Opinion: Editorials

Aug. 04, 2014 @ 12:19 PM

Helping ensure student success

The story is all too familiar.

A young man or woman – or perhaps not so young – realizes that more than a high school education is necessary in today’s job market. He or she enrolls at a community college, that invaluable pathway to higher education for many students here and across the nation.

But the task proves too difficult. 

Aug. 02, 2014 @ 05:42 PM

A blow to student aid

The mandate for North Carolina’s university system is in Article IX, Section 9 of the state’s constitution:

“The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of The University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher education, as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.”

Aug. 01, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Campus sexual assault getting attention it deserves

Campus safety, particularly around the issue of sexual violence, is getting much attention these days.

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 06:43 PM

Bring on football … safely

The thermometer may not break 80 today – and high school football practice gets underway.

That juxtaposition seems wrong. Aren’t those first days of drills supposed to see young athletes sweltering in the 90s?

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 06:34 PM

Beyond reasonable doubt…

Anyone even casually following the first-degree murder trial of Laurence Lovette in a Durham County courtroom the past 10 days must have gotten an inescapable impression:

Laurence Lovette is no nice guy.

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 04:48 PM

Forgoing futile resistance

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper wasted no time drawing the logical conclusion from Monday’s decision by the 4th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejecting Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriages.

Jul. 28, 2014 @ 04:22 PM

Friendship truly for life

BFF -- Best friends forever.

The acronym is tossed around nonchalantly on social media these days, often with all the validity of that great media cliché, “the fight (or game) of the century.”

Jul. 27, 2014 @ 09:14 PM

Reacting to a senseless crime

A popular and respected professor and researcher takes his lunchtime stroll through a quiet Chapel Hill neighborhood near the University of North Carolina campus.

A day later he is dead, having been viciously beaten with a landscape stone in an apparent robbery attempt.

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 10:42 PM

Be wary of fracking pitch

Now that North Carolina has opened the door to hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas, it probably should come as no surprise that landowners are beginning to be approached about selling the rights to any of those valuable commodities that might lie under their land.

Jul. 25, 2014 @ 04:48 PM

Complete Carolina an incomplete solution

UNC Chapel Hill’s announcement Thursday that it is formally instituting a program to support former athletes who want to return to the university finish their degrees may be well-intentioned, but misses the mark.


Jul. 24, 2014 @ 05:29 PM

Major metros’ major impact

The legislative majority’s disdain for the state’s largest cities continued to surface this week, this time in a bill to cap the county-controlled portion of the sales tax at 2.5 percent.

Jul. 23, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

Education’s broad value

Colleges and universities are facing more and more scrutiny these days over the value of the education they provide and the degrees they grant.

Jul. 21, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

A question of speech

We take the right to free speech very seriously in this country -- generally, support for that principle spans political lines.

Jul. 20, 2014 @ 05:12 PM

Shine light on college sport costs

U. S. Rep. David Price, the Chapel Hill Democrat who long has represented that university town as well as much of Durham County in Congress, has waded into the growing debate over major-college athletics.

Jul. 19, 2014 @ 03:50 PM

Poetic injustice

Controversy over decisions by governors and other elected leaders are a natural part of our political process. They can be healthy –the push and pull of competing viewpoints and ideologies seeking solutions to important problems.

But one that erupted in Raleigh last week so didn’t have to happen.