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Re: “The Durham Hotel Ejects an Asian Man from Its Rooftop Bar, Is Accused of Racism, Blames “Mistaken Identity”

Gary 1 you are CLEARLY a classic member of the Durham white elite. It is sad that you've immediately taken a radical stance devoted entirely to the discrimination against Asian American citizens, regardless of their education level or sexual orientation.

I'm just kidding Gary 1. You're my (nay, OUR) hero. Please continue fighting the good fight against those who jump to radical conclusions without evidence, clear-headedness, or regard for those whom their irrationality affects directly.

To try to destroy a small business staple of the town of Durham without evidence or rational debate is a silly, uneducated thing to do and the public should react with more tact and reason before throwing stones.

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Posted by Bill Page Smith O'Reilly on 08/30/2016 at 9:03 PM

Re: “The Durham Hotel Ejects an Asian Man from Its Rooftop Bar, Is Accused of Racism, Blames “Mistaken Identity”

Until real evidence shows otherwise, I have no reason not to believe the rooftop bar's story -- that they received an actual complaint (though maybe was a hoax) and acted on it according to a policy that they develop according to how other businesses act and how law enforcement advises. So, under that assumption, I say this:

Michael Cho should hope that nobody ever has such success in spreading shame far and wide over a simple mistake that *he* will one day make as a radiologist, jeopardizing the career he worked so hard for and risked so much to achieve -- it seems he would be happy if business all but dried up at the rooftop bar and it had to close down, even if he believed it was actually a case of mistaken identity. The Durham Hotel's rooftop bar is being obliterated from far and wide by non-first-person negative comments, reviews, and sentiments. Let the witch hunt begin!

When somebody describes an Asian person (and maybe also his/her clothes, gender, etc.) as being the source of a safety issue, and no doubt provides some story about something that happened, and the bar manager has a responsibility to address it and goes to look for an Asian person that fits that description, that is not an act of racism. It is an act of searching for a person who looks like the person who was described to you. I believe Michael Cho described in his FB post that he was the only Asian person on the rooftop ... what do we really expect the bar manager to do? You'll say "talk to Michael! Find out what's going on and realize it's nonsense!" I get that sentiment to some extent. But, although this false positive hurt Michael Cho emotionally, what happens when the bar manager doesn't kick somebody out and a false *negative* ID occurs -- then physical harm or violence happens. Which of these do you expect a business to favor?

Maybe more facts will come out, but until they do, I think the witch hunt that has already been set off is a sad consequence, and again Michael Cho should hope and pray nobody ever treats a radiological mistake of his as he has treated the rooftop bar. If he thinks Durham has it out for Asian people, he must not be much of a "resident" at Duke after all.

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Posted by Gary 1 on 08/30/2016 at 8:17 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: To Help African-Americans Learn to Love Trump, a Surrogate Depicts Hillary in Blackface

Democrats with federal, state and local policy have narrowed the focus of economic development in black neighborhoods to business incentives, undermining any prospect of raising the standard of living for black families.

Municipal budgets of inner-cities across the nation are tight and with new demands on revenue, diverting tax revenue to business incentives reduces investment in education, job training and other essential public services.

In short, “up-front” workforce development subsidies must be replaced with annual subsidies contingent upon goal attainment. Current democratic policy has encouraged the “take the money and run” behavior that has victimized black neighborhoods for decades. Commitment to black neighborhoods require replacing the current programs with “forgivable” loan means that each year the loan payment is due it is converted to a “grant” to the extent that project goals are met that year. Tax abatements and credits should be structured the same way.

The PLAN is to have businesses rewarded for staying in black communities, not just showing up. This proposal is more effective because it puts the burden on workforce development projects to prove goals have been attained.

These projects will now be subjected to the same annual budget scrutiny as any other program that competes for the public dollar. There will be strong mechanisms to prevent corruption and conflicts of interest. No longer will there be “overbidding” for high profile companies.

Program effectiveness will be measured by how much the standard of living for black families improved (job quality). There will be a “sunset.” Any project that is “very expensive for very little documented gain” will expire.

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Posted by ToddElliott Koger on 08/30/2016 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Durham Is Getting a New Dog Park

The Northgate park gets so much constant use. I would love to see it get the love it deserves from the city -- as opposed to handing $25k to some other organization to build something tiny, why not invest $25k in the much-used and much-ignored existing park?

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Posted by Amanda Connell on 08/30/2016 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Durham Is Getting a New Dog Park

...I don't think 'gook' is the word you want to use there.

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Posted by vtcaconc on 08/30/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Why Aqua NC customers are furious about their service

I have had the same problem with Aqua for several years but when the water is brown I call the CEO's office and bug the crap out of them. The last time They paid me 50.00 for a load of white clothes they messed up with their nasty water. I thraetened to call the Health Department and a guy was here very quickly. He brought phosfuric acid to wash my clothes with. I have a lung problem so when he opened it I started coughing & blacking out. The next day another guy came to clear my lines but on my side of the meter. OH NO you don't. So we set in the hot sun while he ran it from their side for 4 hours. So now when I have brown water one threat of calling the health department does the trick. Let these people know you will not accept anything but clear, clean water that is what we are paying them for afterall.

Posted by Donna Sumner on 08/30/2016 at 8:59 AM

Re: “When the Sir Walter Apartments Building Is Sold, Raleigh May Lose 140 Affordable Units

Based on having visited a number of friends at the Sir Walter over the years it is not quite accurate to rank it so poorly.

More important is the Sir Walter's location--right downtown on out state capitol's most visible street. What a great location for some of the affordable housing serving a truly diverse population we say we want.

Sure the Sir Walter needs some refurbishing. It can be done and the affordable housing units can be preserved right where they are.

Concerning the claims that the city can't get involved for various reasons: How was it possible for the city to buy a bank on Fayetteville Street and convert it to a restaurant (now home to Bolt) and still be the landlord?

From what is heard around town, the department Mr. Jarvis heads has dispensed with millions of dollars in order to create housing opportunities. Seems like the city could work with its outside land use experts who are currently studying how to dispose of or build out city owned land to figure out how transform the Sir Walter into an ongoing affordable housing operation which could be managed through some sort of public private partnership or other model without city involvement.

If not, the message from city leaders might possibly be, "we will buy a bank and build out a restaurant and stay on as the landlord but we will not temporarily take over the Sir Walter in order to manage the situation to preserve a wonderful affordable housing opportunity right downtown where we say we want to encourage diversity which the Sir Walter contributes and can continue to contribute."

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Posted by Hank living downtown on 08/29/2016 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Little Brother breaks up

It was Jay-z.

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Posted by Fuji Flynn on 08/28/2016 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Remembering Quail Ridge Books Founder Nancy Olson, a Reader's Best Friend

Hi Zack,

I'm reading this again after seeing it almost 5 months ago. Our new Quail Ridge Books is open at North Hills. It is large, eclectic, and colorful. The children's section is magical and there is an upstairs that includes books, magazines, a reading nook, and a great view of the first floor. I never would have imagined 5 years ago that I would own a bookshop, especially one that was opened and lovingly kept by a rockstar like Nancy. Now I have put my stamp on it, under hers.

There are nuances of the former store there: the fireplace and comfy chairs, book club meetings, the "paperback boat," special sections that include Southern writers and NC writers, and the framed author photos in the bathrooms. Of course we have a beautiful picture of Nancy prominently placed, as she should be.

It's a different store with a different vibe. But the booksellers are the same genuinely kind people you always knew. The same great literature is shelved. We continue to present wonderful authors, poets, and town hall guests.

If you haven't already, I hope you will come in to see us. Bring your coffee in and have a seat, for as long as you like.


Lisa Poole

Posted by Lisa Robie Poole on 08/28/2016 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Fast-track trade for the TPP: David Price says — No. (With an *) Plus, an afternoon update …

Trying to make some sense of the TPP. All you need to know it´s that while we are busy with Trump, Hillary and the election; they are moving forward with this Pacific Trade Treaty that is going to move more jobs to Southeast Asia. And I do not have anything against those countries, but everybody understands what more unemployment would mean for the US. Plus, it would make US laws powerless against big corporations... Yep, the fine print of TPP is not fun.

Posted by jsanchez on 08/28/2016 at 11:10 AM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

"Helmet usage should not be elevated among implementation of infrastructural efforts to improve bicycling safety." Pretty sure I was doing the exact opposite.
In any event, I hope your tin-foil hats work well to prevent brain injuries, fellas. Glad to know our GoTriangle employees are so on top of it...

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Posted by Grayson Currin on 08/27/2016 at 4:27 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

Please see

Key conclusion: "When the analysis is updated by adding four new studies, the protective effects attributed to bicycle helmets are further reduced. According to the new studies, no overall effect of bicy- cle helmets could be found when injuries to head, face or neck are considered as a whole."

Also: "The findings of this study are inconsistent with other meta- analyses, in particular a Cochrane review published in 2009. However, the study inclusion criteria applied in the Cochrane review are debatable."

A final note from the article: "On balance, the evidence suggests that: (1) soft shell helmets offer less protec- tion than hard shell helmets, and (2) soft shell helmets appear to have become more common over time." From my unscientific observations, most bicyclists wearing helmets wear soft-shell helmets.

Aa 2000 meta-analysis that has been seriously questioned in the intervening 16 years is not "an excellent article on the issue." More importantly, helmet usage should not be elevated among implementation of infrastructural efforts to improve bicycling safety.

(Full disclosure: I work with Erik but not for him.)

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Posted by Geoff Green on 08/27/2016 at 4:20 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

The degree to which helmets provide protection is indeed a point of debate, Erik. And there is consensus that helmets do create some safety problems for cyclists and, of course, that helmets are not a panacea for bike safety issues. (No one has really ever argued they are.) We need a better bike infrastructure, and we need better education among both cyclists and drivers to make the roads safer for everyone.

In the meantime, helmets do provide a necessary and helpful barrier between your skull and the street. And here's "an excellent article on the issue":…, which concludes: "This review included five well conducted case‐control studies and found that helmets provide a 63–88% reduction in the risk of head, brain and severe brain injury for all ages of bicyclists. Helmets were found to provide equal levels of protection for crashes involving motor vehicles (69%) and crashes from all other causes (68%). Furthermore, injuries to the upper and mid facial areas were found to be reduced by 65%, although helmets did not prevent lower facial injuries. The review authors concluded that bicycle helmets are an effective means of preventing head injury."

Suggesting that "provide virtually no actual safety benefits for cyclists" is completely irresponsible.

Signed, someone who has banged his head more than once while cycling, thankfully while wearing a helmet.

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Posted by Grayson Currin on 08/27/2016 at 3:50 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

How so? There is no consensus in the scientific community about the safety benefits of wearing a helmet while cycling. I understand that runs counter to what you've been told your whole life, but it's true.

Here's an excellent article on the issue:…

Better yet is the video embedded in that article - start around 4:00 mark for the parts about how safe bike helmets really are:

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Posted by Erik Landfried on 08/27/2016 at 3:27 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

Wow, that's some real C-grade sophistry from a transportation official, Erik.

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Posted by Grayson Currin on 08/27/2016 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Durham Homicides Up 31 Percent over Last Year

You mean they are going to do some real police work as opposed to....locking up homeless people for looking poor.

Posted by Tony D on 08/27/2016 at 2:58 PM

Re: “New Poll: Pat McCrory Is Screwed

DJ17 McCory has never been right on anything....He has his head so far up duke powers ass and he cant see for all the BS...Every time he opens his mouth he tells another lie.......2016 will be good riddance to that useless taint.

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Posted by Tony D on 08/27/2016 at 2:41 PM

Re: “How to Navigate Busy City Streets on Two Wheels

Helmets provide the illusion of safety, but provide virtually no actual safety benefits for cyclists. In fact, safety outcomes would improve more for pedestrians and motorists if they wore helmets than cyclists. So if you think cyclists should wear helmets, do you also think motorists and pedestrians should too?

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Posted by Erik Landfried on 08/27/2016 at 1:39 PM

Re: “New Poll: Pat McCrory Is Screwed

McCory=One term asshole.....see ya bye bye....

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Posted by Tony D on 08/27/2016 at 11:14 AM
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