The Chapel Hill Herald: Editorial

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

More fixes needed for voter registration snags

The people who say North Carolina government is conspiring to prevent people from voting may have a case. We're not sure it's a big conspiracy, but there's no doubt that registering to vote isn't as easy as it should be.


Jun. 13, 2015 @ 09:31 PM

Red Cross' debacle in Haiti

When disaster strikes, the American Red Cross typically is one of the first charities Americans consider for donations.

But a series of detailed stories by NPR and ProPublica raise disturbing questions about the venerable charity's operations.


Jun. 13, 2015 @ 12:20 PM

Red Cross' debacle in Haiti

When disaster strikes, the American Red Cross typically is one of the first charities Americans consider for donations.

But a series of detailed stories by NPR and ProPublica raise disturbing questions about the venerable charity's operations. The latest report, published this month, relies on internal documents and extensive interviews to reveal the failures of the Red Cross' high-profile response to the devastating, 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010.


Jun. 06, 2015 @ 06:34 PM

Solar tax credits boon, not bane

Rep. Mike Hager isn't just tilting at windmills. He's looking to skewer the solar-electric industry too. In fact, he wants to deal what's likely a fatal blow to just about all of this state's efforts to cultivate renewable energy sources.


May. 30, 2015 @ 06:23 PM

Is N.C. serious about luring manufacturing?

The other Carolina thumped us again. This time it's a Volvo plant, which will sit just outside Charleston, not far from the Boeing plant that North Carolina also tried to win but couldn't.


May. 23, 2015 @ 06:37 PM

Health-care law spurs progress

When the Affordable Care Act and its insurance plans made their disastrous debut on the Internet nearly two years ago, the last thing journalists might've expected was an offer from President Obama's health-care secretary to drop by the newsroom for an in-person briefing on how things were going.


May. 16, 2015 @ 06:14 PM

Military sex assault reform falls short

Statistics can tell a compelling story. Or they can hide one. It depends on who's interpreting the numbers.


Apr. 28, 2015 @ 11:49 PM

Vietnam War memories, healing continue

We can't forget a war, even if we want to. It is seared into the souls of our soldiers, and of those who stayed home. The memory endures, even beyond the lifetimes of those who fought.


Apr. 25, 2015 @ 10:28 PM

Clear barriers to solar energy

An energy policy conservatives and liberals can agree on is free-market solar. North Carolina will be wise to promote it.


Apr. 11, 2015 @ 06:50 PM

April foolishness

We thought the state legislature convened in Raleigh.

Recently, it apparently met in Fantasy Land.


Apr. 04, 2015 @ 06:04 PM

The court's signal to North Carolina

North Carolina lawmakers now have one more reason to revisit the state's discriminatory legislative and congressional maps: The U.S. Supreme Court seems inclined to eventually make them do so.


Mar. 28, 2015 @ 12:12 PM

Fraternities living up to 'reputation'

"Boys will be .... prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

That's what one cardboard sign read at a protest by more than 100 students outside Penn State University's main administration building recently.


Mar. 21, 2015 @ 06:18 PM

Another failed N.C. power play

Add one member to the list of those who've been on the receiving end of the General Assembly's arrogance.

It's a not-so-exclusive club of cities and towns, councils and commissions that have been disregarded by a Republican legislature that believes it can do pretty much everything it wants -- and doesn't like to be told otherwise.


Mar. 14, 2015 @ 01:09 PM

Torture report obscures bigger issue

The Senate Intelligence Committee's report on America's torture program under President George W. Bush -- that it was badly run, that agency officials misled Congress about it, and that it was ineffective -- is in too many ways indicative of Washington's shortcomings: While pretending to keep government honest, the process and result missed the important point:

Torture is wrong.


Mar. 07, 2015 @ 10:45 PM

Fort Bragg needs help fighting budget cuts

The nation's security -- and to some extent, the world's -- depends on a strong, skilled rapid-response force at Fort Bragg