Opinion: Editorials

Jul. 13, 2015 @ 02:04 PM

Revving up Meals on Wheels

For those of you who may think government is reactive, slow to change, prone to doing what it’s always done absent some squeaking wheels, consider the Durham County Department of Social Services and the invaluable Meals on Wheels program.


Jul. 13, 2015 @ 12:00 AM

Texas justice trouncing Roberts over court precedent

decision. Two participants in this debate are the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court and a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. The latter is trouncing the former.


Jul. 12, 2015 @ 10:49 PM

New NCCU student union needed

When N. C. Central University’s Alfonso Elder Student Union was built in the 1960s, it was designed to serve about 2,500 students.


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 10:12 PM

A closed diner’s impact

The vision that Joe Bushfan realized with the opening in early 2010 of Joe’s Diner encompassed far more than being the “home of the one-pound hot dog.” Over the short five years since, Bushfan and his diner have earned repeated accolades.


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 07:12 AM

Good deeds, people to note

It’s a hot mid-July Saturday, a good time to take note of some good people and good deeds.


Jul. 10, 2015 @ 11:26 AM

Pushing back against backlash

In a forum at the Chapel Hill Public Library Wednesday night, Director Susan Brown offered a succinct summary of a library’s mission.

“We’re a place for learning more, and we’re a place where community conversations can and should take place,” Brown said.


Jul. 09, 2015 @ 07:57 AM

Monumental questions

The surging, overdue wave of efforts across the South to remove the Confederate battle flag from state capitols and other government grounds, and to banish the flag from its place on specialty license tags in states including North Carolina, is raising difficult questions about the region’s ubiquitous monuments to Confederate soldiers and the Confederate cause.


Jul. 07, 2015 @ 12:19 AM

Domestic terrorism’s threat

U. S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch delivered a blunt message last week that is worth remembering as we assess the risks and hazards in the world around us


Jul. 05, 2015 @ 12:04 PM

Tillis steps up again

Thom Tillis distinguished himself as speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives by advancing legislation to compensate victims of the state's eugenics program.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

Lay death penalty to rest

Until early in the past century, local governments were responsible for executing prisoners sentenced to death in North Carolina. In 1910, the state took over that responsibility, and in the state's first execution on March 18, 1910, Walter Morrison was put to death in the electric chair.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 07:14 AM

Reflections for the Fourth

With picnics and parades, backyard barbecues and public fireworks displays, today we’ll mark the anniversary of our country’s foundational document and the defiant act it proclaimed.


Jul. 03, 2015 @ 07:53 AM

Good times, good work

One of Durham’s most treasured and enjoyable events will unfold this weekend – the 
annual Festival for the Eno. 

Jul. 02, 2015 @ 07:50 AM

Unveiling a ‘SmART’ vision

Durham’s downtown renaissance has been celebrated and embraced as an engine of economic growth, cultural and culinary enhancement and a magnet for young entrepreneurs and the “creative class.”


Jun. 29, 2015 @ 04:36 PM

Budget delay challenging

Today is the last day of the state government’s fiscal year, but a budget for the year that begins Wednesday is nowhere in sight.

And there seems little urgency in Raleigh to rectify that.


Jun. 28, 2015 @ 11:45 PM

Laudable effort for cemetery

On January 15, 1900, The Durham Sun published this observation (cited in cemeterycensus.com):

”The colored burying grounds, or cemetery, just beyond Mr. F. C. Geer's, out on the Roxboro road, is in rather bad shape. Numbers of the graves have sunken in, and in some instances not a thing can be seen to even indicate exactly where some of the graves are located. There are traces of where fire has recently burned the grass and straw over a portion of the burying ground, and several of the pine boards at the head and foot of the graves were burned, destroying all mark to show where the graves were.”