By The Commentators
  • DG Martin

    Celebrating D.G. Martin Day in Chapel Hill

    August 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I am famous for having been the Democratic candidate to follow D.G. Martin’s congressional campaigns in Charlotte in 1984 and 1986. I ran in the same district in 1988 and 1990. Now I know how Roger Maris felt in 1961 when Mickey Mantle got injured and couldn’t make the full run for the home run […]

  • We Need a Traffic Light at Stateside Drive and MLK Blvd

    August 18, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Why is there no traffic light at the corner of Stateside Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard? Predictably, many will point out that there are already too many lights interrupting traffic flow on this busy road that is both a state highway and an important local street. Someone in the know once told me […]

  • Stand Together Against Elitism

    August 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Originally Published on February 2, 2016. Working together and looking out for each other are ultimately more important, necessary, and  rewarding than dividing and ruling. Nature’s hand is random and emergencies can strike anyone.  Elitism and discrimination are destructive and cut across our basic instincts of cooperation and mutual support. By ignoring our weakest and […]

  • Explore Rural Orange County

    August 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    As a resident of Chapel Hill, I admit I love the noise and bustle of a busy college town.  But, lately I wonder if many of us know as much about our rural countryside as we should? I think we need to stop and smell the roses.  Okay, maybe the tractors, too. Recently, I joined […]

  • 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 […]

  • sunset heart

    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 […]