The Chapel Hill Herald: Editorial

May. 10, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

Ghosts in the machine

With the polls closed and several high-profile verdicts pending in Tuesday's primary, State Board of Elections computers used an old cinematic device to build suspense: slow motion.

May. 03, 2014 @ 09:08 AM

Fatal distraction

The photo of Courtney Sanford's smiling face was transmitted all around the world. Her death was too tragically ironic for news organizations to resist.

The 32-year-old Clemmons woman was killed just moments after posting "selfie" photos and a "happy" message on Facebook -- while driving.

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 11:11 PM

Fully disclose charter salaries

It's disappointing that officials of some N.C. charter schools are trying to evade full disclosure of who gets paid what at the schools. Charters are "public" schools and should be subject to the same transparency requirements as all other public schools.

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 01:15 AM

Falling unemployment hurts some

A falling unemployment rate might produce bad news for North Carolina residents who still can't find work.

Changes in state law link benefits to the jobless rate. As it drops, payments run out sooner.

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 01:53 AM

The inside story

The Republicans who passed sweeping voting law changes last year said the measures were meant to prevent fraud and improve the election process.

Critics alleged more sinister motives. They claimed many, if not all, of the measures put in place were designed to reduce voting by minorities or Democrats in general

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 10:46 PM

Unfounded fears on Common Core

There may be some valid reasons to worry about the Common Core academic standards. Communism, pornography, social engineering, sex education and the Muslim Brotherhood are not among them. Yet, those were among the horrors cited at a legislative research committee hearing in Raleigh recently.

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 08:49 AM

Franklin Graham's new ally against gays

So Franklin Graham thinks America would be better off if our president cracked down on homosexuals the way Russian President Vladimir Putin has.

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 10:29 PM

A new, disturbing intelligence target

After revelations that the National Security Agency monitored Americans' phone and Internet use, and that the NSA spied on close allies like Germany and France, it probably shouldn't be surprising that our intelligence agencies have found another frontier to violate. But it appears our government is spying on itself.

Mar. 08, 2014 @ 01:17 AM

Poverty pockets threaten cities

North Carolina's metro mayors heard a sobering report when they met in Charlotte recently

Poverty is a bigger problem for them than it is for the state's economically distressed small towns and rural areas.

Mar. 01, 2014 @ 08:52 AM

Chasing money wrong for judges

State judicial candidates are raising money like it's 2002.

The public finance system has been killed, so it's back to hitting up lawyers and lobbyists for most of the money needed to fuel statewide campaigns — maybe more money than ever.

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