By Donnabeth Leffler
  • The 1%

    December 10, 2011 at 9:46 pm

         The Occupy movement may not have a leader or a unified goal or even a single message but it sure does have staying power.  It’s been about three months since it first entered our lexicon and, for me, it has come to symbolize a sense of unfairness.          State Senator […]

  • Why Chapel Hill is Lucky

    December 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

           I’ve had so much to say over the past few weeks that I’ve found myself virtually (!) tongue-tied.           I couldn’t seem to focus my thoughts about so many less-than-savvy spenders:  the staffer of Kansas Gov. Brownback who decided public time and money should be spent threatening a high […]

  • Just Ask us Local Folks

    November 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I have been mulling my next topic for days… between my previous columns about college football distress locally as compared with the devastating allegations at Penn State, a Congressional Super Committee seemingly as entrenched in its opposition as the NBA and its players, and, of course, this week’s elections.   Well, it seems I can […]

  • Signs, Signs, Not Everywhere a Sign

    October 31, 2011 at 1:17 pm

          Some of our Carolina blue buses are red.  Wells Fargo is paying to wrap some of our buses in red to showcase its renaming of Wachovia.  The town of Chapel Hill has sold the advertising space and is hoping to sell a lot more.         Whether or not it dismays you […]

  • A Cost of Buying Local

    October 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm

         I saw firsthand this week why it’s sometimes difficult to buy local.         While in a shoe store, waiting to be helped, I witnessed the following interaction:   Customer:  “I want these shoes but I want them in _______ (color not available in store).”   Salesperson: “We can order them for […]

  • America's Loss

    October 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm

         I have taken advantage of the ubiquitous nature of money to allow this column on spending to lead me (and you) down many paths.  This time, my link is the many dollars spent on Apple products over the past several years.        The death of Steve Jobs was personal for me […]

  • Pink Dollars

    October 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm

     I hope it is an underestimation to assume most of you are aware of the pink tint of much of our towns this month.  In case you’re among the few unaware of the flattering blush tone, it’s all part of “Turn the Town Pink” which is a fund (and awareness) raising effort by UNC Lineberger […]

  • Good Use of our Money?

    September 30, 2011 at 6:24 pm

         I am a bit confused about something and I’m going to share my perplexity with you.          Let’s just say there’s already a law against something.  Let’s also say money is tight.  Schools need money, social programs need money (because more people need social programs)… I think we can all […]

  • Town Square

    September 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm
 offers us a virtual town square where we can learn what’s happening and exchange ideas.  But any strong community offers places where we can physically be together as well, exchanging a quick hug or sharing news over a cup of coffee, for instance.          This coming week Chapel Hill […]

  • Filling the Borders II

    September 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

     Filling in the Borders   The cavernous space that once housed Borders on Fordham is about to be filled… by a recent retail visitor to Chapel Hill.  And, like the last time, this visit will be temporary. A month-long J.Crew pop-up warehouse sale is opening there for the month of October.    Property Manager Joe […]