Columnist: DG Martin

Oct. 25, 2014 @ 12:51 PM

What local business knows the most about us?

What does a flower shop in a little town north of Spokane, Washington, have to do with downtown Chapel Hill?


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 08:53 AM

A ’60s radical comes back with conservative allies

Howard Fuller was back in North Carolina last week promoting his new book,  “No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform.”


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 02:05 PM

Martin: The fair, a shared experience for a million North Carolinians

The State Fair is one of those “end of season” things that remind us that summer is really over. Like moving from daylight to standard time in a few weeks. Setting back the clocks. Changing the batteries in the smoke detectors. And dealing with darkness closing in before 5 o’clock in the afternoon.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 05:16 PM

North Carolina’s last liberal

What was the greatest political upset in North Carolina political history?

Old timers will tell you that it was Kerr Scott’s victory in the Democratic primary for governor in 1948. Scott, a dairy farmer from Alamance County, beat the favored candidate of the conservative wing of the party.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 10:43 AM

Martin: William Bartram brings Charles Frazier to Chapel Hill

What was that book that the wounded Confederate soldier Inman carried with him on his journey from the Raleigh hospital to his mountain home in “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier?

 

Oct. 06, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Mountain music: Where it came from, where it’s going

As the International Bluegrass Music Association’s five-day “World of Bluegrass Festival” wound down in Raleigh a few days ago, some people were still asking where did bluegrass music come from, anyway?

North Carolinians have a quick and certain answer: It came out of the hills and hollows of our Appalachian region.

And where did that mountain music come from?


Oct. 04, 2014 @ 07:59 AM

Former history department chair Lloyd Kramer takes on a new task

Chapel Hill people live in the shadow of one of the world’s great universities, a place packed with faculty, staff, and students who are filled with knowledge and are enthusiastic about sharing it.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 01:43 PM

A more interesting Senate race, in fiction

While you are watching U.S. Senate campaign television ads, occasionally interrupted by brief segments of programming, do you ever wonder what goes on inside the candidates’ campaign organizations?


Sep. 27, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

Martin: Finding Chapel Hill friends in a book about Southern food

Chapel Hill’s Marcie Cohen Ferris’s new book, “The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region,” is a study of the relationship between food and the culture of the South over many centuries.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 09:50 AM

Martin: How Scotland connected N.C. to the modern world

Did North Carolinians have a stake in the outcome of last week's referendum in Scotland?
Maybe not the same kind of stake the residents of Scotland had, but our ties to that land are so close, so important, and so contemporary that perhaps we should have been entitled to vote on the question of its independence from the United Kingdom.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 12:55 PM

Martin: Margaret Maron’s murder mystery’s tour of rural North Carolina

What is the best way to find out what the rest of North Carolina is like?
Of course, it would be best to leave Chapel Hill for a while and move to one of our state's small-town county seats, live in a house on Main Street; go to church on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings; sit down in the courthouse and listen to stories of petty crimes, marital breakups, and angry disputes between neighbors over property lines or arguments between former business partners; get a part-time job in the local convenience store; volunteer at the food bank; go to the high school football games, concerts and other events; watch the holiday parades or better yet march in them; take in a couple of county board of commissioners’ meetings; and so on.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

Contemplating new lessons from old wars

At the end of a two-day conference about World War I at UNC-Chapel Hill, I asked a leading military historian what approach he would recommend to the United States to deal with the challenge of ISIS.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 12:18 PM

Martin: This car is not for sale

“I have never sold a single one of them.”
Chapel Hill businessman and real estate appraiser P.H. Craig was talking about his treasured collection of old cars.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 07:26 AM

“Most moderate” and “Kay”: Do words make a difference?

First of all, a warning: I am a Democrat. You cannot trust a partisan commentator to give an objective report on a political contest such as a debate between candidates for the United States Senate.


Sep. 04, 2014 @ 12:43 PM

A broken leg, a portrait, and another birthday

Our high hopes for a celebration next April came crashing down.
These hopes centered on the prospect of celebrating the 100th birthday of Barbara Stiles and Bernice Wade in April 2015.