By The Commentators
  • Support Our Local Businesses

    August 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Originally Published on March 21, 2016 Our local independent businesses are the backbone of our economy.  They provide the majority of business jobs while accounting for the biggest share of sales in the county. Additionally, they help to bind our communities together.  Locally owned businesses retain their profits in the community and are more likely […]

  • Kill ‘Em With Kindness

    August 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Originally published on January 29, 2016.   So, you tired of political rhetoric from liberals wanting more, conservatives wanting you out, and independents simply wanting to be heard? You frustrated by the demagoguery, fear mongering and race bating, not only from presidential candidates, but from so called journalists who desire ratings boosts and social media likes […]

  • Abandoned Shopping Carts: Signs of Urban Decay

    August 29, 2016 at 11:30 am

    When Sylvan Goldman owner of the Humpty Dumpty Supermarket Chain, invented the shopping cart back in 1937, he never could have imagined it would become the shopper’s best friend. Nor could he have foreseen shopping carts becoming eyesores and littering  neighborhoods, streets and highways. Maybe you haven’t noticed but here in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, […]

  • Be Especially Careful in Public Parking Lots

    August 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Recently, a friend of mine broke her leg as she was carrying groceries to her car in a Chapel Hill supermarket parking lot. Friends say that she was in what we would normally consider a safe place, a pedestrian crosswalk marked with those diagonal stripes when she was struck by a car. I wasn’t there. […]

  • 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 […]

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