By The Commentators
  • Vote For Polticians Who Want People to Vote

    April 20, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I don’t know about you, but I am always losing things.  My car keys, my phone, the TV remote.  It always feels great to find these things again.  I try to set up my house and habits so I don’t lose things again. But, all of us have lost something precious and that’s the […]

  • Legislators Should Meet Those Affected by HB2

    April 19, 2016 at 10:05 am

    On Sunday, April 10 close to 600 Orange County residents attended the national award winning 19th Annual Community Dinner in Carrboro celebrating our community’s cultural diversity through food and entertainment. The ongoing support for this annual event bears testimony to the fact that so many of our local residents think that our diversity is worth […]

  • Suggestions for Charles Blackwood

    April 18, 2016 at 10:57 am

    The Chapel Hill News on April 4, 2016 featured a thoughtful front page and beyond on Sheriff Charles Blackwood. If you missed it, check it out.  It’s by Tammy Grubb. Also, go to the Southern Coalition for Social Justice for these 11 bias-free suggestions developed last year. Identify and change existing policies that result in […]

  • Step Up and Volunteer For Chapel Hill

    April 15, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Volunteering in Chapel Hill.  How many times have you griped about some situation in the town of Chapel Hill?  How many times have you thought about volunteering on one of the 17 standing advisory boards in Chapel Hill? These two questions go hand in hand.  Currently, there are 17 advisory boards with 175 positions which […]

  • Why Are You Drinking Raw Milk?

    April 14, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I’d like to ask you a question.  I am completely baffled by the desire to consume raw milk.  It can potentially contain listeria as well as salmonella, e coli, and tuberculous among other things. Some advocates say raw milk is “healthier than pasteurized milk.” Okay.  Putting aside the listeria, salmonella, tuberculous thing, which is hard […]

  • It’s Time For the Governor and General Assembly to Listen

    April 13, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Wise people like to point out the benefits of listening to what others have to say. As soon as our legislators passed House Bill 2 and our governor signed it, a group of folks gathered on Franklin St to voice their disapproval.  Quickly, that few became many and the group grew into a large circle […]

  • Don’t Forget Everything the General Assembly Did Before HB2

    April 12, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    You’ve heard some of my commentaries here on WCHL about our General Assembly in Raleigh on the crazy bills that have been voted on and signed by our governor. Pat McCrory has gutted unemployment benefits by 36 percent, while giving his cabinet members, campaign donors and paid election workers an eight percent raise.  Telling us that […]

  • Preparing for our Aging Population

    April 11, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    The Carolina Population Center did a Carolina Demography post on the aging of our population.  Did you know that there are nearly 45 million individuals 65 years and older representing 14.5 percent of the population?  So says the US Census Bureau. Just over 1.4 million of us older Americans live in North Carolina comprising just […]

  • The Protest at Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day

    April 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    April 12 is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s and there will be long lines at Franklin St and Columbia. Ben & Jerry’s makes very good ice cream and has even gone vegan for us.  For the past two years, a group has been there passing out flyers to the waiting cone folk. Why? Ben […]

  • Reply to Matt Bailey

    April 7, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Recently, Matt Bailey, a fan of luxury apartments on the American Legion property asked, “Where were all these park lovers before January?” We were all around you, Matt.  Our desire for a park on the Legion property was expressed clearly in the Comprehensive Parks Plan adopted in 2013.  That same year the 2020 Comprehensive Plan […]