The Chapel Hill Herald: Columnists

Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:49 PM

People's Pharmacy: Hole in wall traced to blood-pressure pills

Q. My husband has been taking lisinopril for years now to control hypertension. We never associated his persistent nonstop coughing with this drug until today.


Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:28 PM

Jason Hawkins: Hillsborough Running Club makes its mark

Two years ago, the streets and sidewalks of Hillsborough were formally indoctrinated with the sounds of feet running, jogging and trudging familiar hills.


Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

Watching Our Wasteline: Compost, mulch & more

It’s time for the Orange County Recycling Division’s spring event scheduling spectacular. Included is a list of volunteer opportunities.


Mar. 14, 2015 @ 03:19 PM

Vicki Wentz: Thoughts on Lent, expressed very piously

Lent is here, my friends, and I don’t know about you, but I gave a lot of thought to what I was going to sacrifice this year, as well as to doing a little something extra each day.


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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Mar. 07, 2015 @ 05:39 PM

A Christian nation? Be careful what you wish for

As a United Methodist minister I happily conduct weddings.  I tell those gathered that this couple’s marriage has been unfolding for some time.  At this ceremony they are making a public statement of their promises, and they are asking for our blessing and support.  There are no magic words I say as officiant.  There is, however, tremendous power in the words that the couple says as they make their declaration to each other, to their community, their state and indeed to the entire nation.


Mar. 07, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Susie Wilde: New mysteries occupy the mind

The recent snow and ice shut everything down, except my mind. I kept that active with two engrossing new mysteries.


Mar. 07, 2015 @ 03:50 PM

People's Pharmacy: How well does Brisdelle work for hot flashes?

Q. I saw a commercial for Brisdelle and wanted to know more since I have struggled with hot flashes and night sweats for way too long. Then I learned it has the same ingredient as Paxil.


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. 28, 2015 @ 03:58 PM

A LITTLE SMOKE: Lil’ Smokey protege fans own flames

For 11-year-old Hunter Burch, a fifth grader at Hillsborough’s Pathways Elementary School, the fire to grill meat and cook has been burning for a few years.


Feb. 28, 2015 @ 03:41 PM

Vicki Wentz ... From mother to daughter: a good-night story

When my little girl was two-and-a-half years old, she fell in love with angels. My son was only around a year at the time, so the bedtime stories I began to tell were mainly for my daughter. I found and read to her every classic book for her age, and she loved them all, but mostly begged for angel stories, and those were hard to find. So, I made one up.


Feb. 28, 2015 @ 01:11 PM

People's Pharmacy: Caffeine in night cream was waking her up

When shopping for cosmetics at a department store, I told the salesperson about my sleep dilemma, and how it almost seemed like my nighttime ritual could be the problem. She told me it most likely was!


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 04:44 PM

PPI drugs increase intestinal damage due to NSAIDs

Physicians have long recognized that popular pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can harm the digestive tract. These nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a mainstay of arthritis treatment.


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 03:09 PM

Vicki Wentz: Stay inside or face certain death!

At 7:30 Tuesday morning, my just-turned-5 granddaughter, Gracie, called. When I answered, she said, “Gaga, it’s vewy exciting news! It’s SNOWING IN NORSE CAWOLINA! AT MY HOUSE!” (I’m not sure where my grandkids think I go when I leave Charlotte after visiting them. Chapel Hill might as well be the moon, as far as they’re concerned.) And, she was right — it was snowing at MY HOUSE, TOO!