Columnist: Bob Ashley

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.


Aug. 10, 2013 @ 12:11 PM

A post-war tale of two cities

Reading the past couple of weeks of about Detroit’s bankruptcy has been a depressing experience.
Detroit, of course, once was one of the major cities in the United States, its auto industry a colossus astride the world’s markets, its recording industry influencing popular culture, its arts organizations respected widely, its middle-class prosperity a hallmark.


Aug. 03, 2013 @ 04:34 PM

New window on our past taking shape

The Museum of Durham History, if you haven’t noticed, is rapidly taking shape at the western end of the downtown loop.


Jul. 27, 2013 @ 12:50 PM

Hairston case reflects larger college athletics picture

UNC basketball star P. J. Hairston is in the clear on the criminal charges from an arrest in early June.  But Hairston’s troubles – and those of basketball coach Roy Williams and his bosses at UNC – are far from over.


Jul. 06, 2013 @ 05:33 PM

Remembering a mentor

Stuart Dim died last month.

That name that will mean nothing to most folks reading this – with a few exceptions, like my good friend and old colleague Marion (Art, to many here) Ellis, a fellow alum of The Charlotte Observer in the 1970s.