First of all, I want to congratulate the incumbents on their endorsements. All three have impressive records on the Board and are well known in the community. As a challenger, I expect to be at a disadvantage. It is true that I have not had the opportunity to participate in various task forces and committees and enact policies that come as a result of being an elected official. While I appreciate the acknowledgment of my “charms”, I do in fact stand for substantial issues facing our town.
There is a serious employment and housing inequality crisis in Carrboro that has progressively worsened to the point where there are few permanent residents between the ages of 22 and 30. We cannot offer them any employment opportunities or affordable housing, and as a recent graduate/stay-at-home father in a one-income family, I understand this struggle. Despite being hailed as a walkable and bikable town, the majority of our children still arrive to school by car or bus when it would be more convenient, and encourage active lifestyles, to walk or bike.
I would like to encourage citizens to visit my website, www.kurtstolka.com and learn more about my views, see my responses during live forums and to various questionnaires, and learn more about me as a serious and dedicated candidate for Carrboro Board of Alderman.
Barry thank you for your comment. I was leery about Baldwin just from her title(s) and short answers to the questions. I got the impression that she is very busy person, perhaps too busy to really focus on the city's needs. My thought is that maybe her position on the council is more for her own benefit. However, I honestly knew nothing about the issue you mentioned or her, than what I read prior to your comment.
Aha! Thank you, Joe. Please note that's not the same website Cindy referenced (that one is a personal blog that hasn't been posted to since February 2012). The site you reference doesn't come up on a Google search (and I can't tell how long the site has been up), so thanks again for the link.
So I'm not getting this claim that Pugh doesn't have an election website or that it's the same Deborah Pugh. it's pretty clear: http://deborah2013.com/ deborah2013 dot com
Hi Cindy, thanks for your comment. Please note, however, that is not a campaign website, nor does it seem to be the same Deborah Pugh.
Dear Indy Editors,
Deborah Pugh, vying for Cary Town Council District C, is, in fact, a very strong contender for this seat and you owe her due respect. On her website at deborahpugh.com you will find that she is not only well qualified as a career educator, administrator and manager but a woman with strong principles and character. She has carefully studied the shananigans of the sitting Cary Town Council and has resolved to bring accountability and responsible fiscal governance to the table. Deborah does not endorse the practice of squandering millions of taxpayer dollars to fix what's not broken. Cary is a wonderful place to live and it can benefit with representatives who allow it to be comfortable in its own skin. Deborah Pugh and Karl Thor are the fresh faces with fresh ideas that Cary desperately needs. Check out their websites.
The Committee to Elect Valentine for Durham
I am writing in response to your September 18th article about the Indy’s endorsement of local candidates running for public office. My candidacy for mayor is not about being “prime time.” Instead it is about transforming this moment in history into the beginnings of a movement, a movement to engage more Durham citizens to take an active role in transforming our community. The greatest asset of any city is its people. People have become the root of some of the greatest achievements in America’s history.
Now, without knowing who I am, I can understand your pause. So let me reintroduce myself, my name is Michael Valentine. In no particular order, I am a business consultant by trade, a husband, a new father, a brother, and a son. I have been self-employed since the age of 22 and I’ve lived enough life and gone through many primetime experiences to be ready for any challenge. In the role of business consultant, I have advised and strategized for institutions of all sizes. I’m running for mayor of Durham, not just because of my belief in what I can offer the Bull City, but also because of my belief in what citizens can offer Durham, all citizens from the well-established to the homeless. This leads me to the misperception of my response to the panhandling ordinance question at the recent forum hosted by The League of Women Voters. Let me explain that I always carry some change (money) in my pocket for those who are of misfortune but I explain to them if they want real change (to make a difference) you should become involved in making our community better. That can start with voting. Your piece made it seem like I was describing buying votes and this was not the case. I know what it is to really need help and if elected to city council I will devise solutions to fix this issue for the long haul as opposed to my short-term solution of carrying change and buying people a few meals here and there.
Please, in the future, know that I am open to being asked questions, and I am especially open to clarifying my stances. I don’t think you know me enough to throw me away so hastily. After graduating college, I interned at company similar to yours and therefore I value the work that you do. For this reason, I take the views of your writers and audience very seriously. Though I may not be “prime time” on the station you are tuned in to, let’s not throw out the idea of my candidacy to all your readers. Besides, some of your readers might be tuned in to a different station that may have a prime time spot with my name on it. All this to say, keep providing a good service. Like you, I may be misunderstood at times, but what matters most is what a person believes at the core and doing what’s right for those who count on us. One of my wise advisers on my campaign gave me the best advice yet. He indicated that to win in Durham politics, you must have very thick skin and a great since of humor. Check, check. Thank you again for the great service you provide and I hope that we will have other opportunities to learn more about one another.
Reader of the Independent &
Candidate for Mayor City of Durham
Bill Fletcher as the nonpartisan choice in District 9? Hardly! He gave up any claim as nonpartisan when he sued June Atkinson after he lost the election for State Superintendent. Does anyone remember that nasty business that cost him his BOE seat the first time?
Back in 2004 when he lost the election by 8,500 votes, he sued to disenfranchise 11,000 votes cast out of precinct on provisional ballots. The Democratically controlled General Assembly eventually decided the election for Atkinson.
Bygones you say? Fast forward to last month when the Republicans in the legislature passed their draconian voter restrictions. Among the changes is the prohibition of out-of-precinct ballots, based on the Fletcher-Atkinson race, http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/08/18/4246395/new-law-bars-voting-outside-of.html
I'm confused. On your endorsement of Bill Bell for Durham mayor, you criticize Sylvester Williams and say you could never endorse a candidate that supports discrimination.
Yet you endorse Odom???
You didn't mention Crowder's opposition to food trucks. Here's what he said in 2011, as reported by the Raleigh Public Record: “We could end up having a real food truck rodeo, and it could be a real problem.”
It's unclear why a food truck rodeo would be a problem, and in fact, Raleigh has since held several successful ones without causing any problems.
That's where Crowder lost me as a supporter.
My head is spinning about Odom. Really? I mean come on...really? No...Fitzsimmons would be a big improvement there.
I won't be voting for Baldwin. Her knee-jerk defense of disgraced former Raleigh City Manager Russell Allen and uninformed public criticisms of fellow council members who have bothered to ask tough questions at a time when it's clear that Raleigh's city manager and planning director (and police chief, etc.) are unaccountable to the elected city council/mayor are shameful. Time and time again, she offers PR and marketing tactics to avoid real solutions and buries real issues in favor of those with deep pockets who will never be satisfied (like endorsing Peace College's land grab at Seaboard, which she incredibly described as a public relations problem, ignoring the land-banking issues that have so obviously damaged the neighborhood business environment around NCSU.
> Meanwhile, Brooks, who served as labor commissioner for 16 years, from 1977–1993, has a spotty history. It was under his watch that the infamous fire at a Hamlet chicken processing plant, Imperial Foods, killed 25 workers. It was later learned that exit doors had been locked and the labor department had not conducted a safety inspection at the facility in 11 years.
> Should this incident color Brooks' political career? For the families of the 25 workers, yes it should. In addition, Brooks, currently a staff attorney with the N.C. Industrial Commission, had 16 years to accomplish his goals.
This is just bull and any responsible reporter should know that. Go to any law library and you will find more pro-worker labor law precedents set when John Brooks was Labor Commissioner than any one fore or after him - even their precious Harry Payne.
Yes - John Brooks was Labor Commissioner when there was a fire at the Hamlet Food Processing Plant - it was not a chicken processing plant. Get that right PLEASE!
But due to the business progressives in the NC Legislature, they wrote the laws which stated clearly that NC-OSHA can only inspect businesses that are registered with the Secretary of State's office, or if there was a complaint received. There were no complaints received from employees, and the folks at Imperial Foods did not properly register their business. Therefore NC OSHA didn't know Imperial Foods even existed until the fire. So please tell me how that is the fault of John Brooks?
You mention the locked exit doors - that's the responsibility of the Fire Marshall who is also the Insurance Commissioner. So why blame the Labor Commissioner for that too?
The incident should not color Brooks' political career. You are either lying or misleading your readers and the families of those workers when you continue to spread falsehoods about John Brooks. And you most certainly know that we've had plenty of elected leaders want to make much needed reforms and they can't succeed because of resistance even from members of their own party. How long have we been trying to have real health care reform in the USA? How long have we been trying to get collective bargaining for public employees? Yet you have the nerve to claim that one man trying to bring labor law into the 20th century when dealing with legislators who after Payne was elected overturned a reform that came about AFTER the Hamlet Fire?
I saw you smear Brooks when you endorsed a corporate lobbyists (government affairs lawyer) for the Democratic nomination. But when real Democrats spoke up and elected Brooks in the primary runoff, I can't believe that it pissed you inside the Beltline types so much that you would pick Cherie Berrie? Are you nuts? She's ready to re-institute child labor and indentured servitude!
"Socialism is a step between a democracy and communism. "
No, Goaglen, it really isn't. We'll start with the interesting fact that Socialism is a form of economy. Democracy and Communism are forms of Government. Your statement is like saying that the Avocado is the step between a Tomato becoming an Apple. Too funny.
Second there are highly functional and very successful Democratic governments around the world with strong Socialist leanings. Many of them are beating the US economically, and most of them are destroying us as regards standings in public health, education, low levels of violence...
As pertains to the GM bailout you do realize that we actually saw a positive return to the taxpayer on that investment, right?
Interesting tomgee. I don't see any Communists on this list at all. Are you sure you are actually reading this or simply spouting inane nonsense.
You do realize that the "Communist State of California" has the 4th largest economy in the world all by itself, and that the "Fascist Republican States of America" are net debtors to the US economy relying on the Democratic states to support them, right? You didn't know that? Well...that explains your moronic posts then.
Well, Roger Dodger, I have a feeling you would be hard pressed to put together a coherent knock-knock joke, so it really isn't a surprise.
You fail to put together a rational rebuttal to the endorsements and instead resort to foolish partisan nonsense. How droll. *gently pats their pointy little head*
A lot of ink could have been saved,,, just say VOTE D EXCEPT FOR CHERIE BERRY..
interestingly, no justification for endorsing BHO,,, I'd be hard-pressed to write a coherent argument for voting for him too,
I guess I should be receiving an editorial check correct? This is about the fifth time you had to change your 'wording' to reflect the mistakes I point out.
I never even went to J school, kinda sad really. So tell me again why I should trust anything you put into print?
"Instant Account" -- You are right: Cathy Wright resigned as chairwoman of the Chatham County GOP due to her House District 54 candidacy. The text has been corrected.
Why not just put a capital "D" in the article and let it be?
I think what tomgee meant was socialist.
"a public collective ownership or control of the basic means of production, distribution, and exchange with the avowed aim of operating for use rather than profit, and of assuring to each member of society an equitable share of goods, services, and welfare benefits" Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1963.
What would you call public ownership of GM stock? Or of the other companies receiving bail out monies? Of our welfare programs which have become pervasive and ubiquitous?
Socialism is a step between a democracy and communism. Mr. Gee must have assumed this future step. We are a democracy in name only, a social democracy in truth, and in violation of our basic social contract by this "progressive" momentum.
The Reds are coming in response to this inequity, but not the communist ones.
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