The Chapel Hill Herald: Editorial

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 09:25 PM

So much missing from utility's deal

After Duke Energy spilled massive amounts of coal ash into the Dan River last year, federal attorneys released a torrent of subpoenas. Attached letters said: "An official criminal investigation of a suspected felony is being conducted by an agency of the United States and a federal grand jury."


Feb. 21, 2015 @ 08:31 AM

Who declares war and when?

If the president's decision to seek authorization for a battle America is already waging came six months too late, Congress's decision to leave town on vacation last week helps symbolize why.


Feb. 12, 2015 @ 11:22 PM

A loophole on vaccinations

Government has long been fairly ambivalent about the health choices we make. You are welcome, without interference, to eat poorly, smoke a pack a day and overindulge in alcohol, so long as the consequences remain contained to you.


Feb. 10, 2015 @ 06:58 PM

Tighten vaccination loophole

Government has long been fairly ambivalent about the health choices we make. You are welcome, without interference, to eat poorly, smoke a pack a day and overindulge in alcohol, so long as the consequences remain contained to you.


Feb. 03, 2015 @ 10:56 PM

A loophole on vaccinations

Government has long been fairly ambivalent about the health choices we make. You are welcome, without interference, to eat poorly, smoke a pack a day and overindulge in alcohol, so long as the consequences remain contained to you.


Jan. 31, 2015 @ 10:33 PM

Finding money for state courts should be priority

North Carolina's court system is limping along without enough money. The result is long delays for hearings, evidence that sits untested at crime labs and jobs that can't be filled.


Jan. 21, 2015 @ 12:22 AM

Taxes' low blows

State legislators opened their 2015 session saying they want to ease the tax burden on "regular folks."

That will be a turnaround. "Regular folks" -- those who earn moderate incomes or less -- pay a larger share of their incomes in state and local taxes than do the very wealthy in North Carolina.


Jan. 17, 2015 @ 06:37 PM

Virtual done deal

Last year, the legislature directed the State Board of Education to approve a pilot program allowing two virtual charter schools to operate for four years. Two applied.

What a deal. Millions of taxpayer dollars will be spent on a risky educational experiment that has met with mixed reviews in other states.


Jan. 10, 2015 @ 05:13 PM

Playing with taxes

Taxes continue to come down in North Carolina, and so do state revenues. According to leaders in Raleigh, this is driving an economic comeback.


Jan. 03, 2015 @ 09:44 AM

One more college ranking won't help

The federal government's goal to make colleges more affordable -- and hold them accountable for graduates' success in the labor market -- is a worthy ambition, but the proposal outlined last month may hurt more than help.


Dec. 27, 2014 @ 08:08 PM

Give local leaders more say in coal-ash cleanup

The more officials in Lee and Chatham counties hear about Duke Energy's plans to relocate coal ash waste to old clay-mining sites in the area, the more worried they've become.


Dec. 10, 2014 @ 11:13 AM

Bring death records into this century

In the year 2014, there is no excuse for North Carolina's system for recording deaths to be stuck in the past.


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

Mandate unfunded, and worth it

If the review of Common Core standards ordered by the state legislature is a waste of time, at least it's not costing any money.

The Academic Standards Review Commission was authorized to hire consultants "to the extent that funds are available," but no funds were appropriated.


Nov. 29, 2014 @ 04:15 PM

Vigilance critical on job incentives

Chances are good that the next automaker to come along dangling plans for a new factory will get a wallet-popping incentives offer from North Carolina.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 10:59 PM

Valuing teachers

During the campaign, while candidates were busy tossing around numbers about the North Carolina school budget and claiming to be champions of education, more teachers were packing up and leaving the state — or leaving the profession entirely. Now that the election is over, it's time for our legislators to get serious about supporting education.