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Re: “Duke Campus: Center for Documentary Studies

The CDS is closed on Sundays, so stop telling me that it is an event that is happening today... Sunday.

Posted by Jesse Ainslie on 08/10/2014 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Durham development: What's being built where and who can afford it?

Irv919, the problem is that a lot of that affordable housing that you refer to is substandard, and as demand for in-town neighborhoods goes up, that housing is getting converted into much higher rent.

There's a fundamental problem here -- the market simply can't supply housing for lower income residents on its own. The numbers don't add up for a private investor. There are a number of proven ways to get affordable housing in town and to make sure that downtown doesn't just become a playground for the well-heeled, but it requires things like inclusionary zoning and land trust banking to make it happen. Simply expecting the market to solve the problem means it won't get solved.

5 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by MichaelB on 08/10/2014 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Durham development: What's being built where and who can afford it?

There is plenty of affordable housing on the outskirts of downtown Durham, and with public transit center city is easily accessible to every citizen even without a car. Why is it necessary to have low-income development in every nook and cranny of Durham? As an African American who has lived in Durham for 40+ years, I can say this is truly a non-story.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Irv919 on 08/10/2014 at 2:05 PM

Re: “What does a state poet laureate do—and why does it matter?

No one has yet posted Valerie Macon's resume in order to enable the public to make educated comments on this situation. I presume that "elitist" was not the word intended, but rather something like the word clique (Sp?) is what happens in all poetry societies, I believe, and also Arts Councils. There always seems to be an "in" group that gets and gives all the attention and it is difficult to crack the system unless one self-publishes as she did. Macon's mind may be overflowing with ideas to share with students. I'd like to see an interview with her to see whether what she has done already is the sum of herlifelong contributions, or whether she is bursting with enthusiasm to locate a readership with whom to share her current and developing convictions. We have no idea of who she really is. No mainline media will review self-published poets or authors so we haven't read about her. The Governor must have had some kind of reliable insider information to have gone out on a limb with the appointment.

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Posted by Mary Elizabeth Nordstrom on 08/09/2014 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Raleigh family fighting eviction from low-income housing

I think this is a shame. They should not be allowed to do this on a whim. If it was a problem for her to be there, why haven't they questioned or before now. Boycott them. Hit em in the pocketbook , that is where it counts.

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Posted by Angela Kornegay on 08/09/2014 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Opinion: McCrory’s mean joke, a poet laureate who’s barely a poet

Whitman's Leaves of Grass was self-published...ol' Walt did most of the typesetting for his own book (probably to get a deal)

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence was published by the Florentine equivalent of a vanity publisher...

Lucky that I own both in their self-published first edition.

I don't think Macon's poetic musings will sell for as much as WW or DHL in the next few decades, but this isn't the 1950s or even the 1990s...self-published authors get a little more respect nowadays. Even the books that suck...fifty shades, for example.

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Posted by John Daniel Thieme on 08/08/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “What does a state poet laureate do—and why does it matter?

I've always been in the camp that anyone can (and should!) make art and share it however they want, or not at all. Community arts programs make that available all around NC and with technology it's becoming even easier. However, I don't think it is in any way elitist to have a practiced writer and teacher serving as poet laureate, especially if they only have 2 years to do the work. It doesn't leave much time to learn on the job. I hope that Ms. Macon continues to write and finds other ways to serve her community through art.

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Posted by jessnmoore on 08/08/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Readers' stories

I absolutely loved the story about Katie written by Jane Bozarth! It was written so well I felt like I knew Katie. I would love to read more....
For us animals lovers we trust their instincts. If my dog doesn't like you then I don't like you.

Posted by Laura Babb on 08/08/2014 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Residents at the Velvet Cloak Inn rise up against property owners in legal fight that has ramifications for North Carolina

My Mom worked as a cocktail waitress at the Club Of Eight Lords in the 60's. She met a lot of celebrities, government officials, and all around characters there and said she made great money serving drinks. One guy would give her $80 every time she brought him a beer. Needless to say she brought as many as she could. lol

Posted by Mark Anthony Aman on 08/08/2014 at 2:02 AM

Re: “Motorcycle men

There's just something about riding motorcycles; if it's for you, the first time you see the road from that saddle, you'll never give it up.

My wife and I have been riding for over a decade now, she on a BMW R1100R and me on a Kawasaki 750. We took an 8,000 mile trip across the country on the bikes earlier this year, too.

I hope to see them on the road around.

Posted by AgentDani on 08/07/2014 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Aqua North Carolina found a legal way to raise its rates—at customers' expense

My first AQUA water/sewer bill was a shocker having moved from Cary where Mr. Tom Roberts lives apparently. I live alone, take a few short showers a week, and my 3 weeks initial bill was over $85! Where in Cary it had been about $15-$25 for both water and sewer together. No difference in usage. And I'm at work away 5 days a week until 6:30PM at night and leave again by 8AM the next day. When I called the customer office (because on the first bill it even suggested I needed to check that there may be a water leak). I said that to the customer service person at AQUA NC and she said that "that must have been on my bill the leak thing and high usage as a mistake, that my usage was actually low. She also told me that their "base rate" was about $85/4 week bill for a 4 person household (I have 1 person in my household so how should I have to pay the same base rate as a 4 person family????). Then she claimed that the additional 100 gallons use is "very low for each extra $1000 gallons above the base rate", as if that was somehow supposed to make me feel better. Donna Potter, in Flowers Crest Subdivision, Clayton, NC. From what I read of how AQUA can legally adjust their rates upward after each purchase of fixer upper water systems or sewer systems, this all makes sense now. The trapped into their one choice of water supply, we have no choice but to pay for poor purchase decisions of AQUA NC. You'd think that AQUA NC might record their customer complaints and actually address them, I found the customer services lady quite blunt and rude. Now I understand why, they get loads of complaints because the water/sewer bills are "rigged" they call it legal, I call it unethical business bordering on illegal. Also a friend visited me last night and only washed her face before she went to bed with water from the faucet in my house, she woke up with hives/splotches and a headache and itchy face this morning. What chemicals does AQUA NC add to their water for Flowers Plantation? I googled it and could find no information on the web about what AQUA NC does as far as what they add to treat their water that may be an irritant to some people (or children)...? My water isn't a color, but I did detect a slight different odor a week ago from my upstairs tap (around July 29- August 1timeframe)...Donna Potter, in Flowers Crest Subdivision, Clayton, NC. Add a comment about AQUA NC to your facebook and twitter accounts news feed, to let more people know about how AQUA rates are sky high compared to city utilities in the same area.... There was an article in the Clayton newspaper about it yesterday also. Keep those articles coming people. These bills need to be half the "base rates" that company uses at present, and people should only have to pay realistically for what they USE, not some imaginary assumed too high "base rate"...

Posted by Donna Potter on 08/07/2014 at 1:39 PM

Re: “An account of the Republican budget disaster in the General Assembly

Re "Lipstick on a Pig":

It's already been noted that although all teachers are getting some sort of raise, experienced teachers aren't getting much. I've heard it put at 0.3% increase for teachers at the top of the pay scale.

But the situation is even worse for us psychologists/speech-language pathologists/audiologists. Comparing this year's schedule to last year's, there's actually a $834/month decrease at the top of the scale...

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Posted by fpzsw on 08/07/2014 at 1:09 PM

Re: “An account of the Republican budget disaster in the General Assembly

Jason,

The comments you refer to are not really about health care or education, they are actually about the person who made them.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by VirgilCane on 08/07/2014 at 10:05 AM

Re: “What do you do when one of your favorite bands becomes an utter embarrassment?

First of all the word SCAB isn't associated with someone that has been fired from their job. It is used for union workers that go on strike and are replaced with fill ins until the union comes to an agreement with the business.

Secondly the so called SCAB you refer to is running circles around Tate by out performing the washed up former singer! The bottom line is shit happens and bands don't always stay with the original members. One thing I know from the two years I've experienced with this current line-up is they all get along and gel well with each other. That is going to take this band places. They are just getting started!

And here is a footnote to ponder about:
Bruce Dickerson, Ronnie James Dio, Sammy Hagar quickly come to mind for not being an original band member so are you going to call those singers SCABS too?

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Posted by Dave Jet Black Smith on 08/07/2014 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Vacancies at Chapel Hill High approach almost 20 percent of staff

Seawell Elementary is even worse off. If you take a look, of the 30 classroom teachers who were there in 2012, 16 are gone. That's more than 50% turnover in a two year time span. The principal there is terrible and encouraged by Lincoln Center to be awful to teachers.

11 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by chgirl on 08/07/2014 at 8:14 AM

Re: “What does a state poet laureate do—and why does it matter?

This attitude clearly exhibits the very elitist mentality the governor was addressing. How do you know she couldn't do the job, she wasn't even given the chance. Thank you for supporting the very walls that keep the "regular poetry" followers out. I think the four of you should be ashamed of what you put this poor lady through. For a group that should be leading the way to celebrate a skill that we celebrate from the tobacco barns and lament the way that these voices are "drowned out" in today's world, you surely turned the faucet on one that was trying to be heard. For one that has always been proud of his North Carolina writing heritage, you have given me pause.

Jonathan Bolick
Lincolnton, NC

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Posted by Jonathan K Bolick on 08/06/2014 at 11:55 PM

Re: “An account of the Republican budget disaster in the General Assembly

"ProudlyUnaffiliated "

That was most bizarre commentary about the budget. It's ignorant of the history of why we have medicaid in the first place. Public education took literacy rates from below 50% to around 98%. It was key to our modern economy, our modern education system, and strangely enough the near eradication of hook work infection and goiters in this state.

You don't like the English language, and you don't understand economic systems, but why would you inflict so many evils against your neighbors because you suffer from such a broad illusion of complexity with regard to Federal, State and local systems, and the basic history of our nation, state and laws?

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jason Wills-Starin on 08/06/2014 at 10:40 PM

Re: “What do you do when one of your favorite bands becomes an utter embarrassment?

Learn him a thing or 2 Joe....

Posted by Chris Rosenberry on 08/06/2014 at 8:50 PM

Re: “An account of the Republican budget disaster in the General Assembly

Some modifications:

The Incredible Shrinking Budget-- still way, way too large. When it goes below $15B, Hope and Change will be on the way.

Lipstick on a Pig-- The GA needs to devolve all educational responsibility and authority to the parents and municipalities. Let them do it all and pay for it all as they see fit.

UNC Hit Again-- Well done. Keep it constant over time and let all the other, many sources of revenue that UNC has carry the greater burden over time. Demand the immediate closure of all Departments of English (aka Marxism) as a condition of any and all funding.

Yes to Vouchers-- See above, Lipstick on a Pig.

And Yes to Charters-- See above, Lipstick on a Pig.

No Aid to Medicaid-- The GA should refuse all federal money for this purpose and prohibit all municipalities, health care providers, intermediaries, and individuals from receiving federal Medicaid money. It is not the job of the feds to fund health care expenses, nor should it be the job of the state. Proper state budget for Medicaid = zero. Proper response to all things ObamaCare, including all the temporary "free" money = flip it the bird. Pass "Freedom to Choose" legislation protecting NC citizens from any federal mandates to purchase anything.

Those Shaky Revenues-- With the dramatically reducing budget, eliminate all income taxes, individual and corporate. Fund state government with a sales tax. Eliminate the lottery completely or, if that is a bridge too far, replace the state lottery with free-market private lotteries to be run on a for-profit basis, with sales tax paid by the ticket buyer. Formally, openly, and consistently demand of all NC Congressmen/Senators to sponsor and introduce a repeal of the 16th amendment.

That would be a solid start in the right direction.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 08/06/2014 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Raleigh family fighting eviction from low-income housing

If the City of Raleigh's federally funded housing program isn't being run according to strict guidelines, then Barker Realty has defrauded the federal government, hence tenants' attorneys should consider suing under the FALSE CLAIMS ACT, which provides for treble damages if convicted, and a portion of the penalty awarded to the Whistleblower. Mary Mosley could be considered the Whistleblower for her diligent pursuit of these issues. She's a heroine!!! Common sense -- the Housing Authority should show forgiveness to tenant's who were never involved in violent crime or felony crime. In fact, I'm guessing that's why the property manager Bill North dropped the suit -- if he's applied the criminal record rule inconsistently, he should be ashamed. Treating a veteran this way is unconscionable, and, shows why privatizing government programs is a BAD IDEA.

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Posted by Cheryl Hill on 08/06/2014 at 8:13 PM

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