Columnist: DG Martin

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.


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.

May. 20, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

May 20 -- Did you miss it again this year?

“It is probably not known to many of our readers, that the citizens of Mecklenburg County, in this state made a declaration of independence a year before Congress made theirs.”

This item could be an introduction to a contemporary story about the anniversary of the May 20, 1775, Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.

May. 15, 2014 @ 12:44 PM

Albert and Gladys Coates and their school of government

On my morning run, I pass by the building near my house in Chapel Hill. And every time, I say a word of thanks.
Other North Carolinians are grateful, too. A friend of mine told me last week, “The Institute of Government has made all the difference for our state. But, today, not enough people appreciate how much we owe it.”

May. 13, 2014 @ 12:53 PM

Looking for a hand salute from Duke

As the discussion about the consequences of the coal ash residue leakages continues, there is one thing about Duke Energy about which there is widespread agreement.

May. 10, 2014 @ 11:18 AM

Shirley Temple and John Kasson cheer up Chapel Hill

Just when it seems that all the news about the university and Chapel Hill is bad, Shirley Temple comes to the rescue.
But, since Temple died a few months ago, her help came courtesy of UNC-Chapel Hill professor John Kasson.
His new book, “The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America,” has been on the booksellers’ shelves for only a few weeks. But it is getting widespread and favorable attention for the book and for the Chapel Hill author in publications ranging from “The Weekly Standard” and “USA Today” to “The Washington Post.”

May. 06, 2014 @ 12:47 PM

The South -- a dilemma for both parties

“Just be patient,” some North Carolina Democrats are telling each other.

“The demographics,” they say, “are on our side. The older white conservative Republicans are dying off. They are being replaced by younger, multi-ethnic, social liberals who tilt Democratic when they go to the polls. It is just a matter of time until these factors give the edge in North Carolina politics back to the Democrats.”