The Chapel Hill Herald: Editorial

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.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 10:41 PM

Twelve reasons we should be thankful

There are an infinite number of things we can be thankful for.  We can forget them when times are rough.  Here are some of the things we can be thankful for.

Nov. 15, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

Where to now for McCrory?

Dear Gov. McCrory,

We recognize that your reelection campaign, like that of most politicians, started the day after you were elected in 2012. Now it ramps up in earnest, with the midterms behind us and the next two years a blank canvas.

Nov. 08, 2014 @ 03:19 PM

UNCG's fine mess of its own making

UNCG's aggressive, shock-and-awe response to alleged freelance work on company time by three former employees is looking clumsier and curiouser by the minute.

Oct. 25, 2014 @ 07:09 PM

Army retooling may focus on preventing war

Anyone wondering what the Army's future looks like got a good preview recently at a discussion during the Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington.

Oct. 14, 2014 @ 10:24 PM

The lesson of the Ebola outbreak

Just six months ago, the director of the National Institutes of Health warned that a decade of budget stresses was causing the NIH to reject half the worthwhile research proposals it received. Scientific progress was in jeopardy, Francis Collins told the USA Today editorial board. Researchers were considering leaving the U.S. for careers overseas.

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.