By The Commentators
  • Complete Carolina?

    August 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Lew Margolis. UNC recently announced a new program—Complete Carolina–for students who were athletes, but left school without a degree. The program provides financial support, academic advising, and career counseling. I commend UNC for this effort to elevate the importance of education, reflected in a college degree, by enabling these former students to return […]

  • Duke Energy Squashing Solar Power

    July 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Are you angry at Duke Energy executives for polluting North Carolina with coal ash?

    Well, now they’re trying to kill our growing solar power industry.

    Duke Energy is already severely harming North Carolina’s large-scale solar developers.

  • An Affordable Housing Crisis

    July 25, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Last year a Virginia investment firm bought seventeen apartment complexes in Durham and Chapel Hill. The units were old, and the company is renovating them and raising the rent significantly as a result. The higher rents already have affected many middle class folks who are having a hard time paying the increased rent.

  • Lumps Of Coal From The General Assembly

    July 24, 2014 at 10:04 am

    This is Laurin Easthom. While some members of the NC General Assembly have passed around lumps of coal, surreptitiously placed Christmas wreaths in their legislative chamber, and walked out of negotiations holding their breath, a multitude of teacher’s assistants wonder if they have jobs in one month. Medicaid services, adequate access to health care for […]

  • Expand Voting Access

    July 21, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Tomorrow the Orange County Board of Elections will adopt a plan for early voting for the fall election. The Board will consider both the locations and hours for early voting. When it comes to locations, the board should keep the same voting locations used during the spring primary to maintain consistency. After considering a number of options, the plan adopted for the primary included five early voting sites, including a location in rural Orange County at Master’s Garden Preschool, and a location adjacent to UNC’s campus at North Carolina Hillel. I’ve been a strong advocate for securing a site that is accessible to the faculty, staff, and students who attend UNC, and while NC Hillel might not be the perfect site, it is accessible to pedestrians from UNC and we should maintain stability from the primary.

  • Why Orange County Needs Sunday Voting

    July 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    This is Alyssa Davis. I am a student. I am an organizer. And I am concerned. After the initial Board of Elections meeting to discuss early voting plans for Orange County, I am concerned about the Board’s process for making decisions that impact all of the citizens of Orange County. Namely Sunday voting. Currently this […]

  • The Lawmakers Are Restless

    July 17, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    This is Walt Mack. Lawmakers are growing restless in Raleigh. I’m speaking about the State Legislators who are wrangling over proposed teacher salary hikes and how to pay for them. Oddly, the dispute rages between the House and Senate chambers—both sides dominated by Republicans. In a joint session, tensions became so heated that the House […]

  • Give The People A Voice On Ephesus-Fordham

    July 15, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This is Raleigh Mann. Lots of people have already expressed their opinions on the proposed redevelopment of what we have come to call the Ephesus-Fordham area. It’s an ambitious plan for 123 in-town acres, encompassing 60 local businesses, a plan that could bring big box stores within our town borders and the tax revenue that […]

  • Douglass’ Dream Of Equality

    July 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

    This is Mayor Lydia Lavelle. America celebrates the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. We have parades, fireworks, and we wear our red, white, and blue. In the past, this day was also commemorated with speeches. One of these was given by the great orator, Frederick Douglass, in 1852 in Rochester, New […]

  • Chapel Hill Parking Fees Out Of Control

    July 2, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Parking, parking everywhere, and not a free space to be found anywhere.

    That seems to be the situation on the UNC campus and elsewhere in Chapel Hill as parking continues to become more problematic.