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Re: “In four years, concerts at the North Carolina State Fair have lost almost $900,000. Who's responsible?

I've long been frustrated at the lack of interesting concert picks at the State Fair, and wondered about their financial success (or failure). It's interesting to gain an understanding of the process that results in these line-ups. The money side of the equation is concerning, but a bigger issue may be the fact that these shows have such tepid appeal, and little focus on N.C.'s home grown talent.

With better management, there seems to be an opportunity here for 3-way win. Stronger line-up choices could lead to bigger, happier audiences, more money for the Ag Dept, and serve as a really great showcase for N.C. talent. The Department's leadership should be strongly considering the changes that could bring this about. Contracting with an outside talent buyer would seem to be an idea whose time has come.

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Posted by Fuzzsonic on 12/03/2014 at 12:20 PM

Re: “In four years, concerts at the North Carolina State Fair have lost almost $900,000. Who's responsible?

The writer is right in highlighting fair concerts as "loss leaders." Everyone knows that the NC State Fair is a successful, profitable and attractive operation, the largest state-supported and hosted "show" by far every year (this does not include the annual comedy act known as the NC General Assembly session, of course).

I am a taxpayer and, as such, my money supports the NC Ag Dept, and most likely positions and ops there that help organize/run the Fair. Knowing how things are going financially at the Fair is my right---the broader public would NEVER hear about this situation from the state government itself. And I'm pleased to learn how they might be improved. That the Fair hasn't moved over to percentage/versus deals is puzzling.

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Posted by Mick Voiland on 12/03/2014 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Aviator Brewing in Fuquay-Varina embroiled in lawsuit against California brewery

Leave it to a West Coast/California-based brewer to try to legally muscle a much smaller East Coast/Carolina-based craft brewing enterprise. It's not a snit over the two brewers' actually name or logo, but on something as non-earthshaking as the label on a single product among a multi-product line-up.

Stand your ground, Aviator and Mark Doble!

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Posted by Mick Voiland on 12/03/2014 at 11:52 AM

Re: “The Republican approach is if you don't talk about it in school, it's not a problem

Lex Alexander: I am a middle-aged, white Unaffiliated (and very progressive) male, and I agree with your every word. And we are both know what we are talking about.

Jeff S: If you truly believe that "You only have to teach history," then you would have to support the teaching of the straight facts about white-imposed slavery, oppression, genocide, and racism with regard to both African and Native Americans. But the GOP-led SBE wants these things "nuanced" (i.e., covered less) and white America's historic "exceptionalism" highlighted (i.e., covered more).

opuss20: Your post is sadly one of stereotypical thinking. Grouping liberals and the media by entirety, rather than focusing on the article's point. It makes me sick how posters deliberately and closed-mindedly group people/writers by political persuasion and profession, rather than responding directly to their points.

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Posted by Mick Voiland on 12/03/2014 at 11:36 AM

Re: “State, UNC researchers use maps to show where well water could pose risk to newborns

Ironically, the map of the slate deposits, matches exactly the area of the state with the highest number of CONCENTRATED TOXIC SEWAGE SLUDGE NCDENR/DWQ PERMITS... Sewage sludge contains all the toxic heavy metals listed in this article, including manganese .... manganese in slate is not a readily available and not a highly soluble [dissolvable in water] heavy metal ... it is doubtful that --- that is the source of the well water contamination..
I can't post the map in the post [I tried].... go to to see the map

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Posted by mmdotson on 12/03/2014 at 11:35 AM

Re: “In four years, concerts at the North Carolina State Fair have lost almost $900,000. Who's responsible?

Here's an idea Baby Boomers concerts. My wife and I saw the Association with limited seating maybe 250 seats, tix were 25.00 with fees. We were in the second row center. Put on festival nights with several boomer groups. Cheap tix, fair makes a profit and everyone has a great night !

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Posted by csmith8354 on 12/03/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “The Republican approach is if you don't talk about it in school, it's not a problem

Racism is this country's original sin -- we enslaved one race and nearly wiped out another, and we have continued to enact government and corporate policies that have a foundation in racism right up to the present day, when research shows discrimination, some of it unconscious, in recruitment/hiring, marketing, and many other aspects of society. To argue that American history shouldn't include race is even stupider than arguing that it shouldn't include the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution.

But, hey, I'm just a middle-aged, white Republican male. I couldn't possibly know what I'm talking about.

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Posted by Lex Alexander on 12/03/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “The Republican approach is if you don't talk about it in school, it's not a problem

You shouldn't have to teach a history of racism. You only have to teach history.

We have been failing at this for decades and will continue to do so. You could have lambasted or lampooned the conservative attempts to whitewash history without mentioning race. It would have made for a better article.

I suppose it's hard to do that without pointing out that Christian groups are behind almost all of these discussions. Then we inevitably try to pretend that it's only the "crazy christians" and that most christians are good people who would never do such a thing.... a narrative that nobody actually believes. But as I've demonstrated, once you start criticizing religion you're going to be dismissed. It's easier to pretend it's not happening.

There is a god. Cops don't break the law. White people don't move to the suburbs to avoid "those people". Blacks aren't racist at all.

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Posted by Jeff S on 12/03/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “In four years, concerts at the North Carolina State Fair have lost almost $900,000. Who's responsible?

This article has a very unfair tone to it. State fairs and casinos are known to be cash cows for agents and artist management because the goal is foot traffic and promotion rather than box office glory. Singling out this line item from what continues to be a profitable attraction just seems ill-spirited. I mean, the bathrooms haven't turned a profit in years, but they are still a vital part of the event's success?
Kaine Riggan -

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Posted by Writer Kaine on 12/03/2014 at 9:58 AM

Re: “The Republican approach is if you don't talk about it in school, it's not a problem

This article is sadly one of liberal media. Grouping races by entirety, rather than focusing on the individual. It makes me sick how writers group people by race, rather than reaction.

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Posted by opuss20 on 12/03/2014 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Goodbye to the Sunset Man

Beautiful commemoration of Josh. My daughter, Megan was Bipolar with Schitzoid tendencies. She was beautiful, extremely smart, and very talented in so many areas. She was valedictorian of her High School class and Outstanding Student in Psychology from OSU. It took her a while to finish college due to her illness, but she did it! Unfortunately, the medications quit working and we tried ECT, with only short term improvement, but she started her own business tutoring and was doing well. I could see her slowly declining, until one day I received a call from the police that she had threatened to kill herself. She had been married only three weeks. I found she had hung herself in our barn. I miss her so much, but I know the torment and pain is gone. I wish you love.

Posted by Wanda Criblez on 12/02/2014 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Celebrating pisco, the national drink of Peru

It is good that you reference PerĂº as the country of origin. The Chileans have tried repeatedly to DOCG Pisco. Look at a map, Chile, where is Pisco?

Posted by Sogno on 12/01/2014 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Governor's School blues

I appreciate your feedback and comments as a mom whose daughter is our schools nominee for Governor's School. We have done the entire application process and are waiting till the decision in March. Being from the West coast, I have had to do much research in finding out just what Governor''s school is all about. To my dismay, I have found very little information. There was one parent who swore her son's eventual suicide was a direct reflect of his attendance to another who said quote, "if your child is a conservative and Christian, don't allow them to go." While we are parents that believe that our child should be exposed to things PRIOR to going off to college, I am not sure completely that this is the right thing to do. If any of you could expound on any of your experiences I would greatly appreciate your advice.
Thank you...

Paula Powers

Posted by paulapowers on 12/01/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Duke Energy dumping 3 million tons of coal ash near Sanford trailer park

Red State? Gets what they voted for!

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Posted by Corey Mondello on 12/01/2014 at 8:29 AM

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

When Pastor Shirley comes to Rich Square N.C. I'm willing to travel from VA. to be under her anointing once more. We enjoyed seeing her for the first time on 11/30/2014 @ Bishop Willis's Church in Franklin VA. She made me feel good when she let me embrace her, you could feel the anointing all over her and love. Lord we pray for her health to be bless each day and her faith to stay with you . Bless her works that she does on this earth and we know that her rewards awaits her in your heavenly home .Keep her and her people safe as they travel alone with her.

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Posted by Polly Willis on 12/01/2014 at 7:36 AM

Re: “The two faces of Bo Lozoff

I came to this discussion about six years after the article's publication. I write only to thank those who beautifully came to Bo Lozoff's defense, and to thank Boand Sita Lozoff and all those who assisted them for their inspiration and their work.

How sad for all of us that destruction seems so much easier than creation.

Mitch Trachtenberg

Posted by mjtrac on 11/30/2014 at 9:13 PM

Re: “After three deaths in two months, cycling advocates call for new bike plan, education, enforcement

I am an avid cyclist and every ride I see people with their faces/attention/visual perception buried in their phones. To which I yell at the top of my lungs "Put the God damned phone down and drive the fucking car!" Right now in my mind I can see one young lady whose startled response indicated either guilt or fear for being caught doing something NO ONE should be doing, texting while driving. I believe the level of addiction some people show to texting indicates a psychological/mental deficiency and they should be required to seek treatment. All it takes is one second of inattention for disaster to ensue. And while they may not be as vulnerable as a cyclist, they are putting their own lives at risk as well as anyone in their immediate vicinity. Cars should be manufactured with scramblers for cell phones which would be tied to the ignition switch. Whenever the ignition switch is on your cell phone would be inoperable. 911 should be the only number that operates while your car is running. If you are a psychological/mental midget who has a message/call that just HAS to be made at that moment in time, pull over to a safe spot, turn the car off, and make your precious communication. NO text message or phone call warrants the loss of an innocent human being's life.

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Posted by DR B on 11/30/2014 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Hands up, don't shoot

This graffiti artist is entirely correct.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 11/30/2014 at 9:37 AM

Re: “I thought my baseball card collection had value. It did, but only to me.

The author can at the very least get rid of all the Tim Wallach cards he has by sending them to this guy:

Posted by Sara Bergman Wasser on 11/30/2014 at 2:08 AM

Re: “After three deaths in two months, cycling advocates call for new bike plan, education, enforcement

Part of the problem is just bad driving in general. About 10% of us seem to signal turns and lane changes. I don't get it because with minimal practice it becomes automatic.

Another issue is that most drivers often cut across an oncoming lane when turning onto another road. This is illegal because it involves driving in someone else's lane. It is not so hard to move up far enough that one can turn from a right lane into a right lane.

Also most drivers around Durham don't seem to know what a yield sign means.

I don't know how much of this is applicable to the cyclists but the cutting across another's lane sounds like it may be what harmed Winberry. As for the rest, we all see, and are forced to tolerate, poor and irresponsible drivers everyday.

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Posted by Otto Ladensack on 11/29/2014 at 12:58 PM

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