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Re: “Loathe Hillary? Fine. Vote for Her, Anyway. Democracy Depends on It.

Yes, I would be thrilled to vote for a criminal who has sold her country out for cash.

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Posted by Dennis Smith on 10/04/2016 at 8:28 PM

Re: “Where to Find Black-Owned Restaurants in The Triangle

Thank you all for your suggestions! I've updated the list.

Pickles 1 -- Walt's appears to be closed.
Sam M-B -- Joe's Diner has been closed for quite some time.
kpridge and Karl Lawson -- I received those restaurant names from a source and verified them through a national database of black-owned businesses. (My source must have gotten them from there as well.) You both are correct in that those restaurants are actually not black-owned. I've removed them from our list.

Posted by victoria_foodeditor on 10/04/2016 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Korean Fried Chicken and More at Durham's M Kokko by Chef Michael Lee

Sounds great....but the picture here by Allie Mullin, WTH?!?!!?
Why is the empty spot on the plate facing forward? It makes the plate look empty!
Why is the ketchup on the plate in the front, are they known for their ketchup in a ramkin or are we featuring the sandwich and side??
Why do you have the bun with the thumb print facing forward?? You could have simply rotated the bun so the hole doesn't show!
What a sloppy picture, take some pride in your work Allie because the one your provided here makes the plate look terrible!

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Posted by ZZ on 10/04/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “GoTriangle Plots Additional Light-Rail Spur to N.C. Central

Marc M, Stay in school. Work on reading comprehension.

No one said students were wealthy (although some are subsidized better than others).

Mr Cabanas has already reexplained the Green Myth" for LRT, so I won't rehash.

Just read and understand what 1.8 *billion* dollars could actually do for public transit in this area providing flexible transit to places people actually go.

Read and understand that DOLRT *is not* a transit plan, it is an economic development plant effectively stealing scarce transit dollars for other purposes.

Read and understand that emerging and disruptive technologies are targeting the inefficiencies and ineffectiveness in transportation and that the pace of change will make DOLRT a very poor investment.

Read and understand that there are limits to public transit dollars and taxpayer patience with boondoggles like DOLRT and the un-elected mismanagement of GoTriangle who are spending millions every year on "studies" of things already studied and documented.

Read and understand that Chapel Hill and Durham *are not* Charlotte.

Read and understand that UNC and Duke hospitals are diversifying their locations with new satellite locations in Hillsborough and Pittsboro.

I suspect if you do you might rethink your "ignorant" comment.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 10/03/2016 at 8:09 PM

Re: “GoTriangle Plots Additional Light-Rail Spur to N.C. Central

Marc M. I appreciate that many (want to) believe the 'DOLRT is green' myth ... however, if you do the math, it just doesn't add up.

For example, using the overly optimistic 23,000 daily boardings projection (in 2040) running 150 train trips per day across the end-to-end 17 mile line will result in an average ‘load factor’ of 9 passengers per vehicle mile traveled; or utilize less than 2% of the 500 passenger capacity heralded by GoTriangle. So for every one train that travels at the cited 500 passenger (full) capacity, there will be ~50 trains running empty. Low capacity utilization is not environmentally or economically sound.

From an energy intensity perspective, this low utilization has a devastating impact on DOLRT energy efficiency. With an average of 9 passengers per mile results in 7029 BTU per DOLRT passenger mile (63265 BTU per vehicle mile / 9 passengers per mile) compared to 3144 BTU for car travel or 4071 BTU for bus transit. So per passenger mile, DOLRT uses over twice the amount of energy of an average car!

The inconvenient truth is that not a single light rail in the US carries as many passengers as a single highway lane. The myriad of alternatives, like walking, bicycling, carpooling, van-pooling, congestion pricing, telecommuting, flexible working hours, parking reform, pricing strategies to improve bus utilization, etc — largely ignored while the money and attention is consumed by light rail.

Lastly, the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail train has NO renewable energy requirements and the electricity is sourced from Duke Energy which has been repeatedly cited for environmental transgressions. Duke Energy generates electricity primarily with nuclear, gas (sourced from ‘fracking’) and coal power plants. The Political Economy Research Institute ranks Duke Energy 13th among corporations emitting airborne pollutants in the United States. The ranking is based on the quantity (80 million pounds in 2005) and toxicity of the emissions. When the high energy costs and carbon emissions during construction are counted, the light-rail line is far “browner” than autos and highways.

A few recent Duke Energy headlines:
Duke Energy Sweetheart Deal on Coal Ash Cleanup Heads to McCrory
NC toxicologist: Water near Duke’s dumps not safe to drink
Duke Energy backs out of massive N.C. solar project with SunEnergy

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Posted by Alex Cabanes on 10/03/2016 at 6:03 PM

Re: “GoTriangle Plots Additional Light-Rail Spur to N.C. Central

I cannot speak specifically for the Durham area, as I lived closer to Raleigh until recently moving, but as I still call the Triangle home and try to stay up to date on everything that happens, I want to address many of the points stated in the anti-light-rail comments here.

In response to the most recent comment, I don't understand how making transit viable enough that poor people and rich people alike benefit and use it is a BAD thing. That's a step forward to end the residue of defacto segregation and the ramifications of gentrification and other forms of class separation.

Next, the thing that makes a light rail green has almost nothing to do with how full it is. Modern light rail (if it's done right) runs entirely on electricity. The thing that makes it "green" is the fact that there are less emissions than even hybrid buses in most situations. I understand the point about capacity, but if you've never ridden an overcrowded public bus you may not understand that while a good amount of people need to be on the train in order for a project to be a success, the train being slightly under capacity actually means you have room to ride comfortably and aren't having to stand up or be crushed against a bunch of strangers.

The idea of a light rail is not that it serves everywhere, but that it serves the areas that need it the most and provide a way to reach more people by allowing buses serving other areas to feed into it. It seems like a lot of you are thinking of light rail or transit as an infinite web. The idea is it acts as more of a tree. The light rail serves as the trunk, which allows for more "branches" of feeder buses to serve the areas too far to reach by the trunk.

And to address other comments, Wealthy students? Ha. Ever heard of student debt? College is not cheap. Just because someone attends an expensive university does not make them "wealthy". I know, I'm a full time student myself. Me and 90% or so of my peers are broke, if not in extreme debt. It's not that simple. Incomes vary.

From a student perspective, I live in Charlotte now attending UNC-Charlotte, a campus that will in one year's time be connected to Uptown (for those who don't know, Charlotte's downtown is called Uptown) for the first time by light rail. This is huge for me and my peers on campus. Currently we have to use a super overcrowded bus that takes about 50 minutes to get Uptown. The light rail will nearly cut that time in half. This also means that we'll be able to reach Uptown much easier for educational opportunities, events, etc. Almost everyone on my campus I've spoken to plans to utilize it at least occasionally. I don't know definitively if students at Duke, UNC, and NCCU will have the same positive response. But at least ASK THEM. See what their thoughts are. I have a feeling that sentiments would be similar, especially considering that these schools seem to be walking campuses as far as I know.

And as for the hospitals at Duke and UNC, the point isn't to get the doctors there and back, although that's part of it, the primary point is to make it easier for the PATIENTS to get there. There are low income families that need better access to specialists and such that they struggle to reach in many circumstances. This is trying to help fix it.

I'm not saying that light rail is absolutely the best fit for Durham. You may be right, maybe there is a better option. I honestly was a little surprised to see light rail embraced so quickly, and I do agree that perhaps more studies should have been done, more voices heard and more things taken into consideration. But these ignorant comments seem to completely miss the point of the light rail to begin with and show an obvious lack of consideration of the people who actually would use it.

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Posted by Marc M. on 10/01/2016 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Korean Fried Chicken and More at Durham's M Kokko by Chef Michael Lee

311 Holland St, Durham, NC 27701

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Posted by w3bshark on 09/30/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Wake County Sheriff: Parents Should Be Notified When a Transgender Student Uses the Bathroom, Like Head Lice

Transgender students who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria deserve to have their medical privacy intact.

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Posted by Dee Omally on 09/30/2016 at 4:42 AM

Re: “Wake County Sheriff: Parents Should Be Notified When a Transgender Student Uses the Bathroom, Like Head Lice

Donnie Harrison does not respond kindly. It's because he is not a kind man. Many people know this.He knows it has to do with HB2. He prefers not to tell the truth.

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Posted by Chris Weedy on 09/29/2016 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Wake County Sheriff: Parents Should Be Notified When a Transgender Student Uses the Bathroom, Like Head Lice

A consistent policy is a good thing. School systems should consider using the South Park method of three restrooms: "Boys", "Girls", and "Other", where "Other" is the creepy transphobic people who sexualize children and restrooms.

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Posted by Charleigh Honeycutt on 09/29/2016 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Last Year, the Bull City Connector Eliminated Two Stops. Was That a Mistake?

The bus system: "We don't want all those poor people downtown"
& "We only want beautiful people downtown" & "We don't want the 'riff-raff'
on that bus". Also note there's no schedule any more for the BCC
(FBB Free Bus to the Bars for Duke). I've timed it; as little as 5
and as much as 29 minutes between busses. The BCC comes whenever.
ALSO, you can get to the Board of elections from the terminal,
but you can't easily get back, especially if handicapped,
and if you take the outbound, they won't let you ride around back to the terminal;
you have to get off the bus and catch the next bus,
or they can arrest you for "trespassing".
Board of Elections sites are
all good for drivers, but almost all bad for bus riders.

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 09/29/2016 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Wake County Sheriff: Parents Should Be Notified When a Transgender Student Uses the Bathroom, Like Head Lice

Maybe we should move to down under and start biting there, so when he scratch himself there, he remembers his words comparing us with those critters!

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Posted by Cheyenne 1 on 09/29/2016 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Korean Fried Chicken and More at Durham's M Kokko by Chef Michael Lee

Is this restaurant open now? What is the address? Can't find it on google maps.

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Posted by American Village on 09/29/2016 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Fifteen Years Later, Bluegrass Is Still Reeling from O Brother, Where Art Thou?

I am a Cohn Bros. fan whatever the subject and I thought the movie was great. I agree with Stewart this music seems mislabeled as "bluegrass". OTOH I am grateful for the music and the article. More please.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 09/29/2016 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Fifteen Years Later, Bluegrass Is Still Reeling from O Brother, Where Art Thou?

I appreciate the need for a focus word, but surely most of the music in "Oh, Brother" is from the era before Bluegrass (which, of course, was invented by Bill Monroe in the mid 1950's). We're talking about Old-Time or Mountain Music are we not? For me Bluegrass is the Punk to Old-time's Rock'n'Roll and Rhythm'n'Blues, and I can't listen to it for long. It's high-speed and samey to my ear, Where Old-Time is varied and goes straight to the heart and Soul, rather than the funny-bone. It seems the term Bluegrass has steamrollered over these other more subtle words and obliterated them - a pity...

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Posted by Stewart Sandison on 09/28/2016 at 11:07 PM
Posted by Amanda Hunter on 09/28/2016 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison Is Very Mad at Us

Last election we had a formidable, competent and sober-minded gentleman running against Harriidon by name if Willie Rowe, a former Sheriif Office Major. Folks voted for Harrison so this is what we get. They'll be another election and if so inclined folks, don't get amnesia and remember this and vote him out and bring progressive ideas and policies to that agency!

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Posted by Ray Rivera on 09/28/2016 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Wake County Sheriff: Parents Should Be Notified When a Transgender Student Uses the Bathroom, Like Head Lice

(Correction on last paragraph in my post)
The sheriff hardly sends emails but his staff emails for him.

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Posted by Ray Rivera on 09/28/2016 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Wake County Sheriff: Parents Should Be Notified When a Transgender Student Uses the Bathroom, Like Head Lice

Your request should read, all emails, written correspondence, and documents between the Wake County Sheriff's Office and all persons regarding HB2. The sheriff harfkycejsils but his staff emails for him!

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Posted by Ray Rivera on 09/28/2016 at 8:34 PM

Re: “The Durham City Council Gave a Biotech Company $77,000. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Idea.

Happy to see the INDY using reliable John Locke Foundation as a source. Good work.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 09/28/2016 at 4:47 PM

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