Opinion: Editorials

Oct. 15, 2014 @ 07:14 PM

Playing against Jim Crow

From the vantage point of the second decade of the 21st century, it is increasingly hard to remember – as those who experienced it age and pass on – how egregious was segregation in the South through in the first half of the last century.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 05:13 PM

Our fascinating fair

For hundreds of thousands of North Carolina residents, one of the year’s most anticipated events kicks off Thursday.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 03:34 PM

Preserving our past

Tucked away on the third floor of the Durham County Library downtown is a marvelous chronicle of Durham’s history.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 08:49 AM

Goodbye, Columbus Day?

Today is observed as Columbus Day because of our love for three-day weekends, although Sunday was the 522nd anniversary of the day Christopher Columbus landed in what was to him and his fellow Europeans a new world.

But this, as the Pew Research Center puts it, “is one of the most inconsistently celebrated U.S. holidays.” With good reason.  Since it was first declared a federal holiday in 1934, modern scholarship and sensibilities have accepted a more critical view of the Spanish-financed, Italian-born “admiral of the ocean seas.” 


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

Moderating school suspensions

In the not so distant past, schools across the country –Durham was no exception – figured the solution to keeping order in schools was a variation of the “get tough on crime” mantra then in vogue.

If students acted up or broke the rules, suspend them.


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 04:28 PM

A fresh face

It’s been 18 months and $4.8 million in the making. This morning at 10, the symbolic ribbon cutting will take place to celebrate the completion of the Angier-Driver Streetscape project.

 

Oct. 09, 2014 @ 05:21 PM

Court’s unfortunate decision

Hopes that two restrictive provisions of last year’s changes to North Carolina’s voting law would be set aside for the Nov. 4 election have proved to be brief and elusive.


Oct. 09, 2014 @ 04:56 PM

Court’s unfortunate decision

Hopes that two restrictive provisions of last year’s changes to North Carolina’s voting law would be set aside for the Nov. 4 election have proved to be brief and elusive.


Oct. 08, 2014 @ 06:31 PM

Is there another way?

City staff members evaluating a site for a new police station have recommended to City Manager Tom Bonfield that the best location is on East Main Street between downtown and the Golden Belt complex.

There is much with which to concur in their reasoning.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 04:40 PM

Marriage momentum

The U. S. Supreme Court took a major if somewhat indirect step Monday toward ratifying what many in North Carolina have fought for – and many others have fought against.


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:

Firearms.


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.