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Re: “Raleigh City Council Kicks the Can on Airbnb Rules … Again

You say "Dickie Thompson, who unsuccessfully motioned to adopt the rules." but what were the other votes?

Posted by MBH on 10/07/2016 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Dance Review: Ashley McCullough's Conscious Oblivion Leaps Out at Emergence

We didn't receive the photo credit with the picture, but I'm happy to add it now.

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Posted by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on 10/07/2016 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Napoli Gourmet Pizza’s Roving Truck Slings the Best Pies in the Triangle

It would be amazing pizza in a restaurant. Pizza that good coming from a truck borders on miraculous.

Posted by Haggie on 10/07/2016 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Dance Review: Ashley McCullough's Conscious Oblivion Leaps Out at Emergence

Thank you so much for this amazing review and I would like to say thanks to Chris Walt Photography for providing the photos.

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Posted by TriangleDanceProject on 10/07/2016 at 10:42 AM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: A Charlotte Update, Trump Denied in Greensboro, and Radio Drama in Fayetteville

So the leadership at ECU is more concerned about money and publicity? It became an issue when ESPN radio in Fayetteville said they will not carry our game? ECU has the MOST loyal fans of any in NC. That University officials will punish students for their right to protest QUIETLY is disheartening. Anita Daniels, ECU class of '84.

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Posted by Adaniels on 10/07/2016 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Durham Commissioners Back $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Parental Leave

Ronald, you're obviously confused about what this article about (did you actually read it?). This only affects people who work directly for Durham County. In fact, everyone's favorite bill - HB2 - specifically outlawed counties and municipalities from forcing a minimum wage different from the state's onto companies. Not only is the county a not-for-profit entity, but this is analogous to a board of directors of a company discussing wages at their own company. Take your rant somewhere else.

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Posted by Carnot on 10/07/2016 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Wake County’s Mass Transit System Is a Mess. Can a $2.3 Billion Referendum Save It?

Let's break down this passenger per bus travel mile "metric". For Raleigh, that number is 2.3. What does that actually tell you about utilization and effective fuel efficiency? Not much by itself. But here's one example of what it could mean for an express bus trip:

Let's say a route is 10 miles long. 23 people get on the first stop and ride all the way to the last stop. By this "metric", that's 23 passengers divided by 10 vehicle miles, or 2.3 - right at Raleigh's average. The capacity utilization of that bus, assuming it has 30 seats, is 77%. That's a lot higher than 10%!

What does that mean for fuel efficiency? Well, even if the bus only gets 5mpg, that's an effective fuel efficiency of 115 mpg! The average car gets about 25 mpg. And if each of those people had driven their own car, there would be 23 cars entering downtown and using valuable space for parking that got replaced by a single bus. Of course, that assumes those people actually have access to and/or can afford a car in the first place, which many people in our region cannot.

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Posted by Erik Landfried on 10/06/2016 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Anna Elena Worley

This is one of the few times in my life I will NOT vote for a Democrat. This woman is one of the most incompetent people to ever be elected to such an important position. I have witnessed her firsthand destroy families, make egregious clerical and administrative mistakes but refuse to own up to them when they are pointed out to her and she clearly has never taken a math course in her life as she doesn't seem to understand gross and net pay are significantly different. I watched her render a woman homeless because she could not afford child support payments and even though the woman was literally living out of her car, she did nothing to correct her poor judgment so this woman could maintain a healthy relationship with her children, all because this woman was poor, could not afford an attorney and had to represent herself. Time for her to go.

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Posted by Sophia Blake on 10/06/2016 at 9:44 PM

Re: “In North Carolina’s Absentee Ballot Data, Good News for Democrats

I just downloaded data from:

As of October 5, the statewide requests look like good news for Republicans.

30883 35875 44510 357 111625

27.67% 32.14% 39.87% 0.32%

Did Ken Fine just cherry pick some counties?

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Posted by Barry Burr on 10/06/2016 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Durham Commissioners Back $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Parental Leave

This simply shows how totally ignorant these commissioners are. That they know little about politics is overshadowed by their complete lack of knowledge about economics and how free enterprise works! Businesses work for a profit. By raising the nearly doubling the minimum wage, you are forcing businesses to cut corners to keep their profit margin. If they cannot make a profit, why should they stay in business?

This drastic increase in wages will cause the very employees whom the commissioners intend to help greater hardships. There hours will be cut and, when that doesn’t work (and it will not) to save the “profit-margin”, some will be laid off. Please tell me, commissioners, how does raising ones wages, to the point that the employer can no longer afford to employ these minimum waged employees, help them?

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Posted by Ronald Hagler on 10/06/2016 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Wake County’s Mass Transit System Is a Mess. Can a $2.3 Billion Referendum Save It?

Thanks Indy for covering this very timely issue right now because all Wake County voters can have a say by voting on the public transportation referendum at the END of the ballot! Flip your ballot and be sure and vote FOR public transportation!

Want to point out that the while the total cost of the Wake Transit Plan is $2.3 billion spread out over 10 years, the sales tax portion is just 48% of it -- not all of it, as per the title of the article. The total cost will also be shared by the federal and state govt, transit fares, car rental tax etc.

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Posted by Karen Rindge on 10/06/2016 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Wake County School Board Chairman Says Sheriff Donnie Harrison Is Playing Politics with Transgender Students’ Lives

I would hire a two-piece dinner (quarter dark, french fries, iced tea) to watch over our kids before considering this yahoo.

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Posted by raleighispcool on 10/06/2016 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Federal Judge Protects Red Wolves, Blasts U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

One bright day in a Dark Dark era. Rejoice!

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Posted by Steve Rodriguez on 10/06/2016 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Wake County’s Mass Transit System Is a Mess. Can a $2.3 Billion Referendum Save It?

Thanks Linda. Indeed, can certainly be complicated. Manufacturing of bus, car, etc and associated infrastructure have many costs (many hidden from discussion).

One thing that fascinates me is how new technologies and emerging business models are already starting to change the transit landscape.

For example, recent studies show that ride-sharing can have dramatic impact on traffic congestion ... in some cases 10:1 reduction.
* Here's How Many Cars This Car-Sharing Service Killed
* ASU team first to prove Uber eases traffic congestion
* Arizona State University: Do Ride-Sharing Services Affect Traffic Congestion? An Empirical Study of Uber Entry

* Uber beta testing $2 flat-fee rides in some metro areas
* New Yorkers Can Now Get Unlimited Uber For $100
* Uber trying flat fares in city's inner loop

* UBER and LYFT considered to replace public buses in two US cities

I'll have to consider Brno for my travel bucket list. :-)

Looks like they have a huge / concentrated student population accounting for > 20% of the town's population with 13 institutes of higher learning and about 89,000 students. Wow!

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Posted by Alex Cabanes on 10/06/2016 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Wake County’s Mass Transit System Is a Mess. Can a $2.3 Billion Referendum Save It?


Question regarding point #1: why must mass transit pay its own way? We don't insist that of our road networks or air travel?

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Posted by Sogno on 10/06/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Wake County’s Mass Transit System Is a Mess. Can a $2.3 Billion Referendum Save It?

Alex, thanks for your thoughtful comments. It's a complicated topic. My thoughts on your points:

1) You have a good point about the total cost. When both types of rides, we should consider the cost for roads, stop lights, parking lots and garages, parking meters, vehicles, insurance, etc.

2) You're right that empty buses Manufacturing a car uses about 17 tonnes or 18 tons of carbon. Building the infrastructure mentioned above takes more. Maintaining a car takes even more (new tires, driving around just to find parking, get gas, get inspections, etc.). And finally there's the gas used in each trip.…

The more convenient and affordable the buses are, the more they will be fuller. In the article's example, a relatively empty bus that helped Crabtree workers get home after the mall closed would also mean fuller mid-day buses.

3) Our best experience was in Brno in the Czech Republic, which is comparable in size and density to Raleigh (populations 400K and 450K respectively). It's so much like Raleigh that it has a big Red Hat building! In the Triangle, we have the advantage of being able to connect to Chapel Hill and Durham.

It's a huge quality of life advantage to be able to travel without relying on a car, for residents and for visitors.

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Posted by Linda Watson on 10/06/2016 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Wake County’s Mass Transit System Is a Mess. Can a $2.3 Billion Referendum Save It?

Linda, sorry about your accident. Couple of things come to mind about your statements:

1. Your lower transit cost. Many may not realize that the fare that you pay for the bus typically represents less than 20% of the actual cost of the bus or public transit. In 2014, Raleigh's farebox recovery was 12.6%, the rest was subsidized by tax payers. So your $1.25 fare actually costs ~ $10 per trip. The 'farebox recovery' is much higher outside of the US, in some cases reaching 170% in high population density cities like Tokyo, where they actually make a profit from public transit.

2. Your smaller carbon footprint. Many assume that using public transit is always more environmentally sound. That depends on the service effectiveness, or how many passengers, on average, are on the bus as it travels through the various routes. If the bus is full on the way into town during 'rush hour' but empty on the way back, that cuts the efficiency in half. Looking at the Raleigh 2014 federal filings in the NTD database, Raleigh (CAT) buses were running, on average, with 2.3 passengers on a bus with a capacity of 30+ seats (or less than 10% full). The average diesel bus has a fuel efficiency of ~ 5mpg ... so if you drive a car with 15 mpg + field efficiency, the car (ironically) produces a smaller carbon footprint than your ride on the Raleigh bus.

3. Your European experience. I agree, many European cities have awesome public transit. This is a common comparison, but is greatly influenced by the population density. In Raleigh, the population density is ~ 3000 people per square mile, as compared to European cities that have much higher densities (for example, Barcelona Spain has ~40,000 people per square mile). With increased population density, you have much more usage / need for public transit, and better environmental / economic dynamics.

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Posted by Alex Cabanes on 10/06/2016 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Love Wins: Multiple Sclerosis, Cycling, Death, and a Coming-Out Story

Natalie, thank you for writing about your life with Vicki, and your life without her. You are courageous and it is an honor to know you.
All the best to you.
Allison Thompson

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Posted by Allison Thompson on 10/05/2016 at 9:07 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: A Charlotte Update, Trump Denied in Greensboro, and Radio Drama in Fayetteville

Coldest regards to radio un-free WFAY and to administration of ECU. Reading the riot act to band members and a refusal to broadcast a football game over a protest by some students makes me wonder why those self evident truths I learned about are not as important as knowing that those folks in "charge" remain true to the evils of censorship. Protests in many forms are as patriotic as any song,. as American as any oath and as topical as any holiday celebrating freedom. For those uneducated, like myself, please send me a list of rules to follow beyond those written by the rich hyper-educated elitist slave owner signers of our Constitution. Glenn Maughan. ECU class '85

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Posted by Glenn Maughan on 10/05/2016 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Wake County School Board Chairman Says Sheriff Donnie Harrison Is Playing Politics with Transgender Students’ Lives

From an old movie years ago, What we have here is a failure to communicate. That is because Sheriff Donnie Harrison, is a very Ignorant assumer. The word assuming, definition is to be pretentious, presumptuous, arrogant, and based without proof of any kind. Seems to fit Mr. Harrison perfectly, as all of the definition fits. A bit of education on the matter would help him to not look as a fool. FYI Mr. Harrison, it's a birth anomaly where the Transgender person has a brain programmed as a woman and not the sex he was assigned at birth by what was between their legs. Education goes a long way, as It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge. May you succeed and understand.

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Posted by Rich Landry on 10/05/2016 at 7:02 PM

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