By Donnabeth Leffler
  • Happy to take my $$

    October 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I am the least sustainable person in any kitchen in the Chapelboro area.  How can I assert that claim?  Because I am always running out of something and have to stop somewhere to get it.  For instance, despite loading up on groceries for company this past weekend, I still had to stop this morning to […]

  • Thompson's Exit

    October 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    The saga of teacher Anne Thompson is coming to an end.  She will be leaving Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in a few weeks, several months shy of her planned retirement.   If you’ve followed her saga, you know Thompson is not ending her career where she spent much of it, having been involuntarily transferred from […]

  • Savvy Splendid Eating

    October 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    A diversion today for frequent readers of my rantings:  some savvy and splendid eating is on the table for this column.   The grande dame of Chapel Hill, The Carolina Inn, sits in all her glory, basking in her history, commanding our respect, garnering our affection, and being the perfect place for that special occasion.  […]

  • The Luxury of Disagreement

    October 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I have written derisively of using town dollars to defend a hands-free cell phone ban (when the town was even on notice it wouldn’t hold up in court).  The notion that it can be handled by attorneys already paid by the town made no difference to me because their salaries are still town dollars (tax […]

  • For the People of North Carolina

    September 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    The first few times I heard Chancellor Holden Thorp speak to assembled groups I noted he rarely missed an opportunity to talk about his work, the University’s work, as work “for the people of North Carolina”.  With his consistency, Thorp managed to convey that what was good for UNC was good for the far corners […]

  • Downtown Parking Dilemma

    September 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Recently I was able to get together with a dear friend to catch up on each other’s busy summers.  We were able to work out a day when we were both free for lunch and after some back and forth about our options we agreed we’d like to go to one of two downtown restaurants […]

  • Fall Awakening & Food Trucks

    September 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    The beautifully produced ads for The Rite of Spring commemoration by Carolina Performing Arts get my attention every time I hear them.  As taken as I am with the story   behind the upcoming season, I am much more a “rites of autumn” person. Though it will be a while before I enjoy that first […]

  • Follow-up Questions: Towing, Teachers, & Opportunity Cost

    August 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Word that Chapel Hill is going to continue the legal fight and appeal a judge’s ruling against a planned cell phone ban (including hands-free use) and a towing ordinance prompts a few questions: First of all, I keep hearing and reading that downtown businesses must use towing companies and aggressive towing tactics in order to […]

  • Cell Phones, Towing, & Teachers

    August 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Back in April I wrote about the Chapel Hill Town Council (CHTC) banning both handheld and hands-free cell phone use by drivers (with limited exceptions).   The point of my column then was not to root for distracted driving; it was to point out the pointless use of public (staff) time and money in defending […]

  • Teacher Transfers: Not Going Away

    August 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I have been writing this column for well over a year.  I’ve written on topics as mundane as grocery shopping and as critical as the state education budget.  I’ve written about highly emotional topics such as Amendment One.  Following the posting of some of these, I’ve heard from a few of you.  But after my […]

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