I would also like to see 2Lionsrock's questions about the transit referendum answered. I would like to vote yes on this since I recognize how important commuter rail and buses will be in the coming years. But, I also want to know to what extent this tax will effect me personally.
Hey, INDY Week! How about addressing those excellent points/questions from 2Lionsrock? Inquiring minds want to know :)
So, please refresh my memory... "Indy" is shorthand for what was it exactly? Oh yes, "independent"! As in "independent thought", "independent analysis", and so on.
One would imagine "independent analysis" might lead to the inevitable conclusion that it's not, in fact, in the interests of the working people to hand supreme authority to someone who is 1) an outrageously corrupt Wall Street crony; 2) the immediate family member of another President; 3) demonstrated to have rigged elections, disenfranchising her own Party's voters; 4) who has aggressively pushed for the destruction of multiple independent Arab societies by arming and funding radical islamic militias to destabilize their governments (the people living there be damned); 5) who has been behind every neoliberal trade deal and backward economic policy that comes up; 6) who has been behind every neocon war, and backed every antidemocratic coup and criminal assassination that U.S. imperialist interests can devise; 7) who is best friend of the repressive Saudi dictatorship (while posturing as a principled champion of gay and women's rights), and of the Nazi-oligarch Ukraine coup; and 8) who incessantly shouts to anyone who will listen her outrageous neo-McCarthyite anti-Russian nonsense.
Because, clearly, the biggest problems for working people in this country? They have all been caused by Putin! Unemployment? That was Putin. Destabilization of the Middle East? Putin. Financial policy that crashed the global economy? Putin again. Massive giveaway to the bloated parasitic insurance industry known variously as Romneycare, Obamacare and the Heritage Foundation's health care plan of '89? Putin. Brutal unaccountable police state that regularly murders its citizens, including women and children, in the streets, year in and year out? Putin there too. Corrupt Democratic Party disenfranchising it's own voters? "Putin made us do it!" Imported al-Nusra terrorists have not done the job of taking out Assad quickly enough so that a corrupt US puppet regime might have been installed by now? Oh, wait... that one Russia actually seems to have something to do with.
Enough is enough. Uncritically shilling for the most corrupt representatives of bourgeois liberalism is not an act of "independence", nor is it a confidence-inspiring recognition of the social and political state of things relatable to anyone beyond the trivial affluent middle class dog-whistle crowd to whom you seem content to restrict your circulation.
In Wake County you endorsed Marty Miller over Anna Worley for district court. Have you looked at Marty Miller's Facebook page? Post after post from Allen West, "Christians for Trump", etc.
His ads are saying he supports "Traditional family values". What does that mean? Well, he attended Regent School of Law, the religious law school founded by televangelist Pat Robertson. What does Pat think traditional family values means? http://archive.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2007/04/08/scandal_puts_spotlight_on_christian_law_school/
Anna Worley has served 8 years and is one of very few state certified family law specialists serving on the District Court bench. She has my vote.
I just looked at Marty Miller's Facebook page. Look at it yourself: https://www.facebook.com/marty.miller.7543
It's full of anti Hillary posts, pro Donald Trump posts, and re-posts from Allen West. Miller self describes as supporting "traditional family values."
What does that mean, Indy? "Traditional family values" usually means anti-gay marriage in code speak in this day and age. And this is the person you trust to make decisions in same sex marriage custody issues?
From a legal perspective, he's posting articles saying there should be no Supreme Court nominations approved until AFTER the presidential election.
Did you even look at his social media, Indy?
The alleged "group" that is against Anna Worley appears from research to simply be one very disgruntled parent who lost custody and has an internet connection. Good judges make hard decisions, even when they know it will alienate litigants (who are voters) and even lawyers (who vote in bar polls).
We don't need Wake County judges who are touting a "traditional family values" agenda.
about the Wake Transit referendum- will there be a possibility to amend the half cent sales tax hike to something like a few bucks for luxury items sales tax?
Also, this article mentions that raising taxes for the wealthy is "thanks to state law, that's not an option". Are we talking about income based tax levied at County level being against State Law?
If so, there could still be sales taxes on luxury items.
granted, a half cent does not seem like a hardship per item- but for a number of Wake residents it adds up. I am imagining this is an across the board sales tax. So Groceries will be taxed? Items one buys at the Cvs/rite aid type stores? feminine products? Many of these things are necessities, and over a years time can add up.
What I am wondering is, if this referendum is passed- and if we have an actual representative serving county commission, will there be a possibility to revisit how the sales tax is implemented?
Sorry, faux endorsement of Mike W's GOP opponent is more like it. Mike represents one of the most unbeatable districts for a D. Very safe to endorse an GOP with zero expectation they can win. No blood on Indy's hands.
What better situation for the Indy to appear thinking outside the box. I am not impressed.
George Greene. Can you tell me in specifics your own personal experience as a parent in Judge Worley's court? Because this statement "The objections to Judge Worley's alleged "temperament" are subjective, not substantiated" is garbage until she's placed YOUR child in the care of a drug addict who was busted for doing drugs with your child in his presence as he was being arrested and her commenting "Well, drug abuse doesn't mean you're a bad parent?" Have you ever met a college graduate who doesn't know the difference between net pay and gross pay? Have you ever had a judge take the word of someone who could not present them with evidence of their claim but still take their word for it and also fine you for the lie they told her that she chose to believe? Do you trust a judge who's own peers (NC Bar Assoc.) ranked her as the least competent judge on the family law bench? Finally, as a Democrat, what does being a Republican have to do with not caring about children and automatically makes them the bad guy by claiming that if he cared about kids, he'd not be a Republican? Everything in your brief statement is EXACTLY why the Indy chose not to endorse her this time. She was, apparently, terrible in 2012 and I can attest from personal experience, she is just as bad, if not worse, in 2016. I never imagined voting for a Republican in my life but in this particular instance, I totally am. She's ruined too many lives with her lack of knowledge about the complexities of family units, children, parental alienation, financial and emotional abuse and even basic math skills. She is grossly unqualified to be making decisions that affect the lives of children and it has nothing to do with the fact that she has no children nor ever been married. She simply has no idea what she's doing and that's irresponsibly dangerous to anyone whose case is assigned to her. She's probably a decent person but she is NOT qualified for this job. Period!
If anyone has had a bad or good experience with a judge, you need to post it! Nagle is an embarrassment to the bar association in my opinion. I have only seen 5 cases of his and he was a judge in my case. In all of the cases I saw.... he made no changes and made bias statements against women getting divorced. He made no changes to my case even though there was evidence that financial mistakes were made in my case. He didn't listen and made NO changes. Vote Walter Rand! He has a better record with the N.C. Bar Association. In fact, someone apologized to me from the bar association for Nagle's behavior.
A Republican over Mike Woodard? I guess this means I can't use Indy's voting guide anymore. For others in my position, the Durham People's Alliance has an excellent voting guide.
Another point is that 2014 state legislative changes limit Orange county bond referenda to only even numbered years during the primary or general elections. The county was working on a housing plan and moved ahead with the bond referendum to have funds approved at the lowest cost vs. having to wait two more years as the need continues to grow. Other writers comments are valid. Please reconsider and endorse the affordable housing bond.
Clearly insufficient research lead to your disappointing recommendation to not support the bond for affordable housing. "Asking around" with no citations should not meet your journalistic standards. The Affordable Housing Coalition is handing you the specific plans you failed to ask for. Please admit your error and change your recommendation to "yes." The wellbeing of our most vulnerable citizens are at stake here, this isn't some theoretical exercise. We'll respect you a great deal for changing your position based on the actual evidence that was there all along.
How about a version that doesn't have color or a colored background so we don't waste all our ink?!
Orange County still isn't threading the needle on this one. Yes, there is an "Affordable Housing plan". So how does the $5M tie to the plan? Simply saying "it supports it" is not enough: what is going to get done with the $$$: there are no details.
Indy Week did you read the 5-year plan for Affordable Housing in Orange County? The 5 million Bond will support the county’s overall goal of building 1000 units in the next 5 years, but will not be the sole source of funding to make this goal possible. The Bond is vital to enabling our community to reach this goal!
Read the plan Indy Week at : housingorange.org #makeroomorange
Thanks, Ricks. We are currently working on fixing this component of our story pages. We will let you know once it's updated!
Indy and all,
The Coalition has made its goals and plans available here:
Dear Indy, Your voting guides are generally very helpful, but I'm stunned by your recommendation to vote no on the Affordable Housing bond. Perhaps you imagine the affordable housing problem to be insurmountable, but strong coalitions in Chapel HIll and Carrboro, including Justice United, have been working hard on this with community leaders and have plans that can make a real difference, if funded. I hope you will take some time to get more informed and that new information will lead you to change your recommendation.
The link here for "all Elections" is broken.
As the Indy article recognizes, there's a serious shortage of affordable housing in Orange County. Organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Orange County Affordable Housing coalition work effectively with other organizations and the local faith community to make progress, but they are hampered by lack of funds to acquire suitable land in an expensive market. The $5M bond would make a dent in this big problem. It's not enough, but it is a good start.
Your "no" recommendation is wrong-headed. There are organizations in place who could quickly put this money to good use helping our neighbors in Orange County. I urge you to reconsider your recommendation and to get a retraction out immediately. There's no time to lose given that early voting is already underway.
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