Opinion: Editorials

Mar. 03, 2015 @ 06:28 PM

A hard test of principles

It is not easy decisions that test our allegiance to a principle or a creed. It is the hard ones.

Mar. 03, 2015 @ 08:23 AM

Don’t punish successful cities

An increase sought by Gov. Pat McCrory in a state economic-development incentive is likely to incite yet more urban-envy among legislators from the state’s smaller towns and urban areas.

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 03:07 PM

Local calendar decisions best

It is an example of the absurdity of North Carolina’s law on local, public school calendars that it specifically notes that “There are no educational purpose waivers for exemption of the opening and/or closing dates.” Of course. Why should educational purposes have any bearing on decisions involving our schools?

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 04:36 PM

A regrettable rejection

When the Senate Judiciary endorsed Loretta Lynch, who grew up in Durham, to be attorney general of the United States, it was predictable Democrats would support her.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 12:19 PM

Don’t stand in the door

Remember the phrase, often used in reference to this country’s involvement in the Vietnam War, “being on the wrong side of history”? Decades from now historians likely will use the phrase when writing about North Carolina’s current Legislature and its continuing efforts to oppose same-sex marriage.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 06:43 AM

A question of compensation

Durham taxpayers appreciate, we’re sure, the city’s being careful steward of the moneyit collects from residents and businesses. 

Feb. 22, 2015 @ 02:15 PM

Vaccinate – it’s vital

State health officials are right to urge North Carolina parents to get their children vaccinated for measles — even if there have been no cases reported in the state this year so far. Considering the severity of the disease and the ease with which it spreads, depriving children of vaccinations is not a risk worth taking.

Feb. 22, 2015 @ 02:06 PM

Apt advice on police HQ

Durham City Councilman Don Moffitt sounded an important alarm last week as the council neared approval of an architect for a new police headquarters on the eastern edge of downtown.

Feb. 20, 2015 @ 05:47 PM

Steady as it goes

A year ago, Mayor Bill Bell laid down a gauntlet in his annual State of the City message.  Echoing Lyndon Johnson a half-century earlier, he declared war on poverty.

Feb. 19, 2015 @ 06:28 PM

Higher education pays

Debate has been vigorous in recent years over the real value of college education. 

Some have questioned whether a liberal arts education, for example, is worth the cost and suggested that we should ask our institutions of higher learning to be more focused on concrete job skills and practical education. 

Feb. 18, 2015 @ 05:47 PM

Rx for nutrition

How do you help low-income families who may not be able to afford the fresh fruits and vegetables we know are important to the health of their young children?

Feb. 17, 2015 @ 11:50 AM

Sliding by the storm

What would winter in the Triangle be without at least one good storm to remind us of what our neighbors from the north took for granted – and, we might add, often moved here to escape.

Feb. 17, 2015 @ 06:49 AM

Heroes at the grass roots

Monday, we applauded on this page two high-profile community leaders honored last week by the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Sunday evening, the Inter-Neighborhood Council reminded us that community leadership exists not just at the pinnacles of industry and government, but throughout our city at the grass-roots level.

Feb. 15, 2015 @ 05:36 PM

Richly deserved awards

In 1990, Durham’s future was uncertain. Downtown was, in popular local parlance, a place where tumbleweeds might roll over you.  American Tobacco, whose factories had employed thousands of Durhamites and, with Liggett and Myers, dominated the city’s industrial economy for generations, had closed three years before.

Feb. 15, 2015 @ 02:45 PM

April rocks in Durham

The month of April holds much promise and more than a few problems.

Most notable for many is the problem posed by Tax Day – April 15, the deadline for filing state and federal tax returns. For procrastinators and tax preparers, it makes the first half of the month (or the final hours before midnight April 15) a rough slog.