Columnist: DG Martin

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?


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 12:18 PM

A tough move brings a happy result

Who is the happiest woman in Chapel Hill these days?
Drop by the upscale woman’s fashion shop, Fine Feathers, at University Mall to see the smile on the owner’s face.
Not University Square where Betty Kenan opened Fine Feathers almost 40 years ago and where it became a destination stop for customers throughout the region. It is University Mall, where the shop relocated on April 1.


Jun. 10, 2014 @ 07:17 AM

The Republicans’ best choice for 2016

Romney for President.

Get used to the idea.

Again.


Jun. 07, 2014 @ 11:55 AM

Rolling up our sleeves at the Dean Dome

It was a dream come true for almost any Carolina Tar Heel sports fan.
Spending an hour or two in the Dean Dome. On center court no less, looking up at five national basketball championship banners and the retired jerseys of more than 10 decades of players who built the proud tradition that made the building a national landmark.


Jun. 03, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

Music, murder and more for your summer reading

Suddenly it’s June. Have you made a list of books to read on your summer vacation? Here are some North Carolina books for that list.


May. 31, 2014 @ 12:13 PM

What will author of 'The Kite Runner' tell folks in Chapel Hill?

What will the world’s most famous Afghani tell people in Chapel Hill about his thoughts on President Barack Obama’s plans to reduce the U.S. troop level in Afghanistan to 9,800 by the end of 2014?

The famous Afghani is Khaled Hosseini, author of the bestselling, and now classic, “The Kite Runner,” as well as “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” and his most recent, “And the Mountains Echoed.” All three are deeply entwined with the recent history of Afghanistan. For many Americans, Hosseini’s fiction has been their most reliable guide to the country’s rich and complicated heritage and its tragic disintegration in civil war and invasion.

 

May. 27, 2014 @ 08:51 AM

Would a real veto power help Gov. McCrory?

There’s a secret nobody in the Raleigh power establishment will confirm.

It is this. Our Republican governor, Pat McCrory, would not mind if there were a few more Democrats in the General Assembly after this fall’s elections.


May. 24, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

The ‘go-to’ store in Carrboro

I can’t pass by an army surplus store without walking in and seeing what is for sale.
So it was good news for me when Barry Keith, who opened Surplus Sid’s in Carrboro in 1988, told me, “I plan to be here for a long time. Honestly, they’ll have to carry me out.”
The other day, Keith was in front of the store working on a pole decorated with a dragon, one that would break apart into two swords.