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Re: “What’s Standing Between Rural North Carolina and Reliable Internet Service?

I know how many feel. I live between Benson and Highway 210. The only internet available, except satellite, is CenturyLink. Our speed is 3mbs download. Not only that, our phone service is in and out thus our internet service. Time Warner won't even try to get us their service. Our CL technician lives across the street from a new upscale subdivision. He has 3mbs and the neighbors have 100mbs. Go figure that one out. Getting higher speeds isn't that expensive, but there is no incentive for CL to upgrade their system or for Time Warner to lay the cable for theirs. Complaints are ignored and I can just about hear the service representatives snickering over the phone.

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Posted by Kitty Hegemann 1 on 11/09/2016 at 4:46 PM

Re: “We Broke the Machine: The 2016 Election and the Flailing American Experiment

Respectfully, I don't see what the point of this article is. It neatly summarizes this year while putting five dollar words behind everything everyone already knows without providing any deeper insight. You ponder potential change and solutions to our problems, but the ideas are once again obvious, brief, and weak at best. You even conclude that none of them will happen. I'm just left thinking, "Yes, and...?"

What are you trying to do for the reader that they can't already conclude for themselves from a few Google searches? I honestly would like to know because clearly I'm missing something, but want to remain an interested reader.

Otherwise, keep up the good work.

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Posted by gwalters on 11/09/2016 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Undercover at North Carolina's Final Gathering of Trump's Army

Winning... I hope this string of victories continue...

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Posted by Mike Moore on 11/09/2016 at 11:30 AM

Re: “We Broke the Machine: The 2016 Election and the Flailing American Experiment

A reasonable person would find much to agree in what you wrote but one passage stood out for me

"A major political party, overtaken by uncompromising zealots, has made unbridled, unprecedented obstructionism its central organizing principle and fealty to the gun lobby and unfettered corporate greed its number one focus. "


One could honestly say that you provide no differentiation between the Democrats and the Republicans based on the one small part alone. I do not mean to cherry pick here but merely to point out that you can't really point out the Perils of Trumpism without also indicting the naked ambition of the Clinton Crime family and their retinue of enablers and conspirators.

It was no secret that the Republican National Committee did not want Donald Trump and was actively colluding against him. The Democrats, however , made a sham of the process of pretending to countenance the challenge of Senator Sanders while secretly colluding with the Clinton campaign the entire time. That broke a trust that I think many Sanders supporters could not abide.

But, in the interest of moving forward, I would like to make a gesture of concession to you. If we can agree that we think that both candidates are a$$holes then I think we can build on that. :)

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Posted by Mike Moore on 11/09/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Theater News: Common Ground Theatre to Go Dark in December

Thanks for being there. You will be missed.

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Posted by vidvis on 11/09/2016 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Wake County Judge Michael Denning: 'China Wouldn't Be So Bad If It Weren't for All the Chinese'

Well everyone, consider this. Judge Denning lived in China and has a personal perspective, how many of you can claim the same pedigree? I'll guess few to none.

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Posted by Michael Wardell on 11/08/2016 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Undercover at North Carolina's Final Gathering of Trump's Army

Kenneth, you express so well the frustration most of us feel. For you to have had the courage, the self control to attend the rally speaks volumes of your fine character. It has been a ghastly time, a growing malignancy in our country. I believe that truth, honor, and substance will prevail. And then the reunification of our brothers and sisters will begin.

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Posted by Wendy Girl on 11/08/2016 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Good Golly, Miss Molly: The Adventures of a Triangle Domme

Miss Molly sounds awesome and I hope to experience a session with her soon.
SYBIAN Man

Posted by Stan Man on 11/08/2016 at 1:31 PM

Re: “KKK Drops Flyers In Raleigh Neighborhood As Part of Seemingly Coordinated National Campaign

This is bizarre! Of all the years I've lived in Durham and Raleigh, I've never heard of anything so ridiculous! I work at Real Estate By Design in Durham and someone once left a flyer for a cat washing service (LOL), which I thought was crazy enough, but this takes the cake!
Regards,
Alisa
Real Estate By Design
2327 Englert Drive #100
Durham, NC 27713
(919) 319-9456
http://www.realestatebydesignnc.com

Posted by realestatebydesign on 11/07/2016 at 11:29 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Elections Contest: Guess the Results, Win a Prize

welp, that's exactly the same map I planned to pick (save for making NE all red and ME all blue), so no fun in that!

Posted by Van Buren Boy on 11/07/2016 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Marty Martin

so does this mean he didn't take the time to fill out the questionnaire like all the other candidates? he just sent his campaign flyer?

Posted by Ben Nandy on 11/07/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “The Restaurant Merry-Go-Round at 403 West Rosemary Comes to a Strong Stop at Northside District

Had dinner at Northside District this past weekend and everything about our experience was excruciatingly slow. Empty drinks went unfilled. When the food finally came out, everything was pretty tasty, but why does it take 40 minutes to make a salad? Its not like the dining room was busy whatsoever.

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Posted by Shocka Kahn on 11/07/2016 at 10:28 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for the Chatham County Board of Commissioners

I'm going to respectfully disagree that "Howard was correct to support the zoning measure." This particular measure defies any kind of common sense and was pushed through with very little opportunity for public input until it was already essentially a done deal. I agree that some kind of county wide zoning is a good thing, but changing all unzoned areas to 1 acre residential is just plain lazy and irresponsible. Several times I asked why it was done this way. The best answer I could get is that it is for "consistency". I'm not sure why we need this kind of consistency in such a diverse county. At a minimum, shouldn't the watershed around Jordan Lake be zoned as something that prevents development? The Army Corps already forbids building much of anything on their land, so this newfound "consistency" is awfully confusing. Zoning farm land for residential use and then grandfathering the agricultural use is, in my view, a sneaky way of setting the stage for future development.

I may vote for Howard anyway, but I'm sure going to disagree with her position on this issue.

Posted by Monty Brekke on 11/07/2016 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Long Shots: Why Gary Johnson Isn’t Worthy of Millennials’ Protest Votes

Mr. Blest's article is just another in a long line of logically strained, contradictory, and ultimately failed attempts I've heard over the years to argue against and discredit libertarians and the libertarian philosophy. One of the great ironies of our current political environment is that for all of their differences the Left and the Right can come together on one thing ; their fear and loathing of libertarians. They have good reason to be afraid. Be very afraid. Maybe not today, or tomorrow, but eventually millennials and the younger generations after them, are going to tire of this business as usual that the author (and other "progressives" and conservatives) implicitly support in his article.

As a previous poster pointed out, the author's attempt to link Johnson to HB2 and Pat McCrory are indeed feeble and unconvincing. Blest mentions Johnson's support of LGBTQ rights, marijuana legalization, his pro-choice and pro gay marriage positions, his criticism of HB2, and then turns around and state that Johnson "is effectively the same brand of conservative as the governor of North Carolina."

Huh?!

Blest then attempts to support this non sequitur with a statement of pure speculation that assumes mind reading abilities by saying "it's hard to see how a law sold as relieving a burden on businesses wouldn't have met with his approval" . Well, clearly we KNOW that the law did not meet with his approval because (drum roll) that's what he ACTUALLY SAID ! Regardless of weather he may have approved of some other portions of the law, he voiced opposition to it based on moral and civil libertarian grounds, which makes the gulf between him and McCrory pretty wide actually. The simple fact of the matter is that for decades the political establishment as represented by the Left and the Right have been in control and have arrogantly strutted the American political and social landscape like Negan in The Walking Dead with its baseball bat composed of equal parts expanding government power, regulation and soul crushing "social safety net" and other "social programs", and failing government schools, of the type that Mr. Blest apparently thinks are so sacrosanct that they should never be criticized, reformed, or, parish the thought, done away with. Additionally, fear and class warfare mongering and race baiting make up important components of their weapon. Through in an expanding surveillance state and a foreign policy that under the past two administrations has indeed been reckless and costly (a truth regardless of whether any of us knows off the top of our head where Aleppo is. That's what an atlas or Google is for.)

To paraphrase Mr. Blest, if that's your thing sure vote for Hillary, or Trump. But if you, do it's hard to see why you would consider yourself a thinking, or moral person that actually cares about yourself, others, or your country.

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Posted by Montag on 11/06/2016 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Does He Deserve It?

yes! if but for just 'idiot wind'

Posted by lizzy on 11/04/2016 at 8:36 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Vox: The real Clinton email scandal is that a bull---- story has dominated the campaign
(If you agree with her on policy, vote with a clear conscience about the server)

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/201…

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Posted by Chris Sites on 11/04/2016 at 5:26 PM

Re: “The Restaurant Merry-Go-Round at 403 West Rosemary Comes to a Strong Stop at Northside District

^ this guy seems like a blast to have around ^

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Posted by J.P. McPickleshitter on 11/04/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Long Shots: Republican T. Greg Doucette Holds Views Indistinguishable from Those of a Black Lives Matter Protester

Supports Shameika Rhinehart - must be a smart guy!

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Posted by J.P. McPickleshitter on 11/04/2016 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Anna Elena Worley

I will not vote for Worely based on the info I have found on this site an others AND from her own words that she "represent asylees fleeing oppression and seeking refuge on our shores"
I'm NOT against LEGAL IMMIGRATION, I'm NOT against assisting GENUINE "refugees" in THEIR OWN shores. But I AM AGAINST opening our arms and our country to unvetted refugees from HOSTILE countries especially to those who have NO interest in becoming Americans and embracing our way of life.
I look to what's happening to those areas of the country who are already having a problem with rising rape and murder statistics and to Europe where the landscape has drastically changed, where there is fear on the streets and the police do next to nothing to help and most can't because any action is considered "racial profiling" Those who commit these types of crimes are given a pass because that's their "culture". Frankly speaking let them keep their culture in countries who accept that way of life and let us keep our way of life safe and protected.
I have no intention to support or vote for anyone who feels she has time to devote to "asylees". I have a feeling she should have enough to do representing our own people who are struggling with oppression here in our own shores.

Posted by Susie Anne O'such on 11/04/2016 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Long Shots: Republican T. Greg Doucette Holds Views Indistinguishable from Those of a Black Lives Matter Protester

As the Co-Chair of the Durham/Orange County Libertarian Party - the (all men) comment is factually incorrect as I am certain that the Director of Volunteers - Amy Lamont was in attendance at our meeting that T. Greg Doucette spoke at as well as Pam Adams - Sean Haugh's wife, but, don't let that change whatever narrative you are attempting to set up about the Libertarian Party.

T. Greg Doucette would be a breath of fresh air for the State of North Carolina - he's seen the racket that our court system has turned into with the War on Drugs and how racially charged the enforcement of prohibition has been to our citizens of color.

Thank you for this article - no retraction is necessary.

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Posted by clememp on 11/04/2016 at 10:27 AM

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