Opinion: Editorials

Sep. 04, 2014 @ 07:20 PM

Celebrating a blues legacy

“The Blues have helped define Durham as a community as well as contribute to Durham’s musical heritage,” the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website remarks, adding this from bluesman Bobby Hinton:

“Durham is the music city of the Piedmont.”


Sep. 03, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

An agenda worth supporting

The Durham County Commissioners, with an eye already to the 2015 session of the General Assembly, are crafting an agenda they would like to see the legislators address.


Sep. 02, 2014 @ 05:13 PM

Resisting the job killers

You’ve probably heard a lot from many members of the General Assembly about “job killers.” That’s a popular phrase to throw at any one who wants to spare the environment from needless destruction or peg taxes to a level that will ensure the services and schools the public expects.


Sep. 01, 2014 @ 07:05 PM

Living where they police

Durham police have in recent years put great – and appropriate – emphasis on community policing. Modern life may not lend itself to the nostalgic image of a cop pounding the same beat on foot week after week, but working through Partners Against Crime groups, Project Safe Neighborhoods and daily efforts to interact with citizens when no crime is involved, police here have tried to stay in touch with their community.

Aug. 31, 2014 @ 11:25 PM

A day of tribute to labor

On Sept. 5, 1882, the parade believed to be the first observance of a “Labor Day” in the United States was a rousing affair – despite starting late, with only a handful of marchers.

By the Manhattan parade’s end, it had swelled to more than 10,000 men and women.


Aug. 31, 2014 @ 08:22 PM

A day of tribute to labor

On Sept. 5, 1882, the parade believed to be the first observance of a “Labor Day” in the United States

was a rousing affair – despite starting late, with only a handful of marchers.

By the Manhattan parade’s end, it had swelled to more than 10,000 men and women.


Aug. 30, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

Embracing faiths’ shared values

One of Durham’s long-time voices for social justice and social action will be heard from less often, at least for the next year, as Rabbi John Friedman begins his departure from the leadership of the Judea Reform Congregation.


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 02:32 PM

Revamping sexual assault policy

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released its revised sexual assault policy Thursday, more than a year after an appointed task force began crafting it.


Aug. 28, 2014 @ 06:48 PM

Scams multiply – be vigilant

There seems to be no end to the new ways thieves can try to part us from our money.

One of the latest to surface here involves trying to convince people they should pay a spurious penalty for avoiding jury service.


Aug. 27, 2014 @ 04:45 PM

The shadow of Ferguson

About 800 miles separate Durham from Ferguson, Missouri, but the tragic and unsettling events in that St. Louis suburb have resonated here, as they have across most of the nation, these past three weeks.


Aug. 26, 2014 @ 05:14 PM

Another title: ‘Awesome’

If it’s late summer, the Durham Bulls must be winning.

Monday night, with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Gwinnett Braves, the Bulls clinched the International League’s South Division title.


Aug. 25, 2014 @ 07:07 PM

Recalibrating police arsenals

Photos and video footage of police in Ferguson, Missouri, confronting their citizens with high-powered assault rifles, armored vehicles and other military gear has ignited a national debate, and appropriately so.


Aug. 24, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Seeking town-gown détente

As thousands of students swarmed back to our university campuses these past few days, this description might have resonated with many year-round residents, especially those living near the schools or concentrations of off-campus housing.


Aug. 23, 2014 @ 03:39 PM

Restoring trust

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield, in a guest column on this page, makes a number of important and valuable points about his review of the Police Department.


Aug. 23, 2014 @ 03:18 PM

Despite some bumps, good progress with our new press

In November 1942, after British forces had won a decisive victory – their first of the war – against German forces in North Africa, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in one of his more famous lines, told the House of Commons:

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”