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Re: “Durham Wants to Help Homeowners Whose Tax Bills Have Gone Up Because of Revitalization. But Should They Have to Pay the City Back If They Move?

Not ideal but it's a start. My concern with this plan is that it in many ways forces people to move within 4 years to pay back the loan and that just delays the process and kicks the problem down the road. Durham is great for its diversity, ethnically and socioeconomically.

This plan does nothing to solve that particular problem.

This plan also assumes that property values will continue to increase and we won't see a crash. While we all hope this doesn't happen, banking on it is unwise, especially in areas where property values are increasing so rapidly that people need the assistance.

Posted by torifile on 04/26/2017 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Sticker Shock: Why Does the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Suddenly Cost $3.3 Billion?

I'd like this light rail, however, it's still way too easy to drive in the area. Supply and demand dictate that this light rail is not needed, especially for that price. Wowsers, 3.3 billion. That's more than $7,000 for every man, woman, and child in Orange and Durham Counties.

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Posted by J Preston Evanwood on 04/26/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “North Carolina Is the Last State to Automatically Prosecute Sixteen- and Seventeen-Year-Olds as Adults

16 and 17 year olds should not be charged as adults except for the most heinous of crimes and certainly never for non-violent crimes be they felonies or misdemeanors. Even then there should be a probable cause hearing before a judge to determine if such a procedure is appropriate.

Posted by jokr8790 on 04/26/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “The Neuse River Is Sick, and Advocates Blame the Pork and Poultry Industries

SO, reward capitalists for being stupid enough to put facilities in flood plains?
JFC, who comes up with this crap?

And the cesspools AKA 'lagoons' don't have to flood anywhere to ruin the Neuse. The N makes it to the river with no flooding, just evaporation.

Now that Smithfield is owned by foreign entities is time to shut them down. Ruin your own damn country in order to eat shitty pork.

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Posted by dodahman 1 on 04/19/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Seeing Green: What North Carolina Is Missing By Skipping Out on Legal Weed

It would be nice if I could read the article but enlarging the image makes it worse. Cannot see it clearly at all. Very poor quality.

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Posted by Jamie Hopkins on 04/19/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “An Autopsy Appears to Contradict the Durham Police Department’s Account of How Frank Clark Died

The cartoon is wrong;
bullet that shattered femur came first, from behind;
the bullet through TOP of skull went through brain & lodged in neck;
fragments along that path near skull,
and stippling on scalp indicates shot from distance less than 3 feet,
but absence of soot means more than 12 inches, so
he was executed from a distance of about 2 feet after he was shot down,
unless the shooter, Barkley, was standing on a ladder...

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 04/17/2017 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Sticker Shock: Why Does the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Suddenly Cost $3.3 Billion?

For a "progressive" publication, you don't seem to comprehend the growth rate of the region and the benefits of light rail mass transit - you sound like the rural gerrymanderers who want to put the State back to the 1940's, retard growth completely, have the type of problems that Detroit has, and who, BTW, do NOT contribute their fair share at all to roads, bridges, tunnels and would be happy to see the growing and urban Triangle areas just shrivel and wilt under over-volume, polluting roads. The region will best benefit from, prosper with, and needs multi-modalities for moving the populace and allowing the region to sustainably and successfully grow. The Durham Orange light rail project is an excellent and needed mass transit rail project that should proceed forward now as it is very viable and will immensely help the region.
Focus on fixing the State congress members who are happy to support wealthy and polluting factory pig farmers and Duke Energy to the exclusion of more valid uses of their support.

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Posted by wavwood on 04/16/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “A Reality-Show President Enters the Theater of War

If bombing Syria and Afghanistan boosts Trumps popularityexpect more. Blitzing and shelling is the GOP modus operandi. The Republicans are tied to the military industrial complex. Ronald Reagan went into Lebanon, but lost 241 Marines to a suicide bomb in Beirut. Reagan needed to boost morale. He invaded the little island nation of Grenada purportedly to save 600 American medical students. The UN condemned the invasion as a violation of international law. The list goes on with HW Bush, GW Bush.

Here it is 15 years later and Trump is trying to bully allies into his Cowboy fight in Syria, Afghanistan and possibly North Korea. Are Americans ready for WWIII?
Trump is crazy. Generals love WAR not peace. Boys and military toys will get our kids killed to avoid Russiagate.

Posted by cityfox on 04/14/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Thanks for Calling Durham Hip, Vogue. Please Don’t Ruin It for Us.

It would be a lot hipper if this state woudl wipe out its anti-discriminatory laws.

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Posted by asavicz@yahoo.com on 04/14/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Thanks for Calling Durham Hip, Vogue. Please Don’t Ruin It for Us.

It would be a lot hipper of this state would behave and wipe out its anti-discriminatory laws.

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Posted by asavicz@yahoo.com on 04/14/2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Raleigh Is the Second-Fastest-Growing Major Metro In the Country. Can It Keep Up?

Great article! I'm a Realtor in the area, and the growth is incredible, but it would be a lot smoother if we could get the 540 loop finished and a few more schools up and running. School caps, and traffic jams in outlying areas are a hassle. I moved here in 1992, and have watched even the outskirt towns blossom. These days buyers are pushing out to Clayton and Johnston County as well, so that Raleigh effect is pretty impressive for Raleigh and all the towns within a 20 mile radius. One thing that is interesting is how quickly we developed our own personality in the area. In a recent blog post, I talked a little bit about how we are very house proud in the Triangle. Buyers from other parts of the country always comment on how pretty our homes are, and how people always present the houses so well when they sell them. It's interesting to see the personality of our area develop so quickly, and in such a positive way. If you want to check out that link to my blog (it's about selling your Triangle house), check it out here at http://www.triangletrusted.com/selling-a-home-in-raleigh-cary-holly-springs-or-fuquay Once again, Thank you again for this article, I'm sharing it for sure.

Posted by Triangle Trusted Realty, Inc. on 04/13/2017 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Sticker Shock: Why Does the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Suddenly Cost $3.3 Billion?

It's valid to ask how did the price tag get to $3.3B, but the more important question is how much more will it grow.

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Posted by ct on 04/12/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “The N.C. Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association Says Craft Brewers Can’t Handle Their Taxes, Shouldn’t Be Able to Distribute Their Own Beer

Yes, bad reporting. This publication should not take the word of an association, do their own digging and come up with its own point of view and facts.

Posted by Andrew 2 on 04/12/2017 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Thanks for Calling Durham Hip, Vogue. Please Don’t Ruin It for Us.

Whoa, Sarah, are you too young to understand the meaning of "hip"? What's your point and what's your real bitch here? What's wrong with Durham getting the attention it so craves?

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 04/12/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Sticker Shock: Why Does the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Suddenly Cost $3.3 Billion?

This project is a joke and shouldn't even continue to be considered. We don't need a rail system to run people from Duke to UNC, not to mention the environmental impact. This project, totally supported and pushed by Steve Schewel, will hopefully keep him from winning the Mayoral seat. We don't need our taxes paying for a socialist initiative.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 04/12/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Thanks to Congress, Telecoms Can Now Mine Your Browser History for Fun and Profit (Mostly Profit)

Clearly this is a tactic to control the lives of the general masses by monitoring each and every activity of their life. The only way to prevent them from getting insights into our daily life is to encrypt our home network through a VPN services such as PureVPN.

Posted by JenniferHudson on 04/12/2017 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Sticker Shock: Why Does the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Suddenly Cost $3.3 Billion?

You left out the biggest cost overrun - GoTriangle added $935 million in debt which in turn added over $900 million in interest - all payable by Orange and Durham. So the net effect is instead of 25% of $1.4 billion, local citizens will be paying 55% of $3.3 billion - or $1.9 billion.

The Durham-Wake Commuter Rail is NOT funded. Neither is the MLK BRT in Chapel Hill. Oh and planned bus hour expansions have been cut.

So if you cannot afford to live along the corridor and you're not going to Durham or UNC, you'll need a car.

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Posted by Bonnie Hauser on 04/12/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Sticker Shock: Why Does the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Suddenly Cost $3.3 Billion?

Additional questions are:
1) What does this cost increase do to other transit needs and over how long a period of time?
2) What is the current monthly cash burn rate on a project that is less than certain on a number of funding fronts, and at that rate what is the loss if the Feds or state do not come through?
3) Is this project still worth it?

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Posted by where's the beef? on 04/12/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “The N.C. Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association Says Craft Brewers Can’t Handle Their Taxes, Shouldn’t Be Able to Distribute Their Own Beer

Yes - this bill does put distribution jobs at risk. Of course, any time there is an artificial restriction on services, restrictions may exist for some related areas, and expansions may exist for other related areas. In the case of beer distribution, with the existing artificial limit of 25k barrels for self-distribution, wholesalers benefit when brewers exceed that limit. Brewers are harmed as they either restrict their production, or pay significant fees to the wholesalers.

By raising that limit to 200k, brewers will self-distribute if it is financially to their advantage. This means the wholesalers who charge excessive fees will lose business. Yay capitalism - it can work.

RE: "they don't pay their taxes" - I'd be interested to see how many of the larger craft brewers are in that list. My guess is a majority of the craft brewers that are out of compliance are the very small, very new brewers still getting their feet wet with taxes, paperwork, and bureaucracy. The tax argument is bogus.

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