By The Commentators
  • Is 1984 Coming?

    January 20, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    A major threat to your privacy is looming, and it could signal the beginning of a national ID system. Later this year, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will undertake the massive job of scanning and archiving personal documents showing proof of age, identity and address. These documents would include birth certificate, Social Security […]

  • Do we need the Pat McCrory Bond Referendum?

    January 15, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Am I the only one feeling we are getting the short end of the stick during the short session of the General Assembly? I have a few questions on the bond referendum Pat McCrory has requested to be placed on the March 15 primary ballot. Is this as an effort to improve his image before […]

  • The Inconvenient Truth about Chapel Hill’s High Housing Costs

    January 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Paul Krugman—the Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman—recently wrote an article spotlighting how local zoning laws that hamper building enough homes to meet demand directly cause housing costs to skyrocket in growing cities. Of course, you don’t need a Nobel-prize in economics to understand that when demand goes up faster than supply, prices will go […]

  • American Legion Questions

    January 8, 2016 at 6:11 am

    It has recently become public that the American Legion has decided to sell their property, one of the last, large parcels of undeveloped land in the town. They have every right to do so. The Town of Chapel Hill had signed an agreement in 2005 that the town would have the right of first refusal […]

  • Big Business vs. Small Business

    January 7, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Most of us would say that we believe in buying local.  It’s like saying we believe in hot dogs, apple pie, and the Fourth of July. But, do we put our money where our mouth is? Let’s face it, there are certain goods and merchandise that simply cannot be bought locally and reasonable prices.  Because […]

  • Happy Holidays From Ellie Kinnaird

    January 4, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    “This is Ellie Kinnaird. I always enjoy Alan Culton’s commentary. Most WCHL commentaries are just preaching to the choir. For the most part our community shares the same goals, values, gripes and aside from arguments about development we sing off the same page, but not Alan. He is not afraid to take on the liberals […]

  • Margaret Spellings: Embodiment of Corporatization of Higher Education

    December 16, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I want to talk with you about UNC. I’ve been on the faculty of the geography department for 21 years. I love UNC. A few days ago, police removed me from the UNC Board of Governors meeting. I was in good company – faculty from Appalachian State and East Carolina University were also ejected. A […]

  • The climate crisis won’t wait for world leaders

    December 17, 2015 at 5:47 am

    The Paris climate talks led to what could be a step toward stabilizing the global climate crisis – if real action follows. Now, what’s needed is a more vocal U.S. public to offset the clout of corporations holding on to the fossil fueled past. North Carolina is crucial – as home to the nation’s largest […]

  • Disheartened by David Price, Gun Control, and Syrian Refugees

    December 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    It is disheartening to hear our Congressman “For Life” David Price preach to us about gun control, about accepting Syrian refugees, and about the futility of prayer. To add insult to injury, our new Attorney General Loretta Lynch warns us to watch what we say or else. Excuse me, just a minute, can we wait […]

  • How Chapel Hill’s New Town Council Can Prove It’s Listening to the People

    December 8, 2015 at 10:18 am

    With Chapel Hill’s newly elected mayor and town council members now in office, remember how several challenger candidates back during this fall’s election claimed that the former mayor and council members weren’t listening to the people? In contrast, some folks felt that those candidates simply failed to comprehend the difference between being heard and getting […]