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Re: “Despite Previous Agreement, Low-Income Forest Hill Apartments Residents Again to Vacate by April 30 or Face Eviction

man, that is so cold and heartless. it is very hard to find an affordable apartment much less find the money to move, deposits, time off of work, etc. there just never seems to be a break for the people that need it the most. it tells me all i need to know about daniel eller's character and shows me how the chamber of commerce defines professional of the year. mr eller is not a positive refection on them. it is always money over people. ethics are so old fashioned and it makes the honest person feel like a sucker to even think a person will act according to them.

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Posted by swabby on 04/27/2017 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Hog-Farm-Protection Bill Passes Senate

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Re: “Neomonde Bakery & Deli

Neomonde had an official name change recently. We are no longer Neomonde Bakery & Deli. We are now Neomonde Mediterranean.

Posted by Neomonde Mediterranean on 04/27/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Beer and Wine Wholesalers Gave $53K to ABC Committee Members Last Year, Beat Back a Proposal to Raise Breweries’ Self-Distribution Cap

And THIS is why we have the government we do. Money, plain and simple, buys votes. If you give enough of it, you can get WHATEEEEVER you want. That's why there should be term limits AND time gap requirements between serving in an elected seat and becoming a lobbyist.

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Posted by Brannon White on 04/27/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “The Durham-Orange Light Rail Now Costs More Than $3 Billion, and Durham Will Have to Pay More of It

"Even at 3.3 Billiion it's still worth it. The USA desperately needs to transition to public transportation."

A new cutaway bus cost $67,000 on average in 2007. In 2017, the number is probably closer to $100,000. (See FTA's report, "An Evaluation of the Market for
Small-to-Medium-Sized Cutaway Buses.")

Therefore, for $100 million, Durham could buy *1000* cutaway buses. Why is it worthwhile to spend more than $1 billion on light rail and commuter rail if $100 million could buy 1000 buses? Especially if those buses could be fully autonomous (computer-driven) in 10-20 years?

Doesn't it make more sense to spend $100 million for 1000 fully autonomous cutaway buses than to spend more than $1 billion (more than 10 times as much) for a light rail line that is much more limited in capability?

Posted by Mark Bahner on 04/26/2017 at 5:33 PM

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 Durham-Orange Light Rail Now Costs More Than $3 Billion, and Durham Will Have to Pay More of It

Even at 3.3 Billiion it's still worth it. The USA desperately needs to transition to public transportation. Public transportation and its peripheral industries will create jobs that will get reduce unemployment and generate more money and tax revenue into the economy. It will also reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Even if it is used by low income people and students, there are many more of them than rich people.

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Posted by jokr8790 on 04/26/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Love Wins Community Center Staff Quits, Alleging Financial Mismanagement by Executive Director

If the allegations are true, particularly the ones about the embezzlement of withholding taxes, an independent audit by the IRS and SBI is necessary. This sounds like serious financial mismanagement.

Posted by jokr8790 on 04/26/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Durham Commissioners Approve Light Rail Plans, Cost-Share Agreement

I attended the meeting, and wanted to speak out against the light rail plans, but since I did not know how/where to sign up as a member of the public, I wasn't recognized. My only consolation is my near-certainty that the Durham Orange Light Rail Project will never be built.

There's a revolution in transportation that is coming in the next 5-20 years, which is autonomous (computer-driven) vehicle technology. Transportation will be provided as a service, rather than people owning their vehicles. Autonomous technology will provide door-to-door transport with travel times that are less than or equal to automobiles today, and at much lower cost than automobiles, and with freedom from the hassles of driving. Parking will also no longer be necessary, and congestion will be greatly reduced.

Light rail, with its higher cost and rigid fixed routes and times, simply can't compete with a fleet of autonomous vehicles. Durham's projected cost of over $1 billion would fund *2000* autonomous full-size buses (at $500,000 each). However, an even better use of the $1 billion would be to simply pay the transportation expenses of lower-income people who use the autonomous vehicle fleets operated by...Uber? Google? Hertz? Ford? (we'll know in the next 5-20 years).

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Posted by Mark Bahner on 04/25/2017 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Leesville Tap Room

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Posted by Nadeem Sider on 04/25/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Is Richard Burr Tanking the Trump-Russia Investigation?

Please sign my petition to have an independent commission investigate Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential election! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/trumprussia-investigation?source=c.em&r_by=18274863

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Posted by Elizabeth Miller on 04/25/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “The Loop Pizza Grill

Good food, quick service, great prices. Pizzas are great, but so are the salads, wraps, and burgers. If you are hungry, don't want to waste time, but don't want inferior 'fast food' or overpriced offerings from 'trendy' restaurants, give The Loop a try. You'll be glad you did.

Posted by Colliam7 on 04/25/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “North Carolina's Unemployment Insurance System Is a Disaster

NC DES employees and jobforce employees do absolutely nothing for the people on and applying for unemployment
They should all be payed off or pay cut. They all need to be retrained.

Posted by Jamie NOrris on 04/25/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Manbites Dog Theater

Small theatre company with more love and sweat put into the productions than money. The play selection is always thoughtful and engaging; the casts are bold and wide open; the experience is demonstrably enjoyable and affordable. Plus, they serve coffee, beverages, and snacks! Bring a friend or four or five!

Posted by tehgreatmoustachio on 04/24/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Streaming Didn't Kill the Music Industry. Major Labels Did.

Time was when you went to a show and got a t-shirt that you could wear around and brag about having been at the show. These days you can order one online, along with other merch, without ever having to go to a show. A lot of fans might be able to afford a shirt but not the ticket.

I think a lot (most?) fans want to support the artists and they *think* they are supporting them with platforms like Spotify - most fans don't have any idea how little money is going to the artists from streaming services.

Posted by Markus Alexander on 04/23/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “HB 500 Sponsor: Wholesalers “Made Clear They Weren’t Going to Discuss” Raising Barrel Cap

So, in other words, regulations that protect drinking water, air, healthcare, and working class citizens are bad, but regulations that protect corporate monopolies from competition are okay. #RepublicanLogic

Posted by StarSword on 04/22/2017 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Cherry Vanilla's New Wave Adventures in the Sixties and Seventies Flavor Jaybird O'Berski's Jacques Brel Revue

Cherry has a fantastic personality, and so it is that all her interviews are a joy for me to read!

Siobhan

Posted by Siobhan DiNardo on 04/22/2017 at 12:03 AM

Re: “The Palace International

An amazing Family Owned restaurant that has been around since 1989 in Durham
Great Vegan food and South African wine

Posted by snochola on 04/21/2017 at 10:30 AM

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