Opinion: Editorials

Sep. 22, 2014 @ 02:45 PM

Staying on a healthy path

The Partnership for a Healthy Durham’s website offers a fascinating snapshot into the health of the county’s population. In its State of the County Health Report, the partnership examines demographics, looks at the leading causes of death and examines the county’s six health priorities. It also spotlights emerging health issues.


Sep. 22, 2014 @ 10:47 AM

Rebuilding community trust

If panic is a poor stimulus of good public policy, complacency can be its enemy.

Sep. 22, 2014 @ 12:26 AM

Rebuilding community trust

If panic is a poor stimulus of good public policy, complacency can be its enemy.

Sep. 20, 2014 @ 11:08 PM

Cruel, unusual and irreversible

Henry McCollum spent more than 30 years of his life knowing that the State of North Carolina could end it. He was, until earlier this month, the longest-serving inmate on the state’s death row.
He was, until a judge concluded he was innocent of the crime for which he had been sentenced to death.

Sep. 19, 2014 @ 02:22 PM

Local oversight of charters

We applaud the Durham County Board of Education for working to further the conversation about cooperation and governance of charter schools and traditional public schools. Board members approached county commissioners at a recent joint meeting about asking state legislators for the power to decide when new charters can come online.


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 06:40 AM

No guarantees with charters

The results of the state’s standardized testing at Durham County’s public charter schools suggest a couple of reactions.

Sep. 18, 2014 @ 06:43 AM

Thinning teacher ranks

In a couple of years, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will no longer offer  education. The university, repositioning itself for budget realities and changing demands, will not be turning out undergraduates who will spread out to staff the state’s elementary and middle schools.

Sep. 16, 2014 @ 02:50 PM

Embracing immigrant children

For the past few months, we’ve seen dispiriting scenes across the country as the arrival of unattended immigrant children sparked anger and xenophobia.

Sep. 15, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

Athletes and the campus

A group of faculty and administrators at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill embarked on an intriguing discussion last week on housing facilities for athletes.

Sep. 15, 2014 @ 06:47 AM

Wait ’til next year

One strike.
That is how close our Durham Bulls came to winning a second straight International League Championship.

Sep. 13, 2014 @ 06:51 PM

Money in the bank

These days – well, we suppose, in most any point in history --  a segment of the population is angry over what it sees as wasteful, deficit spending by government, especially at the federal level.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 02:58 PM

Grant key to moving project forward

The idea of converting the former railroad corridor ringing downtown Durham into a trail has been around for quite a while, but very little progress has been made. The seller – Norfolk Southern – is asking $7.1 million for the land, and the city, wisely, is seeking other ways to raise funds to purchase the land besides dipping into the general fund.

Sep. 11, 2014 @ 06:53 PM

Winning against AIDS

In the decade or so after the first cases of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) were reported in the United States in the summer of 1981, the disease had devastating effects.

Sep. 10, 2014 @ 07:00 PM

Honoring first responders

It can be easy to take for granted the men and women who are the first to respond to a crime, a fire, a tragedy, a wreck or other mishap.

They may be invisible – or at least far out of mind.

Until, of course, the flames are engulfing your house, or your home or auto has been broken into or your partner goes into cardiac arrest at the mall.

Sep. 09, 2014 @ 05:06 PM

A robust region

Two stories on the front page of The Herald-Sun Tuesday said a good deal about the economic robustness of this region.