By The Commentators
  • Adults Are Responsible for Impact of Youth Football

    July 20, 2016 at 11:30 am

    As the high school and youth football seasons begin, players will be colliding at the line of scrimmage and tackling with forces that are literally brain scrambling and bone rattling. Given the growing evidence of the long-term harm of concussions, all of the adults involved in the game, coaches, parents, boards of education, trainers, and […]

  • Why Conservatives are Frustrated with Government

    July 19, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I wanted to give an illustration of why sometimes conservatives can be so frustrated about the way that government works or doesn’t work. So, about a year ago, a little more than a year ago, the Fish and Wildlife Service, a federal agency launched what it called Operation Pow Wow.  It was to investigate American […]

  • Backroom Dealing in Duke Energy – PNG Merger

    July 18, 2016 at 11:30 am

    State regulators have cut another backroom deal with Duke Energy – in the $6 billion merger with Piedmont Natural Gas. The July 18th hearing will allow statements from the public and parties to the case. But – as in past rate cases and the Duke-Progress Energy merger – the Utility Commission’s Public Staff (which supposedly […]

  • Hopeful After ‘Healing Discussion on Race & America’

    July 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I write to extend a heartfelt letter of gratitude to the 300+ community members who attended and spoke at “A Healing Discussion on Race & America” on Monday night at the United Church of Chapel Hill. I believe all in attendance were happily surprised to see the large number of concerned citizens joining together in […]

  • Corporate Welfare to Stay in Business

    July 14, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Originally Published on May 2, 2016 Are North Carolina tax incentives a new profit motive? Pat McCrory has been handing out millions of taxpayer dollars to draw new businesses to North Carolina and pay his top staffers. Now, before I get bombarded with all of the GOP talking points on how we just can’t afford […]

  • Seems That Gun Control is out of Control

    July 13, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Originally published on February 23, 2016   I have a thing about guns. I’m talking about handguns, machine guns, automatic guns.  Ordinary citizens walking around with concealed pistols.  Have we become so afraid of our neighbors and the general public that people feel the need to arm themselves? Land of the free? We’re not free if […]

  • Laments of a Disgruntled Customer

    July 12, 2016 at 11:00 am

    We were nearing the end of a long trip home on Sunday evening and traffic flows and then it stopped altogether.  Rubber cones are forcing drivers into one lane, you creep along for several miles.  But, there are no workers.  There is no project.  The work will start tomorrow.  But, the crews put out those cones […]

  • HB2 Hurts Tourism

    July 11, 2016 at 10:30 am

    As a County Commissioner, I have the opportunity to serve on the board of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, a board that helps build and maintain Orange County’s tourism industry. I’ve learned a lot.  I used to be one of those people who assumed that tourism just took care of itself.  After all, we’re […]

  • 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 […]