Opinion: Editorials

Jul. 07, 2015 @ 12:19 AM

Domestic terrorism’s threat

U. S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch delivered a blunt message last week that is worth remembering as we assess the risks and hazards in the world around us


Jul. 05, 2015 @ 12:04 PM

Tillis steps up again

Thom Tillis distinguished himself as speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives by advancing legislation to compensate victims of the state's eugenics program.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

Lay death penalty to rest

Until early in the past century, local governments were responsible for executing prisoners sentenced to death in North Carolina. In 1910, the state took over that responsibility, and in the state's first execution on March 18, 1910, Walter Morrison was put to death in the electric chair.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 07:14 AM

Reflections for the Fourth

With picnics and parades, backyard barbecues and public fireworks displays, today we’ll mark the anniversary of our country’s foundational document and the defiant act it proclaimed.


Jul. 03, 2015 @ 07:53 AM

Good times, good work

One of Durham’s most treasured and enjoyable events will unfold this weekend – the 
annual Festival for the Eno. 

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 07:50 AM

Unveiling a ‘SmART’ vision

Durham’s downtown renaissance has been celebrated and embraced as an engine of economic growth, cultural and culinary enhancement and a magnet for young entrepreneurs and the “creative class.”


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 04:36 PM

Budget delay challenging

Today is the last day of the state government’s fiscal year, but a budget for the year that begins Wednesday is nowhere in sight.

And there seems little urgency in Raleigh to rectify that.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 11:45 PM

Laudable effort for cemetery

On January 15, 1900, The Durham Sun published this observation (cited in cemeterycensus.com):

”The colored burying grounds, or cemetery, just beyond Mr. F. C. Geer's, out on the Roxboro road, is in rather bad shape. Numbers of the graves have sunken in, and in some instances not a thing can be seen to even indicate exactly where some of the graves are located. There are traces of where fire has recently burned the grass and straw over a portion of the burying ground, and several of the pine boards at the head and foot of the graves were burned, destroying all mark to show where the graves were.”


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 11:57 PM

It’s cool to walk

Signs are sprouting in downtown Durham with a simple message:

You can, from almost anywhere downtown these days, walk to some really cool stuff. “It is a 9 minute walk to coffee, burgers & music,” said the first of the signs to go up amid much ceremony Tuesday afternoon.


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 06:47 PM

In court decision, ‘loving won’

In May 2012, 75,544 voters in Durham County – seven out of every 10 who went to the polls -- rejected the proposed Amendment One to the North Carolina Constitution.


Jun. 26, 2015 @ 06:31 AM

ACA upheld, extend Medicaid

For some 500,000 North Carolinians, the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable 

Care Act means they will continue to have health insurance. 

Jun. 25, 2015 @ 07:06 AM

Banish a shameful symbol

We’ve found ourselves agreeing a good bit lately with Gov. Pat McCrory, perhaps seldom as strongly as with his call to stop the use of the Confederate battle flag on specialty license plates


Jun. 23, 2015 @ 03:06 PM

William Aycock’s legacy

William Brantley Aycock, who died Saturday at the age of 99, through the course of a long career made enormous contributions to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Jun. 22, 2015 @ 11:13 PM

‘Don’t let hate win’

Congressman G. K. Butterfield probably spoke for many on Sunday when he dropped in on two church services here to join in mourning the nine people gunned down in a Charleston church last week.


Jun. 22, 2015 @ 01:10 AM

A dramatic disparity

You don’t have to look very far or dig very deep to realize that, modern United States society values and celebrates athletics more than the arts.  ESPN in all its multi-layered channels and web streams draws a lot more viewers than PBS.