Opinion: Editorials

Oct. 31, 2014 @ 02:30 PM

Editorial: Cycling and safety

The idea put forth by Kent Winberry’s former co-workers to sponsor a bike rack in his memory is an important one. First, it’s a lovely tribute to the 52-year-old bicyclist who was hit by a vehicle while cycling last month, and later died from his injuries. But it also serves to again focus the community’s attention on the need to improve safety for bicyclists as they share the streets with automotive vehicles.


Oct. 30, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

Keeping Halloween fun, not frightful

"Halloween is a holiday of many mysterious customs," observes the Library of Congress American Folklife Center website.

Oct. 29, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Chuck Grubb’s grit

Virtually every politician has at one time or another cited the familiar theme of courage over popularity.

When the chips or down, he or she will say, I’ll vote for what is best for the city/county/state/nation. Many of my constituents may be arrayed against it, the officer holder will say, but, hey, this isn’t a popularity contest.

Oct. 29, 2014 @ 09:21 AM

Minimizing pain of progress

The friction between public works projects and the public is so unavoidable as to be a cliché of modern life (and probably ancient life, too, for that matter).

Oct. 27, 2014 @ 05:46 PM

Talking ‘the talk’

It is unsettling, in the United States in 2014, to read of programs such one at Hillside High School last week that, in reporter Gregory Childress’s account, was “designed to teach young men how to avoid a confrontation with police officer.”

Oct. 26, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

Dethroning the SAT

Some eyebrows may have been raised by plans for a pilot program at N. C. Central University and two other historically black campuses in the UNC system to admit students with SAT scores below the minimum standard. Instead, the schools will place more emphasis on high school grade-point average in admitting up to 100 students a year.

Oct. 25, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

An urban opportunity

Now that the City Council has settled on 4.5 acres on East Main Street as the site of a new police headquarters, it’s time for an intense community conversation on how to develop the site.

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 03:24 PM

Academics vs. athletics

If you listen to head UNC football coach Larry Fedora, it seems there’s no problem at UNC. His tin ear as Chapel Hill’s academic and athletic scandal continues to unfold is astonishing.


Oct. 23, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Two decades of shame

A paragraph near the beginning of Kenneth Wainstein’s devastating report on academic fraud at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said far more than its few words about why the scandal is so disillusioning.

Oct. 22, 2014 @ 06:19 PM

Let the voting begin

Winston Churchill, the imminently quotable wartime prime minister of Great Britain, is remembered – often slightly misremembered – for this observation to the House of Commons 67 years ago:

“No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…”

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 06:13 PM

Nurturing best and brightest

Sean Fahey has achieved financial success as a successful hedge fund manager, but he can remember what is like to need a boost to achieve his goals.

Oct. 20, 2014 @ 06:53 PM

Prudent, not prudish, cuts

Administrators at UNC-Chapel Hill have been working to respond to a mandate from the system’s Board of Governors to reduce the student health fee.

Oct. 20, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Another innocent man

Willie Henderson Womble of Durham spent nearly 40 years in prison, convicted of the 1975 murder of a convenience-store clerk in Butner.

Oct. 18, 2014 @ 10:43 AM

Challenge of airport economics

Taxpayers may find jarring Raleigh-Durham Airport’s signal to local governments that airlines will be looking for deals if they are to launch more international flights here.

Oct. 17, 2014 @ 02:12 PM

Fighting crime with literacy

The correlation between illiteracy and crime is well documented. The following information, for instance is readily available on a host of sites advocating literacy: