Opinion: Editorials

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 02:32 PM

Revamping sexual assault policy

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released its revised sexual assault policy Thursday, more than a year after an appointed task force began crafting it.

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 06:48 PM

Scams multiply – be vigilant

There seems to be no end to the new ways thieves can try to part us from our money.

One of the latest to surface here involves trying to convince people they should pay a spurious penalty for avoiding jury service.

Aug. 27, 2014 @ 04:45 PM

The shadow of Ferguson

About 800 miles separate Durham from Ferguson, Missouri, but the tragic and unsettling events in that St. Louis suburb have resonated here, as they have across most of the nation, these past three weeks.

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 05:14 PM

Another title: ‘Awesome’

If it’s late summer, the Durham Bulls must be winning.

Monday night, with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Gwinnett Braves, the Bulls clinched the International League’s South Division title.

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 07:07 PM

Recalibrating police arsenals

Photos and video footage of police in Ferguson, Missouri, confronting their citizens with high-powered assault rifles, armored vehicles and other military gear has ignited a national debate, and appropriately so.

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Seeking town-gown détente

As thousands of students swarmed back to our university campuses these past few days, this description might have resonated with many year-round residents, especially those living near the schools or concentrations of off-campus housing.

Aug. 23, 2014 @ 03:39 PM

Restoring trust

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield, in a guest column on this page, makes a number of important and valuable points about his review of the Police Department.

Aug. 23, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

Despite some bumps, good progress with our new press

In November 1942, after British forces had won a decisive victory – their first of the war – against German forces in North Africa, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in one of his more famous lines, told the House of Commons:

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 04:34 PM

A new school year

Summer comes to an unofficial end Monday for children in local school systems.

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 08:50 AM

Kicking off the fall ritual

Trip the switch on those Friday night lights – high school football returns to the area this weekend.

Aug. 20, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

‘Unexplained racial disparity’

City Manager Tom Bonfield’s request that the police department explain why the vast majority of marijuana arrests in this city are of black people suggests two reactions.

Aug. 19, 2014 @ 05:24 PM

The calm after the storm

When then-Gov. Beverly Perdue tapped Leon Stanback, a retired Superior Court judge, to be Durham’s district attorney 2 ½ years ago, the office was in the midst of its second tempest in a handful of years.

Aug. 18, 2014 @ 04:55 PM

Biding the times

The Durham Public Schools board prudently opted for caution last week on an issue that was likely to roil parents and teachers alike because it hits them in an important area: their schedules and routines.

Aug. 17, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

Worth the wait

Sometimes, two very commendable goals wind up in conflict.

When that happens, a solution that maximally meets both goals while sacrificing neither may be difficult to find. That does not mean it is not worth searching.

Aug. 16, 2014 @ 04:02 PM

A hasty, unwise change

Philip Price, veteran chief financial officer for the N. C. Department of Public Instruction, called a shift in the way the state will calculate funding for local school districts “the largest change in the budget in my lifetime.”