Opinion: Editorials

Feb. 10, 2015 @ 08:10 AM

Shore up the pools

Folks who belong to country clubs or private recreation/swim clubs, or whose condo, apartment or homeowners association provides a swimming pool among other amenities, might take such resources for granted.

Feb. 08, 2015 @ 11:41 PM

The loss of a legend

North Carolina, with its long and rich sports traditions, especially in basketball, has seen many towering figures mold teams and reputations.

None towered more than Dean Smith, who died Saturday at the age of 83.

Feb. 07, 2015 @ 09:07 PM

A catalytic incentive

The long, slow – but increasingly evident – rebound of North-East Central Durham received a significant boost last week, with key city support for a new mixed-use development at the Angier Avenue-Driver Street intersection.

Feb. 06, 2015 @ 10:35 PM

A complex charter picture

It has been a busy week for charter schools, those publicly funded, privately run schools that have been at the center of controversy in this state for years.

Feb. 05, 2015 @ 06:58 PM

Goals worthy -- details will matter

This page has often found reason to be critical of Gov. Pat McCrory, who often has seemed to have trouble exerting the leadership that characterized his tenure as Charlotte’s mayor.

But there was much to like in his State of the State address Wednesday night.

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 11:40 PM

Partisan problem, bipartisan solution

Despite the partisan bickering in Raleigh as another legislative session gets underway, this week has been marked by a couple of notable expressions of bipartisan advocacy.

Feb. 03, 2015 @ 06:24 PM

Restore historic tax credit

People looking for evidence of bipartisanship in Raleigh, for politicians willing to reach across the aisle and forge partnerships with the other party to address issues facing the state, should take little heart from the forces aligning on historic-preservation tax credits.

Feb. 02, 2015 @ 05:38 PM

Budget flexibility declining

In recent years, as per-pupil funding from the state has diminished, Durham Public Schools has scrambled to keep important positions and programs in place.

Feb. 01, 2015 @ 05:44 PM

Celebrating black history

As we embark on the annual observance of February as Black History Month, it is worth noting the celebration of that history is especially relevant in this place and this time.

Jan. 31, 2015 @ 10:42 PM

Best outcome on custodian pay

We wrote approvingly recently about Durham Public Schools standing up for some of its lowest-paid, least appreciative but very important employees.

Jan. 30, 2015 @ 07:01 PM

Breaking the cycle

It is no revelation that being born poor in this country today is, to torture an analogy on this Super Bowl weekend, to be starting very deep in your own territory.

Jan. 28, 2015 @ 11:19 PM

Good news from Google

For years, tech users and businesses have lamented that the United States lags behind many industrialized countries in the speed of its Internet connections.

That has been changing as Internet service providers have been led and prodded by Google’s ambitious plans, seemingly to stand astride the modern information highway like an ancient Colossus.

Jan. 28, 2015 @ 07:46 AM

Oversimplifying the important

Durham Public Schools officials want to be sure the community is prepared for bad news next week when the state releases single-letter grades for every school.

And they want to be clear that in their view those grades will fail completely at giving a fair portrait of how our schools are doing.

Jan. 26, 2015 @ 05:20 PM

An important conversation

Durham County Commissioners’ Chairman Michael Page has taken to heart a presidential challenge to address youth whose socioeconomic situation and disaffectedness from society put them at risk.

Jan. 25, 2015 @ 06:50 PM

Congratulations, Coach K

Consider 347 colleges and universities are in Division 1, the NCAA’s top tier of athletic competition.

That means nearly 350 men’s basketball coaches active right now – and scores of earlier greats enshrined in the sport’s pantheon. Consider Dean Smith, Bobby Knight, Jim Calhoun, Adolph Rupp, Rick Pitino -- Sunday, one member of that fraternity hit a milestone none of the others has done in all the decades of college basketball competition.