By The Commentators
  • A Drought In Our Back Yard?

    April 10, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Is it possible we could experience a severe drought this Summer? There is a high probability based upon long range weather forecasts, and we should be prepared. While our water reservoirs here in Orange County are at their highest peaks, a long, hot Summer with appreciable lack of rain would quickly draw down that supply.

  • UNC Board: Not A Winning Team

    April 9, 2015 at 9:16 am

    This is Brian Thornburg. I don’t know about you, but I love cheering for UNC.  The way our men’s and women’s basketball teams played this season was enough to make you very proud to be a Tar Heel. In fact, most UNC teams are excellent and usually compete for national honors every season. But there’s one UNC […]

  • UNC’s Board Of Politicians

    March 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

    This is Raleigh Mann. What are the qualifications for someone whose job it is to control a university? How about a whole bunch of universities – say, 17 of them? Some experience in higher ed administration is essential, wouldn’t you say? But members of our UNC System’s Board of Governors don’t bring that kind of […]

  • A Call For Fairness In Recycling

    March 25, 2015 at 11:16 am

    This is Art Menius. I have been following with great interest the efforts by Carrboro, Orange County, and Chapel Hill to agree on a new fee structure for recycling. We have witnessed some high-level discussion on what equity really means concerning one fee for all versus tiered fees with rural residents paying more that Chapel […]

  • What Do “An Enemy Of The People” And “The Carolina Way” Have In Common?

    March 13, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    For anybody who wants to participate in the ongoing controversy about the UNC academic and athletics scandal, run to see Playmakers stunning performance of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. If you can’t see it, at least read it and discuss it with friends. To summarize briefly, the town doctor discovers that the recently constructed springs, the basis of an institute intended to bring health and prosperity, are contaminated, promising sickness instead of cure. Instead of welcoming this undeniable truth in a community meeting, the town leaders and the mob denounce the doctor and threaten his family as the curtain falls.

  • Coming After ObamaCare

    February 27, 2015 at 10:01 am

    The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as ObamaCare, is facing its toughest challenge. And it comes from none other than North Carolina’s own Senator Richard Burr.

  • Bearing Arms

    February 19, 2015 at 9:10 am

    This is Raleigh Mann. Try to imagine how you would feel if an angry neighbor appeared at your front door with a gun tucked in his belt, or carrying a rifle. Pretty scary. What exactly is the point of that? I think it is this. His message is clear: Don’t mess with me. I’m armed, […]

  • UNC’s Mystery Man

    February 13, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a mystery. A compelling story that slowly resolves, clue by clue, can keep you on the edge of your seat until the thrilling conclusion.

    But there’s a mystery in North Carolina that isn’t compelling. It’s actually frustrating and concerning, but it IS keeping us on the edge of our seats.

  • Goodbye, Coach Smith

    February 9, 2015 at 11:17 am

    He held the hand of a little girl, I assumed his daughter, as they walked down the long corridor of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. An unsophisticated freshman from North Wilkesboro opened the door of the Student Union in the fall of 1988 on his way to the Daily Tar

  • Pay Teachers What They Deserve

    January 29, 2015 at 5:10 am

    It doesn’t take long for the GOP’s true colors to come out. And even longer to see the true results of the actions of last year’s long session. The message from legislators is: We value the experience of our own employees. We just don’t value your experience in our schools. Last year, state lawmakers removed the longevity bonus pay for veteran teachers and rolled it into their base salary. At the same time, they unveiled a new pay scale that boosted the pay of newer teachers in an attempt to be viewed to balance out the low pay raises of the long term teachers. Others in state government, including state legislative staffers, kept their bonus pay as well as a raise of $1,000, plus five extra vacation days. Lawmakers also raised the pay by 5 to 6 percent for newer members of the Highway Patrol, but they did not take away longevity pay for the troopers, which is the same as what most state employees receive.