By The Commentators
  • 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 […]

  • Millennials Need to Get Involved in Politics

    September 1, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Originally published on May 21, 2015 A recent Harvard poll of 18 to 29 year olds, folks who are classified as millennials, showed that many within my generation do not want to run for political office or engage in politics. And that’s dismaying. Unfortunately, many within my generation are turned off from politics and to […]

  • Support Our Local Businesses

    August 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Originally Published on March 21, 2016 Our local independent businesses are the backbone of our economy.  They provide the majority of business jobs while accounting for the biggest share of sales in the county. Additionally, they help to bind our communities together.  Locally owned businesses retain their profits in the community and are more likely […]

  • Kill ‘Em With Kindness

    August 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Originally published on January 29, 2016.   So, you tired of political rhetoric from liberals wanting more, conservatives wanting you out, and independents simply wanting to be heard? You frustrated by the demagoguery, fear mongering and race bating, not only from presidential candidates, but from so called journalists who desire ratings boosts and social media likes […]

  • Abandoned Shopping Carts: Signs of Urban Decay

    August 29, 2016 at 11:30 am

    When Sylvan Goldman owner of the Humpty Dumpty Supermarket Chain, invented the shopping cart back in 1937, he never could have imagined it would become the shopper’s best friend. Nor could he have foreseen shopping carts becoming eyesores and littering  neighborhoods, streets and highways. Maybe you haven’t noticed but here in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, […]

  • Be Especially Careful in Public Parking Lots

    August 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Recently, a friend of mine broke her leg as she was carrying groceries to her car in a Chapel Hill supermarket parking lot. Friends say that she was in what we would normally consider a safe place, a pedestrian crosswalk marked with those diagonal stripes when she was struck by a car. I wasn’t there. […]