Opinion: Editorials

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.

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 04:50 PM

‘Reformation and rehabilitation’

When Joe Harvard announced his retirement in January last year, after more than three decades as pastor of Durham’s downtown First Presbyterian Church, he promised to continue to serve a community in which he already had made tremendous contributions.

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

Moving forward on police concerns

The Durham Human Relations Commission is inching toward completion of its evaluation of a range of citizen complaints against the Police Department, and the results are likely to be a mixed bag.

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 02:07 PM

Taking on hunger

Food is one of the great driving forces in our lives and has been since man came into being. Whether your ancestors were hunters or gatherers, knowing where the next meal was coming from has rightly had a high place in our priorities, and with good reason.

After all, our very lives depend on sustenance we get from food. It’s our fuel.
And for those lacking it, the results can be bleak.
Data show that children who are in families that experience food shortages have two to four times the health problems as their counterparts.

Apr. 03, 2014 @ 04:53 PM

Our premier film festival

“Duke Today,” Duke University’s online newsletter, summed up the import of this weekend succinctly a few days ago:

“This weekend, Full Frame brings the film world's attention to Durham.”