The Chapel Hill Herald: Editorial

Oct. 07, 2014 @ 10:20 PM

Another misstep in coal-ash cleanup effort

For a few months, it appeared that the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources had gotten tough with Duke Energy and its coal-ash dumps

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 08:52 AM

A bumpy road for ride-shares

It's been a bad stretch for Uber, the ride-sharing company that would like to convince cities and states across the country that it doesn't need much regulating.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 11:52 PM

McCory’s break from legislature

Gov. Pat McCrory said it with a smile, but there was a sharp edge to his explanation for not calling legislators back to Raleigh: "After a lengthy session, they need a break. And frankly, I need a break from them," he said in a videotaped statement.

The Republican governor's relations with Republican legislators can be illustrated by two incidents, one before and one after the session.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 12:42 AM

Throwing away money

It looks like one of our state legislature's new policies is going to lead to a significant increase in an important and creative industry.

No, not in North Carolina, but in Georgia and Louisiana.

Aug. 30, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

Better laws, not by-passed judges

Here's an unreasonable solution to unreasonably bad legislation: If an N.C. lawmaker votes for a bill that is subsequently rejected by the courts, that lawmaker must help pay for resources that went into defending the flawed law.

Absurd? Well, yes. But no more so than the latest legislative gem from N.C. Republicans.

Aug. 23, 2014 @ 11:50 PM

Many threats to tourism

Tourism in North Carolina is a $20 billion-a-year industry, and that's only counting what visitors -- traveling for recreation or on business -- actually spend here. That total does not take into account the total impact as employees and businesses that make a living in tourism pump the money back into the economy.

Aug. 16, 2014 @ 12:02 AM

Reverse course on school grades

The N.C. legislature, in a budget Gov. Pat McCrory signed, has delayed until after Jan.15 the issuance of new report cards with A-F grades for academic quality at each public school in the state. Instead of a delay, lawmakers should take this pause in implementation as an opportunity to ditch the idea entirely. It's unwise and problematic.

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 08:57 AM

Farm complaint secrecy is wrong

A provision in the N.C. Farm Act of 2014 passed by the legislature will shield complaints made against farming operations from public view, effectively exempting them from state open records laws. This is wrong.

Aug. 02, 2014 @ 08:07 AM

Time to rethink N.C. elections?

The recent Republican U.S. Senate primary in Mississippi should spur creative thinking about North Carolina's election system. Other states offer models in which election results more clearly reflect the will of all the voters.

Aug. 02, 2014 @ 07:47 AM

More openness for compensation process

A state bureaucracy making big decisions about vulnerable North Carolinians without letting them, or the public at large, know much about its work.

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 07:30 PM

FBI malfeasance undercuts death penalty

The death penalty's flaws have been well-documented. But a new report from the Justice Department's Inspector General reveals some of the most troubling evidence yet, and provides a fresh reminder of why North Carolina and other states will forever be on shaky ground until they abolish it.

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 08:05 AM

Sound and fury

Some residents have expressed relief that they won't be getting so many political phone calls and mailings now that the Republican 6th District congressional primary is finally over. Their bubble won't take long to burst. The coming election season will generate even more sound and fury.

Jul. 12, 2014 @ 11:54 PM

Pre-register teen voters

This is what happens when politics and ideology overrule common sense. In their zeal to "reform" the voting system in North Carolina, Republican lawmakers pushed through a change that has created confusion, more work and wasted money.

Jun. 28, 2014 @ 07:30 PM

Putting cell phone searches on hold

There's a chance your phone holds as much critical information about you as your home does. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court wisely acknowledged that digital reality in ruling unanimously that police need warrants to search the cell phones of people they arrest.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 08:04 AM

Strong, if flawed, start on coal ash

For more than 80 years, North Carolina has done almost nothing to regulate coal ash. Duke Energy and other utilities have been free to burn coal for generations and dump the toxic ash into unlined ponds. There was minimal protection for groundwater and nearby lakes and rivers.

Looked at in that context, the bill N.C. Senate leaders unveiled Monday is remarkable.