By The Commentators
  • Student Loan Debt Crushes College Grads

    April 29, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Ask any UNC student what the greatest challenge facing them after graduation and they will tell you paying down the staggering mountain of debt accumulated over four years of college. Nearly half of all UNC students have incurred significant debt averaging $25,218.  North Carolina ranks 37th in student loan debt which some students racking up […]

  • Evaluate Nonprofits Before You Give

    April 28, 2016 at 11:28 am

    We live in a very generous community that contributes to many organizations that help a lot of people.  While we have a lot cheerful givers, the overall level of giving is down.  The state of the economy probably has a lot to do with it. But, there may be other reasons why some people might […]

  • Marc-Sylvestre

    An Election of Change?

    April 28, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Election Years generally can be classified as one of two kinds: A “Change” year, such as in 1980, 1992, 2008, or a “Stay the Course” election, such as in 1984, 1996, 2012. The 2016 race feels like a Change election, for a number of reasons. Across the country we’re seeing a great passion to turn […]

  • How Can We Make Others Feel More Welcome?

    April 27, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I’m a Welsh-born American citizen.  Not everyone is comfortable welcoming strangers.  Our current world is full of real and imagined dangers.  It becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish good from bad. But, not to keep an open mind and an open heart makes us all poorer for not taking the risk of engaging with strangers or […]

  • What Can We Do About Guns?

    April 25, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Unbelievable. Buried in the middle of the paper in a catch-all section called “other news” was the headline “Grandfather Kills 6 Children, Mother of Children, and Self.” Folks, this is major slaughter and nobody cares?  The National Rifle Association has so conned us into thinking that guns are the American way, Patriotic, and God-fearing, that […]

  • Don’t Extinguish the Creative Sparks of the University

    April 22, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I recently read that state appropriations to public research universities have dropped 34 percent in the last decade. Now, seven years after the end of the Great Recession, per pupil state expenditure on higher education in North Carolina is $2,600 below pre-recession levels.  State universities have been pressed to make difficult decisions, both in finding […]

  • Are Taxes Pushing Chapel Hill Residents Away?

    April 21, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of my friends and neighbors insist their moving out of Chapel Hill after their kids finish high school. I used to hear that occasionally, but now it’s constant.  What’s causing this mass exodus?  Could it be taxes?  Fear of new taxes combined with the high, unrealistic reassessments of our […]

  • Vote For Polticians Who Want People to Vote

    April 20, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I don’t know about you, but I am always losing things.  My car keys, my phone, the TV remote.  It always feels great to find these things again.  I try to set up my house and habits so I don’t lose things again. But, all of us have lost something precious and that’s the […]

  • Legislators Should Meet Those Affected by HB2

    April 19, 2016 at 10:05 am

    On Sunday, April 10 close to 600 Orange County residents attended the national award winning 19th Annual Community Dinner in Carrboro celebrating our community’s cultural diversity through food and entertainment. The ongoing support for this annual event bears testimony to the fact that so many of our local residents think that our diversity is worth […]

  • Suggestions for Charles Blackwood

    April 18, 2016 at 10:57 am

    The Chapel Hill News on April 4, 2016 featured a thoughtful front page and beyond on Sheriff Charles Blackwood. If you missed it, check it out.  It’s by Tammy Grubb. Also, go to the Southern Coalition for Social Justice for these 11 bias-free suggestions developed last year. Identify and change existing policies that result in […]

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