Opinion: Editorials

Nov. 26, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

A day for gratitude

By the time you read this newspaper, chances are you are in the final stages of making that Thanksgiving meal, or perhaps you just stepped off a plane and are finally home to visit with friends and family.

Nov. 25, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

UNC should let in some light

As the fallout from last month’s release of the report by Kenneth Wainstein continues, the flagship campus of the UNC system has reacted by holding on to public records related to the report. It’s the wrong way for UNC to treat the public that supports it.

Nov. 24, 2014 @ 02:20 PM

The other Bull City brew

Durham has become known for its small beer breweries that make use of local and seasonal ingredients. In 2014, Durham also has been placed on the map for that other brew so important to the proper maintenance of daily life and sanity – coffee.

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 09:29 AM

Local boards know best on calendar

The N. C. General Assembly’s passion in the past decade to micromanage school calendars stands among the most bone-headed of decisions.

Nov. 21, 2014 @ 01:21 PM

Keeping Durham a welcoming place

A decade ago and before then, no one in Durham would have believed that downtown, particularly the area inside the Loop, would some day eclipse the South Square business district. What a difference 20 years -- along with a lot of polish, hard work and public-private investment – can make.

Nov. 20, 2014 @ 02:33 PM

Err on the side of openness

One of the greatest gifts of democracy is the concept of openness in government, the belief that citizens who support the government should see its proceedings and records, warts and all. On the federal level, this idea led to the creation of the Freedom of Information Act. In North Carolina, the Open Meetings Law and Open Records Law protect public access to government.

Nov. 19, 2014 @ 12:52 PM

Getting our money’s worth

An in-house audit raises some good questions about whether city residents are getting their money’s worth, as well as the best public service, from a policy that allows some city employees to take home city-owned vehicles. This is a policy that should be refined and tweaked, but not ended.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 03:12 PM

A matter of public health

A proposal before a General Assembly study panel that would attach cameras to school buses to catch drivers who flout the law about not passing stopped buses raises two questions: Why do we need a law to enforce what is common sense, and should be common courtesy? And do we really want more cameras, hidden or otherwise, watching us?

Nov. 17, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

Bipartisan success possible

Given the partisan rancor in the past couple of General Assembly sessions, it may be hard to remember that the state’s elected leaders do know how to forge bipartisan solutions.

Nov. 16, 2014 @ 08:25 AM

Proud moment for Durham

Growing up in Durham, Loretta Lynch more than once encountered the vestiges of discrimination, legal and social, against African Americans. 

Nov. 14, 2014 @ 04:11 PM

Keeping it in perspective

From his state of Zen, pro basketball executive Phil Jackson makes it sound so easy. “Basketball is a simple game,” the former pro coach and player says. “Your goal is penetration, get the ball close to the basket, and there are three ways to do that. Pass, dribble and offensive rebound.”


Nov. 13, 2014 @ 05:15 PM

Only a little over the limit….

Enforcing traffic laws is one of those things we all enthusiastically support – until, perhaps, we’re stopped for driving 45 miles an hour in a 35-mile-an-hour zone.

Nov. 12, 2014 @ 05:46 PM

Keep Whitted plan afloat

Plans to renovate the historic Whitted School building on Umstead Street have faced plenty of headwinds, but three local government units seem poised to get it past the latest hurdle.

Nov. 11, 2014 @ 05:13 PM

Good start on later bells

If the longest journey does begin with but a single step, then we suppose the Durham Public Schools potential move to slightly later start times for schools next year is promising.

Nov. 11, 2014 @ 07:45 AM

Honoring our veterans

Today, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, will mark the moment 96 years ago when an armistice took effect to end “the great war” that had ravaged Europe for four years.