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Re: “The GOP wants even more money for vouchers

Mixing public money (vouchers) with private schooling is a dangerous idea because it could pollute and distort the private schools with government regulations and diktats. However, if vouchers can be used to destroy public schools, which have already failed totally, then this could be very positive.

Playing with fire here, be careful.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 06/28/2014 at 9:13 AM

Re: “NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson discusses league expansion, playoffs, MLS, paid match streaming and other topics in advance of 2014 regular season kickoff

Really awesome to see Petersen pushing to Get the NASL were it belongs, on top of the north american soccer scene. They need to sign a lucrative tv contracct though, these small regional tv deals are a start like they have now but they have to keep pushing. The Cosmos are clearly and still the most recognizable name in north american soccer. I know mls is listed currently as the top league in north american soccer, but why name the league after MLB Major League Baseball, Cheesy at best.
Alot of the mls teams do have great names such as the timbers, sounders, rapids, galaxy, earthquakes(perhaps best team name in mls), and the union. But these new teams are 100% percent trying to copy European teams such as nycfc, sporting kansas city or dallas fc which changed its name from dallas bulls, such frauds, at least try to be original like the NASL, although minnesota United sounds just awful. Really hoping to see the NASL and mls merge and come up with a better league name than mls and team names such as ----- city. or ----- fc, or real -----, or sporting ----- . Keep the momentum going NASL

Posted by Iranian American on 06/27/2014 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Raleigh “Sexy Schoolgirl” 5K cancelled

The people prevail!

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Posted by Leslie Land on 06/27/2014 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Live: In Raleigh, the Counting Crows get listless

a band can play any of their songs wherever the fuck they want to in a set. no one needs to play your greatest-hits-game bro, get over yourself.

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Posted by notwithstanding on 06/27/2014 at 4:59 PM
Posted by Fuzzsonic on 06/27/2014 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Why Roy Cooper should follow his conscience and the law

One year ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. State DOMAs are falling like dominos -- Indiana's is the latest. How long must we endure North Carolina's?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/25/g…

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 06/26/2014 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Why Roy Cooper should follow his conscience and the law

SCOTUS striking down DOMA was the right call. There is no enumerated power for the feds to involve themselves in marriage. States, however, are fully empowered to deal with the issue. With DOMA gone, there is no US Constitutional issue at stake unless all you are doing is trying to further damage and distort the document, which the left is famous for. Cooper slow playing this is a good political move for him and probably the best move overall in what has become an ugly situation.

I am waiting for a State to step up and take the next needed step here, which is the one that should have been taken by respectful, thinking gays if this entire issue hadn't been hijacked to become a leftist crisis construct to divide and conquer people. That step? Eliminate all State definition and recognition of marriage.

As an aside, the LGBT community has, regrettably, been disgraced and smeared by letting very bad people handle this sensitive issue in such a malicious and disrespectful manner. Many of your neighbors hold a long-standing belief that marriage is between a man, a woman and God. You are attacking them and their beliefs unnecessarily. All you ever had to do is get the State out of marriage and continue to let any and all marry as they wish in private, freely-held ceremonies and everyone would have been fine. In fact, you would have had many allies and built real community and tolerance. But, oh no, the hard left chose the most socially destructive path, using the instruments of government as a hammer to bludgeon anyone who doesn't agree in lock step, all the while wrapping the issue in a phony "rights" argument.

We will not soon forget the damage done to our civil society by these vandals.

I remain,
Proudly Unaffiliated

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 06/26/2014 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Why Roy Cooper should follow his conscience and the law

There is no good reason to deny that we must keep evolving until an adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, monogamy or polyamory, race, or religion is free to marry any and all consenting adults. The limited same-gender freedom to marry is a great and historic step, but is NOT full marriage equality, because equality "just for some" is not equality. Let's stand up for EVERY ADULT'S right to marry the person(s) they love. Get on the right side of history!

Posted by Keith Pullman on 06/26/2014 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Wake County Clerk of Superior Court

When the Indy (then the Independent) endorsed Knox 10 years ago, as a district court judge -- over a black Democratic colleague -- the office and her election were both non-partisan and her party's stance on gay rights was not an issue. Even though it is hard to see any possible partisan issues in the Clerk of Court's office, the fact remains that Knox has always been a Republican (she is a granddaughter of Jesse Helms). She is also a lesbian. The Indy, despite its loud trumpeting of support for the civil rights of all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, found discretion to be the better part of valor 10 years ago, and chose not to mention Knox's orientation in endorsing her. It did, however, insist that its rejection of her black opponent was due to his "perceived hostility toward certain defendants". The implication was that those who knew enough to care would hear the dog-whistle -- one candidate was an actual lesbian while the other was homophobic. I would hope that this time around, in light of the recent comments of Rep. Skip Stam (R-Apex) http://www.wral.com/stam-calls-pedophilia-… , somebody would actually care enough to ask whether Knox is comfortable in a party that not only thinks of her as a second-class citizen, but openly flaunts that contempt in order to win votes. Stam's comments were made against an amendment (from Rep. Susan Fisher) to prohibit discrimination in schools, and House Republicans rejected it along party lines, 68-44.

Posted by George Greene on 06/26/2014 at 7:31 AM

Re: “In a new TV documentary, a Latino soccer team triumphs over adversity in a changing Chatham County

NuvoTv is available on Time Warner Cable, channel 900 in Chapel Hill. Looking forward to it.

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Posted by MahaaFoodie on 06/25/2014 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Expats celebrate Canada Day with beloved foods

Milltown in Carrboro serves fries with gravy and poutine.

Posted by MahaaFoodie on 06/25/2014 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Expats celebrate Canada Day with beloved foods

Loaf in downtown Durham makes fantastic Nanaimo bars

Posted by ernesto on 06/25/2014 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Words of wisdom from the N.C. House speaker and U.S. Senate candidate

Oh my gosh, did Tillis really say these things??!! My head is exploding. I need to reevaluate voting for Brannon now, Tillis seems too reasonable and moderate. Maybe I made a big mistake.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 06/25/2014 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Why Roy Cooper should follow his conscience and the law

A little more on the marriage equality issue: The N.C. cases are being slow-walked by the AG"s office while the same issue, raised by a Virginia lawsuit, is considered by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Fourth Circuit heard arguments in the Virginia case last month.

The Fourth Circuit is federal appeals court whose rulings apply in North Carolina as well as Virginia. It's considered to be one of the most conservative of the federal appeals courts in the country, so if any circuit is going to uphold state bans on same-sex marriage, it may be the Fourth.

Meanwhile, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 today that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. It stayed its ruling, however, to allow an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is probably where this issue is headed -- again.

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Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 06/25/2014 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Three essential reissues by British guitarist Mike Cooper suggest that music is meant for breaking borders

I do hope you set him straight on Durham's status as a "metropolis."

Posted by barry on 06/25/2014 at 2:44 PM

Re: “The GOP wants even more money for vouchers

No public money should ever go to private ANYTHING, especially schools! This is unconstitutional and insane. The right wing wants good white people to get a good christian education, a misnomer if there ever was one, by using OUR hard earned tax dollars! What could be more perverse and counterproductive. If you want to brainwash your children, do it on your own time and your own dime.

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Posted by Remo on 06/25/2014 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Three essential reissues by British guitarist Mike Cooper suggest that music is meant for breaking borders

Working on that now, Ron. And no, I don't think any writers, editors or web designers will meet their maker in this process.

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Posted by Grayson Currin, INDY Music Editor on 06/25/2014 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Ties to Duke Energy abound in N.C. Utilities Commission appointees

Duke energy needs to be flushed from any government oversight organizations in NC. Clear and perverse conflict of interest in that Duke does not have any interest in us except profit and pollution.

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Posted by Remo on 06/25/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Sam Beam's Iron & Wine moves to Durham, another stop along his Southern journey

I've been exposed to Iron and Wine thanks to my Pandora station for Sun Kil Moon. It's great stuff and I could never figure out exactly where it was coming from conceptually...now I know. Can't wait to see him but I'm off to Camp monkey Bob, an equally uncategorizable place, where we have bonfires and booze one day and weapons training the next, with a lot of live music, good food and comradery thrown in, for the weekend. I'll look for him going forward.

Posted by Remo on 06/25/2014 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Three essential reissues by British guitarist Mike Cooper suggest that music is meant for breaking borders

Would it kill the Indy to embed a Soundcloud or three so reader could actually, easily *hear* these records being introduced and reviewed?

Posted by Fuzzsonic on 06/25/2014 at 12:53 PM

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