By The Commentators
  • Don’t Fall For a Phone Scam: It’s Not the IRS

    May 26, 2016 at 10:15 am

    If you have received a phone call, purportedly from the IRS claiming it is suing you, you are not alone.  A rash of these scam phone calls is spreading across the Triangle and I have been one of their targets along with many of my friends and neighbors. The IRS is warning that it seeing […]

  • The Governor is Neglecting North Carolina

    May 25, 2016 at 10:35 am

    As a community we have so many important issues which need addressing. Here in Orange County we have close to 12,000 adults who cannot read or write, increasing poverty– with seniors making up a large percentage, a fractured mental health system and underpaid teachers. The State is ranked in the upper forties in Library provision […]

  • Remembering Victims of War

    May 24, 2016 at 10:15 am “War, huh, yeah What is it good for Absolutely nothing Uh-huh War, huh, yeah What is it good for Absolutely nothing Say it again, y’all War, huh, good God What is it good for Absolutely nothing Listen to me Ohhh, war, I despise Because it means destruction Of innocent lives War means tears To thousands […]

  • Spending on What?

    May 23, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I enjoy the graduation ceremony for the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. As the graduates march in to Carmichael to the cheers of parents and friends, accompanied by the stately tones of a brass band, it provides an opportunity to reflect not only on the accomplishments of each stellar class, of the talented […]

  • Why Would Black People Support Donald Trump?

    May 20, 2016 at 9:30 am

    As a Black woman at lunch recently with my five of my girlfriends I asked sarcastically, “Anybody here voting for Trump?” One responded with, “I’m voting for Trump.” For me to respond with ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND would not have been an opportunity for meaningful dialogue, so I asked… WHY do you support […]

  • Casino Night With Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro Class

    May 19, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I am fortunate to be one of twenty participants in this year’s Leadership Chapel Hill-Carrboro class. Each year, Leadership participants coordinate a fundraiser as our culminating project. Our group is building on the great work of former cohorts to host a Casino Night on Tuesday, May 24th from 6-9 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites […]

  • Speak Out For Teacher Pay

    May 18, 2016 at 6:00 am

    If improving teacher pay in our district matters to you, this Thursday presents an important opportunity to speak up. Most parents and students in the district have had a taste of how low teacher pay and a high cost of living have affected our schools. Like the high school math class that went through five […]

  • Vaccinations are Important for our Children

    May 17, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Vaccinations for children are often a source for questions, anxiety, and even controversy for a lot of parents that I see at our office. As a pediatrician, I’ve had many parents ask me a lot of questions.  Whether they are for or against vaccinations, they really just want to know about the safety of vaccinations, why they should […]

  • Save the Belhaven Hospital

    May 16, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Sometimes we just don’t know how fortunate we really are.  If we get sick or have an accident we just go to the nearest emergency room and they pull us back from the brink of death. But, other North Carolinians aren’t that lucky.  I’ve just returned from the town of Belhaven on our state’s […]

  • Margaret Spellings Can’t Hide Behind HB2

    May 13, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I teach geography at UNC. In one of my courses, I take students on a tour.  I focus on the long struggle for women to gain access to UNC.  Spencer Hall, on Franklin Street, is part of my tour. When it was built in 1925, the building gave female students a “place of their own.” […]

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