Opinion: Editorials

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:


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 04:22 PM

Weighing single-gender classes

Single-gender education, which roiled the Durham Public Schools board and the administration of then-Superintendent Eric Becoats last year, shows signs of continuing to be a prime topic for discussion.

Oct. 15, 2014 @ 07:14 PM

Playing against Jim Crow

From the vantage point of the second decade of the 21st century, it is increasingly hard to remember – as those who experienced it age and pass on – how egregious was segregation in the South through in the first half of the last century.

Oct. 14, 2014 @ 05:13 PM

Our fascinating fair

For hundreds of thousands of North Carolina residents, one of the year’s most anticipated events kicks off Thursday.

Oct. 13, 2014 @ 03:34 PM

Preserving our past

Tucked away on the third floor of the Durham County Library downtown is a marvelous chronicle of Durham’s history.

Oct. 13, 2014 @ 08:49 AM

Goodbye, Columbus Day?

Today is observed as Columbus Day because of our love for three-day weekends, although Sunday was the 522nd anniversary of the day Christopher Columbus landed in what was to him and his fellow Europeans a new world.

But this, as the Pew Research Center puts it, “is one of the most inconsistently celebrated U.S. holidays.” With good reason.  Since it was first declared a federal holiday in 1934, modern scholarship and sensibilities have accepted a more critical view of the Spanish-financed, Italian-born “admiral of the ocean seas.” 

Oct. 11, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

Moderating school suspensions

In the not so distant past, schools across the country –Durham was no exception – figured the solution to keeping order in schools was a variation of the “get tough on crime” mantra then in vogue.

If students acted up or broke the rules, suspend them.

Oct. 10, 2014 @ 04:28 PM

A fresh face

It’s been 18 months and $4.8 million in the making. This morning at 10, the symbolic ribbon cutting will take place to celebrate the completion of the Angier-Driver Streetscape project.


Oct. 09, 2014 @ 05:21 PM

Court’s unfortunate decision

Hopes that two restrictive provisions of last year’s changes to North Carolina’s voting law would be set aside for the Nov. 4 election have proved to be brief and elusive.