The Chapel Hill Herald: Editorial

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


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.