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Re: “If Democrats Want to Regain Power, They’ll Have to Lose Their Lust for It

"What if Democrats stopped worrying about rebuilding their party and started to think about defending American institutions?"

But...the Democratic Party is an important American institution, with an important role to play in resistance to Trump. And many members of the party are fighting to defend other democratic institutions. It's not either/or.

Also, the United States is nowhere close to being a single-party state. (A single-party state is like China, where it's illegal to form other parties aside from the ruling Communist Party.) This would be a terrible time to give up on electoral politics. There's no reason we can't pursue electoral and non-electoral strategies at the same time.

Posted by rmlucas on 02/26/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “In Hillsborough, an election wrapped in a Confederate flag

The final sentence of this article is misleading: yes, Germany bans the public displays of Nazi-ism as well as public Holocaust denial. That said, the state-run TV channel runs documentary footage of the Holocaust and WWII 24-hours a day to remind Germans of what they did. Banning symbols of hate, which the Confederate flag as the banner of southern white nationalism and the Confederacy which explicitly went to war to protect their right to own other human beings, is not the same as forgetting history. Quite the opposite. Ms. Ashley DeSena's assertion that property rights are more important than the right of her neighbors to feel safe and respected in their own town is misguided at best and hateful at worst. We will have to assume that she simply does not understand what it feels like to be attacked for one's color, belief or sexual orientation.

Posted by DoeRoo on 02/26/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “The 18-Year-Old Who Owned Richard Burr in Sunday’s N&O

" . . . the ad carried U.S. Senator Richard Burr's now-familiar pic - that oddly thin, almost forced smile, those sharp blue eyes . . . ."

Just congenially curious - by what percent less must Mr. Burr's:

- eyes be "sharp" and (some other color than?) "blue", and

- smile (lips?) be "odd" and "thin" and "forced"

that it would never occur to the writer to comment on them? ( Are the writer's above quoted comments not ad hominem per The Independent's publishing guidelines? Is there anyone else about whose eyes and lips the writer would decline to comment?)

I do not see eye-to-eye (Ar! Ar!) with Mr. Burr on his political ideology, but how are his physical characteristics possibly relevant? What would the writer have Mr. Burr do to correct these physical vicissitudes which apparently offend the writer's delicate aesthetic sensibilities - convene a prayer circle and beseech divine Providence for a revelation and miracle to deliver Mr. Burr from what the writer avers ails him? Colored contact lenses and collagen treatments?

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Posted by Filippo on 02/25/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Fourteen Years Ago, Michael Peterson Was Convicted of Killing Her Mother. Now, Caitlin Atwater Breaks Her Silence in an Exclusive Interview.

Oh, Kenneth and Caitlin. I don't know what to say except that I am so moved by your words, Kenneth, and just so happy to have news of you, Caitlin. I have thought of you so many times over the years. Thank you for writing this, Kenneth (you are an amazing writer!) and thank you for allowing him to write it, Caitlin. Much love to both of you.

Posted by teresaenge on 02/25/2017 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm

http://barnofchapelhill.com/exciting-start/

Starting at the top, looks like a barn. By the end it definitely does not look like it will be used for a barn at all. They may use it to store the tables and chairs.

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Posted by Clutchfan25 on 02/24/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Fourteen Years Ago, Michael Peterson Was Convicted of Killing Her Mother. Now, Caitlin Atwater Breaks Her Silence in an Exclusive Interview.

Kenneth Fine, I follow your articles written for the Indy and because I, as well, knew Kathleen and our dear Caitlin, I believe this is without a doubt a perfect piece. Many people want to know that Caitlin is faring well, despite the recent Alfred Plea. And yes, according to your interview and her ability, through her trust in you, she illustrated that she remains the incredible self possessed person she was during her upbringing. To provide for her own children what her mother gave her is a testament to an incredible response to her tragedy. She's her mother's legacy and wonderfully demonstrating that. Great work, my friend! What a gift you provide for your followers. Wendy

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Posted by Wendy Girl on 02/24/2017 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Abandoned mobile homes plague North Carolina

I am interested in getting one of these mobile homes to fix up for my family...how can I obtain one? Can email me at whicharddiana@gmail.com. ...I live in pitt county.

Posted by dee78 on 02/23/2017 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm

What the neighbors should do is get together and apply to open a couple of junk yards, a cement plant, a shooting range, and a real factory farm with pigs. That would fix the Brewer's little red wagon. I wonder how many weddings you could have next to that stuff. lol If the county won't reign them in, the nieghbors can!

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Posted by Bluetrain on 02/23/2017 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm

Developers here in Chapel Hill and Orange county are CONSTANTLY trying to game the system. We just booted a mayor and half a town council over this kind of shenanigans. As I watch a seven story high rise one right after the other go up right beside my single family home with no road improvements.... Money talks with these folks.

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Posted by Bluetrain on 02/23/2017 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm

In response to Joseph Pepe's comment: there's nothing realistic about letting the Brewers and Southeast Property Group game the system to build their event center. Are they entrepreneurs or are they farmers? Applying for a special use permit to build an event center on property zoned for residential and farm use sounds like they're entrepreneurs. Unfortunately for them, the Board of Adjustments correctly denied the permit because the event center wasn't in harmony with the property's surroundings. So they played their next card - they somehow obtained a USDA farm number, changed their application to say they were a farm and that their $735,000 building was a utility building, not an event center, and received approval from the Orange County Planning Department. I guess that's the point where they began to identify themselves as farmers. Nobody is being sandbagged here except maybe the rural community surrounding the event center.

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Posted by sbeeman on 02/23/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm

The question has been raised "how many tractors are stored in the Brewer's barn?' How many tractors does it take to grow flowers, chestnut trees, or manage bee hives to produce honey? I would think you could accomplish all of that withour the use of a tractor. And how many executives who manage the many "corporate farms" live on those farms. Let's be realistic and allow the entreprenurial spirit raised by this young couple to florish and not be sandbagged. Incidentally, doubful that you will find a tractor anywhere near a "fish" farm.

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Posted by Joseph Pepe on 02/23/2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm

So many questions come to mind after reading this article. In the photo attached to the article, the Brewers are shown watering their "orchard" with water they brought to the property. Why? Because after owning the property for two years and planting 36 chestnut trees and a small flower bed, they apparently have not yet put in a well on their property. That's right, a farm with no water for irrigating their crops. If they're primarily a farm and the wedding events are incidental to farm use, why is building the barn and booking the weddings taking priority over digging a well? Second, Chris Brewer of Southeast Property Group is quoted as saying " We could have built a barn with four poles and a roof but if we make it a little bit nicer...we can also do weddings as well." Apparently building a $735,000 barn on a quarter-million dollar property with a lighting budget of $78,000 for the chandeliers alone is what he means by a "little nicer." It just doesn't ring true that a real farmer who wants to hold weddings in their barn to supplement their farm income would spend $735,000 on building a 4200 square foot barn (including $78,000 to spend on chandeliers) the sole farming purpose of which is "to process flowers and chestnuts in the late fall." Sounds to me like "alternative facts" from the Brewers. Finally, I'm perplexed by David Owens opining that the weddings are "pretty clearly incidental" to the flower farm. The evidence that I heard presented at the October Board of Adjustment hearings (read the minutes here: http://preserveruralorange.org/uploads/BOA…) doesn't make that clear at all, and as the article says the BOA seems to doubt that the Barn of Chapel Hill is anything other than an events center. The Orange County Planning Department believes their hands are tied because the Brewers have a USDA farm number and are thus considered a bona fide farm and exempt from zoning regulations that apply to commercial endeavors. (Why they were able to obtain a farm number for 22 acres of wooded property that they had never farmed is unclear.) But if nonfarm uses on a farm property ARE NOT exempt from county zoning rules, then common sense tells us that this $735,000 event center disguised as a utility barn on a property with farming activity that is clearly secondary should not be exempt.

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Posted by sbeeman on 02/23/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Chapel Hill had to decline FEMA money to buy flood-prone condos at Camelot Village

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Posted by MelissaMueller on 02/23/2017 at 5:32 AM

Re: “Donald Trump Promised Big Bucks for Infrastructure. Could That Save Light Rail?

Light rail is a fun idea, but definitely not cost effective to build, maintain or use. The upcoming infrastructure spending is better focused on building/repairing bridges/roads that serve cars, motorcycles, and commercial buses and trucks for providing goods and services. Vote no to light rail.

Posted by alberthall on 02/22/2017 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Orange County’s Board of Adjustment to Determine Whether the So-Called Party Barn is Really Being Used as a Farm

Heh. How many tractors are stored in the Brewers "barn"? Don't Orange County farmers usually live on their farm in Orange County rather than in a high dollar subdivision in Chatham County?

Enquiringly.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 02/22/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “The 18-Year-Old Who Owned Richard Burr in Sunday’s N&O

I saw this ad and shared a picture on Facebook, getting positive responses from all over the country. Thanks for making activism fun again!

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Posted by Amy Trojanowski on 02/22/2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “The 18-Year-Old Who Owned Richard Burr in Sunday’s N&O

I'm so proud of Senator Burr and Senator Tillis. But that was a clever ad.

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Posted by alberthall on 02/22/2017 at 12:42 PM

Re: “The 18-Year-Old Who Owned Richard Burr in Sunday’s N&O

ROCK MY WORLD. IMO, this ad's tongue in cheek tone is precisely what is needed here. I'm so peeved I'm sure I wouldn't manage a needed message such as this. BRAVA, Ms. Johnson!

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Posted by Haditupta on 02/22/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “The Trump Administration Takes Aim at Transgender Kids

Gavin Grimm is from Gloucester County, Virginia. He is not from New Jersey. The Gloucester County school board involved is not a New Jersey school board.

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Posted by Jamie 2 on 02/16/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Will the NCAA’s Threat Force the Legislature to Reconsider HB 2?

As a North Carolinian I would like to add that myself and pretty much everyone I have talked to support the portions of the bill related to transgenders even if they do not think the bill as a whole is good for the state.

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Posted by Don Pepe on 02/16/2017 at 4:20 PM

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