9/16/2009 12:13am

Release the study, UNC

UNC should release a study requested by the volunteer Orange County Rescue Squad that examines the response times of emergency services. The squad has been sidelined since June 2008 because of allegations of unprofessionalism; but squad members are asserting that response times in the area have increased as a result of the action taken against them.


9/14/2009 11:34pm

Luxurious ice, taken as a given in the U.S.

Even now I can see you lounging there in Lenoir or on Franklin or in some coffee shop, sitting down to read your newspaper before class, casually flipping through its pages with your snack or drink hanging loosely from your hand, not a care in the world. But you don’t even realize the luxury that you bathe in day after day.It is a luxury that, ironically enough, can be found in your very cup on any date, at any time — it happens when water is frozen into solid form, most commonly a cube shape, though there is growing support for crushed shards.


9/14/2009 11:32pm

The festival’s tale

O  sing to me, muse, of a festival lit.Speakers and authors created a hit.The N.C. Literary Festival was here,Held weekend last, drawing many a peer.John Grisham, Kathy Reichs — obvious stars.They told of how they put fiends behind bars,And how those tales helped shape their lives,Turning them from public servants to scribes. Grisham spoke of creating his works,Said his ideas are from the world’s quirks.Newspapers, law cases, things all aroundProvide the ideas to make his books sound.


9/14/2009 11:30pm

Pick and choose: Town Council hopefuls should apply to be appointed for Strom seat so it can pick ?fth-place election ?nisher

All of the candidates for Chapel Hill Town Council should apply to fill former councilman Bill Strom’s seat. This suggestion, made by council candidate Will Raymond, is the best way to make filling Strom’s former seat as democratic as possible. Strom announced his resignation on July 29. This was just after the deadline for election filings — meaning that his seat had to be filled by appointment rather than election.


9/14/2009 11:29pm

Protesters be warned: Though dropped, charges were the right thing for the University to bring against Tancredo protestor Koch

Although the charges against UNC senior Haley Koch were dropped yesterday, the University was right to take the case seriously.Koch took her activism too far when former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., came to speak. She disrupted the event and yelled belligerently while holding a banner in front of Tancredo during his speech. In order to preserve its integrity as a forum for free speech, the University couldn’t afford to let Koch and the other protesters off easy.


9/14/2009 11:28pm

Organizations work to promote health of animals

TO THE EDITOR:On behalf of all of the members of Helping Paws of the Campus Y, I would like to thank you for your great local coverage, (“Chapel Hill doggie paddle,” Sept. 14).Not only did the Dog Swim help Orange County Animal Services reach out to the Chapel Hill community, but it also successfully promoted the new Animal Services Center.


9/14/2009 11:26pm

Students are free to make their own decisions on sex

TO THE EDITOR:In the letter to the editor by Christopher Spargo (“Self-control is the solution, not blaming Harris Teeter,” Sept. 14), it seems he made some big leaps. That the educated people at this university are blinded into a sex culture by sex ads, that the DTH is just continuing this cycle of sex addiction, that abstinence is the only way and that Harris Teeter is not at fault for not wanting to promote sex.


9/14/2009 11:24pm

9/11 remembrances lost in the ivory tower of UNC

TO THE EDITOR:I want to agree with the sentiments of Mr. Hiers in his letter to the editor (“DTH should have placed more emphasis on 9/11,” Sept. 14). To me the reasons for the lack of 9/11 coverage in The Daily Tar Heel on Friday are inexcusable, but obvious.


9/14/2009 11:22pm

Drunk driving deaths are tragic and preventable

TO THE EDITOR:Another night, another wreck. Another life gone because someone likely decided to drive after consuming alcohol. Another daughter, sister, friend gone — someone whose death was entirely preventable.I did not know Elena Shapiro. But four years ago, I lost a close friend to a similar accident. And now all the images come flooding back like an old soldier reliving war trauma while watching the news. Once again, I see a promising life ended.


9/13/2009 11:21pm

Human emotion cannot be traded

When I was young my mom frequently read “The Man Who Kept His Heart In A Bucket” aloud to me. This book is about a guy who gets hurt by a relationship and resolves to stop the pain by physically taking out his heart and sticking it in a bucket to keep it safe. I got distracted by the fact that this lumbering automaton was somehow living with vital organs outside his body, and I didn’t really learn the book’s lesson.


9/13/2009 11:17pm

No reason to head south: Making Rams Head Plaza another Pit is a lot harder than it might seem at ?rst

Campus leaders should reconsider pushing Rams Head Plaza as a new Pit.It’s good to announce a plan and to think about the future, but it’s going to take a lot more work than it seems.Many students on South Campus would welcome the idea of a Pit-like place near their homes. Activities in the area are pretty hard to come by, unless they’re run by the Resident Hall Association or a student group.The problem is that the Pit is going to be difficult to emulate.


9/13/2009 11:14pm

Let the public know: State must explain why two probation officers demoted after Eve Carson tragedy were reinstated

Without any public justification, the state has quietly reinstated to their roles as supervisors two probation officials who were demoted last year. Now the state needs to tell everyone why.The demotions came after an internal investigation into the probationary system following the arrests of Demario James Atwater and Laurence Alvin Lovette.The two men were on probation when charged with the death of former Student Body President Eve Carson.


9/13/2009 11:12pm

Immigration forum panel lacked education expert

TO THE EDITOR:Immigration is one topic that this campus apparently cannot address comprehensively, much less in the specifics. The forum held by the Parr Center for Ethics concerning access to higher education, “Undocumented Immigrants in America: Access to Higher Education,” proved that even when the audience stays civil, seemingly no one can get to the point, give straight-forward answers, and more importantly, back those answers with policy solutions.The fundamental and outright absurd flaw in last Thursday’s forum was in the selection of the panelists.


9/13/2009 11:10pm

DTH should have placed more emphasis on 9/11

TO THE EDITOR:When I grabbed a copy of The Daily Tar Heel on Friday, I was positive I would see a tribute to 9/11 as the feature story. Instead, Michael Jordan covered the front page, leaving only a small section for an article about the anniversary of that terrible day. Don’t get me wrong, I love Michael Jordan and the fame he brought to the University. But where is the DTH’s patriotism? Instead of a reflection, the only article the DTH ran about 9/11 claimed that most people have moved on.


9/13/2009 11:09pm

Self-control is the solution, not blaming Harris Teeter

TO THE EDITOR:I have to say, I’m astounded at the dichotomy that can exists among intelligent people here at UNC as displayed in Abbey Caldwell’s column in The Daily Tar Heel (“Condoms can be hard to come by,” Sept. 11). The idea that a food corporation is irresponsible because they’ve made condoms too hard to find actually took me off guard.