By The Commentators
  • You Can Help With Orange County’s Literacy Problem

    September 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I’m on the board of the Orange County Literacy Council.  Essential in our modern society is the ability to read, write, and communicate electronically.  In Orange County, there are over 15,000 adults who can’t read or write. Illiteracy is a social disability.  It’s often not the fault of those who fall into this category.  It’s […]

  • The Importance of the Mountains to Sea Trail

    September 15, 2016 at 11:30 am

    In August, the board of the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) voted to allow the Mountains to Sea Trail to be built along its Cane Creek Reservoir. As part of that decision, OWASA outlined conditions to guide planning and construction of the trail so that it protects water quality, minimizes risk, and respects the privacy […]

  • What I Hate About Poor Customer Service

    September 14, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    You know how when you are really busy and you have to call some company?  Then, the phone connects you and you get this message, “We are experiencing a higher volume of calls than normal.  Your call is very important to us.  Blah, blah, blah, blah.” If the call is so important to them, you […]

  • Renew Our Commitment to Public Schools on Election Day

    September 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    As the school year gets underway, the energy and enthusiasm building within each and every one of the neighborhood public schools in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is proof positive that students win when parents, educators, and community members and leaders come to together. Unfortunately, the vast improvements we have made and the promise that our […]

  • Sitting with Kaepernick and What Life is Really About

    September 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I’m a fan of the Green Bay Packers and generally have not favored the San Francisco 49ers, but a short while ago the 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to keep his seat when the United States national anthem was played at NFL games. Well, well, well. His coach defended his right to choose to sit. […]

  • Vote For Folks Who Really Support Education and Educators

    September 9, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I don’t know about you, but I think education is one of the most important things a community can provide to its people.  I’ve got children who are in school here, and I’m betting you do too, or know neighbors who do.  And I’ve worked in schools most of my life and I’ve seen how […]

  • Don’t Misuse Handicapped Spaces

    September 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Let there be no question.  This guy was in a hurry. He whipped into the parking place nearest the entrance of Harris Teeter, jumped out of his luxury SUV, flung the driver’s door shut, and strode majestically into the store. He had parked in a space reserved for handicapped drivers.  It was well marked with […]

  • ‘Performance Based Funding’ and why it Matters

    September 7, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Have you heard of PBF? Not PB-R but PB-F as in Frank. It stands for Performance Based Funding and it’s used to measure institutions of higher education. The idea is to reward efficient campuses and punish others. Proponents claim PBF 2.0 is innovative and 3.0 is just over the horizon. Do we need such complex […]

  • The Supremes Untie Our Election Day

    September 6, 2016 at 11:30 am

    The Supremes have untied our election day by a tie vote.  How about the Supremes? They untied as follows: No more required IDs No more elimination of same-day registration Allowed another week of early voting They tied, agreeing with the Fourth District Court.  a few days ago, there were many of us Moral Movement activists within the […]

  • Bicyclists and Drivers Must Share the Road

    September 2, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I stopped short as I was about to pull out of a driveway on Martin Luther King Blvd the other day just as a bicycle zoomed past.  Whenever the subject comes up lately, it feels a lot like our politics. People take sides, dig in, and snarl at each other.  It’s as if bike riders […]