The Chapel Hill Herald: Editorial

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.

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 08:34 AM

Maya Angelou’s humanity


Maya Angelou's memorial service June 7 at Wake Forest University was one that will go down in Wake Forest history, and, for that matter, in Winston-Salem history.

Jun. 05, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

SBI move looks political

The N.C. Department of Public Safety employs more than 26,000 people. It runs prisons, the Highway Patrol, emergency management services, juvenile detention facilities, Alcohol Law Enforcement, the Capitol police and the National Guard. Can it add the State Bureau of Investigation?

May. 31, 2014 @ 12:12 AM

Another chance

When do kids become adults in the eyes of the law? Last month, the N.C. House of Representatives decided it wants to rewrite the answer. It passed and sent to the Senate the Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act, which would remove 16- and 17-year-olds who are charged with misdemeanors from the adult criminal-justice system and handle their cases in juvenile court.

May. 24, 2014 @ 10:24 AM

Child workers at risk in fields

Many North Carolina residents recall long, hot summer days working in tobacco fields as youngsters. Few remember the experience as easy or pleasant.

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.