Columnist: Stanley Peele

Jul. 18, 2015 @ 05:19 PM

Moncure sees coal ash dump as another slight

I have a special affection for the people of Chatham County.  This affection is particularly true in the outlying areas of such as Bennett, Crutchfield Crossroads and Moncure.  These areas have felt that the Chatham County Commissioners and sheriff’s office ignored them – and put all their efforts to serve Pittsboro, Siler City and the area north of Pittsboro. 


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 09:21 PM

Pope Francis, a light in the darkness

It is both interesting and refreshing to read about the actions and statements of Pope Francis.


Jun. 06, 2015 @ 06:52 PM

Behold! The goddesses of Nepal!

The June issue of the National Geographic magazine has an article by Isabella Tree which begins with the story of Unica, a 6-year-old child who is going through the preliminary stages in her quest to become a kumari.  Unica lives in Patan, a city in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal.


May. 19, 2015 @ 10:39 PM

Examining the tumult at Efland Cheeks School

Once upon a time, in the not too far-away village of Efland, there was a school named Efland Cheeks Elementary School.   In that school there was a young third-grade teacher named Omar Currie.   He was well-liked by his students and their parents


Apr. 21, 2015 @ 09:36 PM

John Hinckley, the luckiest man alive

John Hinckley Jr. was an off-and-on student at Texas Tech University.  After that, he was unsuccessful in getting a job.    He began to buy weapons and practice shooting and was given anti-depressants and tranquilizers


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

The man who would not hurt a fly

Back in 2010, when Blake Mitchell was 4 years old, he lived in a large home northeast of Hillsborough.  Living with him were his mom, Christine; his dad, Joseph Mitchell; his two older siblings, who were 10 and 13; and his granddad, Peter Perolini.


Mar. 10, 2015 @ 10:32 PM

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity of OU

A video was posted online which shows several students on a bus.  The students were members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma.  They were doing a chant which included the following racial slurs: “There will never be a n—SAE.  You can hang ‘em from a tree, but he’ll never sign with me.  There will never be a n—SAE.”

 

Mar. 10, 2015 @ 10:07 PM

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Feb. 28, 2015 @ 09:07 PM

Our reaction to the triple murder

A newlywed couple, Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha, and Abu-Salha's sister, Razan Abu-Salha were murdered in Chapel Hill on Feb. 10.

Our first reaction to that was horror.  The second reaction was fear.  Many people asked the police, “Are we safe?”


Feb. 10, 2015 @ 06:45 PM

Alabama’s Judge Roy Moore – not again!

Judge Roy Moore is Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. His life is far more interesting than fictional stories.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 09:55 PM

Art Pope - powerful political power broker

Art Pope was director of organization for the gubernatorial campaign of Jim Martin, and Pope served as special counsel to Gov. Martin.  He owns Variety Wholesalers,

He was delegate to the Republican National Convention three times.   Pope served the N.C. House of Representatives in 1988 and remained in office several years.    He was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 11:48 AM

Two saintly people pilot Kid's Warehouse

Recently, a group of good Samaritans gave a five-star dinner to 50 homeless people.  The dining room was elegantly decorated.  Filet mignon and other fine food was served.


Jan. 03, 2015 @ 06:15 PM

Safron vs. Council outcome – the sky won’t fall

In April 2009, Helena Safron, a graduate student at UNC, was riding her bicycle on Dairyland Road.  Behind her, Mary Council was driving her car.  Council saw Safron ahead of her, so she slowed down, and then pulled into the left lane to pass Safron.  While she was passing Safron at about 30 miles per hour, her passenger-side mirror struck Safron.  They both stopped. Council offered Safron a ride, but Safron declined, and told Council she could leave.


Dec. 20, 2014 @ 07:07 PM

To kill a pit bull dog

According to the N.C. Court of Appeals, the facts in the case of the State of North Carolina Vs. Gerberding are these:

In December 2012 Nester Gerberding and her brother Kevin lived together in a home in Durham with Tank, a pit bull dog. 


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

What are limits of free speech on the web?

Anthony Elonis, from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, posted several messages on Facebook that were graphically violent rap lyrics.  The messages were about killing and mutilating his estranged wife, firing a weapon in kindergarten class and assaulting an FBI agent.