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Re: “Seeking understanding on a tour of Oakwood in Raleigh

I'm not an Oakwood type of person either - I can't stand snootiness! - but it's not hard to understand that it gives Mr. Brown an emotion, a feeling of nostalgia and a feeling of being a part of that history, himself. I'm sure you have interests that others wouldn't "get" either. Honestly, I don't "get" the point of this article. It reeks of being snooty in its own right. However, I did enjoy reading it and learning about the history of that area and about the sadly abandoned houses.

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Posted by AncientPirate on 09/17/2014 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Our guide to local arts and culture this autumn

What about the 'trashion' show Rubbish2Runway at Frank Art Gallery in Chapel Hill????

Posted by Cheryl Hill on 08/28/2014 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

it is so heartbreaking to hear what these animals endured. I feel for all the pets & owners regardless of how they were exposed to the toxins. any amount of toxin is too much. period. it doesn't, in my opinion , make the homeowner an irresponsible pet owner because her neighbors choose to poison their yard. obviously the 6" fence wasn't effective, but neither would a 6' tall fence be. this stuff,especially powders, is airborne. It travels away from it's designated spot w/liquid as well, lets say rain, washing it to the neighbors grass and absorbing into the ground.less concentrated obviously, still a toxin. how many of you still smoke regardless of the surgeon generals warning & known carcinogen effects? go for it. it is your body, but we are finally taking stands to protect those of us who don't want to be exposed to cancer promotion, hence smoking bans in public places. it would be ideal if there were regulations on how close to others property you can use harmful products. probably never thought of a utility pole as dangerous to you right? ever heard of people using old utility pole soaked in arsenic to start their fires? I have. look up creosole, penta pcp, and arsenics. think that stays just in their chimney? planes that drop pesticides are known to have their toxic product spread miles airborne further than where intended. so neighbors who use pesticides don't bitch when something comes your way via air or groundwater that you have no control of. as a nurse I had to flush thousands of patients pills. yes it is toxic & no longer done where i work. the safety & quality to humans & water critters was proven affected and altering the norm. I am saddened by reading the choice to drug your animals with chemicals, benedryl ect animals are like our children correct? Do they get drugged as well for your convenience because there really are many safer alternatives to chemicals if one takes the time to seek them out in the best interest of the pet, for their comfort. just because you don't see it doesn't mean there aren't side effects even in small doses and everyones (pets or people) tolerance is individual. sadly our pets & children can be poisoned, unintentionally in our own yards because of our neighbors choices, or our own. compassion spreads too & can be toxic. :) instead of insults & blame, focus on the wellbeing & prevention. it doesn't sound so ugly. and no I am not an organic tree hugger yet. just a health oriented person w/common sense.
I hope your pets are all recovered.

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Posted by Vicki Waterhouse on 08/11/2014 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Readers' stories

I absolutely loved the story about Katie written by Jane Bozarth! It was written so well I felt like I knew Katie. I would love to read more....
For us animals lovers we trust their instincts. If my dog doesn't like you then I don't like you.

Posted by Laura Babb on 08/08/2014 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Will the ELF, from Durham-based Organic Transit, save the planet?

It even improves health care. Many people don't get exercise and with the ELF you can get as much or little as you want and have fun.

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Posted by Jiminy StAck on 08/06/2014 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Will the ELF, from Durham-based Organic Transit, save the planet?

We are well known with our current transportation system; around the whole world we have found a better and modern transportation system. Especially in European and American continent we have found best transportation system; therefore they used to bring different types of variations in their transportation system like; organic transit system, environment friendly transit system and many other. It helps to reduce the affects of environment pollution and also increases the concept of organic transit. I hope it will be the best ever step to deal with the current environmental pollution.
http://procarmechanics.com/the-importance-of-fuel-system-maintenance/

Posted by glennwilson on 08/06/2014 at 2:27 AM

Re: “Take your kids to these hidden Durham treasures

There is so much information in this article I need cliff notes and more pictures...wow! My head is spinning, can't decide what to do first.

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Posted by Barbara Pulliam Zimmerman on 07/17/2014 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Take your kids to these hidden Durham treasures

Although technically in front of the space that the Durham Farmers' Market occurs regularly, the squirt gun and balloon fight (pictured above) is not the Durham Farmers' Market Lawn. The Farmers' Market rents the Pavilion from Durham Central Park, so it's technically the DCP lawn :)

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Posted by striderhaynes on 07/16/2014 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Pizza! On the hunt for the Triangle's best pies

La Piazza Pizza is second to none the best

7277 N Carolina 42, Raleigh, NC 27603

A Pure hidden Pizza Gem!

If you from New York or just know good pie, then you gotta give it a try

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Posted by goodfood85 on 07/10/2014 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Raspados: shaved ice, syrup and a spoon

Does anyone know if the raspados truck is still there? I tried stopping by the other day but did not see it. Could have been an off day though.

Posted by ncsu_grad on 06/13/2014 at 3:44 PM

Re: “One mother's attempt to stop gun violence

How come MADD was started by Ms Lighner, as if her male partners and folks were not affected by Cari’s demise? Grassroots efforts have to be supported by pressure from above. How much support has MADD received from the walls of power? Despite initiative from the very top, how much progress has been made on gun control from the middle and bottom? I know why…..

Neither gun control, nor female president, is probable, until there is true democracy. In my book, “African Student in Russia” I argued democracy has to mirror traditional family -- the basic building block of demos/people. By default, a traditional family is 50 % male, and 50 % female. The government (“mediocosm”) -- which unites the micro (family) and the macro (society) -- has to be equally balanced along gender lines. Otherwise, we are still in ancient Athens, the origin of democracy where the landless, slaves and women were excluded from the “people” category. We still have “homocracy” (male-rule). The machismo-laden political institution will not support gun control. Women lose more than men in guns/wars – grandpas, fathers, uncles, husbands, brothers, sons, grandsons – hence the imperative of true democracy. Monies, movies and speeches provide temporary solutions. Only gender-balanced branches of government can control guns, wars and violence against women.

The general population, women included, believes “homocracy” is the norm – hence the uphill battle a female presidential candidate will face in “conventional democracy.” With 64 % females in parliament, Rwanda is leading the world toward “democracy.” Belgium has over 50 % female ministers. USA has 18 % Congresswomen, occupying 80th place. Gender-based violence in Congo, India, Pakistan, and elsewhere can only lessen after true democracy. The global male-dominated power bases are silent partners in the violence against women, and prevalence of wars in the streets, jungles, schools, and Kandahar badlands.

O. Kyara, PhD

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Posted by Onesphor Kyara on 06/12/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

Be careful people. Many times people that actually WORK at these companies scan the internet constantly looking for threads like this. I, myself, have used Sevin Dust for years on our yards. We live in a very hot and humid climate here in Dallas, Texas. I have never seen any negative affects on our animals. We have five dogs and three cats. However, be careful.

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Posted by Debi Daly on 06/07/2014 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

I don't suppose that the author ever considered being a responsible pet owner. You should keep your dog in your own yard, and never let it run around unsupervised. My neighbors let their dog run all over the neighborhood. I've asked them if they hate their dog. You never know what will happen to them. Mean people could hit them or otherwise terrorize them. They can get into anything, and, like this story exemplifies, you won't know how to help them. Obviously this dog was an annoyance to the neighbors garden. Take responsibility for your own stupidity, and take better care of your pet! For that matter, be a better neighbor too!

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Posted by jour on 06/06/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “The last (outdoor) picture show

For reasons I don't understand, this drive-in shows first run pictures.

Posted by Thomas Parker on 06/01/2014 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Walking Fish community-supported program brings sustainable seafood to the Triangle

https://www.facebook.com/BryantFamilyFarm102?notif_t=page_new_likes

Please Visit, Like, and Share The Tree Row on Facebook. The family farm restart project. Its all about fresh and local.

Posted by Mark Bryant on 05/31/2014 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Crossing the border

I liked deece story muchísimo, sez mi muchacho.

Posted by Shocka Kahn on 05/29/2014 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Crossing the border

I don't see how they can stay in business much longer, even though they have made cutbacks. Compared to 25 years ago, there are hardly any cars in the parking lots these days.

Posted by ct on 05/29/2014 at 1:09 AM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

Anita Guinness. A few things.
The fact that the neighbors came by and asked if it was ok to set off fireworks...and being told that she would rather NOT have them do just that...for them to do it anyways is beyond me. It's simply not right. It would be "DECENT" as you say, for them to refrain from such things, otherwise, why ask?

Secondly, just because YOUR pets lived long and fruitful lives in the midst of such poisons, doesn't mean other animals would be so lucky. Now, I'm not saying BAN such substances...but I will say your lack of compassion, in this matter, is indecent to say the least.

I agree with your point about people's self-righteousness these days. I think that it's the owner's responsibility to do what's best for their pets. Your assumption that it takes "so much" of this substance to cause harm to an animal is basically your ignorance to how chemicals work in the body. Every living thing reacts to everything differently. Again, please don't misread me...I agree that it was HER responsibility.

All I ask is that you, just like the author in some ways, get off your soapbox and have a little compassion for the animal, as WELL as the author for almost losing her loved one. Generally, people like you disgust me.

Sue, I'm so glad she's ok and if it was my Livy, I would have done the SAME THING. Dogs are our children..."some" people just don't have any compassion these days.

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Posted by Catalyst on 05/22/2014 at 7:01 PM
Posted by Anthony Corriveau on 05/21/2014 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

I am shocked by how inconsiderate and narrow-minded this author is. To begin with, Sevin dust would have to be ingested in quite large quantities to have done close to this level of harm to your animal. I, as my father before me, use this very dust in our gardens constantly, and we have always had animals around. They have all lived to ripe, old ages. Your assumption is based on nothing but speculation and a clear desire to lay blame on other's doorsteps. Your comment about "seething" because another family did not forgo celebrating a holiday in the way they chose because YOUR elderly dog was not well...that shows an incredible amount on selfishness on your part only. Our dogs are also afraid of fireworks, as are vast majority of canines. Each year we take the dog in, give Benadryl according to our vet's instructions, and run fans as background white noise to help cover the sounds. We don't go around asking other people to alter their lifestyle and not enjoy themselves because WE chose to have pets.
The fact that these people agreed to stop using what they previously chose as an insecticide because of their paranoid neighbor's wishes shows they have far more consideration than you do.
If you are so concerned with all these toxic things to your pets ,then it is YOUR responsibility to build a larger fence, brick wall, bubble, whatever barrier that you would deem environmentally acceptable to keep out the world in general. I suppose this comes off as less than charitable but really, have some common decency. I come across more and more people each year that are full self-righteousness against everyone, bully others until they agree with a certain wild point of view, and never stop to analyze their own actions or words. Clearly you care about your dogs, which shows decency. I would imagine you have some good overall qualities but being a good neighbor, an open-minded person, and an objective writer are not among them.

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Posted by Anita Guinness on 05/19/2014 at 8:43 PM

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