April 2010

Website Reviews for Candidates running for Sheriff

And now it is time to review the web sites for the candidates running for Sheriff in Orange County. (See the first in this series of web site reviews here.)  Since there are only three candidates I was able to look at these sites at the same time and do more of a comparison between the three.

Any Chance of a Reasoned, Civil Dialogue?

I'm a big supporter of the IFC and its mission.  And I support its desire to create a new type of facility, a transitional facility for homeless men and the need to relocate somewhere.  And I'm disappointed that there is opposition to the proposed site for that new facility.  But I also think that the dialogue has gone beyond civility and that the neighborhoods adjoining the proposed site are being unfairly demonized.  In the 12 years I have served on Town advisory boards I have seen many neighborhoods oppose many projects for many different reasons - some good, some bad, some rational, some irrational.

The Children’s University closes after money troubles, state investigations

Just a heads up on some shenanigans at a Chapel Hill preschool over near Ephesus Church Road. We just posted the story on the Indy's Triangulator blog.

Help The Daily Tar Heel connect with the community

Last year, when I took a job as city editor of The Daily Tar Heel, it was clear to me that our role in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County was growing. We needed to be proactive with our coverage to fill a gap left as other local news organizations scaled back.

As I prepare to be the DTH  editor-in-chief in the fall, I know filling that gap means more than just providing the news -- it means letting people in the community know they can count on us to do so.

Because we're a student-run newspaper catered primarily to a University audience, we need to work harder to let you know you can trust our coverage of local issues, from elections to business to the waste transfer station debate.

Regional Transit To Carrboro, Please!

Triangle Transit is proposing service changes for the 15-501 corridor between Chapel Hill and Durham. I (and others in the region) believe that these service changes should include regional transit service through downtown Carrboro so that residents can take a direct bus to Durham.  

Carrboro has the highest transit ridership per capita in North Carolina (9%) without even having a direct bus service out to places where many residents work and hang out (namely downtown Durham, RTP, etc.).  At the same time, Carrboro is building up and not out, which means that our land use supports increased transit services.  We have the highest density of all large towns and cities in NC with high transit ridership.  Finally, I think that economically, increased transit service to Carrboro would very much benefit both downtown Carrboro and West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill by allowing riders from Durham a much faster way to get to our stores and food offerings.  

Stand Against Racism

Come to Stand Against Racism, in the Fellowship Hall at Binkley Baptist Church, located at 1712 Willow Drive in Chapel Hill, NC. 

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  

We'll have refreshments and time for visiting from 9:30 to 10 a.m.;

Program events from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; 

More time to mingle and enjoy refreshments until 12:30 p.m.

Program includes performances by Mrs. Mary D. Williams, extraordinary singer of traditional gospel and freedom songs, historian and educator; Poet and performance artist Mr. C.J. Suitt, founder of the Sacrificial Poets; and the St. Ambrose Jazz Mass Quintet from St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC. Come listen, learn, visit, and leave with inspiration and ideas on how to Stand Against Racism in your everyday life.

Sponsored by chcPACT! and Binkley Baptist Church Board of Outreach

Stand Against Racism is a movement initiated by the YWCA in 2008 in order to raise awareness that racism still exists in our communities and that it cannot be ignored or tolerated. Our objective is to bring organizations together, who believe like we do, that united we can eliminate racism. 
Together with 65 YWCA Associations throughout the USA, we invite your organization to participate in our 3rd annual Stand Against Racism which will take place on Friday, April 30, 2010. Churches, temples, synagogues and other houses of worship are welcome to join us on May 1st and 2nd, 2010.
In 2009, the Stand Against Racism reached over 320 organizations which became Participating Sites of the Stand and collectively attracted over 30,000 people. In 2010, we are expecting the participation of approximately 1,500 organizations and over 200,000 individuals who will be taking a Stand Against Racism on April 30.


Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 6:00am to 8:30am


Binkley Baptist Church, 712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill

Alice Gordon

Office: County CommissionerDistrict: 1Current Location: Chapel Hill, NCSchool:Doctorate in Psychology from Stanford UniversityMission Statement: “Alice will work for: excellentschools, environmental protection and wise land use, regional transportationand multi-jurisdictional cooperation, responsive county services and efficient,effective and fiscally responsible county government” (source: http://alicegordon.com/willworkfor.shtml).

Earl McKee

Office: County CommissionerDistrict: 2Current Location: Rougemont, NCSchool: Associate’s Degree in Agriculture from NorthCarolina State UniversityIssues: encourage commercial development, streamlineplanning and permitting process, limit unnecessary spending to avoid taxincreases (source: http://earlmckee.com/p/wfc/web/candidate/issue/public/)Other Links: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000394361763,Picture URL:

Renee Price

Office: County CommissionerDistrict: 2Current Location: Hillsborough, NCSchool: Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University,Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University, studied Theologywith the mentor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Greg Andrews

Office: County CommissionerDistrict: 2Current Location: Efland, NCSchool:Issues: tax increases, county budget, wastefulspending/unnecessary spending, public water supply, unwritten building and expansion,landfills, distribution of school funding (source: http://www.orangencgop.org/people/2010candidates.html)Links:Picture URL:



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