Someone with guts
Regarding Wanda Hunter’s “The real scandal at UNC” (CHN, nando.com/x5 )
Finally, someone with the guts to articulate the “sickness” that is college sports. And, willing to bare the brunt of criticism from those who would confuse objection to a broken system as lack of support of our youth.
I find the blind and arrogant “cheering” of our athletes much like the “patriotic” banter and blind fervor toward our military. In fact, the NCAA has become the sports equivalent of our military complex – unquestioned, dark, deceptive, and evidently absolute. Those who question the fundamental ethics are considered fringe, shamed or dismissed. Alumni, like retired servicemen, simply have come to expect the annual parade and pageantry as "the least that can be done" in their honor. It would all be so sad if it weren't so shameful. We can do better to honor and love our children.
No harm, no foul
Regarding Wanda Hunter’s “The real scandal at UNC” (CHN, http://nando.com/x5)
Why would a highly regarded philosophy professor and head of an ethics center risk her career to give a few athletes, and maybe others, a break? Maybe because it was the ethical thing to do.
Of the millions of grades issued during the period in question, anyone that believes only athletes got breaks is totally naive. Non athletes are given breaks all the time for reasons ranging from good (to accommodate handicaps) to criminal (for sexual exploitation.) It sounds facile to say it but “no harm, no foul.”
It’s true that black athletes dominate the major revenue sports, but this wasn't always true and even 50 years ago most big-time schools had programs in place to keep athletes eligible and some bent the rules more that others ... same as it ever was, same as it ever was.
Neither the number of students involved nor the money that flows through the athletic program are significant in a major research university like UNC. Why it wants to turn itself inside out over this scandal is beyond me.
Three cheers for Wanda Hunter (CHN, “The real scandal at UNC, http://nando.com/x5).
Those responsible for the UNC scandal continue to be “overlooked.” Honesty, transparency and especially accountability are missing from the UNC story we have been told about the past two decades of willful and systematic wrongdoing.
The mantra, “See no truth, hear no truth, speak no truth, all the while personally proclaiming plausible deniability“ regarding what happened, has become a guiding principle and given rise to a corrupting cultural phenomenon.
Steven Earl Salmony
‘Most watched’ unwatchable
The Superbowl! What great entertainment – at least for those that were part of “The most watched show in TV history.”
I wonder if others, however, suffered the fate as did the residents of 25 homes or so in Orange County when their Time Warner cable input became “pixilated” and useless during the show.
Whether the system was overloaded, or suffered other technical problems is not known, but the residents could not tell one team’s players from another and missed the spectacular finish, let alone all of the commercials.
Perhaps even more frustrating has been an attempt to invite a TWC rep to come to a neighborhood meeting to provide an explanation. A 45-minute phone call to TWC resulted only in being shuttled from one “customer service” member to another, and finally being disconnected – with no return call.
Roy W. Roth
Not so fast
Form-based code a resounding success? Mark Zimmerman sounds like George Bush declaring victory in Iraq back in 2003. That declaration was premature, and I'm certain his also is.
The number of probablies and most likelies in Zimmerman’s column (CHN, nando.com/xq) indicate to this editor’s ear that he is shooting from the hip and has no factual basis for his pronouncement – not unlike our Town Council in its endorsement of FBC or anyone else who hasn’t given the code time to see whether it works.
Fact is, Zimmerman ignores the shops that will be put out of business at the Elliott Road site (some already have seen their rents jacked up to unaffordable levels), the stormwater issues for neighbors of Ephesus-Fordham, the subsidies for developers that the town will be forced to pay, and a lack of incentives for affordable housing and environmental measures. Renew and transform, indeed.
Form-based code belongs in Ephesus-Fordham what can best be described as an incubation period, not at other sites around town before we know its long-term effects. Zimmerman is right that we shouldn't judge the code yet – let's give it a few years to see if it lives up to the hype he and the mayor attach to it before we go blanketing the whole town with its offshoots.
Haste makes waste
Chapel Hill does not yet have a project built in the Ephesus-Fordham form-based code district, but already additional projects elsewhere, like Weaver Crossing on Weaver Dairy and MLK, have been required by town staff to conform to that code. I would say that haste makes waste in imposing the form-based district on the entire town. The initial district was voted in by Town Council without discussion. Mr. Zimmerman is part of a loud and long-term chorus criticizing Chapel Hill's development process, and council members bent over backwards to show that they wouldn’t make any demands on developers in the form district.
Also, it is disingenuous to say that special-use permits are the only evidence of development. SUPs are applied for when a proposal does not conform to the underlying zoning. Most redevelopment in the Ephesus-Fordham district before 2014 conformed to its zoning and required no SUP. Mr. Zimmerman also doesn't mention the credit crunch (2006-present) that has made it difficult to borrow in order to start new building.
The SUP process to date has been difficult for some, but has created beautiful areas where people really enjoy being – Franklin Grove, Southern Village, and Meadowmont are among the neighborhoods that come to mind. Let's see what gets built at Village Plaza before freely form-basing the rest of the town.
As an American, my heart goes out to the families of the three Muslim students who were brutally murdered in Chapel Hill allegedly by a 46-year-old Caucasian male. As a Muslim, my heart sank when I read that there is a “possibility that this was a hate-motivated” crime based on the victims’ religion.
The rise of Islamophobia since 9 / 11, has led several states to pass anti-sharia laws in the country. A vehement reaction by Franklin Graham on merely allowing a Muslim call to prayer from the chapel bell tower at the Duke University is another recent example of anti-Muslim bigotry. And now, this anti-Muslim bigotry has possibly led to violence against Muslims here in the U.S.
Muslims are less than 1 percent of the US population. If there is even less than 1 percent possibility that the Chapel Hill killings were motivated by religious bigotry, as a Muslim I am concerned.