Columnist: DG Martin

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 11:24 AM

Read others’ views, so you can decide for yourself

“I don’t read the Washington Post. That is not where I get my ideas.”

Many years ago when there were still lots of conservatives voting in Democratic primaries, a congressional candidate pandered to conservatives by trashing a liberal newspaper. 


Jul. 26, 2014 @ 09:57 PM

Do they still know your name at Sutton’s?

Will John still be there when we eat at Sutton’s?
The big news on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street is the change at Sutton’s Drug Store, one of the town’s landmark businesses for as long as anybody can remember.


Jul. 22, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

So many new voters, where did they come from?

“Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”

So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory.


Jul. 19, 2014 @ 12:19 PM

Bookwatch: Cheerleading for state’s biodiversity

Tom Earnhardt talks about “Crossroads of the Natural World: Exploring North Carolina with Tom Earnhardt” on North Carolina Bookwatch today at noon and Thursday at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV.


Jul. 19, 2014 @ 11:27 AM

Chapel Hill artist’s soaring success

The good news for folks around Chapel Hill is that Elaine O’Neil will continue her series of North Carolina “Luv This Place” calendars for 2015. Her four previous editions, each with 12 different prints of her unique and quirky views of our state’s special places, have become collectables.


Jul. 15, 2014 @ 12:13 AM

Books: Showing us as it once was, is, or could be

Why do we read books?

For entertainment, of course, first and foremost. But the best books also challenge us emotionally and intellectually to see the world in a different way, as it really is, or as it once was, as it could be, or, perhaps, as it will become.


Jul. 12, 2014 @ 01:19 PM

Another Alderman at the Old Well

Chapel Hill High School rising senior Morgan Alderman hopes the Old Well on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus will bring her luck when she applies there this fall.
According to legend, drinking from the fountain at the Old Well will bring academic success to Carolina students.


Jul. 08, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

Preserving the monuments of a controversial past

“You see him and ask: ‘Why is the statue still here? What was it he actually stood for?’ This is the kind of debate that a public work of art makes possible. We won't change the way people think just by getting rid of a monument.”


Jul. 05, 2014 @ 05:32 PM

Yes, Chapel Hill, we do have a history museum

What happened to our town’s history museum?
People are asking that question again as Chapel Hill’s Town Council considers options for selling the former library building that housed the Chapel Hill Museum. Many residents remember sadly its closing on July 11, 2010.


Jul. 01, 2014 @ 08:31 AM

A great generation and a great book title

“It turned out to be a hell-of-a book title.”

Tom Brokaw, former NBC News anchor and productive author, was talking, with his usual modesty, about “The Greatest Generation.”


Jun. 29, 2014 @ 12:47 AM

Our connection and debt to Moonlight Graham

What is the best baseball movie of all time?

At the top of any such list, you will find two movies with close connections to Chapel Hill and Durham.
Of course, you say, “Bull Durham,” the 1988 movie set at the old Durham Bulls Park. Some of us never tire of watching Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon. Others say that Durham’s downtown revival got its spark from the pride in place the movie inspired.
The other sure bet is “Field of Dreams,” which came out the year after “Bull Durham” and just celebrated its 25th anniversary.


Jun. 28, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

A tough move for Betty Kenan brings a happy result

Friends of Betty Kenan and her late husband, Frank, knew how much she treasured her upscale woman’s fashion shop, Fine Feathers, on Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, in the University Square shopping center, owned by Frank.


Jun. 24, 2014 @ 08:41 AM

“Saving Texas” and forgetting about Scotland

How does Harry Potter feel about the hotly contested proposal to separate Scotland from the United Kingdom?


Jun. 21, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

Distilling the local on West Franklin Street

“I knew what it was like to be a lawyer. I would always know that. But if I didn’t try another business opportunity when it came up, I would go through life wondering what I might have experienced.”


Jun. 17, 2014 @ 07:52 AM

What we learned last week

What was the lesson we were taught twice last week?

Once by Dave Brat, the congressional candidate who defeated House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor?