The next big high-tech product: Why Concord?
Why would Alevo, a European company seeking to develop and manufacture a powerful groundbreaking battery, choose Concord, North Carolina, as the site ...
The Fashion Plate
Walking On A Dream…Putting Dreams Into Action!
Picture this. Fashion from nine area boutiques worn by more than 40 diverse models interspersed with stories and commentary from six powerful women. T...
Save the Belhaven Hospital
Sometimes we just don’t know how fortunate we really are. If we get sick or have an accident we just go to the nearest emergency room and they...
Margaret Spellings Can’t Hide Behind HB2
I teach geography at UNC. In one of my courses, I take students on a tour. I focus on the long struggle for women to gain access to UNC. Spencer H...
Donald Trump, HB2, And The Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations
Donald Trump and House Bill 2 are both symptoms of the same disease.
What Kind of Republicans are These?
I have to ask, “What kind of Republicans are these?” Most of the discussion about HB2 has concerned the serious civil rights violations in...
Finding our way out of a locked bathroom
What can we do about House Bill 2? Polls show North Carolinians divided about the new law. Answers to polling questions depend upon how the questions ...
Thank You WCHL For a Fun Mother’s Day 38 Years Ago
I’m a longtime resident of Chapel Hill and Carrboro and of course a longtime listener of WCHL. Here’s a sweet story about both. In the l...
On Polls, Primaries, Caucuses, And The Clinton-Sanders Race
Understanding 2016: the polls are mostly right, they haven't been skewed, and Hillary Clinton's bad at caucuses.
The Fashion Plate
Talk Derby To Me….
My favorite spring sporting event has to be the Kentucky Derby. What stands out most during this historic horse race is difficult to decide…the sl...
The HB2 Media Frenzy is Starting to Subside
The local media frenzy about HB2 is finally started to subside. At least a little bit. Local television news has kept up a three-week long “...
We Have Quirky Drivers in Chapel Hill
If you like adventure, driving around Chapel Hill and Carrboro can be a real treat for you. For years, drivers here ran red lights. If you were wa...
If You Like Your Neighborhood, Thank a Developer
We all know who the bad guys are in our towns, don’t we? Developers. The only thing more evil are big box stores. By the way, where did you s...
Summer reading and lessons about campus names and renaming
What can Yale University teach UNC-Chapel Hill and other universities about naming and renaming college buildings and programs? What does Yale’s sol...
It’s All About Divide and Conquer
Are North Carolina tax incentives a new profit motive? Pat McCrory has been handing out millions of taxpayer dollars to draw new businesses to North C...
Student Loan Debt Crushes College Grads
Ask any UNC student what the greatest challenge facing them after graduation and they will tell you paying down the staggering mountain of debt accumu...
Evaluate Nonprofits Before You Give
We live in a very generous community that contributes to many organizations that help a lot of people. While we have a lot cheerful givers, the over...
An Election of Change?
Election Years generally can be classified as one of two kinds: A “Change” year, such as in 1980, 1992, 2008, or a “Stay the Course” election,...
How Can We Make Others Feel More Welcome?
I’m a Welsh-born American citizen. Not everyone is comfortable welcoming strangers. Our current world is full of real and imagined dangers. ...
Groping and hoping: Why John Hart is so good and why the latest book took so long to write
Can’t we just find something that we can agree upon? Thrown into a silly unnecessary bathroom dispute that has brought unwelcome international atten...