What is the best way to find out what the rest of North Carolina is like?
Of course, it would be best to leave Chapel Hill for a while and move to one of our state's small-town county seats, live in a house on Main Street; go to church on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings; sit down in the courthouse and listen to stories of petty crimes, marital breakups, and angry disputes between neighbors over property lines or arguments between former business partners; get a part-time job in the local convenience store; volunteer at the food bank; go to the high school football games, concerts and other events; watch the holiday parades or better yet march in them; take in a couple of county board of commissioners’ meetings; and so on.
Gov. Pat McCrory said it with a smile, but there was a sharp edge to his explanation for not calling legislators back to Raleigh: "After a lengthy session, they need a break. And frankly, I need a break from them," he said in a videotaped statement.
The Republican governor's relations with Republican legislators can be illustrated by two incidents, one before and one after the session.
Jason Hawkins' column in the Chapel Hill Herald Aug. 24 gave a short but meaningful look at the life and achievements of one of Orange County's most distinguished educators, Steve Halkiotis
Whenever we make a case for (or against) something we think is important, we’ll often cite a study. By referring to “studies,” we intend to use the best of the scientific method to help us make vital decisions -- often about our health.
Once upon a time, not too long ago and not far away, in the State of Confusion, I was living in my home, minding my own business.
As a matter of fact, I was sleeping. Suddenly, in the late darkness of night, there is a tap-tap-tapping at the front door.
Moving Day is lots of fun, so much so that I’ve decided to capitalize it! This way I’ll never forget ... how much fun it is, I mean. Otherwise, I might make some silly pronouncement like I Will Never Move Again As Long As I Live, and miss out on all the big fun!!
For years I’ve sought out Native American books, mostly because they are some of the least-published children’s books of diversity. I’ve seen these books develop, and recently listened to two incredible coming-of-age stories by people from within the culture.