Columnist: Bob Ashley

Apr. 16, 2013 @ 06:02 PM

Ashley: Better to watch making sausage

An old and well-worn cliché has it that watching a legislative body in action is like watching sausage being made.

A couple years ago, The New York Times ran a delightful article in which it talked to a group of people who take considerable umbrage at that comparison.

They weren’t legislators. They were sausage-makers.


Apr. 06, 2013 @ 12:38 PM

Ashley: A time of hoops, a departure

It’s time to talk about the great work of some colleagues – and about one who will be hanging up his press pass this week.


Mar. 30, 2013 @ 11:37 AM

Ashley: James Polk and our budget dilemma

North Carolina’s budget woes have come to this: We’re closing the James K. Polk Birthplace historic site.


Mar. 23, 2013 @ 12:50 PM

Looking backward, moving forward

Durham has always enjoyed robust civic engagement. Tenacity and inventiveness are admired and dissected much like Final Four basketball performance.


Mar. 16, 2013 @ 02:20 PM

Try sending a fish by email

I glanced absent-mindedly, as a meeting slogged on, at the brown 10x13-inch envelope in front me. 

“Interdepartment Delivery” it said – with 50 rows of address lines covering both sides. A fixture of every newspaper where I’ve worked and I presume of countless other businesses, the envelopes move papers, documents and the like from person to person, office to office.


Mar. 09, 2013 @ 11:24 AM

Ashley: The contradictions of March Madness

As time wound down in Duke University’s victory over Virginia Tech Tuesday night, the three Blue Devil seniors exited the game, one by one, to resounding ovations from the Cameron Indoor Stadium faithful.


Feb. 23, 2013 @ 12:37 PM

Ashley: Welcome our new news editor

Careful readers may have noticed a new name on our “masthead” – the box at the top of the editorial page with the newspaper’s name and that of the publisher, editor and news editor.


Feb. 16, 2013 @ 12:13 PM

Ashley: Making Durham ‘simply irresistible’

The gentlemen sitting next to me at a luncheon last week had a familiar story.

A native of North Dakota, he’d moved to the Triangle a decade ago from Detroit. Unfamiliar with the area, he’d initially settled in Morrisville. But within a couple of years, he and his spouse were looking at houses in Durham because they liked the city’s vibrancy – then, just beginning to hit the stride we’ve become so familiar with in the past few years.


Feb. 09, 2013 @ 04:02 PM

Ashley: Unfortunate contrasts on campuses

What an unfortunate study in contrasts these past weeks have been for Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Jan. 26, 2013 @ 12:54 PM

Ashley: ‘Durham Herald’ section adds features

More than 60 years have passed since a group of Durham lawyers won a court case that was an early landmark in the long struggle for civil rights and equality for African-Americans.


Jan. 19, 2013 @ 01:57 PM

Lessons from Main Street

In his inaugural address Governor Pat McCrory spoke of looking out toward Main Street, with government at our back and unlimited opportunity ahead.


Jan. 06, 2013 @ 03:03 PM

Bob Ashley: Summoning help in a Walmart parking lot

I should deny it, but I was, I confess, grumpy.


Dec. 29, 2012 @ 03:53 PM

Bob Ashley: Looking ahead to 2013 and events to watch

This year drawing to a close Monday has been an eventful one for me, starting out as a historic preservationist and then transitioning back to the editor’s chair here at The Herald-Sun.


Dec. 22, 2012 @ 09:20 PM

Bob Ashley: Cooper chronicled city’s life on film

The oldest negatives in The Herald-Sun’s files date to October 1945, and they were taken by Charles Cooper.


Dec. 16, 2012 @ 06:27 AM

Ashley: Downtown’s success no cue to let up

Perhaps I spend too much time thinking about downtown.