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

The renegotiation of the light rail inter-local agreement merely shifts DOLRT expenses to the less fortunate residents of Durham.I guess altruism only goes so far and stops at the county line. Orange County appears to have shifted 5% of the local costs or $50 million to Durham. And while some may tout this as a significant accomplishment, it is merely an illusion of progress; the rearranging of the proverbial deck chairs on the Titanic a futile distraction amidst an unfolding fiscal calamity.

During the March 7, 2017 Orange County BOCC meeting,a local taxpayer having just received his property tax reassessment, stated plainly his unbridled frustration with elected officials on the ever-increasing tax burden being placed on local residents. During the taxpayers tirade, local officials looked ashen, avoiding eye contact with the irate taxpayer. I suspectthere are many more frustrated taxpayers that just havent made it to the County Commissioners meeting due to the lack of public transit to the Hillsborough location. Watch http://bit.ly/2no9yGs @ 3 minutes

The March 22 edition of the Chapel Hill News featured an article about how Trumps budget could jeopardize light-rail project followed by Letters to the Editor pointing out the Financial Realities, while other letters espoused the virtues of light rail. And then pages 6-9, the (sad) punch line ... 4 pages in small print spanning 8 columns per page of Orange County Tax Liens.

If our elected officials opt to proceed with the fiscally flawed Durham Orange Light Rail, despite repeated public pleas for fiscal restraint, might I suggest an additional budget line item Ink and Paper. I think you are going to need a lot more of both for the increased issuance of future tax liens.

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Posted by Alex Cabanes on 04/08/2017 at 2:41 PM

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

What a stupid way to waste money when we are on the brink of self driving cars which will be out before this mess of rail is started.

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Posted by gmbmnc on 04/08/2017 at 2:06 PM
Posted by gLiv on 04/08/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Durham Is North Carolina’s Hippest City, According to Vogue, Which Would Definitely Know These Things

What would the Indy be without snarky appreciation for great press for their beloved city?

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Posted by Emloft on 04/08/2017 at 12:22 AM
Posted by Patricia Perry on 04/07/2017 at 10:20 PM

Re: “After Fifteen Years, the Michael Peterson Case Concludes But Provides Little Closure

It was the one winged owl!!!!

Posted by Patricia Perry on 04/07/2017 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Durham Is North Carolina’s Hippest City, According to Vogue, Which Would Definitely Know These Things

I love Durham and I love INDY. I do want to say, as a Durham native, that Durham is first known as a former tobacco town. Tobacco was King! I'm not promoting tobacco, but I was expecting that to be the first thing people think of. Maybe, it's just the natives that would think that, I don't know. I do know that I love where this town is going. When I was a teenager in the 70's, we went to Chapel Hill for fun. My kids, who are in their late 20's, have hardly ever gone to Chapel Hill for their nightlife. Go Durham! I love what we are becoming!!

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Posted by Mary Ann Whaley on 04/07/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Why indie rock continues to ignore the Drive-By Truckers, and what it's missing

Love DBT! Def addicted to some of their tunes. First heard em on internet station call Southern Sounds, then changed name to Badlands. Found other great artists such as Reckless Kelly, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Corb Lund, Hal Ketchum, James McMurtry, Robert Earl Keen, ...

Posted by Rik Powell on 04/07/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “My two dads

Kateeeeee, I never knew?!? But I would've loved you just the same, just so you know Excellent article

Posted by Nicole Marie on 04/07/2017 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Abandoned mobile homes plague North Carolina

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Posted by John Hayes on 04/07/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Lipstick on a Pig: Fifty-three Weeks of HB 2, and the Day That Gave Us HB 2.0

The truth is the truth. Governor Cooper should not have supported this new bill. Yes, he cannot fully control the General Assembly but he still should have stood up for what is right. Governor Cooper did not , at all, do the right thing. Also, in the Wake County Courts there is a corrupt Judge, Judge Christine Walczyk. I write this here in this section of the news because public officials play such a large part in deciding rights of people. HB2 should have never been signed to begin with and Governor Cooper should have stood true to what he stated during his campaign. Please read the following about Corrupt Judge Christine Walczyk: Corrupt Judge Walczyk continues to be a family court judge in the Wake County Courts. She is corrupt. She does not follow rules of the court and she also intentionally ignores the Constitution. She thinks she is above the rules. Probably because Judge Robert Rader's wife, whom is the Chief District Court Judge, gave money to her campaign. Judge Robert Rader should resign as Chief District Court Judge. He has under his watch, Judge Michael Denning, whom stated "China wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for all the Chinese." Judge Michael Denning stayed on a case even thought he was personally connected to the Plaintiff and the Plaintiff's friends and family. More corruption. Judge Walczyk states it's "water under the bridge" when opposing counsel in a case violates rules of the Court. Judge Walczyk should be legally impeached as a Judge. Please feel free to look through her campaign finance reports, which show that her campaign manager is Evonne Hopkins, whom is a family court attorney whom is frequently in the family court. Judge Walczyk's spouse is facebook friends with attorneys that frequently have hearings before Judge Walczyk. It's one big circle of corruption in Judge Walczyk's court. Her campaign finance reports show so much as she even did business with the husband of one of the lawyers that is frequently in her court. This is a clear violation of the Judicial Code of Conduct but Walczyk follows nothing in the Judicial Code of Conduct. There are many, many issues with her Campaign Finance reports. It also clearly shows on them that Judge Robert Rader's wife, Megg Potter Rader, donated to her campaign. Judge Robert Rader is the Chief District Court Judge but he also has parties in his house where he invites people to them that have dealings with the Court. This behavior is clearly wrong. Judge Christine Walczyk is a fully corrupt Judge. The national news needs to be involved in this as a corrupt Judge should be legally impeached as a Judge. She laughs at litigants during court hearings, violates court rules and violates the Constitution.

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Posted by Corrupt Judge Walczyk on 04/07/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Christine Walczyk

Corrupt Judge Walczyk continues to be a family court judge in the Wake County Courts. She is corrupt. She does not follow rules of the court and she also intentionally ignores the Constitution. She thinks she is above the rules. Probably because Judge Robert Rader's wife, whom is the Chief District Court Judge, gave money to her campaign. Judge Robert Rader should resign as Chief District Court Judge. He has under his watch, Judge Michael Denning, whom stated "China wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for all the Chinese." Judge Michael Denning stayed on a case even thought he was personally connected to the Plaintiff and the Plaintiff's friends and family. More corruption. Judge Walczyk states it's "water under the bridge" when opposing counsel in a case violates rules of the Court. Judge Walczyk should be legally impeached as a Judge. Please feel free to look through her campaign finance reports, which show that her campaign manager is Evonne Hopkins, whom is a family court attorney whom is frequently in the family court. Judge Walczyk's spouse is facebook friends with attorneys that frequently have hearings before Judge Walczyk. It's one big circle of corruption in Judge Walczyk's court. Her campaign finance reports show so much as she even did business with the husband of one of the lawyers that is frequently in her court. This is a clear violation of the Judicial Code of Conduct but Walczyk follows nothing in the Judicial Code of Conduct. There are many, many issues with her Campaign Finance reports. It also clearly shows on them that Judge Robert Rader's wife, Megg Potter Rader, donated to her campaign. Judge Robert Rader is the Chief District Court Judge but he also has parties in his house where he invites people to them that have dealings with the Court. This behavior is clearly wrong. Judge Christine Walczyk is a fully corrupt Judge. The national news needs to be involved in this as a corrupt Judge should be legally impeached as a Judge. She laughs at litigants during court hearings, violates court rules and violates the Constitution.

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Posted by Corrupt Judge Walczyk on 04/07/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “A Durham Man With No Criminal Record Was Arrested by ICE for Being in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

If he's here without papers he broke the law. Stop portraying illegals as innocents

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Posted by appraisol on 04/07/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Sorry, President Trump, But Your Raleigh Supporters’ Rally Was Definitely Not the Biggest of Them All

Refreshing article. Glad to hear this perspective.

Posted by Acea on 04/06/2017 at 2:41 AM

Re: “Theater Review: The Harrowing Stories of Global Female Activists Dramatized in Seven: A Documentary Play

Thank you for attending and staying for talk back.

Posted by Sean Wellington on 04/06/2017 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Lipstick on a Pig: Fifty-three Weeks of HB 2, and the Day That Gave Us HB 2.0

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars...

If politicians fail to act as LGBT advocates desire, the fault is in the LGBT movement (such as it is) in North Carolina, not the politicians.

Since 2012, the professional LGBT movement in NC has expressly and deliberately made itself a subset of the minority party (Democratic) of state power. Why would rational advocacy leadership do that? And if it did, why would it expect successful policy results to flow from a position of such complete powerlessness?

When you do not serve your mission first, you abdicate any control of your mission objectives.

This outcome was entirely predictable. A new strategy - if not wholesale movement leadership change - is required for new policy outcomes.

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Posted by OrionMaize on 04/05/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Lipstick on a Pig: Fifty-three Weeks of HB 2, and the Day That Gave Us HB 2.0

If those things are what you want, (ie LGBT protection), then my suggestion is that you lobby for them.

I don't think HB2 or the democratic governors replacement bill ever really intended to protect the LGBT community from a legal standpoint, rather I believe somehow it got distorted into some people thinking that was what it was about.

BTW I agree that all should be free of discrimination.

Posted by John Trololo on 04/05/2017 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Lipstick on a Pig: Fifty-three Weeks of HB 2, and the Day That Gave Us HB 2.0

The dems who voted for this fake repeal keep saying the LGBT community now has the protections back that they had before HB2 trying to convince people that there are some locations in NC with job protections and public accommodations regulations protecting LGBT community members. This isn't really true. As this article points out, the pre HB2 protections only protect city employees and employees of city contractors. The citizens of these locations have no protections. There is no place in NC where the LGBT community is protected against discrimination in public accommodation. There is no place in NC where the LGBT community is protected from discrimination in housing. There is no place in NC where the LGBT community is protected is protected from being fired from a job outside of some city employees. No matter how politicians like Duane Hall want to spin it, this being a step forward is just not true. Worse yet, the governor and his Democratic accomplices gave away the only leverage we had. HB2

Posted by FONCitizen on 04/05/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Abandoned mobile homes plague North Carolina

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Posted by William Josiah on 04/05/2017 at 12:29 AM

Re: “ACC: North Carolina, Thanks to HB 2 Deal, Will Be Considered for Tournaments

HB2 RIP

You served your purpose to elect Roy Cooper. All the rest was theater.

Posted by MJKopechne on 04/04/2017 at 12:58 PM

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