Opinion: Editorials

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 03:04 PM

Candor, competence in Ebola response

So we were pleased -- although certainly not surprised -- that Duke, Durham, state and Person County officials responded coolly, quickly and candidly when a person just returned from Liberia developed a fever and, following instructions, called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nov. 03, 2014 @ 04:16 PM

Voting is our civic duty

Several thousand eligible voters in our area already have cast ballots in the election that officially ends when polls close at 7:30 p.m. today. If you’re among those, you can skip this editorial.

But most of you probably have not yet voted. In Durham County, for example, although early voting was heavy – 33,291 voters showed up during the 10-day period – more than 170,000 people haven’t voted yet.

Nov. 02, 2014 @ 05:25 PM

Please ‘Share your Christmas’

Imagine that you are a disabled mother with little income, barely eking out the necessities for your family week in and week out.

Christmas is approaching, and the airwaves and newspapers – not to mention social media and shopping malls – are awash in the cornucopia of merchandise you can put under the tree at Christmas. Except, of course, you can’t, because there’s no money for even the simplest gifts

Nov. 01, 2014 @ 10:40 PM

UNC’s ‘unlikely villain’

Among the many revelations in Kenneth Wainstein’s report on fraudulent classes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, perhaps none is more perplexing than the role of Jan Boxill.

The irony would be difficult to dream up for a novel. The respected director of a center for the study of ethics, a non-tenured senior lecturer whose faculty peers elected her their chairwoman, is cited as a key player in a two-decade scheme to bolster student grades – especially those of student-athletes – with high marks for virtually nonexistent scholarship.

Oct. 31, 2014 @ 02:30 PM

Editorial: Cycling and safety

The idea put forth by Kent Winberry’s former co-workers to sponsor a bike rack in his memory is an important one. First, it’s a lovely tribute to the 52-year-old bicyclist who was hit by a vehicle while cycling last month, and later died from his injuries. But it also serves to again focus the community’s attention on the need to improve safety for bicyclists as they share the streets with automotive vehicles.


Oct. 30, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

Keeping Halloween fun, not frightful

"Halloween is a holiday of many mysterious customs," observes the Library of Congress American Folklife Center website.

Oct. 29, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Chuck Grubb’s grit

Virtually every politician has at one time or another cited the familiar theme of courage over popularity.

When the chips or down, he or she will say, I’ll vote for what is best for the city/county/state/nation. Many of my constituents may be arrayed against it, the officer holder will say, but, hey, this isn’t a popularity contest.

Oct. 29, 2014 @ 09:21 AM

Minimizing pain of progress

The friction between public works projects and the public is so unavoidable as to be a cliché of modern life (and probably ancient life, too, for that matter).

Oct. 27, 2014 @ 05:46 PM

Talking ‘the talk’

It is unsettling, in the United States in 2014, to read of programs such one at Hillside High School last week that, in reporter Gregory Childress’s account, was “designed to teach young men how to avoid a confrontation with police officer.”

Oct. 26, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

Dethroning the SAT

Some eyebrows may have been raised by plans for a pilot program at N. C. Central University and two other historically black campuses in the UNC system to admit students with SAT scores below the minimum standard. Instead, the schools will place more emphasis on high school grade-point average in admitting up to 100 students a year.

Oct. 25, 2014 @ 06:22 PM

An urban opportunity

Now that the City Council has settled on 4.5 acres on East Main Street as the site of a new police headquarters, it’s time for an intense community conversation on how to develop the site.

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 03:24 PM

Academics vs. athletics

If you listen to head UNC football coach Larry Fedora, it seems there’s no problem at UNC. His tin ear as Chapel Hill’s academic and athletic scandal continues to unfold is astonishing.


Oct. 23, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Two decades of shame

A paragraph near the beginning of Kenneth Wainstein’s devastating report on academic fraud at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said far more than its few words about why the scandal is so disillusioning.

Oct. 22, 2014 @ 06:19 PM

Let the voting begin

Winston Churchill, the imminently quotable wartime prime minister of Great Britain, is remembered – often slightly misremembered – for this observation to the House of Commons 67 years ago:

“No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…”

Oct. 21, 2014 @ 06:13 PM

Nurturing best and brightest

Sean Fahey has achieved financial success as a successful hedge fund manager, but he can remember what is like to need a boost to achieve his goals.