By The Commentators
  • Making Public Health Real

    April 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    This is Colleen Bridger. Public health in North Carolina is suffering from an identity crisis. As your public health director, this concerns me. Many in the public health profession like to proclaim that public health is a “silent miracle.” The idea behind this proclamation is that when public health is working, everybody is safe and […]

  • The Real Ephesus-Fordham Issue

    April 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    This is Matt Bailey. With all the fiery debate about the Ephesus-Fordham renewal plan, you may still be wondering, “What’s the issue?” Ephesus-Fordham renewal will let property owners replace their strip malls and old buildings with the kind of building you’d find in a small downtown area, with shops and restaurants facing tree-lined sidewalks and […]

  • Questions for Experts

    April 22, 2014 at 9:26 am

    This is Lew Margolis. Many members of the university community, as well as outside commentators, have expressed puzzlement at the recently released external reviews of reading test data for some UNC students who played football and basketball. I know that many would agree that standardized test results are only one way – an admittedly imperfect […]

  • UNC Giving In To Bullies

    April 18, 2014 at 11:57 am

    This is Perry Deane Young For some time now, a few radical right wingers in Raleigh have been trying to intimidate and silence UNC Law professor Gene Nichol. A great teacher, Nichol is also a fine writer for the News and Observer. Urging an end to the “unforgivable war on poor people” in our state, […]

  • Bait & Switch 101 – The Ephesus-Fordham Plan

    April 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    This is David Schwartz Have you heard about the Town’s plan to rezone 200 acres of land around Eastgate and Ram’s Plaza? It’s called the Ephesus-Fordham plan. Perhaps you’ve heard or read about how wonderful this plan is, or maybe you’ve seen the pretty pictures of what this area of town will supposedly look like […]

  • Doubts About The Ephesus-Fordham Plan

    April 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Julie McClintock. Many folks are still in the dark about the radical Town plans to apply a new zone to Ephesus-Fordham – including Park Apartments, Ram’s Plaza, Eastgate, and Village Plaza. The Town is promoting more intense 7-story redevelopment of this existing commercial area. So why isn’t this a good idea? 1. The […]

  • Cheering The Ephesus-Fordham Plan

    April 7, 2014 at 11:03 am

    There are a lot of reasons I’m excited about the Ephesus-Fordham plan. Clearly, the roads are broken. They’re tricky for motorists, unfriendly for pedestrians, and downright dangerous for bicyclists. Clearly, the zoning is broken. It was designed for the 1970s suburban sprawl era, so property owners really can’t do much more than gussy up their aging strip malls under the current code. Clearly, the tax base is broken. With so many shopping and dining choices just across the county line, there’s probably no part of town that bleeds more sales tax than the Ephesus-Fordham area.

  • Keep Our Drinking Water Clean

    March 31, 2014 at 11:06 am

    This is Brian Thornburg. I don’t know about you, but I REALLY take water for granted. OWASA does such a good job keeping our water clean and flowing, I rarely think about how that water gets to my family’s tap when I turn the faucet. The truth is, most of our water comes to us […]

  • Dreaming Up A Carrboro Library

    March 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Nerys Levy, and I’m a friend of the Carrboro Branch Library. Over the past 25 years our group has struggled to get a fully functioning branch of the Orange County Public Library in Carrboro. We are now delighted to announce that the Southern Branch Library is becoming a reality. Tonight, March 25 at […]

  • Focusing Your Investigation

    March 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

    This is Lew Margolis. As Attorney Kenneth Wainstein begins the latest next investigation of the impact of big-time sports on UNC, I’d like to offer two suggestions. First, refrain from using the term “student-athlete,” because this term does not clarify, it only adds confusion to the investigations and discussions that you are about to undertake. […]