By The Commentators
  • Failed UNC Leadership and the ANOA

    August 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

    The UNC response to the amended notice of allegations by the NCAA is, sadly, a missed opportunity to demonstrate leadership against the corrupt quagmire of Big Time intercollegiate sports. In announcing the release of its response, the university unconvincingly and patronizingly claimed that “the question is whether the matters raised by the allegations meet the […]

  • NC GOP Should Pay $500,000 Bill for HB2

    August 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I would like to make a modest proposal. Governor McCrory and his GOP cronies want to stiff taxpayers a half million dollars in legal expenses to defend the unconstitutional,  HB2 “bathroom bill” in federal court.  I say let the Republican Party pay for it– not the North Carolina taxpayers. The GOP Assembly surreptitiously passed a […]

  • Chapel Hill’s ‘Good Old Days’ Were Not That Good

    August 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Originally published on September 23, 2015 As election season heats up in Chapel Hill, you’re bound to hear some candidates talk about how things used to be wonderful back in the old days, but that we’ve gotten off track in recent years.  So, what track was Chapel Hill on during these halcyon days that these […]

  • Name it Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Only

    August 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Last fall, I had the opportunity to be a part of a historical naming of Town Council member Bill Thorpe to the Peace and Justice Plaza to be forever remembered for his beloved service to this town. I was inspired by something mentioned there by Al McSurely that day.  It is time for the bifurcated […]

  • A Plea to Widen NC 54

    August 9, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Growing up in Chapel hill as the son of Dr. Ron Hyatt in the 1970’s and 1980’s, i learned to love the University of North Carolina, and to loathe NC highway 54. It was a slow, curvy, crowded two-lane road to and from Durham then. Now it’s 2016, and NC 54 is still largely a slow, curvy, crowded, two-lane […]

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    The Birthday Gift

    August 9, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Editor’s Note:  This piece was submitted to Chapelboro.  The author wishes to remain anonymous.   Three days after my birthday I lost a dear friend. Not by tragedy, but by choice. Her choice. It hurt tremendously, but because she is someone I admire and whose opinion I trust, I decided to take a deeper look […]

  • Encourage More Women to Run for Political Office

    August 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Two weeks ago, I spent time in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention where the party nominated the first ever woman to lead this country. It only took us 228 years to realize that a woman can lead our country.  Women didn’t win the right the vote until the ratification of the 19th amendment in […]

  • It’s Time for Better Leadership in North Carolina

    August 5, 2016 at 11:30 am

    When the General Assembly adjourned on July 1, I hoped that were done damaging the state for the year.  But, sometimes the fallout lingers long after a disaster. Since we finished this year’s legislative session, there’s been nonstop news about the harm done to North Carolina in the last few years of Republican legislative action. […]

  • As Climate Tipping Point Nears, Duke Energy Lags Behind Other Utilities on Renewables

    August 4, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Global temperatures in 2016 are near the tipping point that could cause global warming to surge forward under its own momentum. The heating is happening much faster than scientists expected even a year ago. It’s partly due to the natural gas industry’s leakage of methane, a super-potent greenhouse gas that’s now the key US driver […]

  • That Building in Carrboro is Still Just Sitting There

    August 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    I live in Carrboro and, like a lot of people around town, am concerned about the property located on the corner of North Greensboro and West Weaver Streets. This abandoned piece of prime property in downtown Carrboro was purchased by CVS several years ago.  How that happened is beyond me, but it did. Shortly thereafter […]