March 2008

Carrboro/Chapel Hill Leads By Example But Still Has to Bail Out Durham?

I am all for lending my fellow brother a helping hand, but not if my brother expects the handout without making the necessary changes needed to prevent further bailouts.  For months, citizens of Chapel Hill/Carrboro have bit the bullet and took necessary action to conserve water during the drought.  As we watched our gardens wilt and our vehicles dust over, our Durham neighbors still washed their cars and hand-watered their lawns. We silently noted the limited supply of our Farmer's Markets while still supporting our struggling farmers, and while we grew impatient with the restrictions, we gain perspective every time we passed a sign in town reminding us to conserve. Perhaps the rumors are true, and Carrboro/Chapel Hill is the hippie,green cousin of our Durham city, and therefore able to embrace green incentives easier, but as they laughed at our progressiveness, Durham held out a bucket and asked for us to fill it up. Our supply is still barely half full, and OWASA is upholding Stage 3 restrictions, but my patience is wearing thin for my Durham neighbors when I see a gas station car wash being used in Durham that is not using recycled water!

Deliverance (Remembrance) Ceremony for Eve Carson

There will be a seven-week Deliverance (Remembrance) Ceremony for Eve Carson, every Tuesday @ 6pm until April 22nd given in the Buddhist tradition.

 For more information on this event please contact Rev. Wongong or Rev. Illdug

Won-Buddhism Meditation Temple
8021 Old NC 86
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516, USA
Phone.  919-933-6946


Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 2:00pm


Won-Buddhism Meditation Temple; 8021 Old NC 86, Chapel Hill, NC, 27516, Phone. 919-933-6946

mental health how can we let this happen whats going to happen next

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East West Partners discuss LEED-ND

Via an email...

Please join the Triangle Chapter EGB and East West Partners as we talk about the East 54 community development project in Chapel Hill. East 54 is currently under construction as one of the only LEED-ND pilot participants in North Carolina. East West Partners will be discussing the LEED-ND rating system, which credits they are incorporating into East 54, as well as any challenges they have faced while designing the project.

For more information on East West Partners, please visit their Website at:
And for more information about East 54 (and a construction webcam!) Visit:


Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


East 54 - 1201-J Raleigh Rd., Chapel Hill

Over 30,000 served

Congratulations to Patrick McDonough for posting the 30,000th comment on OrangePolitics! He has earned a free drink at OP's spring happy hour on March 26th. I hope to see many of you there.

And what an informative comment it was:

Information about Hampton Dellinger for Lieutenant Governor

Hello Folks,

My name is Nick Auten. I am a Carrboro resident and am a volunteer for the Hampton Dellinger Lieutenant Gubernatorial campaign in Orange County. Today, many of us will have our precinct meetings that will kick off our collective preparation for the 2008 Primaries on May 6th. I am very excited and optimistic for the advancement of progressive policies at a federal, state, and local level this election cycle!

We have some good Democratic candidates to choose from for the Lt. Governor's race. I would like to give you some weblinks that have some content about Hampton Dellinger for you to read and also tell you about some organizations that feel the same way that I do about his candidacy: that Hampton Dellinger is the most electable progressive on the ticket.

Al Gore supports Dellinger's environmental stances:

AFL-CIO endorses Dellinger:

NARAL Pro-Choice NC endorses Dellinger:

Sierra Club County Commissioner Forum

It's that time of year again, the sweet smell of campaigns are starting to fill the air. The Sierra Club will be hosting a forum on environmental issues for Orange County Commissioner candidates on Monday, March 17th at 7pm in Carrboro Town Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend, though it will be televised if you are unable to make it.

Because I get a number of questions regarding the process the Sierra Club takes to endorse local candidates, I wanted to explain exactly what it is we do to make our decisions. Rather than put you to sleep with a long written explanation, I took to my webcam and tried to describe the process as best I could. Enjoy by clicking "read more" below.



Women for Neal Event

A coworker of mine is organizing this event. Here is the information below:


Any OP Bloggers Organized to Commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of the Iraq War?

Curious to know if anybody on here wants to join in with WILPF/UNC or organize Orange Politics own form of demonstration. It's time to take a stand and not let another year of this war slip through the cracks.

We'll All Go Down Together

I just got back from Tucson and dropped by Weaver Street Market today for groceries.  While the bright white arrows directing traffic seem useful, Carr Mill Mall's new approach to territory does not.

As I got out of my car, one of the guards lectured three twenty-something people on where they could and could not go. As they looked somewhat nervous and a little confused, he explained that their parking space belonged to "this building" and they could only go in "this building" and if they crossed the street or crossed the lot, he would be watching them and he would know and he would tow them. No question about it. If they strayed across that parking lot, there was a towing in their future.



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