By The Commentators
  • Five Things Chapel Hill’s Town Leaders are Finally Getting Done

    October 23, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    It’s human nature to be most vocal when we don’t like something, especially when it comes to our local elected officials.  Freely expressing dissatisfaction about the decisions our leaders make is the bedrock of democracy. As we express our disapproval of decisions we personally don’t like, however, it’s all too easy to sit back and […]

  • Are Assault Weapons Toys Appropriate for Halloween Costumes?

    October 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    A friend of mine went into a local pop-up store to look for a Halloween costume for her grandson.  She was horrified to find a rack of toy assault weapons that are paired with various costumes for boys.  She thought this inappropriate and insensitive.  She asked me to inquire with the store with what their […]

  • Keeping Chapel Hill Leafy and Livable

    October 21, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    The upcoming election is a critical one for Chapel Hill.  Our mayor and town council seem to have forgotten that they were elected to represent their constituents. Over the past 50 years, the population of Chapel Hill has tripled, yet it remains in many respects a quintessential college town.  The growth the town has experienced, […]

  • Not enough parking spaces, and why didn’t the Town Council listen?

    October 7, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Today’s Commentator is Ken Larsen FBC or Form Based Code is a tool that Chapel Hill leaders have adopted to expedite the development approval process.  I’m all for expediting that process, but in their haste to approve FBC, serious errors were made.  One lies with parking.  They introduced a formula that lowballs the number of […]

  • What Gets Your Attention When It Comes to Our Schools?

    September 25, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    This is Sharon Kebschull Barrett of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro PTA Council. What gets your attention when it comes to our schools? This year, voters face important choices, with eight people running for four seats on the school board. The PTA Council, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, and the Special Needs Advisory Council, along with WCHL, are […]

  • Why Chapel Hill should NOT get back on track

    September 23, 2015 at 10:54 am

    By Matt Bailey As local 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 candidates are […]

  • It’s Just Brain Trauma

    September 17, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    By Lew Margolis A student accompanied me to a recent football game at Kenan stadium to encourage conversations about concussions and football.  Holding signs asking, “how much brain damage from football is o.k.?” we invited comments and questions from fans flowing into the game. Our encounter with one young man expresses and reflects the ethical problem […]

  • Changes

    September 9, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    By Julie McClintock We go about our lives not noticing when big changes are afoot. Most people are busy with a demanding job or just getting their kids ready for school. Now changes are too big not to notice. Near Whole Foods across from the Credit Union , I miss the graceful willow oaks lining […]

  • Who Win$ in Teaching in NC?

    September 2, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    By Ryan Ellefsen, Director of Bands and Orchestras, East Chapel Hill High School I have to admit that I wasn’t as excited to start this school year as much as I had been for all the others. That feeling has been gnawing away at me since the beginning of August…Have I lost “it”? Did the […]

  • Single Family – Raleigh Mann

    August 24, 2015 at 11:55 am

    The legal definition of a single family home is “a residence housing one family or household or one that is designed for one family only.” Betsy and I have lived in one of these for 38 years, in a nice Chapel Hill neighborhood filled with single-family homes. But Chapel Hill town leaders apparently define “single […]