Columnist: Stanley Peele

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.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 10:41 PM

Twelve reasons we should be thankful

There are an infinite number of things we can be thankful for.  We can forget them when times are rough.  Here are some of the things we can be thankful for.


Nov. 08, 2014 @ 01:16 PM

Brittany Maynard takes her own life

Brittany Maynard did exactly what she promised to do.  She caused a national debate about physician-assisted suicide.  A few months ago she told journalists that she planned to end her life November 1; and did exactly that.   She did so by swallowing lethal drugs allowed under an Oregon law allowing terminally ill people to choose when to die. She was 29 years old.


Oct. 25, 2014 @ 06:57 PM

Contenders for Martin seat on Court of Appeals

A strange thing happened during the first week of August 2014.   The Martin seat on the NC Court of Appeals was vacated.  The election will be in the November general election. On the morning of Aug. 1, no candidate had filed for that seat.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 09:52 PM

A judicial quagmire on Election Day

In November, the voters will face an extremely important appellate court race.  However, it will be a judicial quagmire: too many candidates!


Sep. 27, 2014 @ 07:01 PM

Don’t let grievances hide ‘light of the world in you’

 “A Course in Miracles” is a book that has given spiritual guidance to people since 1976. It contains many lessons.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 04:47 PM

The sad case of the confused canine

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.


Aug. 16, 2014 @ 11:39 PM

The sad recent fate of historic Colonial Inn

No building is more beloved by the people of Hillsborough than the Colonial Inn.  It was built in 1838 and originally called the Orange Hotel.  Folks recognized the special nature of the hotel right off the bat.  Here is part of an ad that was published by the original owner, Isaac Spencer: 


Aug. 02, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

Pilot Mountain, an iconic and beloved landmark

Pilot Mountain is one of the most recognized mountains in the state. It dominates the scenery for miles around it. A twisting 2.5-mile road leads to the top.

But a bill now before North Carolina legislators would let state officials rent out the park for private use.