Opinion: Editorials

Oct. 05, 2014 @ 02:26 PM

Protecting a park

It seems the area’s bicyclists are getting a bit more outspoken.

Their opposition to “neck-downs” on busy West Club Boulevard in Durham has slowed those plans – and led to the welcome prospect of compromise with Watts Hospital-Hillandale leaders who had been pursuing the traffic-calming devices for more than a decade.

Oct. 04, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

Disarming fairgoers

A change to state law on gun possession last year may mean something new is added to the funnel cakes, Ferris wheels, pie and pickle displays at the North Carolina State Fair later this month:


Oct. 03, 2014 @ 04:34 PM

Prudence, yes; panic, no

The advice from Priscilla Wald, a Duke University English professor, on the Ebola outbreak is sound:

Don’t panic.

Oct. 02, 2014 @ 02:55 PM

Helping the music makers

On its website, the Hillsborough-based Music Makers Relief Foundation includes this observation:

“We have taken to heart what our founding artist Guitar Gabriel told us early on, the blues is a spirit and it will never die.”

Oct. 01, 2014 @ 06:31 PM

Shoring up a pool

There is no question the city’s aging swimming pool at Long Meadow Park is in pretty bad shape.

The pool’s problems are both major and varied.

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 04:21 PM

Making tracks safer

It seems so obvious.

You don’t have to spend much time around the main railroad tracks coursing through Durham to realize that they are very busy lines, with scarcely an hour passing without a freight or passenger train barreling through.

Sep. 29, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

Welcome compromise emerging

A few weeks ago, as the Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association and bicycle advocates found themselves at loggerheads over traffic-calming plans along Club Boulevard, we agreed with a comment by Councilman Steve Schewel.

“Is there a way to make Club Boulevard friendlier to both cyclists and pedestrians?” Schewell wondered. “I expect there is. Would such a plan be worth the wait?”

Sep. 28, 2014 @ 04:15 PM

Fulfilling transit promises

Three years ago, Durham County voters approved, by a substantial margin, adding a half-percent to the sales tax here for long-term improvement to our mass transit system.

Sep. 27, 2014 @ 01:07 PM

Durham reads, remembers

Durham holds an important place in the history of the civil rights movement in the South, both for what happened here -- and what did not.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 03:07 PM

Buckle up for the economic boom

“We are in the early stages of the biggest [economic] transformation probably since tobacco came to Durham.”

That’s a bold statement, but the source -- Scott Selig, Duke’s associate vice president of capital assets – is someone to whom we should listen.

Sep. 25, 2014 @ 03:02 PM

DPS’s poor handling of sex assault allegations

We trust our schools to keep our children safe and to let us know of potential threats to their well-being. So it’s absolutely unconscionable that Durham Public Schools failed for two weeks to alert parents that a possible sexual assault had occurred on a W.G. Pearson Elementary School bus.


Sep. 24, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

Dress codes and dialogue

 “Scarcely a week goes by now without a report from some school principal on some girls wearing too short dresses or tight sweaters or too sexy clothes.”

Sep. 23, 2014 @ 02:32 PM

Support your local history

Durham’s Bennett Place, site of the largest surrender of Confederate soldiers ending the Civil War on April 26, 1865, has been overlooked and shortchanged on the respect it deserves since that historic event 149 years ago.

Sep. 22, 2014 @ 02:45 PM

Staying on a healthy path

The Partnership for a Healthy Durham’s website offers a fascinating snapshot into the health of the county’s population. In its State of the County Health Report, the partnership examines demographics, looks at the leading causes of death and examines the county’s six health priorities. It also spotlights emerging health issues.


Sep. 22, 2014 @ 10:47 AM

Rebuilding community trust

If panic is a poor stimulus of good public policy, complacency can be its enemy.