Opinion: Editorials

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 04:50 PM

‘Reformation and rehabilitation’

When Joe Harvard announced his retirement in January last year, after more than three decades as pastor of Durham’s downtown First Presbyterian Church, he promised to continue to serve a community in which he already had made tremendous contributions.


Apr. 05, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

Moving forward on police concerns

The Durham Human Relations Commission is inching toward completion of its evaluation of a range of citizen complaints against the Police Department, and the results are likely to be a mixed bag.


Apr. 04, 2014 @ 02:07 PM

Taking on hunger

Food is one of the great driving forces in our lives and has been since man came into being. Whether your ancestors were hunters or gatherers, knowing where the next meal was coming from has rightly had a high place in our priorities, and with good reason.

After all, our very lives depend on sustenance we get from food. It’s our fuel.
And for those lacking it, the results can be bleak.
Data show that children who are in families that experience food shortages have two to four times the health problems as their counterparts.


Apr. 03, 2014 @ 04:53 PM

Our premier film festival

“Duke Today,” Duke University’s online newsletter, summed up the import of this weekend succinctly a few days ago:

“This weekend, Full Frame brings the film world's attention to Durham.”


Apr. 02, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

A major-league overhaul

The Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home to our beloved baseball team known worldwide from a certain motion picture, has long been considered one of the best minor-league parks in the country.


Apr. 01, 2014 @ 06:09 PM

The vanishing runoff

The revelation this week that Durham voters have been operating under a misunderstood process for choosing school board members for a decade is a head-scratcher.


Mar. 31, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Welcome, curlers

The Triangle is a wonderfully cosmopolitan place, and Durham exemplifies that with an extra dose of quirkiness that is its attraction to many people.

So what better place than the Triangle to be a hotbed of the ancient and somewhat under-recognized sport of curling? 


Mar. 30, 2014 @ 11:53 PM

Loosen school-calendar shackles

As the Durham Public Schools board – and other boards around the region – struggled with rescheduling to make up this winter’s unusually large number of missed school days, two principal culprits prompted the difficulties.


Mar. 28, 2014 @ 05:37 PM

New hope on East Main

Prospects are picking up that a downtown building no longer used by Durham County could continue to have a useful life.


Mar. 28, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

A call to action

City leaders were rightly disappointed and concerned this week by Durham County’s failure to move up in the health rankings among North Carolina counties.

For the second year, Durham ranked 17th healthiest among the state’s 100 counties. That’s behind Wake (No. 1), Orange (No. 2) and Chatham (No. 15). Durham’s other contiguous counties ranked lower: Person was No. 33, and Granville was No. 46.


Mar. 27, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Three generations of leadership

Durham has long been a magnet for people with strong leadership skills and business. A city that has embraced its transient nature, it quickly welcomes newcomers into the fold and bestows positions of civic leadership.

But the city also has a strong cadre of long-timers who have labored for years --sometimes generations -- to build today’s Durham.


Mar. 26, 2014 @ 06:21 PM

Curtailing false alarms

As security systems in homes and businesses have become ever more prevalent, no doubt many potential crimes have been prevented and residents’ and workers’ sense of safety increased.


Mar. 25, 2014 @ 05:11 PM

Nurturing women-owned business

In recent years, the number of women-owned businesses in this country and in this state has been increasing at a dramatic rate.

From 1997 to 2013, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States increased by 59 percent – significantly outpacing the overall 47 percent growth in businesses, according to statistics from the National Association of Women Business Owners.


Mar. 24, 2014 @ 06:16 PM

Connector’s start in sight

When the city of Durham first contemplated an East End Connector, U. S. soldiers were fighting in Vietnam.

Over the decades, the project has been fiercely debated, thought and rethought, and elbowed its way through the state Department of Transportation’s Byzantine and shifting priority-setting processes. At times, it has moved forward only to slip back.


Mar. 24, 2014 @ 12:04 AM

Let undocumented drive legally

Nearly 100 demonstrators marched in downtown Raleigh Saturday to urge North Carolina to issue drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants.

“Immigrants “play an important part in the economy of North Carolina,” the News and Observer quoted Ana Marie Reichenbach of Fuerza y Libertad (Strength and Liberty), the group that organized the march.”Part of that role can only be done when people have transportation without fear."