The Chapel Hill Herald: Editorial

Feb. 22, 2014 @ 08:54 AM

More legal losses for state GOP

If legislating were an Olympic competition, Republicans in North Carolina wouldn't be within sniffing distance of a medal anytime soon. Because judges don't seem to like much that comes out of Raleigh.


Feb. 08, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Tax penalty ahead

North Carolina's political leaders are all about cutting costs for businesses, except when they're not.

Employers could pay more than $80 million in federal tax penalties next year, thanks to the state's decision to deny expansion of Medicaid coverage.


Feb. 01, 2014 @ 04:12 PM

Governor has it right

Gov. Pat McCrory has it right. North Carolina should not appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's requirement that women seeking abortions be shown a narrated ultrasound before the procedure. 


Jan. 09, 2014 @ 09:31 AM

Employment spin

After North Carolina cut unemployment benefits last summer, people went out and got jobs.

That's the compelling story line Republicans are spreading to explain one reason for the state's rapidly falling unemployment rate. It was 8.9 percent in July, when extended benefits ended and weekly payments decreased, and it declined steadily to 7.4 percent in November.


Dec. 11, 2013 @ 09:46 PM

CDC report shows danger at Camp Lejeune

The horror of Camp Lejeune, already one of the worst cases of drinking water contamination in American history, continues to grow. So does the shame of the U.S. Marine Corps


Dec. 07, 2013 @ 09:28 AM

Right to assemble

Wake County District Court Judge Joy Hamilton brushed aside constitutional claims Wednesday and convicted a dozen Moral Monday demonstrators of trespassing and violating legislative building rules. The defendants should prevail on appeal.


Nov. 23, 2013 @ 08:56 AM

No winners yet in education case

When the N.C. Supreme Court dismissed a legal challenge to the state's preschool program earlier this month, Senate leader Phil Berger declared victory. He was wrong. There was no winner.


Nov. 16, 2013 @ 11:27 AM

Honoring Hodding Carter III

Nearly eight years ago, Hodding Carter III joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Nov. 09, 2013 @ 10:40 AM

Celebrating Native American heritage

“As the first people to live on the land we all cherish, American Indians and Alaska Natives have profoundly shaped our country's character and our cultural heritage. Today, Native Americans are leaders in every aspect of our society -- from the classroom, to the boardroom, to the battlefield."


Nov. 02, 2013 @ 01:59 PM

Leaving no child behind

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, year in and year out, is one of the most outstanding school districts in the state. Its students’ test scores are stratospheric, its graduates head off to top colleges and universities and the quality of the schools is a compelling factor in drawing families with school-age children to the towns.


Oct. 12, 2013 @ 03:54 PM

Pomp and consequences

This weekend kicks off a big week for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Oct. 05, 2013 @ 09:34 AM

Ensuring campus safety

Last spring, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was reeling from assertions that it was lax in its handling of sexual assaults.


Sep. 29, 2013 @ 09:25 AM

Curbing accidental alarms

As young children, we were excited when we heard the sirens and saw the flashing lights of a fire truck racing down the street.
If we have a fire or a medical emergency, we’re grateful for the speedy arrival of first responders. And if a would-be thief sets off the burglar alarm in our home or office, we’re glad to know it will bring police hurrying to perhaps catch the perpetrator before he or she can leave the scene.


Sep. 21, 2013 @ 08:34 AM

Thursday-night lights

It is a ritual that stretches back decades, a tableau that has shaped the memories of hundreds of thousands of friends and alumni of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Sep. 07, 2013 @ 12:41 PM

A remarkable tenure

If you’re, say, 30 years old, living in Orange County and need to call the sheriff to report a break-in at your home or apartment, think about this:

When the current sheriff took over as the county’s top law enforcement officer, you weren’t born.