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A Chapel Hill Solution to the United States Debt Crisis

by Charly Mann

An amazing collection of political minds have lived in Chapel Hill including U.S. Presidents James K. Polk and Gerald Ford, as well as Robert Welch the founder of America’s most conservative organization, The John Birch Society, who was a gradate of the University of North Carolina and former U.S. senator John Edwards a leading advocate for liberals until his recent troubles. Now our country is in the midst of an acrimonious political debate on how to reduce our onerous national deficit and lift our debt ceiling. Since I resided in Chapel Hill longer than any of these men I figured my political genes must be as acute as theirs, and I figured I could come up with a solution to this crisis.


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Catherine and Frank McAuliffe      6:59 AM Sat 7/30/2011

Have you ever considered writing a book about Frank Rinaldi? My husband and I worked with him for many years at Paier College in CT and appreciate your views about what may have transpired in 1963.<br \><br \>We would be glad to share with you some additional input about his screaming, chair-throwing &quot;instructional techniques&quot; (aka tantrums)<br \>while he taught English at Paier. <br \><br \>Catherine McAuliffe, PhD<br \><br \><br \>

Art McBride      1:13 PM Mon 7/18/2011

As tongue-in-cheek as your proposal may seem, it actually is better than any idea I have heard from the two major political parties about how to balance our budget.

D. Ashby      11:06 PM Thu 7/14/2011

Hey Charles,<br \><br \>This is Dewitt Ashby. I knew you in fourth grade at Glenwood School. We moved away from Chapel Hill in 1960 to Georgia. I have enjoyed looking through your website. You are looking good and still are as funny as I remember.

Bill A      9:38 PM Thu 7/14/2011

J.B., <br \> <br \>Careful and thorough reading isn&#39;t always that easy. If you&#39;ll check, my comment was that Iceland, while perhaps a great place for our prison population, might not be all that well-suited for seniors. Need a more accommodating climate for old folks who really haven&#39;t done much wrong. <br \> <br \>Part of the fun in blogs is to exchange opinions and ideas; trust you accept my response in that spirit! ;) <br \>

J.B. Moore      9:45 AM Thu 7/14/2011

Your essay is the equal of Johnathan Swift&#39;s MODEST PROPOSAL. I have just posted a link to it for all my friends.<br \><br \>A previous commentor who said you suggested sending our senior citizens to ICELAND obviously had not carefully read your article.

Karla Davis      10:05 PM Wed 7/13/2011

This is the funniest thing I&#39;ve read in years. You really had me fooled until about the forth paragraph when I just began four minutes of solid laughter as I slowly read the rest of your piece.

Emily Norton      6:55 PM Wed 7/13/2011

I am 30 years old and have voted in three presidential elections. Each candidate I voted for won the election. I would vote for you in 2012, ensuring your success.

Bill A      3:55 PM Wed 7/13/2011

Were you in rare or something close to typical form when you wrote this, Charly? An interesting reach to put yourself in the company of two former presidents, former Senator John Edwards and John Birch Society - and Junior Mints creator - Robert Welch. I suppose living in Chapel Hill does create interesting bedfellows! <br \> <br \>On the senior export program, surely there must be a country largely inhabited by folks that would more effectively visually assimilate our surplus seniors - other than Iceland! I do think that the adopt-a-senior program - not your own parents - has merit in a few situations I am familiar with. ;) Maybe a clearing house that could match up likely fits is in order. <br \> <br \>Nice shirt and hat!

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Chapel Hill is located on a hill whose only distinguishing feature in the 18th century was a small chapel on top called New Hope Chapel. This church was built in 1752 and is currently the location of The Carolina Inn. The town was founded in 1819, and chartered in 1851.



What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.

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Dark Side of the Hill -- Pink Floyd, the creators of the most popular album in history, Dark Side of the Moon, took the second half of their name from Floyd Council, a Chapel Hill native, and great blues singer and guitarist. He once belonged to a group called "The Chapel Hillbillies".



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There would probably be no Chapel Hill if the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees in 1793 had not chosen land across from New Hope Chapel for the location of the university. By 1800 there were about 100 people living in thirty houses surrounding the campus.



The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.





The University of North Carolina was closed from 1870 to 1875 because of lack of state funding.





William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.



The official name of the Arboretum on the University of North Carolina campus is the Coker Arboretum. It is named after Dr. William Cocker, the University's first botany professor. It occupies a little more than five acres. It was founded in 1903.



Chapel Hill's main street has always been called Franklin Street. It was named after Benjamin Franklin in the early 1790s.



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Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.



The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.



Sutton's Drugstore, which opened in 1923, has one of the last soda fountains in the South. It is one of the few businesses remaining on Franklin Street that was in operation when I was growing up in the 1950s.



Future President Gerald Ford lived in Chapel Hill twice. First when he was 24, in 1938, he took a law couse in summer school at UNC. He lived in the Carr Building, which was a law school dormitory. At the same time, Richard Nixon, the man he served under as Vice President, was attending law school at Duke. In 1942, Ford returned to Chapel Hill to attend the U.S. Navy's Pre-Flight School training program. He lived in a rental house on Hidden Hills Drive.



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