Columnist: Bob Ashley

Jul. 05, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

Patriotism scarce? No, it abounds in many forms

As the Fourth of July, that most patriotic of American holidays, approached last week, Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer on Fox News ginned up the specter of a patriotism crisis in the country.


Jun. 26, 2014 @ 07:09 PM

Durham’s robust economy promises to continue

If you have, as I do, a sense that Durham’s economic buoyancy over the past several years is about to kick into an even higher gear, a study released last week provided a significant confirmation.


Jun. 14, 2014 @ 01:59 PM

Industry realizing valuable news merits a price tag

A couple decades ago, I was in a crowded, stuffy hotel room at a group editors’ meeting, looking over the shoulder of an editor from the San Jose Mercury News. He was demonstrating the paper’s new on-line news operation.


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.”


Aug. 17, 2014 @ 07:52 AM

Health center with its many benefits faces challenges

Several weeks ago, I bumped into Dr. Howard Eisenson, medical director of Lincoln Community Health Center, at the Durham Farmers Market.
He broached an idea for articles in The Herald-Sun talking about Lincoln’s contributions to the community and challenges facing it and all community health care centers.

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 10:51 AM

Let’s weigh value of jobless benefits on the right terms

Justin Wolfers, writing in the New York Times’ column “The Upshot,” a couple weeks ago had a sobering message for those on both sides of the partisan fight in North Carolina over extended unemployment benefits.


Aug. 02, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

Time for a change – new press prints Monday’s paper

Nearly a quarter-century ago, on Sept. 3, 1990, the massive press thundered to life in our new building at 2828 Pickett Road and printed its first copies of The Durham Morning Herald and the afternoon Durham Sun.


Jul. 26, 2014 @ 10:38 PM

Durham political distinctiveness sharpens

A snippet in D. G. Martin’s column on our editorial page Wednesday caught my eye, and sent me to his topic – the latest issue of N. C. Data Net – to drill a little deeper.


Jul. 19, 2014 @ 02:12 PM

We can expect growing debate over the g-word

Rodrigo Dorfman, in a guest column on this page Tuesday, tossed out the g-word – gentrification -- and set off a minor round of debate on neighborhood discussion groups. Dorfman often does that. He’s outspoken, thoughtful and prone to poke at painful issues.


Jul. 12, 2014 @ 11:10 AM

Code or cursive – what do students need more?

An intriguing report from the U S. Census Bureau last week offered yet more support to drawing far more students into the fields of science, technology, engineering and math – the so-called STEM fields.


Jun. 28, 2014 @ 05:21 PM

Education, availability help break bad food habits

When this paper commented editorially on the county’s recognition by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize, we also noted the continued challenges we as a community face for better health outcomes.


Jun. 07, 2014 @ 03:50 PM

Historic anniversaries chance to report veterans’ stories

My memory may be playing tricks, but I think I recall a story-planning conversation from my days as city editor of The Raleigh Times.

It was spring 1974, and we were thinking about D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy.


May. 31, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Barely 5 years old, food trucks now mainstream

This is hardly a new development, but it struck me last week that food trucks have truly gone mainstream in Durham.

The latest sign? Since late March, the Research Triangle Foundation and Fidelity Investments have partnered to sponsor weekly food truck rodeos in the park. 


May. 25, 2014 @ 10:32 AM

Apartment building boom latest downtown revival chapter

An item in a recent emailed newsletter from the Durham Rotary Club grabbed my attention.

Scott Selig, Duke University’s vice president for real estate, gave the club an enthusiastic report on the downtown revival in which he and Duke have been major players.


May. 17, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Proximity underscores tornado’s potential for harm

What’s with this weather, anyway?

This area is no stranger to tornadoes, and we’ve seen the destruction that it could bring.