Opinion: Editorials

Mar. 13, 2015 @ 06:04 PM

Hope in face of despair

Durham has many regular events of which we are justly proud, which celebrate the hallmarks of this community or exhibit its quirky, funky personality.

And then, it has the annual Vigil Against Violence.


Mar. 12, 2015 @ 11:23 PM

Legislative meddling

The script unfolding in the General Assembly this week is becoming about as tiresomely familiar as “It’s a Wonderful Life” on television during the Christmas season.


Mar. 12, 2015 @ 06:42 AM

A debate the state needs

Reacting to a spate of controversies of police use of force and disproportionate traffic and other stops against minorities, a group of Democratic state legislators have introduced a bill in the General Assembly to ban racial profiling by law enforcement.


Mar. 10, 2015 @ 12:41 AM

A timely trip to Cuba

In December, when President Barack Obama announced he was ending a half-century of policy of isolating and fencing off Cuba, he talked among other things about the opportunity for travel.


Mar. 08, 2015 @ 11:59 PM

Let the madness begin

March, of course, is named for Mars, the Roman god of war – the second most important deity in the Roman pantheon.

“Important festivals and ceremonies, usually connected to the preparation and closure of military campaigns, were held in honour of the god in March and October and carried out by Mars' specially dedicated priests, the flamen Martialis,” the Ancient History Encyclopedia tells us. 

Around here, all that seems entirely appropriate


Mar. 08, 2015 @ 06:35 PM

Obama needs GOP for Asian trade deal

Michael Froman received from a Harvard Law School classmate, Barack Obama, a job that validates the axiom that the unlikelihood of any negotiation reaching agreement grows by the square of the number of parties involved. In trade negotiations, even one's own country is troublesome, as the catfish conundrum illustrates. And the degree of difficulty in achieving a free trade pact is proportional to the number of Democrats in Congress.


Mar. 08, 2015 @ 08:55 AM

Welcoming the 'most vulnerable'

More than 2,100 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed with sponsors – often family members – in North Carolina, according to the U.S. Office of Refugee and Resettlement.


Mar. 06, 2015 @ 04:44 PM

Trimming suspensions

It is easy to see why a teacher or other school official might want to suspend a troublesome student. As a research summary from Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy noted in 2010, suspensions are effective in:

-- “Removing a problematic student from school.

-- “Providing temporary relief to frustrated school personnel.

-- “Raising parental attention to their child’s misconduct.”


Mar. 05, 2015 @ 11:01 PM

An important review

North Carolina Central University is enjoying exciting success after entering the top tier of college athletic competition four years ago.

Its men’s basketball team has clinched the regular-season championship in the Middle-Eastern Athletic Conference. If it defeated arch-rival N. C. A & T Thursday night, it will have completed an undefeated regular season. It has high hopes of winning its second straight conference tournament title and thus heading for the NCAA tournament for the second year.


Mar. 05, 2015 @ 01:39 PM

We need a balanced diet of news and information

Thank you for reading this column. It’s not just that I appreciate your interest in what I have to say. I appreciate the fact that you are reading this publication at all. According to a recent set of surveys by the Pew Research Center, a distressing number of our fellow citizens rely mostly on television to inform themselves about politics and government.


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.