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Re: “Raleigh spends big on a new public image

I think it would be interesting to open up a place where readers could contribute their visual concepts for the new brand. Raleigh definitely needs a strong, professional brand to represent the vibrancy of the creative, innovative energy that thrives here. With the state government doing its best to position NC as a backwards, coal ash-producing, education-hating, ignorant, homophobic state, it is more important than ever to tell our story.

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Posted by CREA8TIVE on 04/08/2014 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Cry of Love vocalist Kelly Holland died depressed, but not alone

To any who did or did not know Kelly...

There are only a handful of people who can have absolutely galvanize an entire room with a single note coming from the vocal cords. Kelly Holland was one of them.. Yep perfect pitch and he had all of the love ,rage, light ,and shadow energy of a true blues man within trapped in his soul and also looking for an exit... and when he sang, that was the magic we got....

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Posted by Carl Patterson on 04/08/2014 at 1:39 AM

Re: “Live: NC Opera's Rusalka thrills at Meymandi Concert Hall

How large and engaged was the audience? I'm very curious how NC Opera is doing.

Posted by Alex Dunham on 04/06/2014 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Come fly with us: Triangle Soccer Fanatics reorganize and recruiting new members

I do not believe "commensurate" is the word you wanted in the fourth graf. :)

Posted by Kenn Tomasch on 04/05/2014 at 11:06 AM

Re: “New Yorker critic Alex Ross talks interpreting Wagner

The Wagner I see threw himself into everything full-bore, like the rock lyrics, "Fire all of your guns at once and explode into space." His diatribe against Jews was no different - all out. That's just Wagner and to at least some extent the context of the times. When he was really happy he would hug people and climb trees too. He would buy his friends and colleagues lavish gifts, which was one of the reasons he was always in debt. He had a number of Jewish friends and colleagues in spite of his publicized dislike of the Jewish race.

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Posted by Donna Hughes on 04/04/2014 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Kinston restaurateur Vivian Howard and A Chef's Life, a new PBS show

My family LOVES this program. We are west coast folks so probably will never make it to her restaurant however we will never miss an episode as long as it is on. We anticipate Season 2 and can hardly wait for it to begin.

Posted by TomGI on 04/04/2014 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Gospel singer and pastor Shirley Caesar reflects on her life

I love you Pastor Shirley, i have grown up off your music as a little Lady and now bring a grown donen raising my own lil soldier! God has truly blessed you and he's not through with you yet. Stay Safe and happy and blessed!!!!!

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Posted by proudmommie2b on 04/04/2014 at 5:31 PM

Re: “The passion and inspiration of local food writer Kelly Alexander

Kelly, we love Clementine. Visit our kitchen in West Virginia when you hit the road!

Posted by Lucinda Ebersole on 04/04/2014 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Wait for the white man: Counting the jaywalkers in Durham

Durham has crime problems far bigger than white jaywalking.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 04/04/2014 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Back talk

Lisa, why did you choose to publish Victoria Hart's (edited) comment in the newspaper, which was primarily about the author of the article (you), rather than overwhelming number of comments which were critical of the content of the article? I would think it to be much more informative to publish one of the many other comments on the article which gave a fuller picture of Prodigal Farm, detailing how the business of exploiting goats for their milk and slaughtering them for their flesh causes unnecessary suffering and death.

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Posted by Brandon Becker on 04/03/2014 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Back talk

Victoria, Since we have a 300-word maximum on letters, but no max on comments, we edit letters for clarity. Your letter, as edited, did not misrepresent your viewpoint. Quite the contrary, it made it pointedly clear.

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Posted by Lisa Sorg on 04/03/2014 at 4:44 PM

Re: “N.C. Supreme Court to review Chapel Hill towing, cell phone ordinances

T-Roys is money hungry. He tried to tow my car because it was parked in a handicap spot. The placard fell off my rearview mirror, and he was completely hostile since he couldn't go through with the towing. He insinuated horrible assumptions of me as a person needing the placard.

Posted by squirtleXj on 04/03/2014 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Back talk

This is in response to Re: goats and vegans --

SHAME ON YOU at for misrepresenting two of my online posted comments to an article, whereas you took out the most urgent and relevant parts (i.e. censorship) and then condensed the two into one weak post. Anyone with a hint of a moral compass would not have done so. My offered comments gave much food for thought and put things in a perspective few ever consider, and is the hard-to-swallow TRUTH of the matter the article I commented at highlighted. For those who want to see for themselves what I wrote in the proper context, unedited and in sequence, please go to:

Here are my 2 comments, as I posted them:

Hi Lisa.

You stated in this comment thread that you were once vegan and are trying to be vegan again. I beg you to NOT return to veganism until you have full comprehension of the term and its authentic definition. It is clear that you did not in your past "vegan" days -- nor do you still, up to this point.

Allow me to post a quote that clarifies a vegan principle that is relevant to the article's topic --

“Animal agriculture is a business making money on the bodies of other sentient beings. This can never be free of a fundamental insensitivity towards the victims of the industry’s profits and a deep betrayal to the animals who depend on humans for care. In the same way that one cannot own humans and traffic their bodies for profit in a humane way, it is impossible to humanely profit from the lives and bodies of animals.” 
— Hope Bohanec, author of The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?

Animals are not ours to do with as we please. Period. Stop "buying" the lie that they are.

Posted by Victoria Hart on 03/27/2014 at 8:21 PM

... and...

P.S. to Lisa --

I encourage you to adopt a plant based diet SOON and begin living animal-cruelty-free in all aspects of your life... but just don't use the word "vegan" until you are serious about the principles/ethics. Poor or misconstrued definitions of the word "vegan" are part of the overall problem more so than part of the solution. We can't make up our own definitions based on our personal comfort levels. That's a no-no.

Thank you in advance for making future efforts to fully respect all animals and acquire reverence for life, if you are moved to do so. This is the heart and soul of authentic veganism. The day one stops seeing animals as "food", slaves and living tools for human use is a day well worth striving for and celebrating the achievement of. I cheer you on towards this goal.

Posted by Victoria Hart on 03/27/2014 at 11:02 PM

FYI: The Vegan Society (UK) first coined the term "vegan" in the 1940's. Leslie Cross (Vice President of The Vegan Society) wrote that veganism "means and will always mean the philosophy that man should for his own advancement live without exploiting animals."

Veganism is NOT a diet but a principle, a philosophy, and a moral imperative.

Also, the Vegan Society wrote:

"Veganism is a way of living which excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, the animal kingdom, and includes a reverence and compassion for all life. It applies to the practice of living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of flesh, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, animal milk and its derivatives, and encourages the use of alternatives for all commodities derived wholly or in part from animals."


"Veganism remembers man's responsibilities to the earth and its resources and seeks to bring about a healthy soil and plant kingdom and a proper use of the materials of the earth.


“The Vegan Society advocates living on the products of the plant kingdom to the exclusion of all food and other commodities derived wholly or in part from animals. Its members base their lives on the ethic of Reverence for Life and seek to free themselves from all forms of cruelty and exploitation. They are aware of man's responsibilities to his environment and seek to promote the proper use of the resources of the earth."

The above quotes should make things quite clear about what AUTHENTIC veganism is. In my comments posted online at the article above, I strongly urged Lisa (and others reading the thread) to educate themselves on what veganism is and what it has been misrepresented to be.

If you want to read more about the history of Veganism, go here:

To learn about the lies told to you about so-called "happy/humane meat", feed your head (and your heart) and go here:

Thank you.

-Victoria Hart

Posted by Victoria Hart on 04/03/2014 at 2:58 PM

Re: “The lie behind the shrinking labor force

A new report from the N.C. Budget & Tax Center puts the number of "missing workers" in the state at 250,000. That's people in their prime working years who are neither working nor seeking work -- due to the lack of jobs. "Lack of jobs drives exodus from workforce in N.C." is the headline:…

Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 04/03/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Staffers, parents concerned over kids' safety at Spence's Farm

Also should I add- there IS a reason many of the staff have left and there is such a high turnover rate. THERE is a reason as to why all these people are posting comments about their issues or past experiences...
it is NOT for them to gain anything, they have already made a wise decision to leave or move on-- it is to help others be aware and not make a mistake. It is to help YOU find a better, safer place at a more positive, clean and healthy atmosphere.

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Posted by intodeep on 04/03/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Staffers, parents concerned over kids' safety at Spence's Farm

If you are riding horses here, then I suggest you leave. From someone who knew the place well and knew plenty others there and why they actually left, stay AWAY. There is indeed an unintentional danger and not properly trained or focused staff as well with many being minors or un-knowledgeable in the horse program. Most of the horses have dangerous and aggressive habits and are not suitable for a lesson program!

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Posted by intodeep on 04/03/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Charging to a world of electric vehicles: "It's a gold rush"

The gold rush is a good thing to compare this too. If you are one of the first people, it could be great for you. Soon electric cars will be more common, though.

Posted by Annie Green on 04/02/2014 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra reanimates forgotten jazz

Chris, I hope you can make it to the show and the no shame lesson (I'm teaching on Friday!) - you are right in that the dancers thrive in a supportive environment that leaves room for lots of fun, silliness, and, like the jazz we are dancing to, improvisation. I think you may also find that this music is not forgotten and that it lives in many ways, in the musicians who have devoted their energies to study and create this music and in the dancers who thrive on the energy the band creates. I've been swing dancing for 15 years, since high school, and the music just keeps getting better. :)

For inspiration, I'll leave everyone with a video from the Lindy Hop finals at the 2013 International Lindy Hop Championships:…

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Posted by caab on 04/02/2014 at 10:10 PM

Re: “N.C. State reaffirms position as Triangle's leading college for general bigotry

Thank you for reaffirming why I am not on twitter. But why on earth would you use anything at twitter to demonstrate anything other than curt impulsiveness and human ignorance.....oh you kinda did.

Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 04/02/2014 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Complaint filed against Durham Public Schools for high suspension rates of kids with disabilities

As a former teacher and an alumnus of Hillside High School I know exactly what this student is going through and I feel his plight. The way he was treated was unacceptable. It can happen to any student who has a disability regardless of the situation that it should not have gotten out of hand over at Hillside High School.
They knew they were wrong when this student was asked to go to the restroom and all of a sudden goes into diabetic shock in the hallway in front of other kids and teachers and was rush to the hospital. And he was suspended for that? Knowing that this student had a serious medical condition.

Posted by rgj5366 on 04/02/2014 at 4:57 PM

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