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Re: “If Durham and Orange County Want Light Rail, They’ll Have to Pay Up

The financing should be through the newly created 50 and 100 year bonds Wall Street is now using.

The comments including 'So many empty buses running all over the place' and 'Shame on those who continue to represent that DOLRT is an alternative to roads and congestion' fail to understand the primary benefit of rail in the triangle-by providing a structural backbone to sprawl. Which I don't blame them for, but to the fatal flaw being propagated by the 'Go Triangle' bureaucracy with the current alignment, which does not exploit this weakness.

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Posted by duh on 12/29/2016 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Resolutions for Living in Trump’s America in 2017

How is it the country clubbers, gated community billionaires and trust fund babies got to use the word "elitist?"

The real story-- the so called job creators (GOP) did not want to spend money to train workers for the digital age. The bosses wanted low-wage workers. Didn't want to pay health or pension benefits. Owners closed factories. Left town for overseas.
Complacent workers in rural areas did not take advantage of government programs to retool, learn new computer/digital skills. The revenue base of towns dwindled as rural kids moved to cities for jobs. They didn't want to stay down on the farm, work in coal mines, steel mills.

Trump's pick for Labor Secretary Andrew Puzder, CEO Carl's Jr, couldn't be more anti-worker:
Speaking to Business Insider this year, Mr. Puzder said that increased automation could be a welcome development because machines were always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, theres never a slip-and-fall or an age, sex or race discrimination case.

Donald pledged to drain the swamp. A BIG, FAT LIE. He's tapped three people from Goldman-Sachs. What about Wilbur Ross, Commerce nominee?
Ross owned a coal mine that was cited for more than 200 safety violations before an accident killed a dozen workers, and is a member of a secret Wall Street fraternity, where, clad in velvet slippers, he sang show tunes mocking poor people.

Once Trump voters find out they've been bamboozled maybe they'll start voting in their own best interests.

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Posted by cityfox on 12/28/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Resolutions for Living in Trump’s America in 2017

I really loved reading this. I have been so angry and depressed since November 8 that at times I feel useless. However, today I feel rejuvenated and motivated by everything written here. I truly hope people in North Carolina and the United States seriously think about what has taken place since the elections. Rather than letting certain racist and misogynistic groups think they have won and that it's "game on" for outrageous behavior, we need to address the wrongs and try to make things right and better. I am just so happy I read this.

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Posted by Cajun Lady on 12/28/2016 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Sludge, a free fertilizer for farmers, can pose health and environmental risks

Sewage sludge regularly tests positive for a host of heavy metals, flame retardants, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pharmaceuticals, phthalates, dioxins, and a host of other chemicals and organisms. Of the thousands of contaminants that have been found in sludge, the U.S. government regulates exactly 10 of them (nine heavy metals and fecal coliform) if you want to spread the sludge on farm fields growing food crops.

Posted by piercen54 on 12/27/2016 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Half of North Carolina’s home health aides make less than $10 an hour. That needs to change

$10 an hour is not a very good figure. Need to be enhanced with time. Regards

Posted by piercen54 on 12/27/2016 at 6:11 AM

Re: “Aliens land in an English slum in Attack the Block

Nathan Gelgud is unsure whether the disenfranchised classes in England are whiter than in the US? Really?

Well, Nathan, I've lived there and I'll give you a hint...

They are. (Surprise!)

Otherwise, this review isn't bad. However, do watch the film - it's wonderful!

Posted by Eileen Smyth on 12/25/2016 at 10:01 PM

Re: “If Durham and Orange County Want Light Rail, They’ll Have to Pay Up

Meanwhile GoTriangle continues their cash burn rate of 3-500K per month. The system is only 1/3 designed and already major cost overruns. Just wait until the engineering phase where cash burn rate more than doubles and they start to uncover all of the hidden cost such as the at grade crossings that impede access to Duke Hospital Emergency and cause huge traffic snarls. Voters should demand this stop now before its too late.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 12/25/2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Members of Congress Accuse the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of Not Protecting Red Wolves

Mike Moore, the red wolf would still be eligible for protection under the ESA. The ESA includes all plant and animal species including "subspecies, varients, and in the case of vertebrates, distinct population segments." Under these regulations, hybrids so long as they are a distinct viable population are eligible for ESA listing.

Posted by Panda Marie on 12/23/2016 at 11:38 PM

Re: “Common Ground Closed. Sonorous Road Might Be Next. Is It Curtains for Small, Affordable Theaters in the Triangle?

I wholeheartedly agree with the position that there should be more structured, civic support for the thriving arts community in Durham. Imagine the growth for our community if there was stable, affordable, available space for this talented, creative group of resilient artists to thrive.

Common Ground Theatre was created with the mission of helping make that happen. For over a decade it succeeded. It was a space where companies, artists, directors, writers, musicians could share their talents, and hone their crafts. The work that was produced within those four walls was often great, sometimes brilliant.

Keeping the space affordable was always the mission. So it wasnt the most beautiful building, and it was run with a small staff. But we all knew it was the spark of magic that happens when the lights go down, the world that was created through the relationship between the players and the audience that mattered the most.

I was honored to play a small roll in the growth of the arts community here through Common Ground Theatre. It was an artistic home to me, and many others, for many years. This article was about the need for places like Common Ground. I agree. But separate from that agenda is a different story. A story of an amazing space filled with talent that thrived for 12 years. What this article didnt say, and what I wish it had said, was thank you. Thank you Rachel and Jeff for all your years of love and creativity. Thank you Devra and Shelby, for your hard work and caring for the community. Thank you to everyone who contributed to its success. Our community is better because of you.

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Posted by ShellByars on 12/23/2016 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Movie Review: Passengers Proves a Bad Ending Can Ruin an Otherwise Good Movie

hardly a disaster, don't be over critical. It is a great movie but I agree that the ending was disappointing. But it certainly didn't ruin the whole movie for me. I imagined their children being there to greet the passengers when they awoke with perhaps some screen shots from their life for the past 88 years on the ship.

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Posted by Sean Higgins on 12/23/2016 at 5:44 AM

Re: “What the Hell Happened at the General Assembly Yesterday?

Berger is great at posturing. He teed up the perfect smokescreen- that Democrats voted NOT to repeal HB2- and he knocked it out of the park, then feigning shock and horror at what the evil Democrats have done.

It was a nasty trick- separating the bill- to force Democrats not to sign. What good is repealing HB2 if the other half of the bill says no anti-discrimination legislation can be passed for a year/indefinitely? He tied the Democrats hands and then had the nerve to call them untrustworthy.

Like I said back in March, the Ds walking out on the HB2 bill in protest would come back to haunt them. It's now part of the narrative Berger had conveniently ready to publish last night immediately after session.

But in a post-truth society, a good headline is all that matters, right? Thanks to the Indy for not running with "Dems vote No to Repeal Hb2".

I sincerely hope we see the last of Berger, Newton, and many others in NCGA very soon. If anyone wanted proof that politicians are liars and power grabbers, they need look no further than the above.

On a happier note, Senators Bryant, Jackson, Chouhuri, McKissick and Blue distinguished themselves once again as leaders with integrity and courage.

The entire NCGA is not a lost cause .

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Posted by Cristel Gutschenritter Orrand on 12/22/2016 at 12:11 PM

Re: “What the Hell Happened at the General Assembly Yesterday?

"But people want us to work together."

Mr. Cooper, you may want to do some polling to see if that's really what the majority of North Carolinians want. I, for one, don't want you to work together with the Republicans in the legislature. I want your every move to be focused on getting rid of their supermajority in 2017. If that had been the case, you never wouldn't brokered that atrocious deal with Charlotte City Council and we'd all be in a better place today.

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Posted by Erik Landfried on 12/22/2016 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Common Ground Closed. Sonorous Road Might Be Next. Is It Curtains for Small, Affordable Theaters in the Triangle?

Thank you to all the people who came to Common Ground to see our eclectic, experimental and ever changing theatre productions. Thank you to all the artists and producing companies who used Common Ground Theatre over and over again to create brilliant work. Thank you to the few but mighty individuals who gave financially to Common Ground over the years.

Common Ground was a Community Space and served us for over a decade. That's an amazing tenure in our fragile art world. As the Theatre Community rises out of the ashes to build a new and better Community Space (and it will happen), I beg you to question how you can make the next one last even longer. Can you purchase tickets to more events? Can you book the space more often? Can you give a little each year toward the operation costs or to create a paycheck for the administrator of the venue? So much responsibility seems to be put on the back of the administrators when ultimately the loyalty and passion of the Community is also imperative to sustain the venue.

I was so lucky to get to manage Common Ground for 9 years. It was a time of great creativity and joy in my life. I met amazing people and watched the independent theatre scene thrive. Thank you to everyone for making Common Ground Theatre the amazing success it was.

Rachel Klem

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Posted by RKlem on 12/22/2016 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Triangle breweries give beer lovers a look

Great article about the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) breweries scene. I would love to recommend Raleigh Brews Cruise, as a great service and place to stop for hosted brewery tours for some of the major breweries in the Raleigh and Durham areas. Visit for more information. Raleigh Brews Cruise is Cruisin' for a Brewsin in the City of Oaks!

Posted by Raleigh Brewery Tours on 12/22/2016 at 12:55 AM

Re: “Triangle breweries give beer lovers a look

Great article about the Triangle breweries scene. I would love to recommend Raleigh Brews Cruise, as a great service and place to stop for hosted brewery tours for some of the major breweries in the Raleigh and Durham areas. Visit for more information. Raleigh Brews Cruise is Cruisin' for a Brewsin in the City of Oaks!

Posted by Raleigh Brewery Tours on 12/22/2016 at 12:33 AM

Re: “Sneak Attack: Inside the Legislature’s Surprise Assault on Democracy

Pat McCrory lost. The NCGOP and party leaders refuse to accept that decision, the will of the voters. The republican lawmakers have gotten it into their evil little minds they can just grab power from Tar Heels. What the NCGA has done is suppress the vote by making up stuff and attempting to block Roy Cooper from doing his job as the incoming governor.
The Executive Director of the NCGOP, Dallas Woodhouse, who is a bully and serial liar, screams that Democrats moved the goal posts on conservatives back in 1976. Say what? This is 2016. A new day. A different time. But the right wing does not play well with others and believes it can pay bad deeds forward.
Stripping Cooper of powers, standing on the necks of voters, holding illegal sessions with little or no notice--will be challenged in court. The right wingers hope Trump's attorney general pick will chose party over the PEOPLE.

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Posted by cityfox on 12/21/2016 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Common Ground Closed. Sonorous Road Might Be Next. Is It Curtains for Small, Affordable Theaters in the Triangle?

Oh, man. I felt at home when I was on Common Ground. I felt free to create however I chose. That is rare and will be missed by all that experienced this rarified space. Many thanks to my family "in the moment" Jeff, Rachel, Michelle, and Devra (and others too many to list) you all deserve a standing O that never ends.

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Posted by Mark Jeffrey Miller on 12/21/2016 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Makers’ Mark: Ten Triangle Records that Turned Ten This Year

The Never. Haven't thought about them in ever. That song "The Astronaut" from their first record is a power pop opus.

Posted by Geoff Dunkak on 12/21/2016 at 3:53 PM

Re: “The HB 2 Compromise Is a Bad Idea

Enjoy peeing in your Gatorade bottles, Jerry.

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Posted by Carnot on 12/21/2016 at 2:11 PM

Re: “The HB 2 Compromise Is a Bad Idea

Whatever happens, IF what amounts to co-ed restrooms comes to pass, *I* am not GOING into such a restroom, and no mealy-mouthed little leftist twit will MAKE me. The whole idea of such all-in-one bathrooms is so WRONG it defies description. And we DO know what this is REALLY about: an avenue and a billy stick to FORCE a WRONG. BEHAVIOR onto the mainstream. Like it or lump it, THIS citizen is not going to abide by it, and if some pervert assaults a child, or a family member of mine, he'd better be faster than me because he will regret it! How a society could even THINK of putting women and children at risk with their wild-eyed, el pinko, "rainbows and moonbeams" ideas is just beyond words. And this is precisely what will happen! Like the so-called "LGBT" agenda, there is another dreadful group just waiting in the wings to get access to their "rights" thru access to our children; that is, the PEDOPHILES. By using the same tactics as the homosexuals, saying "we can't 'help the way we are, 'we were *born* that way, and calling it "rights", they, too, will want their perversions mainstreamed, too! God help us for the horrible, blinded times we live in.

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Posted by Jerry Oxendine on 12/21/2016 at 1:54 PM

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