Opinion: Editorials

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 05:52 PM

A tainted name

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appears to be inching toward a decision to remove Williams Saunders' name from a prominent campus building after nearly 100 years.

Mar. 26, 2015 @ 06:36 AM

Literally "walking the walk'

Hats off -- and running/walking shoes on – for the workers at the Orange County Health Department. They are setting an example for us all.

Mar. 25, 2015 @ 06:38 AM

Legislature vs. cities, again

Forgive us if there seems to be a through-the-looking-glass, world-turned-upside down tinge to our General Assembly these days.

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 08:03 AM

Basking in basketball

Our basketball universe is much more in order than at this time a year ago.

Mar. 23, 2015 @ 08:56 AM

An award finally bestowed

If we’ve needed reminders that our nation’s heritage of racism and discrimination is far from erased, they have been legion lately.  From debates over racial profiling and anguished chants that “black lives matter” to sophomoric videos and notebooks that suggest that some fraternity chapters disgustingly invoke ante-bellum roots, it’s clear that for all the strides – legal, political, cultural – we’re far from a “post-racial” society.


Mar. 21, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

Keep public notices public

On a recent Friday morning, readers of this newspaper – whether they subscribed, bought a copy at a convenience store, dropped by the library or picked up a copy left on a park bench – could have learned, among other things, that:

-- A property owner on East Seeman Street seeks a variance from the Durham Board of Adjustment to build a fence higher than zoning rules normally would allow.

Mar. 21, 2015 @ 03:38 PM

Closing a vaccination loophole

North Carolina – like all other states – requires children to be vaccinated against several illnesses before they are allowed to attend public school.

Mar. 19, 2015 @ 05:28 PM

A long-awaited co-op

In recent years, Durham’s food scene has become increasingly diverse.

Our embrace of food trucks set the pace in the region, and the periodic food truck rodeos at downtown’s Central Park have become sprawling community events.

Mar. 19, 2015 @ 06:42 AM

Walk against hunger

For many people, “hunger” means, well, it’s a couple hours until dinner time, and can I wait or should I grab a snack?

But around the world, roughly 1 billion people struggle each day with real hunger – painful, energy- and health-sapping hunger. Most days, they worry about whether they will scrape together perhaps one meal.

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 06:38 AM

Fund driver's ed

It is both a coming-of-age ritual for teenagers across the North Carolina – and a program enshrined in the state’s regulations for licensing drivers.

It is the driver’s education program – driver’s ed to generations.

Mar. 16, 2015 @ 06:40 PM

St. Patrick’s lessons

Like much of the Southeast, North Carolina has relatively few Irish-American residents – certainly far fewer than in Northeastern strongholds such as Massachusetts.

Hence St. Patrick’s Day has tended to be a muted holiday in these parts. True, Raleigh had a parade this past weekend, and there have been and will be today small or private get-togethers in homes and the occasional Irish-branded pub.


Mar. 16, 2015 @ 08:25 AM

A dose of realism

City Manager Tom Bonfield has a soberingly blunt message about the city’s wish list of major capital projects. It is a message that is actually fairly obvious, but one any elected leader – or citizen, for that matter – might be inclined to avoid.

Mar. 15, 2015 @ 07:39 AM

Spreading living wages

Let’s say you make the state and federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, and let’s say you’re lucky enough to log 40 hours of work in a week – something impossible for many in those minimum-wage jobs.

You’ll earn $290.

Mar. 13, 2015 @ 06:04 PM

Hope in face of despair

Durham has many regular events of which we are justly proud, which celebrate the hallmarks of this community or exhibit its quirky, funky personality.

And then, it has the annual Vigil Against Violence.

Mar. 12, 2015 @ 11:23 PM

Legislative meddling

The script unfolding in the General Assembly this week is becoming about as tiresomely familiar as “It’s a Wonderful Life” on television during the Christmas season.