My View: As I stare at the jagged stumps of once-towering pines and hardwoods graceful trees that shaded the road from summers heat, offered privacy to the neighboring homes, and created a verdant barrier against the massive Ambulatory Care Center and its parking lots I tell myself:
Published: Feb. 5, 2013 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Sometimes I get a sort of rush of joy like this. Im not talking about the all-around jubilation that comes with big events like weddings or the birth of a child; Im referring to the whoosh of joy that comes with small moments.
Published: Feb. 2, 2013 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: One could say there is nothing more important than making sure our children are well fed. Every weekday at 7a.m. four old guys with about 100 years of food preparation experience between them arrive in the basement kitchen of the United Methodist Church downtown and prepare healthy meals for more than 500 kids in our community daycare system.
Published: Jan. 29, 2013 7:00 PM | Full story
Commentary: Throughout our history the state government and university leadership have locked horns many times. The place is after all a creature of the state, albeit a very old one, and policy makers have had a long-running tendency to want leave their mark.
Published: Jan. 28, 2013 9:24 AM | Full story
My View: Ive observed five types of responses to a question I frequently ask, Do you think of yourself as creative?
Published: Jan. 26, 2013 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Durhams Police Department has a major problem due to claims of police brutality. The troubling accusation is made worse by the silence of Police Chief Jose Lopez.
Published: Jan. 22, 2013 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Ive been thinking about Newtown a lot. Im a father. The greatest joy of my life. The thought of losing a child, like so many did in Newtown, in such a brutal manner, just feels incomprehensible.
Published: Jan. 22, 2013 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: In our family, card playing was how you learned to count. My grandfather’s favorite game was setback. The men who stopped off at his store often stayed for cards or checkers. The handmade checkerboard sat on a 10-penny nail keg; the checkers were Nehi Orange or NuGrape bottle caps.
Published: Jan. 19, 2013 12:00 AM | Full story
My View: Recently, I was in a meeting where new development opportunities were being discussed, specifically a proposed mega-development in Chapel Hills southern ETJ, or extra-territorial jurisdiction.
Published: Jan. 19, 2013 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Someone had invaded our garage. I made the discovery early one morning as I was bringing our daughter Julia to school. The once a year, quite perfect, tissue wrapped Skipsations pears were gone.
Published: Jan. 15, 2013 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: The M-16 is an assault rifle. It has one purpose, to kill other human being. Holding that rifle, I felt fear.
Published: Jan. 14, 2013 12:32 PM | Full story
My mother, Marilyn Brown, is my role model.
Published: Jan. 12, 2013 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: I recently was given the opportunity to serve with six other people on New Hope Presbyterian Church’s committee to choose our next minister. There was far more to the process than I had expected.
Published: Jan. 8, 2013 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: I spent New Years morning with a group of 20-somethings, and as they talked about their hopes and plans, I asked if they minded my taking notes and publishing some of their ideas. I said I wouldnt use their names, but the first-person voices are theirs.
Published: Jan. 5, 2013 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: A neighbor contacted me not long ago for an assignment requiring him to ask an environmentalist a set of questions.
Published: Jan. 1, 2013 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: My way with New Years resolutions, typically, is to forget about them that is, if Ive even bothered to make them.
Published: Dec. 29, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: In third grade, kids dubbed me queen of the class. I took my intelligence for granted. I could skip school for weeks and still produce 100s. By the end of elementary school, however, school became synonymous with bullies and boredom. I spent a lot of time cutting classes and instead reading in the public library across the street from my house.
Published: Dec. 15, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
At the same time that the White-tailed deer start getting frisky in the fall, another creature looking for romance is heading for the low lying depressions of the forest.
Published: Dec. 12, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: In the late ‘80s the roads leading to the house were composed of gravel, dirt, and a mixture of a mystery substance that held the two together. Along one of these roads, in a ramshackle-looking house that leaned southward, lived an old man. Clarence was 88. He was a wiry man with milky-colored eyes and a full head of bristly white hair that stood straight up like a Christopher Walken wannabe.
Published: Dec. 9, 2012 4:21 PM | Full story
Et Cetera: One minute less or one minute more and Carrboro probably would have won.
Published: Dec. 5, 2012 3:39 PM | Full story
My View: This is the air we breathe, the water we swim in, the mound of dirt we dig through, and sometimes the manure in which we plant seeds of a different kind.
Published: Dec. 4, 2012 11:22 AM | Full story
My View: Instead of imagining that the world has stolen our celebration of Christ, I prefer to see it as the time when our celebration of Jesus invades the world!
Published: Nov. 27, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Chapel Hill 2020 was a welcome respite from the acrimonious rancor and animosity that too often accompanies significant development policy decisions in Chapel Hill. Now it gets harder.
Published: Nov. 24, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: A year from now, Nov. 9, 2013, will mark the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Many people in our community have never forgotten the horror that took place there, and some of us experienced it on a very personal level. When we discuss difficult issues relating to the present and future of Israel, we must take the conversation seriously.
Published: Nov. 20, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Imagine this. You’re in Harris Teeter, looking for the seasoned salt, the fancy vinegar, the borax – it doesn’t matter.
Published: Nov. 17, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Dr. Martin Luther King once said, The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Yet, Dr. King did not rest on the promise of inevitability; he took action.
Published: Nov. 13, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: A few years back, I noticed her for her damaged ear, and her large size. She showed her dominance at my approach. When the herd saw me, they scattered in all directions. The lop-eared doe stood her ground, huffed and stamped her feet at me, keeping me at bay until all of her does and fawns had found cover.
Published: Nov. 10, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Once upon a time there was a bad old world (or maybe a bad young one) and there were some people in it who were for various reasons awful. God, who had made that world, was sort of disgusted by it and was looking forward to wiping it out of the cosmos.
Published: Nov. 6, 2012 6:00 PM | Full story
My View: 2008 was my first year as a Democrat. My family and I campaigned door-to-door for Obama. ... But before that, as a third grader during the election of 2004, I had thought things through differently. I had made up my mind to support George W. Bush.
Published: Nov. 3, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: I have a four-letter word for the State Fair. L-O-U-D.
Published: Oct. 27, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
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