By The Commentators
  • How Does the ACC Network Advance UNC’s Mission?

    July 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    The ACC and ESPN recently announced a 20 year agreement to establish a sports network. Twenty years is a long time.  If UNC is not around in 2036, does it still have the obligation to field a football team?  Can Ron Stutts be the quarterback? Let’s listen to the claimed benefits described during the announcement: […]

  • Democrats and Republicans Are Just Wired That Way

    July 28, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I saw a bumper sticker recently that read “I Don’t Trust the Liberal Media.” My immediate reaction was to call the driver a knuckle dragging Republican SOB. But then I flashed back to a study I read a few years ago about the differences between Democrats and Republicans. The study reported that Democrats and Republicans […]

  • Our Local Businesses and Artists Step Up All the Time

    July 27, 2016 at 11:00 am

    When I was Carrboro mayor, I saw every day that our businesses were asked to contribute to one good cause after another of which we have a great many in Orange County.  Without hesitation, our businesses gave generously. I don’t think most people have any idea of how much our businesses give all year long. […]

  • We Still Have a Littering Problem

    July 26, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Years ago, I did a commentary about the roadside trash that we see all over the place. This summer, we had the opportunity to drive I-40 to Wilmington and also to Asheville.  In both directions, I am embarrassed to say that the problems is worse.  Especially on the stretch near us. In spite of the […]

  • What Happened to the Do Not Call List?

    July 25, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Aren’t you glad that we have a Do Not Call List? I’m being sarcastic, of course.  Like many of you, we signed up for that thing a few years ago and the naive expectation was that it would stop or at least curtail the many phone calls we were receiving from people who wanted to […]

  • Advance Science and Medicine: Be A Guinea Pig

    July 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

    We in Chapel Hill are blessed with the finest medical and research facilities in the nation.  The University of North Carolina, Duke and North Carolina State University are magnets attracting governmental agencies and private institutions that pour millions of dollars into the economy and create high paying jobs. And we have two Nobel Prize winners […]

  • North Carolina Republicans are Rigging the System

    July 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Democrats have called foul on how Republicans run their legislative chambers and almost every time Republicans have been quick to point out every wrong they felt was committed against them while Democrats were in the majority; always hinting at corruption and a good ole boys network. Boy how things have changed. You may have read […]

  • Adults Are Responsible for Impact of Youth Football

    July 20, 2016 at 11:30 am

    As the high school and youth football seasons begin, players will be colliding at the line of scrimmage and tackling with forces that are literally brain scrambling and bone rattling. Given the growing evidence of the long-term harm of concussions, all of the adults involved in the game, coaches, parents, boards of education, trainers, and […]

  • Why Conservatives are Frustrated with Government

    July 19, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I wanted to give an illustration of why sometimes conservatives can be so frustrated about the way that government works or doesn’t work. So, about a year ago, a little more than a year ago, the Fish and Wildlife Service, a federal agency launched what it called Operation Pow Wow.  It was to investigate American […]

  • Backroom Dealing in Duke Energy – PNG Merger

    July 18, 2016 at 11:30 am

    State regulators have cut another backroom deal with Duke Energy – in the $6 billion merger with Piedmont Natural Gas. The July 18th hearing will allow statements from the public and parties to the case. But – as in past rate cases and the Duke-Progress Energy merger – the Utility Commission’s Public Staff (which supposedly […]

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