stories of the high-rise buildings that seem to have been transplanted here from Charlotte or Atlanta, you may wonder, why are we doing this?

  • A Big Step Forward For UNC

    November 24, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    This is Raleigh Mann. I confess it: I’m a big fan of Carolina sports. Right now, I am very excited as basketball season gets under way. When I was teaching, some student athletes found their way to my courses. They had to work, and the grading was tough. I was impressed by how many of […]

  • Mary Willingham Deserves An Apology

    November 6, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Well, it’s finally out there – the whole dirty story for the entire world to see.

  • Y Gets A Facelift

    October 23, 2014 at 9:09 am

    This is Raleigh Mann. In the 36 years the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Y has occupied a building on MLK Boulevard south of Estes Drive, it has grown to serve more than 7 thousand active members. That’s a thousand more than the entire population of Hillsborough. Every day, 465 members now use the building to stretch, lift, […]

  • Welcome To The Growth Machine

    October 20, 2014 at 11:46 am

    A local realtor writes yet another editorial calling on us to make it easier for new real estate projects to get approved. A Town Council member returns from a trip sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and encourages us to build more meeting spaces. The Town Manager recommends that the taxpayers subsidize road construction for a large new apartment building on Elliot Road. A local real estate developer asserts that adding 1000 new residents to the Town’s population at Obey Creek will not cause our taxes to increase, when it almost certainly will. What’s going on here?

  • Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Big-Time College Football

    October 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Domestic violence and child abuse have stunningly supplanted betting lines, rushing statistics, and Monday morning quarterbacking for the National Football League. The league’s commissioner recently announced that the NFL would revise its personal conduct policies and provide resources for community domestic violence prevention and treatment. America’s sport, which apparently has tolerated such abhorrent behavior for years, seems to be making an effort to shine a light on the problem of domestic violence, a problem where light is an important antidote to the secrecy, shame, and ignorance that allow this violence to flourish.

  • School Boards And Football

    October 2, 2014 at 5:00 am

    This is Lew Margolis. The drumbeat of chilling evidence of brain damage associated with football continues to quicken. The National Football League recently reported that nearly a third of former players develop long-term cognitive problems. These NFL players are a small subset of the over 1 million high school football players, boys who are subjected […]

  • Guns – Again

    September 30, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Unbelievable! Buried in the middle of the paper, in a catch-all section called “Other News,” was the headline: “Grandfather kills 6 children, mother of children, and self.” Folks, this is a major slaughter, and nobody cares? The National Rifle Association has so conned us into thinking that guns are the American Way, patriotic and God-fearing, that we don’t even pay attention when a family implodes because of the easy accessibility of guns?