My View: Not long after my 15th birthday my father died. By then I had been living with my grandparents for six months; my stepmother having banished me from home.
Published: Oct. 23, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: I still count this as fairly early in the school year, and weve already received not one, but two A kid in your kids class has lice notices.
Published: Oct. 16, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: My mother is my role model because I admire everything she does and has done.
Published: Oct. 13, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: When Chicken Little retires to Chapel Hill she will likely change her mantra to the growth is coming, the growth is coming! In doing so, she will join a chorus who characterize every new development as a threat to life as we know it in Chapel Hill.
Published: Oct. 9, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Do you enjoy getting to know your town and neighbors?
Published: Oct. 2, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Amidst the olive trees, we saw the rows of men who were taken by death. Ms. DesRosier took us through the big gate with a bucket of sand that was brought down south all the way from the beaches of Normandy.
Published: Sep. 27, 2012 4:36 PM | Full story
My View: There are many mean jokes that are often told about trans women. They are told in books and movies and on television. Its the narrative that The Crying Game made famous, that delivers the punch line at the end of Ace Ventura.
Published: Sep. 25, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Twenty-five percent of the waste in our landfill could be recycled. Another 25 percent is food, which would return to the earth as soil if more of us composted.
Published: Sep. 18, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: What causes a woman to see a man a man she doesnt know some 50 yards away and swiftly turn about solely out of some perceived fear. More importantly, what sort of world have we created where on a beautiful day a woman walking alone in the woods is frightened by the sight of a man?
Published: Sep. 15, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Of the 99 species of dragonflies identified as living in Orange County, and the 5,860 known in the world, I can identify three with some certainty.
Published: Sep. 8, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: This is the world we live in.
Published: Sep. 6, 2012 4:49 PM | Full story
My View: I got together with Gabriel and her parents the night before move-in day, and remembered acutely the fear I experienced during my first days as a freshman. Even though she seems spectacularly prepared for college in a way that I was not, my heart went out to her, and I longed to tell her things that I wish someone had told me.
Published: Sep. 1, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: To stop neighborhoods from being subsumed by rentals, the town should welcome new student housing. In fact, it should ask for higher density. But it’s not in the council’s DNA to embrace development. Our elected officials prefer to regulate.
Published: Aug. 28, 2012 9:40 PM | Full story
My View: At UNC, 57 percent of all full-time undergraduate students live on campus. That is a higher percentage than any of our peer public universities, including the University of Virginia (54 percent), Indiana University (43 percent) and N.C. State University (35 percent).
Published: Aug. 25, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Every writer I know appreciates getting mail from readers. Truly. Sometimes, though, we wonder if the letter writer has actually read our words.
Published: Aug. 21, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: On wooden board Thornton Dial had attached all sorts of objects, mostly found, and, with the use of paint, created what I would term painting assemblages. No object appeared to be off limits to his imagination.
Published: Aug. 18, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: The sun at the beach in the middle of July is not as hot as the sun in a tobacco field. By the time I entered junior high school, I was ready for anything constructive that did not involve a field of golden leaves.
Published: Aug. 14, 2012 5:25 PM | Full story
My View: Jerra Collins wants to fill up Ellen DeGeneres inbox. The Chapel Hill resident has written the daytime TV show host about 10 emails in the last few months to try to persuade the actress and comedian to help her community build a new playground.
Published: Aug. 11, 2012 4:20 PM | Full story
My View: When we think of World War II veterans, we think of an older generation of men who are now dying off. But many of the veterans are still young men frozen in the time when they gave their lives for our country.
Published: Aug. 7, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: The more I learn about the life of the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, the more I believe that shes just the kind of saint we need.
Published: Aug. 4, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Lightning bugs still flash, fish still bite and doves mourn, and summer still is special even if the fog truck sprays no more DDT; but you wonder what manner of special it will seem to this era’s kids when they are graying and dreaming back, 50 or so years from now.
Published: Jul. 31, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: When its open casket, you dont want to startle your guests. So, Grandmama was forever telling one child or other that shed changed her mind and now wanted to be buried in this. An aunt finally insisted Grandmama pin a note to the outfit du jour so we didnt have to bury her in several just to cover our bases.
Published: Jul. 28, 2012 1:30 PM | Full story
My View: Growing up, I prayed that God would allow me to be the girl I knew I was. As a teenager who took her religion seriously and wanted to commit to it deeply, I prayed that God would erase my knowledge and understanding that I was a woman. I prayed to be “normal.”
Published: Jul. 26, 2012 11:25 AM | Full story
My View: I was 41 when I gave birth, so you’d think I might have been prepared for parenthood – but it has been a lumpy sack of surprises, joy, and trials that I don’t think I could ever have been ready for.
Published: Jul. 21, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
Commentary: The unintended consequences of these new regulations may hurt cab service for everyone. The new rules would immediately put five companies out of business, limit new competition, and drive up costs while limiting income. The predictable result will be fewer choices, lower quality and less safe travel.
Published: Jul. 17, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Whether from new micro-bakeries like Box Turtle Bakery in Carrboro or Chicken Bridge Bakery in northwestern Chatham, new storefront bakers like Bread and Butter on Rosemary Street or the long-established Weaver Street Market bakery, the quality and creativity of bread is soaring.
Published: Jul. 14, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
Commentary: The thermometer on the northern, shady side of our house reads 105 degrees. For the first time ever, the tapered candles on the screen porch have lost their erect posture and are now leaning out of their holders, their wicks resting on the mantle, limp as garden hose. Whats going on?
Published: Jul. 10, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Travel is maximized when exchange takes place – when one connects with people and each party takes something from the other. It’s like creating good music. The more artists bring their unique experiences to the table, the higher the possibility for robust collaboration.
Published: Jul. 9, 2012 9:51 AM | Full story
My View: On an early Sunday morning the sky the color of a blue jay I lace my shoes and take off down the trail.
Published: Jul. 7, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
My View: Footsteps fly up our wooden front steps. The door shoots open. And then comes the familiar cry at my house this summer: “Mom and Dad! You’ve got to see this!”
Published: Jul. 3, 2012 7:00 PM | Full story
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