Opinion: Editorials

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 05:20 PM

Success’s challenges

Two decades ago the new Durham Bulls Athletic Park signaled, if not necessarily the end of downtown’s long decline, at least the beginning of the end.

A decade ago, as businesses moved into the American Tobacco complex, one of the most extensive historic preservation projects in the state, the decline’s end was pretty clearly behind us and significant rebirth had begun.


Apr. 21, 2014 @ 06:15 PM

Eroding local control

We’ve been alarmed at many threads coursing through the General Assembly, but one of the more ironic has been the Republican majority’s efforts to circumscribe and undermine city governments.


Apr. 20, 2014 @ 05:23 PM

Easing town-gown strains

An article in a British Heritage guide to Oxford, England, recalls a nasty example of town-gown relations on St. Scholastrica's Day (February 10) in 1354.

“It started innocently enough,” wrote editor David Ross, “when some students drinking at the Swyndlestock Tavern, close to the Carfax Tower, accused the landlord of serving them ‘indifferent wine.’ The argument escalated until townsfolk came to the defence of the innkeeper.


Apr. 19, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Easter’s messages

Perhaps you’ll mark today with an Easter egg hunt, in your home or with a larger group.

Perhaps you’ll gather around the dinner table – or the picnic table – for ham and other traditional Easter dishes, chocolate bunnies included.

Chances are good, if you are a Christian, your day will include some time in church, even if you’re one of those sometimes referred to as “C and Es.”


Apr. 18, 2014 @ 04:58 PM

Making history

An organization called LEARN NC has a wonderful web page authored by director Kathryn Walbert about the importance of oral history in our society.

She points out that there’s likely to be far more documentation surrounding the lives of well-known people than your average Joe. Reconstructing what daily life is like for most people would be difficult without the spoken word.


Apr. 17, 2014 @ 07:15 PM

A climate for caution

Fort Hood. Sandy Hook Elementary School. Washington Naval Yard. An Aurora, Colo., movie theater. The Boston Marathon.
We have had no shortage in recent years of tragic incidents in which someone visits death upon innocents in public places or at public events.
Given that context, it is no wonder Duke University, N. C. Central University and Durham Public Schools are adding a layer of security to high school graduations. This spring, anyone attending the graduations – held on the universities’ campuses – will need an admission ticket.


Apr. 16, 2014 @ 05:25 PM

Persistence saves public money

The city’s persistence is paying off in cleaning up a host of problems with unfinished infrastructure work in nascent subdivisions upended by the 2008 housing crash.


Apr. 15, 2014 @ 05:06 PM

A delicate balance

The Durham Public Schools board has given a clearer indication of a question many have pondered since Eric Becoats resigned in December – will this board choose his successor, or the board that takes office after the May 6 election?


Apr. 14, 2014 @ 07:12 PM

Lifesaving power

Delores Benton Evans is 66 years old today, and a practicing attorney.

If it weren’t for a tragic accident -- and generous foresight -- she would not be alive today.


Apr. 13, 2014 @ 03:36 PM

Taxes, the price we pay

With millions of procrastinators on their final sprint to the midnight Tuesday deadline for filing our income-tax returns for last year, no doubt even those who are comfortable with the idea of the progressive income tax may utter a grumble or two.


Apr. 12, 2014 @ 03:54 PM

Good news, bad news in jobless rate

It is a sign of the robust health of the Research Triangle area’s economy and the continuing recovery from the Great Recession that unemployment in Durham has dropped to its lowest level in nearly six years.


Apr. 11, 2014 @ 03:38 PM

Search for solutions to sexual violence

Most perpetrators of sexual violence are men. Most are white. Most know the person they attack.

About 17 percent of women and 3 percent of men in the U.S. say they have been raped or experienced an attempted rape, according to the National Institute of Justice. Fifteen percent of sexual assault and rape victims are under 12, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Forty-four percent are under 18. Eighty percent are under 30.


Apr. 10, 2014 @ 07:32 PM

Believing in ‘Magic’

Earvin “Magic” Johnson was a Hall of Fame basketball player whose prowess at Michigan State University and with the Los Angeles Lakers made him one of the most revered – and well-paid – athletes of his generation.


Apr. 09, 2014 @ 06:35 PM

Stalled bill could save lives

If schools stored emergency epinephrine injectors, the medicine that quickly treats a severe allergic reaction could literally be a lifesaver for some children.


Apr. 08, 2014 @ 02:47 PM

Treating young offenders as youths

By coincidence, two stories on the front page of this newspaper Saturday called attention to a corrosive problem – and two approaches to addressing it.
The issue, which more and more people realize poses serious long-term consequences, is the growing number of young men and women – mostly men – ensnared in the judicial process. Granted, this is not about the wrongly charged or stereotypically suspected – a serious problem in its own right, but a different one.