The Commentators

A Plea to Widen NC 54

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 road to and from Durham. The population explosion between the two municipalities has made it only worse, and I-40, which parallels much of 54, does little to help. In fact, when there’s an accident on 40 between Chapel Hill and Durham, using 54 as an alternative...

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The Birthday Gift

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 at myself so that I can be a better person and ultimately,  a better friend. Her words pained me, but after rereading her truth several times, I realized that I could help myself and help others by sharing my story. I am a childhood...

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Encourage More Women to Run for Political Office

Two weeks ago, I spent time in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention where the party nominated the first ever woman to lead this country. It only took us 228 years to realize that a woman can lead our country.  Women didn’t win the right the vote until the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920.  But, the first female candidate for president came 48 years earlier in 1872 when Victoria Woodhull of Ohio ran as an Equal Rights Party candidate.  Her platform included an eight-hour workday, women’s suffrage, and an end to the death penalty. Woodhull was a...

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That Building in Carrboro is Still Just Sitting There

I live in Carrboro and, like a lot of people around town, am concerned about the property located on the corner of North Greensboro and West Weaver Streets. This abandoned piece of prime property in downtown Carrboro was purchased by CVS several years ago.  How that happened is beyond me, but it did. Shortly thereafter a group of anarchists took over the building.  If they were prepared for a battle, they were in the wrong town.  Mark Chilton, who was mayor at the time, showed up and diffused the situation.  But, it didn’t take long for the building to...

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Put the Right People in Office: Vote

Originally published on February 24, 2016.   I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy elections.  It must be the competition, the uncertain outcome, and the daily buildup to election day. Some folks refer to it as a horse race and maybe they’re right. But, the reason for all the hype and advertising is simply this, we are choosing who we want to govern for us.  To represent us.  To make hard decisions for us.  To look out for our best interests. It’s actually pretty important stuff. There’s really only one way, one real way, to make sure...

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We Must Be Thankful for Orange County

Leaving this area for seven years made me appreciate some of the special pleasures we enjoy in Orange County.  I can no longer take these things for granted.  But, too often in our zeal to make our community better, we forget how good we have it. First and foremost, in this election year, we have accessible, responsive elected officials at every level in Orange County.  Sure, our representative makes decisions we don’t like.  You can’t please all of the people all of the time.  Fruitfully or not, however, we can reach our commissioners, aldermen, mayors, and town council members, bend...

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