Columnist: Stanley Peele

Jul. 19, 2014 @ 07:39 AM

The essence of forgiveness

In Victor Hugo's “Les Miserables,” Jean Valjean spends 19 years of his early life in prison.  After his release from prison, he is befriended by a bishop, who invites him into his home.  During the night, Jean Valjean wakes up, steals silver plates from the bishop, and flees.  He is caught.  The police bring him back to the bishop.  


Jul. 05, 2014 @ 03:23 PM

A tale of two fracking cases

Denton, Texas, is considering a permanent ban on fracking within the city limits.  While they are considering the matter, they have banned fracking.


Jun. 07, 2014 @ 12:39 AM

A moment of enlightenment

This is the story of a woman named Cora.   She was the only child in her family, and love and affection had been lavished on her by her parents.   Her parents were not wealthy, yet they continued to support her, even after she graduated from college. She did not work for a living.


May. 24, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

Solitary confinement and unexpected kindness

Atul Gawane wrote an article for the New Yorker about a man named Robert Felton who was imprisoned in solitary confinement for many years.  Felton was considered to be impulsive, incorrigible, violent and dangerous. 


May. 08, 2014 @ 12:33 AM

The mistreated Sherpas of the Himalayas

On April 18, an avalanche on Mount Everest killed 16 Himalayan Sherpas.

As a result, the Sherpas have threatened a boycott of Mount Everest, and have left the mountain for the season.

Good for them!


Apr. 12, 2014 @ 01:27 AM

Hiring N.Y. lawyer not answer to UNC troubles

To quote Will Rogers, “All I know is what I read in the newspapers.” According to the Daily Tar Heel, UNC Chapel Hill is hiring a New York attorney, Kenneth Wainstein, to investigate the football and basketball brouhaha. He is a prominent attorney with excellent credentials. The newspaper reports that he is being hired at $990 an hour and they have no agreement as to how long he takes.


Mar. 01, 2014 @ 09:29 PM

A whirling dervish – but, a role model?

On Feb. 23, the Syracuse basketball team came down to Durham to play Duke. 

With less than 20  seconds left in the game, Duke was leading, 60 to 58.  Syracuse had the ball.  With only 10.5 seconds left,  the Syracuse forward, C. J. Fair, drove in for the basket.   He collided with Duke player Rodney Hood.  A referee blew a whistle, and for a few brief seconds, many fans held their breath.  Was it a charge against Syracuse or a block by Duke?  A referee ruled it was a charge by Syracuse


Feb. 15, 2014 @ 07:25 AM

The ruination of a home

f you stand at the northernmost end of Merritt Mill Road at its juncture with West Franklin Street, you will see a street that goes in a southwest direction.  This is Brewer Lane -- which leads to Hargrave and Eugene streets.


Feb. 01, 2014 @ 04:43 PM

Plant and animal protection: Time to wake up

A man in Alamance County discovered an unusual animal in his backyard.  It was about the size of a large cat, had an elongated snout, small ears and a long, ringed tail.  It ate a tomato from his garden and disappeared. He did not know what it was. 


Jan. 18, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

A contempt of court case

In 2011, Bibian Nwanguma, hereafter called BN, was charged with trespass in Durham County District Court. She was found guilty, and appealed the decision to superior court.

On Aug. 21, 2012, her case was scheduled in superior court. She appeared in the morning with her attorney. After the morning session, Judge Abraham Jones directed her to appear back in court at 2:30 p.m.

 

Jan. 04, 2014 @ 08:29 AM

A little dog named Dewey

Whether we are in splendid health or are seriously ill, our lives have moments of delight.  Here is a story that will illustrate that fact.


Dec. 08, 2013 @ 08:49 AM

The troubled UNC athletic program

Most of the people of North Carolina are partial to the University of North Carolina system.  Whether they prefer the UNC at Chapel Hill or N.C. State, or some other UNC institution, they are proud of UNC.


Nov. 23, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

The hardy captain of the clean water fund

North Carolina's Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) was created by the General Assembly in 1996.  It has done a lot of good things for our environment.


Nov. 07, 2013 @ 08:58 AM

The garbage collector and life’s truths

Joe was a garbage collector.  Working alone, he would drive his truck up to the curb, put the brakes on, swing out of the cab, step over to a garbage can, grab it and swing it up into the truck.


Oct. 26, 2013 @ 10:05 PM

Euthanizing geese wrong in Gaston County

A large flock of Canada Geese took up residence at Dallas Park in Gaston County.

Rebecca Duffeck used to visit them nearly every day.  In June of this year, she went to see her beloved geese. To her astonishment, no geese were there.  Instead, hundreds of geese feathers lined the banks of a lake.