By The Commentators
  • Save the Belhaven Hospital

    May 16, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Sometimes we just don’t know how fortunate we really are.  If we get sick or have an accident we just go to the nearest emergency room and they pull us back from the brink of death. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/May/16/THE%20COMMENTATORS_MAY%2016th%20VICKI%20RYDER-we%20are%20lucky%20to%20have%20such%20great%20medical%20facilities%20here.mp3 But, other North Carolinians aren’t that lucky.  I’ve just returned from the town of Belhaven on our state’s […]

  • Margaret Spellings Can’t Hide Behind HB2

    May 13, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I teach geography at UNC. In one of my courses, I take students on a tour.  I focus on the long struggle for women to gain access to UNC.  Spencer Hall, on Franklin Street, is part of my tour. When it was built in 1925, the building gave female students a “place of their own.” […]

  • What Kind of Republicans are These?

    May 11, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I have to ask, “What kind of Republicans are these?” Most of the discussion about HB2 has concerned the serious civil rights violations in that law.  Attacking basic civil rights, however, perfectly masked HB2’s ALEC-driven governmental overreach attacking municipal home rule. HB2’s less publicized provisions eliminate the rights of local governments to protect citizens from […]

  • Thank You WCHL For a Fun Mother’s Day 38 Years Ago

    May 9, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I’m a longtime resident of Chapel Hill and Carrboro and of course a longtime listener of WCHL.  Here’s a sweet story about both. In the late seventies, I was a single mom with two energetic elementary school sons.  As you could imagine, they were quite a handful.  Just before Mother’s Day weekend was coming up, […]

  • The HB2 Media Frenzy is Starting to Subside

    May 6, 2016 at 10:05 am

    The local media frenzy about HB2 is finally started to subside.  At least a little bit.  Local television news has kept up a three-week long “who’s who” boycott list. First, there was Bruce Springsteen, then Ringo Starr, and then Paypal.  Oh, and the big banks.  We can’t lose the big banks.  Don’t forget those paragons […]

  • We Have Quirky Drivers in Chapel Hill

    May 4, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    If you like adventure, driving around Chapel Hill and Carrboro can be a real treat for you.  For years, drivers here ran red lights.  If you were waiting at a light and it turned green, you’d learn that you better watch and wait for the drivers on the cross-street to continue on through their red […]

  • If You Like Your Neighborhood, Thank a Developer

    May 3, 2016 at 11:25 am

    We all know who the bad guys are in our towns, don’t we? Developers. The only thing 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 homes, who destroy open space, pave roads, and bring in heavy equipment […]

  • It’s All About Divide and Conquer

    May 2, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Are North Carolina tax incentives a new profit motive? Pat McCrory has been handing out millions of taxpayer dollars to draw new businesses to North Carolina and pay his top staffers. Now, before I get bombarded with all of the GOP talking points on how we just can’t afford to tax the job creators, please […]

  • Student Loan Debt Crushes College Grads

    April 29, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Ask any UNC student what the greatest challenge facing them after graduation and they will tell you paying down the staggering mountain of debt accumulated over four years of college. Nearly half of all UNC students have incurred significant debt averaging $25,218.  North Carolina ranks 37th in student loan debt which some students racking up […]

  • Evaluate Nonprofits Before You Give

    April 28, 2016 at 11:28 am

    We live in a very generous community that contributes to many organizations that help a lot of people.  While we have a lot cheerful givers, the overall level of giving is down.  The state of the economy probably has a lot to do with it. But, there may be other reasons why some people might […]