By The Commentators
  • How Far Have We Really Come on Race Relations?

    July 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Originally published on July 29, 2015   I celebrated the Fourth of July by participating in the community reading of Frederick Douglass’ “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”; the speech was given in Rochester, NY, on July 5, 1852 at the height of North American slavery. We must thank Mr. James Williams, Public […]

  • The Big Little Secret About the Legion Road Site

    July 7, 2016 at 10:00 am

    When Chapel Hill’s American Legion Post 6 announced they were selling their land on Legion Road to Woodfield Properties, who plans to build apartment homes and offices for young professionals on the site, the same gaggle of people who have invested decades in opposing changes to Chapel Hill’s landscape predictably rose up to protest this […]

  • What is Restorative Justice?

    July 6, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Former Senator Ellie Kinnaird is a lawyer and a legislator with long experience with restorative justice in North Carolina.  Recently, the elders at Carol Woods held a program on restorative justice. In North Carolina, restorative justice is not part of the criminal justice system except for very low level crimes in juvenile court in Wake […]

  • The Kenan Stadium Fourth of July Celebration was the Best Ever

    July 5, 2016 at 11:30 am

    It is well known that our community is filled with opinionated people and I am one of them.  But, sometimes we need to take time to express our opinion about something that we really liked.  So, in that spirit, let me say, that in my opinion, the town’s Fourth of July at Kenan Stadium was […]

  • Respect the American Flag

    July 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Pearl Harbor was bombed when I was just seven-years-old so World War II was going on through most of my childhood years.  I was too young, but several other members of my family honorably served in the military during those years. I was born and raised in Baltimore where our national anthem was written.  Maybe […]

  • The General Assembly Should Trust Local Government

    June 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    A key principle of conservatives has always been that the government closest to the people is more responsive to the needs of the people and better connected. However, lately that principle is nothing more than a hollow talking point. Our local leaders better understand the needs of our communities and craft policies which respond to […]

  • Orange County Motorists and Bicyclists Must Share the Road

    June 29, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Orange County and its towns have witnessed tragedies and more than a little controversy concerning bicycle and automobile relations. To me, this doesn’t seem like a hard issue to solve save for the fact that many of Orange County’s loveliest roads have inadequate shoulders.  That is the big point.  We, motorists and bicyclists, have to […]

  • Suffering from Survey Fatigue

    June 27, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Are you suffering from consumer survey fatigue? Well, you’re not alone.  I certainly am.  Virtually every large corporation or small business wants to know how am I am doing?  It’s called feedback and they don’t with a simple “yes or no” answer. It will only take a couple of minutes to fill out respond, you’re […]

  • We Get What We Tolerate With Guns

    June 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Will we ever get real gun control in Orange County and the United States? This week 68 House Democrats were sitting in the House of Representatives chambers.  Georgia’s long-term House member John Lewis, a leader in the sit-in, said, “we have been too quiet for too long.  There comes a time when you have to […]

  • Parks Provide Many Economic Benefits

    June 23, 2016 at 10:30 am

    How do public parks economically benefit a growing town? Let us count the ways: First, residences near high-quality, well-maintained parks increase in value relative to similar properties located farther away, with the added value typically being around 15% for the properties closest to the park. This increased home value translates into increased property tax revenue […]