The Chapel Hill Herald: Editorial

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

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.