August 2015

Preserving History at Hillsborough’s Colonial Inn?

Frances Henry wasn’t really welcomed to Hillsborough with open arms when his upset bid topped other contenders in the foreclosure auction of the Colonial Inn back in 2001. Around the same time he had acquired Chapel Hills’s Rathskeller, or “The Rat” as we all knew it, as well as the Martin-Dey House next to UNC’s Delta Upsilon fraternity, of which he was a member in his university days. The Rat continued its downward spiral and the Martin-Dey house was a subject of much press because Henry intended to tear it down, while preservationists wanted to, well, preserve it. Mr Henry’s name in Chapel Hill circles was becoming questionable. I guess the Old Guard in Hillsborough was worried about what this interloper might do to the historic Colonial Inn in their fair town. Egads – maybe he simply enjoys destroying history!

Reverend Barber's Historical Accuracy

Historical accuracy - yes! I've said it before and I'll say it again: anyone who thinks removing confederate memorials is a good idea is just as foolish as anyone who thinks waiving a confederate flag is a good idea. The flag is clearly and irrevocably awash in racism. It was *created* to fly in battle in a war that was about slavery; it was *created* to rally troops to fight to keep slavery alive in the South. It was, pure and simple, in support of the wrong side of history; a Bad Cause.

What We're Reading: August 7

Here's some of what we're reading this week:

OP Candidate Forum: Hillsborough Board of Commissioners

There are five candidates for the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, including two incumbants, Evelyn Lloyd and Brian Lowen, and three challengers, Mark Bell, Ashley Desena, and Cindy Talisman.

Our moderator is still to be determined.


Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


OP Candidate Forum: Chapel Hill Carrboro School Board

There are eight candidate running for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education including two incumbants, Annetta Streater and David Saussy, and six challengers, Rani Dasi, Gregg Gerdau, Joal Hall Broun, Pat Heinrichs, Margaret Samuels, and Theresa Watson.

The moderator will be UNC Law School Professor Barbara Fedders.


Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


OP Candidate Forum: Chapel Hill Mayor

There are three candidates for Chapel Hill Mayor including Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Pam Hemminger, and Gary Kahn.

The moderator will be Lisa Sorg, former editor of The Indy Week.


Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


OP Candidate Forum: Chapel Hill Town Council

There are nine candidates for Chapel Hill Town Council including three incumbants, Donna Bell, Lee Storrow, and Jim Ward, and six challengers, Jessica Anderson, Adam Jones, Paul Neebe, Nancy Oates, Michael Parker, and David Schwartz.

The moderator will be Lisa Sorg, former editor of The Indy Week.


Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


Why elect Rani Dasi to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education?

Education is a critical enabler of individual success and community growth. The CHCCS board serves an important role in setting policies and creating an environment that enables learning.  I would like to be one of the seven board members who influence public education in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district. 

What do I bring to the table?

A Few Observations on Hillsborough's Flag Day

A work day planned for Greensboro on Saturday thankfully fell through, so I told my wife instead I would lunch at Weaver Street, then wander up to the Town Barn for the Confederate flag rally, and... would she honor me her company? She was shocked. Shocked! But, I reminded her what a gorgeous day it was, we needed lunch anyway, and wouldn't she rather meet and talk with folks she wanted to hate, to find out if they really were as loathsome as she believed? As for me, I was going to go with her or without because, as a photographer, I wouldn't miss it unless I had no other choice.

For reference, here is a link to a few of the pics I took. Nothing earth shattering, but many of the events I mention here have a corresponding picture.

What We're Reading: August 14

Here's some of what we're reading this week:



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