By The Commentators
  • Four Ways Chapel Hill Leaders Can Listen to the People

    August 25, 2016 at 10:00 am

    “Town leaders aren’t listening to the people.” We heard that claim repeatedly from several candidates running for public office in Chapel Hill last fall.  With the promise they would listen to the people, several of those candidates have now been elected officials for almost a year. Of the 59,000 people who call Chapel Hill home, […]

  • Weighing in on a Serious Social Issue: Laundry

    August 24, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I have a friend who is widowed.  He keeps a neat and clean kitchen, picks up his dishes and papers so his house is orderly.  He is equally fastidious about his daily shower and shaving. But, he has one failing. His laundry. That isn’t to say that he doesn’t do his laundry regularly.  It’s just […]

  • What Makes Me Smile

    August 23, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    The other day, a friend who calls me “the optimistic one,” asked me what was making me smile these days. Knowing that we have a first amendment and so many taking full advantage of their right to say what they want, even if it might be nonsense, that still makes me smile. Having just returned […]

  • Bring People to Orange County

    August 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

    As director of sales for the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, I’ve learned a lot about what it means to “buy local.” It’s a simple idea with a lot of very important consequences for our towns, our county, our state and the nation. We’ve all seen the “Buy Local” decal in store windows, the sign at […]

  • Students Must Vote

    August 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    The UNC campus has been inundated with people, handouts, and signs encouraging students to vote.  Professors get on a soapbox pleading for us to cast a ballot for any candidate.  The message, a good message, is that exercising the right to vote is what is really important. It is important to remind college students of […]

  • DG Martin

    Celebrating D.G. Martin Day in Chapel Hill

    August 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I am famous for having been the Democratic candidate to follow D.G. Martin’s congressional campaigns in Charlotte in 1984 and 1986. I ran in the same district in 1988 and 1990. Now I know how Roger Maris felt in 1961 when Mickey Mantle got injured and couldn’t make the full run for the home run […]

  • We Need a Traffic Light at Stateside Drive and MLK Blvd

    August 18, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Why is there no traffic light at the corner of Stateside Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard? Predictably, many will point out that there are already too many lights interrupting traffic flow on this busy road that is both a state highway and an important local street. Someone in the know once told me […]

  • Stand Together Against Elitism

    August 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Originally Published on February 2, 2016. Working together and looking out for each other are ultimately more important, necessary, and  rewarding than dividing and ruling. Nature’s hand is random and emergencies can strike anyone.  Elitism and discrimination are destructive and cut across our basic instincts of cooperation and mutual support. By ignoring our weakest and […]

  • Explore Rural Orange County

    August 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    As a resident of Chapel Hill, I admit I love the noise and bustle of a busy college town.  But, lately I wonder if many of us know as much about our rural countryside as we should? I think we need to stop and smell the roses.  Okay, maybe the tractors, too. Recently, I joined […]

  • Failed UNC Leadership and the ANOA

    August 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

    The UNC response to the amended notice of allegations by the NCAA is, sadly, a missed opportunity to demonstrate leadership against the corrupt quagmire of Big Time intercollegiate sports. In announcing the release of its response, the university unconvincingly and patronizingly claimed that “the question is whether the matters raised by the allegations meet the […]

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