The Chapel Hill Herald: Editorial View All »

Aug. 16, 2014 @ 12:02 AM

Reverse course on school grades

The N.C. legislature, in a budget Gov. Pat McCrory signed, has delayed until after Jan.15 the issuance of new report cards with A-F grades for academic quality at each public school in the state. Instead of a delay, lawmakers should take this pause in implementation as an opportunity to ditch the idea entirely. It's unwise and problematic.



The Chapel Hill Herald: Letters View All »

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 08:38 AM

Letters to the CHH editor, August 10

We are writing in reference to "Do they still know your name?" in the Chapel Hill Herald July 27.



Columnist: Susan Gladin View All »

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 08:20 AM

Taking an illuminating break from Facebook

The first thing I didn’t post on Facebook was a picture of the snake we found on the front porch.  The second photo I didn’t post was a shot of my riding helmet, half-chaps, and bridle hung together on a wrought-iron rack against rough-hewn barn wood.  It looked like something staged for a magazine.



Columnist: Stanley Peele View All »

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: 



Columnist: Vicki Wentz View All »

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 11:53 AM

I Can’t BELIEVE It’s DairySoyGluten Just Shoot Me!

A friend of mine was having a birthday, the same friend at whose home in the mountains I was staying for the summer, so I thought I’d throw her a birthday party, you know, in case I ever want to go back to the mountains and live in her house, like tomorrow, like permanently, like forever ... I’m just saying. So, in the interests of, well, my being able to do that, I won’t reveal her age -- she’s a bit sensitive about joining me in hot-flash hell -- but she was agreeable to the birthday party, as long as it was held in a meat locker because the heat has reached insanely anti-birthday levels.

 


Columnist: Susie Wilde View All »

Aug. 16, 2014 @ 01:25 PM

‘The End of Always’ story of teen in 1907 finding her own way

Chapel Hill writer, Randi Davenport’s “The End of Always” (book from Grand Central Publishing; audio from Hachette, approximately 10 hours) plunks readers down in the immediate and intense world of 17-year-old Marie Reehs. Life is harsh enough in 1907 Waukesha, Wisconsin, but Marie recounts the sudden illness and death of her young brother, too abruptly followed by the death of her mother from “an accident” that Marie believes was a murder committed by her father.