Guest Columns

The Brown File: Mack Brown

Mack Brown, whose charismatic style and disciplined approach led the University of North Carolina into the Top Five, and the University of Texas to the 2005 BCS National Championship, began his second stint as head coach in Chapel Hill on Nov. 27, 2018.


The Garden of Wrath

Two things incur my wrath when it comes to gardening: certain wildlife and nurseries that sell the wrong plants. There are few serious gardeners who haven’t felt fury at wildlife. You see, wildlife has to eat — and many creatures savor the meals we unwittingly prepare for them in our garden. We call graceful does “giant rats.” We reread Peter Rabbit, only this time we sympathize with Mr. McGregor. Deer and I share one attribute in common: We happen to enjoy the same plants.


Two Towns, One Community

Recently I was talking with colleague, friend, and former Herald Sun columnist Neil Offen about Carrboro and Chapel Hill. The two are contiguous, one runs into the other, and often visitors don’t differentiate. But locals do. Here’s Neil’s perspective…




There’s More to Coreopsis Than Meets the Eye

I have never thought much about coreopsis until recently, when I had some spaces to fill in the perennial border — and then I was faced with the fact that there are an awful lot of coreopses to choose from. Even the name doesn’t inspire: The Greek “koris” means bedbug while “opsis” means to shear. Its common name, tickseed, also does not engender great enthusiasm.







Let’s Return to Our Values

OPINION Guest Column by Del Snow Some people tend to believe that they are immune from manipulation and the effects of rhetoric. Nationally, we hear the same drumbeat of accusations,…







Tiny Home Village

ORANGE SLICES By Laurie Paolicelli Tourists are drawn to Orange County with certain expectations, just as they are everywhere else they may visit. It’s a feature-driven decision: culture, architecture, dining,…













Dark Times Require Leadership, Action

[Charles van der Horst, internationally known HIV researcher, esteemed medical professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, committed activist and community leader, died earlier this summer. Shortly before his death, during a marathon swimming race down New York’s


The Beleaguered Red Wolf

NATURE Guest Column by Mary Parker Sonis Our native southern wolf was declared endangered in 1967. By 1980, it was declared extinct in the wild, and the last survivors were…