Opinion: Editorials

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."

Mar. 22, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

Taxes vs. user fees

It is one of the most routine paradoxes in government – residents dearly want public services, but they can be averse to paying for them.

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 03:55 PM

Holistic, targeted approach on poverty

Mayor Bill Bell’s plan on how to address poverty that envelopes neighborhoods in pockets of Durham is taking shape as a data-driven, holistic approach.

A UNC Center for Regional and Urban Studies look at the concentration of poverty in some neighborhoods in Durham is jaw-dropping. North-East Central Durham, with 3,466 residents, has a 61.4 percent poverty rate. The average annual income is $10,005. It is not Durham’s poorest neighborhood, though. Rolling Hills/Southside is. Of that neighborhood’s 1,331 residents, 66 percent of households live below the federal poverty line.

Mar. 20, 2014 @ 07:02 PM

A difficult trails choice

Durham’s City Council is weighing a decision on allocating money for two potential trails, and both options it faces pose challenges.

Does it want to hold on to $2 million long allocated for a project that may never come to pass – or should it shift the money to another venture that has its own share of hurdles?

Mar. 19, 2014 @ 04:23 PM

Spring, at last

At 12:57 p.m. today, spring arrives.  As if on cue, the temperature, Accuweather predicts, will be 61 degrees, heading toward a high of 65 that will be just above normal for the day.