A Kid's View
A Kid’s View: My First Campaign
It started with an announcement at lunchtime, where my Language Arts teacher from last year, Tamara, had a whiteboard and a bunch of those poster-size...
Obama and McCrory In The Same Box
President Barack Obama and Governor Pat McCrory are in the same box. Criticized by their opponents for being radical and divisive, they are, at the sa...
Bacteria and Obesity, A Surprising Link
As a chemical engineer, I am naturally drawn to write columns about energy and manufacturing. However, if you have been reading my columns for a whi...
Chansky: Three-Game Season
Coaches like to say “play ‘em one at a time.” But, truth is, if the Tar Heels don’t beat East Carolina Saturday, their season is going down th...
Too Many Books, Not Enough Politics?
“Aren’t you writing about politics anymore?” a newspaper editor asked me the other day. I stuttered because I have been writing more about books...
A World Without Fossil Fuels
Our world is dominated by fossil fuels. They make our electricity, heat our homes, power our cars, and are changing our climate. As a student of both ...
Art’s Angle: A Good Start. . .
Photo Courtesy of UNC Athletics The almost-ready-for-primetime Tar Heels were at the crossroads of the game and most likely their chances to win the...
Democracy, The Power Elite, And The State Senate Race
Was the recent State Senate appointment kerfuffle an exception to the rule in local democracy? Or was it closer to the rule than we'd like to think?
Art’s Angle: Writer Back On Beat
This is a story about a sportswriter and a football coach and the debatable definitions of each man’s job.
Allan Gurganus is Back… With a Bang
Say Gurganus’s name in a group of readers, and several may tell you that the Rocky Mount native's “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” is...
The Butterfly Effect
For a system to exhibit “chaos” as defined by physicists, four elements must be present.
The Fashion Plate
What to Wear When Working from Home?
So you think all those telecommuters are working from home in coffee-stained PJs and bunny slippers? Think again.
The Making of a Southern Liberal
What is the dilemma that haunts every Southerner who confesses he or she is a liberal?
Few Opposing Voices
I think we can safely say big box retail in Chapel Hill does not have majority opposition.
The Rise and Fall of US Infrastructure Part III: Conclusion
In Parts I and II of this series I covered the history and impact of the construction of infrastructure in the United States, as well as the dynamics ...
Art’s Angle: Break Out The Bull
The hyperactive, Red-Bull-guzzling head coach of the Tar Heels obviously sees the potential of Carolina football, or he wouldn’t be here.
Dr. Tina Lepage
Parenting Page: Allowing A Child To Make Tough Decisions
At what age do you let a child make an important decision on their own?
New Book, New Author, and MLK’s Dream
Last week while we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's “I Have a Dream” speech, part of that dream came true.
The Art of Potential
Well yesterday was payday, so today I spent my day in the mall while my daughter went back-to-school shopping. She has been waiting for this moment si...
The Rise and Fall of U.S. Infrastructure Part II: The Fall
In Part I of this series I reviewed the rise of infrastructure in the United States. This week we will explore the fall and how it came to be that the...