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Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

Indy, I implore you to retract this poorly informed recommendation on the affordable housing bond.

The Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition has plans for specific projects that need to be funded. Chapel Hlil and Carrboro both have affordable housing plans, and Orange County has one in the works.

Many people rely on your endorsements. If you do not retract your "no", it may set back implementation of affordable housing plans dramatically, despite the strong need in Orange County.

Voting is already underway -- please retract your recommendation immediately.

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Posted by Kathy Kaufman on 10/20/2016 at 9:17 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

My positive impression of INDY Week under it's new ownership came to a screeching halt yesterday. For the past year county leaders -- the commissioners, the county manager and senior staff -- have analyzed the affordable housing situation in the County and committed $2 million from their capital funds and also decided to include a $5 million bond for housing on the ballot this fall. Housing advocates were very pleased by these decisions and valued working in partnership with advocates for the school bond. County officials have reached out consistently for the input from the members of the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition. How all this activity and planning, not to mention that of the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, could have escaped INDY Week's attention is stupefying. I strongly encourage the INDY Week to reconsider its position on the proposed bond.

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Posted by Allan Rosen on 10/20/2016 at 7:48 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

What I find "startling" is Indy's lack of specifics about where they supposedly "asked around" about affordable housing plans. In early September, they certainly did not respond to the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition's concerted efforts to provide them with the very information they believe does not exist.

It takes 3 clicks from a Google search to find both Chapel Hill and Carrboro's strategic plans to address affordable housing. The plans involve intimate collaborations with reputable and well-known nonprofit organizations that have collectively served Orange County for over 50 years.

This "sea of nonprofits" is comprised of tireless advocates and professionals who have dedicated their careers to building, financing, negotiating, researching, and promoting affordable housing solutions.

Aside from flippantly dismissing the work of hundreds of affordable housing professionals in a poorly researched missive, possibly causing long-term and irreparable harm to housing efforts in Orange County, where INDY is not even based, what have YOU done to advance the cause?

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Posted by chgrne on 10/20/2016 at 5:49 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

There has been research done to identify lands owned by towns and the county already, meaning that the money would not necessarily need to go toward purchase of land. The OCAHC and the County have worked to put forward possible plans so if funding is forthcoming, actions can be taken to realize more affordable housing in this area. It is unfortunate that the Indy has not inquired of those who would put the housing in place but made what I consider an uninformed decision. I live in an affordable housing community in Carrboro and I see where people who need to live in town cannot find affordable housing. Please reconsider your non-endorsement and support the Affordable Housing Bond.

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Posted by Elizabeth Evans on 10/20/2016 at 5:48 PM

Re: “To save his marriage, a domestic abuser gives PEACE a chance

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Posted by Mayor Vargas on 10/20/2016 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Hours into Early Voting, Polling Places Are Facing Long Lines

why don't you make a continually updated post that tells us how the lines are looking in Durm/Raleightown? you can do it, with computers...

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Posted by terryboo on 10/20/2016 at 4:28 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

I urge the Indy to reconsider. The Indy has long been an advocate of strategic investments in community assets, so it is stunning that it failed to acknowledge or respect the Orange County Affordable Housing Strategic Plan or any of the municipal affordable housing goals and objectives. It is wishful thinking to assume that the private sector will resolve our affordable housing crisis without a level of public investment. This bond provides the means for meaningful public/private partnerships and strategic investments where the private sector will not or cannot act. While no bond is a panacea, the failure to pass this bond will mean that our affordable housing non-profits and providers will continue to struggle to meet the minimum needs and the strategic plan will be rendered a pile of dust on the shelf. No bond means status quo which means that OC will continue it's march towards becoming a place affordable by only those able to quality for 350K+ mortgages and high rents.

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Posted by kyf on 10/20/2016 at 4:12 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

It's very hard to believe that the Indy is not endorsing the Orange County Housing Bonds. With housing prices the highest in the state, with major landlords deciding not to accept Housing Choice Vouchers and with thousands of lower wage workers having to drive long distances, with the related cost and pollution, it's hard to think of any other county that needs affordable housing more. In addition, we have some terrific affordable housing providers who have demonstrated that they can spend housing bond funds effectively and efficiently. We need to given them the resources to fulfill their critically important missions. I hope the Indy has the courage to rethink this recommendation and change it to a "yes."

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Posted by Bill Rohe on 10/20/2016 at 4:10 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

It's truly unfortunate that the Indy is so ill-informed on the housing bond issue. The Orange County Commissioners have been discussing their strategic plan for many months and are very close to approving a plan that will focus on very low income households. These are the people who are least served by 'the market'. They might be able to pay $350 to $500 per month in rent. They are frequently elderly or people with disabilities. They count on the nonprofit sector to provide housing, and the nonprofits need a source of subsidy funding - such as the proposed County bonds.

The Indy just got this one wrong. But Orange County voters will get it right by voting FOR the affordable housing bond.

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Posted by Robert Dowling on 10/20/2016 at 3:54 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

The Indy should retract this ill informed non-endorsement immediately. Anyone who has even a passing familiarity with Orange County housing politics knows the Indy is way off base.

The last thing Orange County needs is more plans about affordable housing. The Town of Carrboro has a plan. The Town of Chapel Hill has a plan. Orange County is finalizing a five year strategic plan. The Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition has a very specific plan. We don't need more plans, we need funding!

There are unfunded affordable housing developments in the pipeline that need support NOW. As the sole visible opposition the Indy will bear full responsibility for a defeated housing bond - which will prevent Orange County from addressing our community's most pressing need.

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Posted by metad on 10/20/2016 at 3:47 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for the N.C. General Assembly

Doucette over Woodard? makes sense given that it comes from the same newspaper that featured a cover story on soup during election season.

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Posted by Allen on 10/20/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

After reading your opposition to the Housing Bond, I have concluded that the Russians have hacked your site. It is unbelievable that you oppose this bond. Do your homework. Ask the county what the previous housing bond produced. Call the nonprofits and find out their five-year plans. Most of the time, an INDY endorsement means something, but this time it just looks like somebody was having a bad day.

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Posted by Tyler9 on 10/20/2016 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Battleground North Carolina: The INDY's 2016 Election Endorsements

ncsu_grad, by my count you've failed that quiz three times now.

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Posted by duh on 10/20/2016 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Why Are Governments Giving Huge Tech Companies Millions of Dollars?

While your basic point is probably still valid, I don't think it's quite so lopsided. Well-paid, direct employees create service jobs. Improved commercial property brings vital tax revenues to counties hit hard by the outsourcing of manufacturing by the US.

Posted by Walt Karas on 10/20/2016 at 1:31 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for the N.C. General Assembly

Where is NC Senate District 20? (Floyd McKissick)

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Posted by chucky on 10/20/2016 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Raleigh and Durham Move Forward with Body Cams

Law enforcement agencies are going to body cameras, not as Ms. Birdsong says, to provide transparency and accountability to the public, but primarily because body cameras provide a better record of events than traditional in-car cameras. This footage is generally used as evidence in criminal prosecution. In high profile cases the footage will undoubtedly be made public because it is in the best interest of everyone to do so. Complete transparency, making body camera video available to the general public is unworkable for the average police department and will hinder the expanding use of this valuable tool.

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Posted by Bob Stephens on 10/20/2016 at 12:27 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Durham County Soil and Water Supervisor and Four Bond Referendums

About the Durham bond referendums, I find it hard to support any bond referendum that results in increased taxes, given widespread waste in spending the bond money and possible corruption to some degree by those who are awarded contracts for the work, if not the county agencies themselves. Furthermore, there seems to be a lack of accountability on spending bond money; at least I cannot find any information about the degree to which the county monitors the expenditure of bond money, to ensure Durham gets its money's worth. Nor do I find any substantial details about how bond money is planned to be spent; these is little information beyond the happy superficial statements about each on the ballot. For example, consider the state's investment in PowerSchool, an abysmal system that teachers, administrators and parents ALL find objectionable.

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Posted by Randy Hamilton on 10/20/2016 at 11:57 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for the N.C. General Assembly

It has become a very sad state that the Indy has gone party instead of people. On all the issues identified in their support of Yvonne Holley I exceed her positions with far more innovative solutions. As a premis, we owe it to our state that we undo the wrongs we've done where it is possible.
If I am elected I will work to appoint a full time expungement board in every county and for the state, work to expunge the records of folks convicted of addiction related convictions, repeal drug posession related codes, institute a no stop ticketing policy for motor vehicle compliance issues, repeal HB2, mandate gender neutral bathrooms in all government buildings, reduce sales tax on food utilities and medicine to ZERO, and incentivize green grocers in food desert zones with reduced wage taxes.You see my opponent support Republicans in keeping body camera footage from the people that are being filmed. She is a wonderful woman but she is not at all in touch with the needs of her constituents. She isn't legislatively innovative, and she needs to find another hobby.
Check it out.

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Posted by Olen Leo Watson III on 10/20/2016 at 11:46 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Superior Court and District Court Judges

Re Marty Miler over incumbent Anna Worley (whom I continue to support): If Marty Miller gave 2 cents about "ending the school to prison pipeline" then he WOULD NOT BE a Republican! I honestly think the Indy's biggest problem in this season is its NAME. That'said what forces other to defy all logic to find SOME Republican SOMEwhere that it can endorse. The objections to Judge Worley's alleged "temperament" are subjective, not substantiated.

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Posted by George Greene on 10/20/2016 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Don’t Call Them Deplorable: I Went to the Franklin Graham Rally and Was Called a ‘F**king Sodomite’ and a ‘Jew-boy’

This truck was parked outside Durham City Hall on October 19

Posted by Annette Smith on 10/20/2016 at 10:52 AM

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