The Commentators

Commentary: The Courageous Investment in Recovery

Walking into the Freedom House Recovery Center in Chapel Hill on a mild evening earlier this year, I felt a sense of relief and joy that was quickly countered by a foreboding sense of concern.  I was there to witness a client graduate from the Orange Country Drug Treatment Program. The relief and joy I felt was for both my client and her family, who suffered through the experience of seeing a loved one battle with addiction.  Drug Treatment Court, also referred to as “Recovery Court” in Orange County, prompted my client to remain sober and stay out of...

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The Commentators: Everyone Has a Story

Everyone Has a Story By Nerys Levy Our country has just undergone a divisive election campaign which has dominated the airwaves for close to two years. Many inherent hatreds have been unearthed and aired in the open sometimes resulting in violence. We are all one people living in this country with a historical mantra enshrined in the laws of acceptance, good will and caring for one’s neighbor. Nevertheless, we cannot deny or overlook the deep discrepancies between rich and poor, digital divides and the issues of racial bias and gender profiling –these are real issues for those who are...

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The Commentators: The Real Reason Chapel Hill Keeps Growing

The Real Reason Chapel Hill Keeps Growing By Matt Bailey A while back, I read an opinion piece about how Chapel Hill was so much better back in the good old days. How Chapel Hill used to be smaller. How Chapel Hill used to have more charm. How all these new places for people to live have ruined our sense of place. These sentiments aren’t merely one person’s opinion. Seems you only have to be in Chapel Hill for fifteen minutes before someone tells you how great it was back in some bygone era. It’s true that Chapel Hill was a whole lot smaller years ago. In 1960, 12,573 lived here. Today, 59,568 do. However, have you ever stopped to ask yourself why Chapel Hill has grown so much? The big reason nobody ever seems to mention is the fact that the University of North Carolina serves a whole lot more students now than it used to serve.  In the early 1950s, UNC only had 6,800 students, a huge spike from the 4,400 students UNC served before the G.I. Bill helped so many World War II veterans earn college degrees. Back in the early 1950s, only a handful of women went to UNC, mostly professor’s daughters.  UNC didn’t become fully co-educational until 1963. No one who wasn’t Caucasian could attend, either. While UNC did admit their first African-American undergraduates...

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