By The Commentators
  • We Have Quirky Drivers in Chapel Hill

    May 4, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    If you like adventure, driving around Chapel Hill and Carrboro can be a real treat for you.  For years, drivers here ran red lights.  If you were waiting at a light and it turned green, you’d learn that you better watch and wait for the drivers on the cross-street to continue on through their red […]

  • If You Like Your Neighborhood, Thank a Developer

    May 3, 2016 at 11:25 am

    We all know who the bad guys are in our towns, don’t we? Developers. The only thing more evil are big box stores.  By the way, where did you shop last week? Developers.  Those folks who cut down the trees next to our beautiful homes, who destroy open space, pave roads, and bring in heavy equipment […]

  • It’s All About Divide and Conquer

    May 2, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Are North Carolina tax incentives a new profit motive? Pat McCrory has been handing out millions of taxpayer dollars to draw new businesses to North Carolina and pay his top staffers. Now, before I get bombarded with all of the GOP talking points on how we just can’t afford to tax the job creators, please […]

  • 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 […]

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