Columnist: Bob Ashley

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 11:01 AM

Dearth of obituaries underscores their importance

I’ve always known obituaries are important news to our readers – you. 

But never have I had such a reminder as last week.


Nov. 23, 2013 @ 12:57 PM

Assassination opened a tumultuous decade

Ray Reed’s sophomore English class, Mount Airy High School, second floor, desk near the front left by the windows.

As I write this, it has been just a few hours short of 50 years from that moment, when we learned that President John F. Kennedy had died from an assassin’s bullets in Dallas.


Nov. 09, 2013 @ 06:46 PM

Delving into the newspaper’s history

If you think that an escalating public debt is a new worry, I call your attention to this brief news item from an earlier time:

“The Public Debt Increased


Nov. 02, 2013 @ 01:02 PM

Daily paper’s organization changing

We’re about to roll out a change in the organization of your daily Herald-Sun.


Oct. 26, 2013 @ 12:51 PM

Connecticut claim wrongs our Wrights

To paraphrase a cliché about academic politics, the disputes over the correct sites of historical events are so bitter, perhaps, because the stakes are so low.


Oct. 19, 2013 @ 12:06 PM

Political calculus, moral dilemma – or both?

The intersection of personal belief and public duty is often complicated – something we see playing out right now in North Carolina with Attorney General Roy Cooper and the state’s recently enacted constitutional ban on gay marriage.


Oct. 15, 2013 @ 03:27 PM

Durham’s ‘tale of two cities’ stubbornly endures

A low-key symposium at the Durham Convention Center Thursday served as a reminder -- not that many of our neighbors can forget -- that there is a cloud over our bright landscape.


Oct. 05, 2013 @ 12:31 PM

Raising the recognition of a key player downtown

On April 6, 1995, the Durham Bulls played their first game in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Four months later, Tallman Trask III settled into his Allen Building office as Duke University’s executive vice president, its principal administrative and financial officer.


Sep. 28, 2013 @ 06:20 PM

A memorable tune keeps rolling by

For much of Thursday and Friday, I couldn’t get lyrics from the folk anthem “Freight Train” out of my head.


Sep. 28, 2013 @ 02:38 PM

A memorable tune keeps rolling by

For much of Thursday and Friday, I couldn’t get lyrics from the folk anthem “Freight Train” out of my head.


Sep. 21, 2013 @ 01:24 PM

‘Game Day,’ ‘Everything’ section proclaim ‘We Are Durham’

We proclaim our focus on and embrace of our hometown on our front page, on our website, even on the business cards our employees hand out:

“We Are Durham.”


Sep. 07, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

Grateful for the kindness of strangers

Torrential rain had stopped, and I was lugging bags, shelves and so forth from my Honda, up a flight of stairs into my son’s new apartment.


Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

Awakened by King’s passionate dream

In the summer of 1963, I was a teenager about to start my sophomore year in high school, already manifesting my lifelong geekiness by devouring newscasts and newspapers.


Aug. 24, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

Dude, remember when a chat involved talking?

Several weeks ago, a snarky email rebuked us for some error in The Herald-Sun of omission or commission. I can’t remember the details of our transgression, but the email closed by saying something along the lines of “no wonder your industry is dying, dude.”


Aug. 17, 2013 @ 12:12 PM

Letters tell much about community’s life

A few years ago, the folks at the Press Enterprise in Bloomsburg, Pa., not far from State College, where I was then editor, published a delightful retrospective from the paper’s archives.