By The Commentators
  • Keeping Chapel Hill Leafy and Livable

    October 21, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    The upcoming election is a critical one for Chapel Hill.  Our mayor and town council seem to have forgotten that they were elected to represent their constituents. Over the past 50 years, the population of Chapel Hill has tripled, yet it remains in many respects a quintessential college town.  The growth the town has experienced, […]

  • Not enough parking spaces, and why didn’t the Town Council listen?

    October 7, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Today’s Commentator is Ken Larsen FBC or Form Based Code is a tool that Chapel Hill leaders have adopted to expedite the development approval process.  I’m all for expediting that process, but in their haste to approve FBC, serious errors were made.  One lies with parking.  They introduced a formula that lowballs the number of […]

  • What Gets Your Attention When It Comes to Our Schools?

    September 25, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    This is Sharon Kebschull Barrett of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro PTA Council. What gets your attention when it comes to our schools? This year, voters face important choices, with eight people running for four seats on the school board. The PTA Council, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, and the Special Needs Advisory Council, along with WCHL, are […]

  • Why Chapel Hill should NOT get back on track

    September 23, 2015 at 10:54 am

    By Matt Bailey As local election season heats up in Chapel Hill, you’re bound to hear some candidates talk about how things used to be wonderful back in the old days, but that we’ve gotten off track in recent years.  So, what track was Chapel Hill on during these halcyon days that these candidates are […]

  • It’s Just Brain Trauma

    September 17, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    By Lew Margolis A student accompanied me to a recent football game at Kenan stadium to encourage conversations about concussions and football.  Holding signs asking, “how much brain damage from football is o.k.?” we invited comments and questions from fans flowing into the game. Our encounter with one young man expresses and reflects the ethical problem […]

  • Changes

    September 9, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    By Julie McClintock We go about our lives not noticing when big changes are afoot. Most people are busy with a demanding job or just getting their kids ready for school. Now changes are too big not to notice. Near Whole Foods across from the Credit Union , I miss the graceful willow oaks lining […]

  • Who Win$ in Teaching in NC?

    September 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    By Ryan Ellefsen, Director of Bands and Orchestras, East Chapel Hill High School I have to admit that I wasn’t as excited to start this school year as much as I had been for all the others. That feeling has been gnawing away at me since the beginning of August…Have I lost “it”? Did the […]

  • Single Family – Raleigh Mann

    August 24, 2015 at 11:55 am

    The legal definition of a single family home is “a residence housing one family or household or one that is designed for one family only.” Betsy and I have lived in one of these for 38 years, in a nice Chapel Hill neighborhood filled with single-family homes. But Chapel Hill town leaders apparently define “single […]

  • How Far Have We Really Come?

    July 29, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    By Barbara Foushee: I celebrated the Fourth of July by participating in the community reading of Frederick Douglass’ “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”; the speech was given in Rochester, NY, on July 5, 1852 at the height of North American slavery. We must thank Mr. James Williams, Public Defender for Orange and […]

  • Earth to Art Chansky: It Wasn’t About the Women

    July 21, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Editor’s note: Art Chansky’s Sports Notebook on July 14th was about UNC Coach Sylvia Hatchell. Chansky followed with a longer Art’s Angle on the subject of Coach Hatchell on July 15th. The commentary below is from Mary Willingham and Jay Smith of, and was published to their blog on July 16th, but only in response to […]