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Re: “Wake County’s Mass Transit System Is a Mess. Can a $2.3 Billion Referendum Save It?

Bus service is a social service necessity. Not just for low income citizens, but senior citizens that legally should not be driving - but still do to avoid becoming prisoners in their homes, people will medical conditions from epilepsy to a variety of eye problems to those with broken legs, etc. And DWI offenders who simply should not be given an exception to drive to and from work.

Bus service is a necessity for the transit dependent. There is no "No buses, everybody drive" option.

Car drivers get a massive $100 billion a year subsidy - so let's not talk about the inequity of subsidizing transit. Fuel taxes, tolls and license tags pay for less than half the cost of building and maintaining roads and highways when they should pay 120% (the extra 20% to schools for lost property taxes - railroads pay property taxes on their roads).

Better bus and rail service can attract riders that have a choice. And this is fairer to those that cannot drive (they get no benefit from that $100 billion/year subsidy for raids).

The French have discovered that total lifecycle costs for trams (light rail) is cheaper than buses for busy routes. That is why almost every town of 100,000 in France has recently built two tram lines.

Posted by AlanfromBigEasy on 10/11/2016 at 9:01 PM

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

If they cared about democracy they wouldn't have made a mockery of it during the primary.

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Posted by musicfounds on 10/10/2016 at 10:48 PM

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

Understandable take on the presidential race, but glosses over the benefits a third-party could gain from hitting the 5 percent threshold in the election.

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Posted by Ryan Gray on 10/10/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Anna Elena Worley

"No one should be scared to come before a court of law in our county or our country to prosecute an assault, to report a theft, to provide the best for his children." - WOW! She says she sits in on domestic violence cases but can't even recognize when financial and emotional abuse is sitting right in her face and even when evidence of it can be proven. It comes as NO surprise that of all the family court judges, she scored the lowest in every category, particularly fairness, competence, clerical/administrative abilities and experience. Vote this woman off the bench. She's ruined more children's lives than she has enhanced them. Just shameful!!!!

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Posted by Sophia Blake on 10/10/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Napoli Gourmet Pizza’s Roving Truck Slings the Best Pies in the Triangle

Napoli is the only pizza the adults in this house will eat. No equal anywhere in the area. Thank goodness we live in Carrboro!

Posted by Maureen Berner on 10/09/2016 at 8:02 PM

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

I just moved to North Carolina. My first bill (just a little over 1 month in this house) was $144....Absolutely outrageous!!! We previously lived in Texas, and at that time had more kids at home (ie more laundry etc) and even at height of summer with watering outside the max bill was $75. (BTW...all our appliances are energy/water efficient!!)...The bill had me angry...but we haven't had water for close to 24 hours now. I understand the heavy rains with H. Matthew did a number on NC..but we have electricity, cable etc, just not WATER!! I have been calling since 7 am this morning, and when I can get through get told to call back in a couple of person said it is a pumping problem..but we have not buying that it is an electricity outage!! PLUS, for future reference to those people of Aqua..put out an automated message on your line when you have major outages...tell us what is going on and if you know when approx water will be back on, tell us, if not then tell us that...just be straight with us. ALSO...put on that notice, and instruct your customer service folks (for when we are lucky enough to get through...about boil water recommendations...NOT nice to find out after we have already drank the las water we could get from the tap...ESPECIALLY when we are a bit challenged with indoor plumbing as a result of NO water.
For this amount of money a month, I would expect better service!!!! And not a suggestion that we might want to drive more inland to get water..WTF...we are inland!!!

Posted by MMcBride on 10/09/2016 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Clown Story Far from Over

Lol, excellent coverage!

Posted by Mike Campbell on 10/09/2016 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Wake County School Board Chairman Says Sheriff Donnie Harrison Is Playing Politics with Transgender Students’ Lives

Let's be realistic that HB2 wouldn't exist without Charlotte/Mecklenburg making an issue of it. Don't blame the Republicans or Sheriff Harrison.

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Posted by Alfred Barnes on 10/09/2016 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Only one original member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops remains, but the group's mission spreads

Why is that even a conversation?i wonder the intent in highlighting the 2 comments when there were probably many more.In this case maybe all should look within to examine intent.

Posted by Julia Elizabeth Kneece Gregg on 10/09/2016 at 4:27 AM

Re: “Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties BINGO Night

Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties (JLDOC) invites you to BINGO - Wednesday, October 12th from 6-9pm at the Durham Armory.

For more info, please visit this webpage! We have GREAT prizes lined up!!

BINGO and other events raise critical funding for the JLDOC’s training and volunteer programs, as well as our work with over 100 different community organizations. In the 2015-2016 League year we made a long term commitment to encourage Healthy Living in our communities. This fall, the JLDOC initiated a league-wide community partnership with local organization Farmer Foodshare. Farmer Foodshare strives to make fresh, local food available to those in the community who need it most while making sure the farmers growing it make a healthy living.

Posted by kandm710 on 10/08/2016 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Federal Judge Protects Red Wolves, Blasts U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Judge Terrence Boyle saves North Carolina from the abyss once again.

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Posted by Nate on 10/07/2016 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Raleigh City Council Kicks the Can on Airbnb Rules … Again

You say "Dickie Thompson, who unsuccessfully motioned to adopt the rules." but what were the other votes?

Posted by MBH on 10/07/2016 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Dance Review: Ashley McCullough's Conscious Oblivion Leaps Out at Emergence

We didn't receive the photo credit with the picture, but I'm happy to add it now.

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Posted by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on 10/07/2016 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Napoli Gourmet Pizza’s Roving Truck Slings the Best Pies in the Triangle

It would be amazing pizza in a restaurant. Pizza that good coming from a truck borders on miraculous.

Posted by Haggie on 10/07/2016 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Dance Review: Ashley McCullough's Conscious Oblivion Leaps Out at Emergence

Thank you so much for this amazing review and I would like to say thanks to Chris Walt Photography for providing the photos.

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Posted by TriangleDanceProject on 10/07/2016 at 10:42 AM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: A Charlotte Update, Trump Denied in Greensboro, and Radio Drama in Fayetteville

So the leadership at ECU is more concerned about money and publicity? It became an issue when ESPN radio in Fayetteville said they will not carry our game? ECU has the MOST loyal fans of any in NC. That University officials will punish students for their right to protest QUIETLY is disheartening. Anita Daniels, ECU class of '84.

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Posted by Adaniels on 10/07/2016 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Durham Commissioners Back $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Parental Leave

Ronald, you're obviously confused about what this article about (did you actually read it?). This only affects people who work directly for Durham County. In fact, everyone's favorite bill - HB2 - specifically outlawed counties and municipalities from forcing a minimum wage different from the state's onto companies. Not only is the county a not-for-profit entity, but this is analogous to a board of directors of a company discussing wages at their own company. Take your rant somewhere else.

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Posted by Carnot on 10/07/2016 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Wake County’s Mass Transit System Is a Mess. Can a $2.3 Billion Referendum Save It?

Let's break down this passenger per bus travel mile "metric". For Raleigh, that number is 2.3. What does that actually tell you about utilization and effective fuel efficiency? Not much by itself. But here's one example of what it could mean for an express bus trip:

Let's say a route is 10 miles long. 23 people get on the first stop and ride all the way to the last stop. By this "metric", that's 23 passengers divided by 10 vehicle miles, or 2.3 - right at Raleigh's average. The capacity utilization of that bus, assuming it has 30 seats, is 77%. That's a lot higher than 10%!

What does that mean for fuel efficiency? Well, even if the bus only gets 5mpg, that's an effective fuel efficiency of 115 mpg! The average car gets about 25 mpg. And if each of those people had driven their own car, there would be 23 cars entering downtown and using valuable space for parking that got replaced by a single bus. Of course, that assumes those people actually have access to and/or can afford a car in the first place, which many people in our region cannot.

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Posted by Erik Landfried on 10/06/2016 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Anna Elena Worley

This is one of the few times in my life I will NOT vote for a Democrat. This woman is one of the most incompetent people to ever be elected to such an important position. I have witnessed her firsthand destroy families, make egregious clerical and administrative mistakes but refuse to own up to them when they are pointed out to her and she clearly has never taken a math course in her life as she doesn't seem to understand gross and net pay are significantly different. I watched her render a woman homeless because she could not afford child support payments and even though the woman was literally living out of her car, she did nothing to correct her poor judgment so this woman could maintain a healthy relationship with her children, all because this woman was poor, could not afford an attorney and had to represent herself. Time for her to go.

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Posted by Sophia Blake on 10/06/2016 at 9:44 PM

Re: “In North Carolina’s Absentee Ballot Data, Good News for Democrats

I just downloaded data from:

As of October 5, the statewide requests look like good news for Republicans.

30883 35875 44510 357 111625

27.67% 32.14% 39.87% 0.32%

Did Ken Fine just cherry pick some counties?

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Barry Burr on 10/06/2016 at 8:24 PM

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