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Re: “Raleigh Votes to Establish a Community Engagement Board, Which Critics Worry Will Take Power Away from Citizens Advisory Councils

Replacing CACs with scripted meetings run by a Kafkaesque "Burea of Government Engagement" is poor governance at its best. And the way it was set up by the mayor reveals a thinly hidden agenda of reducing avenues of criticism for councilors, city staff and developers. As others have pointed out, with a 12% turnout for Raleigh's municipal elections, if anything the focus should be on improving this abysmal performance.

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Posted by citizenshame on 05/10/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Critics Say Duke Energy Is Trying to Roll Back Regulations and Corner the Market on Solar Development

It should be noted the state's consumer advocate - the N.C. Utilities Commission's Public Staff - also supports trimming the contract terms to 10 years.

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Posted by Randy Wheeless on 05/10/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Raleigh Votes to Establish a Community Engagement Board, Which Critics Worry Will Take Power Away from Citizens Advisory Councils

The numbers quoted by the mayor are not correct. There are 6000 people on the CAC e-mail lists. The turnout at CAC's could be much greater if the city truly supported citizen engagement but it does almost nothing to promote them. CAC chairs are just a group of volunteers who care deeply for their communities. They cannot do extensive outreach. I'd like to reference that only between 12-15% of Raleigh's citizens show up to VOTE once every 2 years so it's important to keep that in mind when talking about engagement. I went to EVERY task force meeting. They have some good ideas but this is a very complex subject and definitely needs some professional guidance. The CAC's are a very important way for citizens to have their voice heard, ESPECIALLY in rezonings that directly affect people's quality of life.

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Posted by Apache101 on 05/09/2017 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Arts Access Flips the Standard Line on Artists with Disabilities by Celebrating the Art, Not the Disabilities

Great article! We look forward to hosting the theater showcase at Raleigh Little Theatre

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Posted by Charles Phaneuf on 05/09/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Katherine Applegate

what is this

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Posted by KATLYN SIMMONS on 05/09/2017 at 12:25 PM

Re: “N.C. Congressman Robert Pittenger on Pre-existing Conditions: If You Have One, Find a New State

When you get to the edge of a cliff and the fall looks dangerous most people change direction. It seems like NC voters believe they can fly if their elected official says don't believe what you see, The Fall is not there.

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Posted by Nork on 05/08/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “N.C. Brewery Wicked Weed Purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Dammit.

I think the issue here is why this is happening. Why is an international company buying up mid-sized craft breweries? I recommend that you read this article.

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Posted by Tim Harper on 05/08/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Donald Trump’s First Hundred Days: The Anatomy of Failure

How delusional are these writers claiming failure for Trump's term. He has wiped out regulations that killed jobs which Obama could have done. He has stopped the flow of jobs leaving this country which Obama could have cared less about. In sum Obama had his foot on the breaks for the American people whereas Trump has his foot on the gas pedal roaring down the highway of prosperity for the American people.

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Posted by Laurence Smith on 05/07/2017 at 11:13 PM

Re: “May 3 Sudoku

This solution doesn't match the printed sudoku.

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Posted by kevapilot on 05/06/2017 at 11:18 PM

Re: “N.C. Congressman Robert Pittenger on Pre-existing Conditions: If You Have One, Find a New State

Do you guys also want to be able to purchase car insurance after you're in an accident? What about life insurance after someone dies? Sound fair?

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Posted by Kyle 1 on 05/06/2017 at 10:46 PM

Re: “In North Carolina, nearly 51 percent of renters are cost-burdened

The Federal Reserve has been dishing out free money (almost 0% federal funds rate) to cover up their housing bubble and bust in 2008. This is of course going to cause sale prices to rise which will of course cause rents to rise. They have also printed trillions of dollars which of course causes the prices of EVERYTHING to rise because it makes your money worth less.

The Federal Reserve, in corroboration with your government, has caused this problem. Please don't look to them to fix it. Unless, they're fix is to get out.

Posted by Kyle 1 on 05/06/2017 at 10:44 PM

Re: “NCGOP: Hog Farmers Who Are Spraying Pig Crap on Neighbors’ Homes Are the Real Victims

One possibility is for a crowd-funded enterprise to provide a valuable service to these hog farmers by taking their hog waste off their farms free of charge. Since it's both feces and urine it could be done in tanker trucks (like gasoline) and then brought back to Raleigh where the trucks can dissipate the waste (as they currently do on the farm) with sprayers while circling the General Legislature complex. They can also nourish the golf courses and lush landscaping in the leafy enclaves our legislators call home.

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Posted by Johnny Bullet on 05/06/2017 at 11:39 AM

Re: “U.S. Representative David Price on Trumpcare Vote: “A Testimony to How Low the Legislative Process Has Sunk”

Only the people who can pay for their own health care will survive this bill. The health Care industry will not insure people with pre-existing conditions. The rates willgo up for everyone.

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Posted by Richard Mast on 05/05/2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Raleigh Cops: Smithfield Employees Did Not In Fact Break Into "F— tha Police." Sorry About All the Racism.

From the Raleigh Police Union (Teamsters):
"Last Friday, we shared a post on our Facebook page
about Smithfields Chicken and BBQ.
There was an investigation conducted
and while there were inappropriate comments made
by an employee of the restaurant,
not all the information in the post was accurate. [i.e. they lied]
has taken all the appropriate steps to deal with the manager involved."
- BS! Still implying guilt of the innocent.



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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 05/05/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Christine Walczyk

Megg Potter Rader is the wife of Chief District Court Judge Robert Rader. Judge Robert Rader has parties in his house where he is present, pictures of the parties get posted on public Internet sites with his full approval and he and his wife invite people whom are involved with the court to the parties. SO much for impartiality in the courts. That is gone as is any kind of fairness in the Wake County Courts with Judge Robert Rader as Chief District Court Judge. Megg Potter Rader seems to keep busy, she also contributed a large amount of money to corrupt Judge Christine Walczyk's campaign and I was present at a court hearing where Judge Walczyk was out of control, violating the rules of the court and yelled at a litigant that she knows that the litigant tried to have her reassigned from the case but that Judge Rader denied the reassignments and she laughed about it. The litigant replied that Judge Rader's wife gave money to her campaign, then Judge Walczyk didn't seem too happy that so many people know about that. Judge Walczyk acts like a criminal whom doesn't follow any rules as a Judge and that is good with Judge Robert Rader because he doesn't follow any either. This is the same Judge Robert Rader whom was contacted by the news about how Judge Michael Denning of the Wake County Family Courts stated during a court hearing the discriminatory comment of "China wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for all the Chinese." Judge Rader tried to play as dumb as possible and say that he didn't know about this but then behold he had already previously signed a motion that discussed Judge Denning's discriminatory comment. I guess Rader had convenient temporary amnesia. Judge Rader's wife contributed a large amount of money for a fundraiser for Judge Walczyk so Judge Walczyk is making fun of a litigant during a court hearing for wanting a fair trial. Yes, it gets worse in the Wake County Familly Court. Megg Potter Rader is Facebook friends with an attorney that frequently is in the Wake County Court. SO any litigant is already at a disadvantage when they have a hearing against this attorney as the attorney is personal friends with the Chief District Judge's wife. The Wake County Family Courts is out of control and needs federal assistance in following the rules of the court. The Family Court is filled with Corruption through Judge Michael Denning, Judge Christine Walczyk and their leader, Judge Robert Rader whom as Chief District Court Judge condones anything they do, and yes, I mean anything. There is another attorney, Evonne Hopkins whom is the Campaign Manager for Judge Christine Walczyk, how inappropriate as she is an attorney whom is frequently in the Wake County Courts. Judge Christine Walczyk also did business with another attorney's husband whom this attorney frequently has hearings in Walcyzk's corrupt court. This is complete violation of Judicial Code of Conduct but don't worry Judge Rader will probably pretend to have temporary amnesia if the news asks him about that although he is fully aware of this and condones it. Disgrace to the public whom deserves a fair, unbiased legal system.

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Posted by Judge Robert Rader is Corrupt on 05/04/2017 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2013: Voters' comments

Hawkins Auto Care.... Family owned wonderful guy, knows Toyotas, Hondas and everything else, races cars, he knows them and what is wrong. I would never go anywhere else and I have..Never again...just Jeff, and Hawkins.

Posted by Patricia Bartlett on 05/04/2017 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2013: Voters' comments

Sigh...I like WCPE Classical and WNCU better than WUNC but no choice. SADDIES. WNCU has the best Jazz morning show you can imagine and WCPE sticks a bit too much with favorites, but of course they are just that for classical and we need to keep classical and jazz at all costs. When WUNC went to all talk except for back porch they sold some of us out. And, now of course how can you listen to NPR news over and over. Give me Jazz or classical.

Posted by Patricia Bartlett on 05/04/2017 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Vote for your favorites

I'm sad that Bullock's barbecue isn't on the list as I won't go anywhere else unless threatened. It is REAL EASTERN BBQ and the family has worked together and integrated way before integration and the way they all work together is a dream. I decided about 5 years ago after going to The Pit, that I didn't need to ever go anywhere else but Bullock's.

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Posted by Patricia Bartlett on 05/04/2017 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Friend or Coe?

Is there any way to see it now?

Posted by Kodi Hamilton on 05/04/2017 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Wake Commissioners Call Out Developer Daniel Eller for Pushing to Evict Forest Hills Residents

This picture is old. Those are not our current commissioners.

Posted by Marj on 05/04/2017 at 4:10 PM

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