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Re: “This HB 2 Repeal Is Bullshit and Roy Cooper Is Selling Us Out

We needed to let Republicans squirm longer until they were ready to swallow their theology and do the right thing. The Democrats are bailing them out.

Posted by ruby on 03/30/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Good News: Durham Is Getting More Bicycle-Friendly

Thank you, Cora Cole-McFadden, for bringing attention to the need for pedestrian / biking accessibility (and general traffic calming) along N. Roxboro St. The North and East of the downtown core in general could use more attention on this front. Seemingly all the focus to date has been in the South and West parts of Durham (i.e. American Tobacco Trail, Bike corridor projects).

Posted by Durable Ham on 03/30/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “This HB 2 Repeal Is Bullshit and Roy Cooper Is Selling Us Out

Jeff, while I'm certainly not popping any champagne corks over this bill, I can't rise to your level of outrage, either. The proposed bill is a good example of what we call "politics," which is what we elect politicians to do. Cooper faces a legislature that is absolutely controlled by intransigent Republicans. Your article is notable for failing to suggest how he might have gotten more out of those ideologues at this time, and for good reason: because he doesn't have the votes behind him to do more at this time. So he has accepted a compromise that rights one wrong while leaving another standing...for the moment.

Coop can't just wave a magic wand and make Moore and Berger and their cynical fanaticism magically go away. But we (the electorate) can. And that's what this deal...and others like it to come, no doubt, are counting on: that morally indignant but traditionally low-voting young progressives will, oh I don't know, maybe actually show up at the polls in significant numbers in the next election (2017? 2018?) and hand Cooper the tools he needs in order to accomplish what they want him to do. If we do that, and he still keeps buying into less-than-perfect compromises, then I'll be with you all the way in calling bullshit.

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Posted by insightus on 03/30/2017 at 12:16 PM

Re: “This HB 2 Repeal Is Bullshit and Roy Cooper Is Selling Us Out

The 2020 date is deliberately picked to make this a presidential year election issue and get the republican base out to vote.

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Posted by Laura Gwennyth on 03/30/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Free parking is expensive

I agree that private parking lots are indeed private, but there should be enough signs to adequately warn patrons of nearby businesses not to park there. I think a prominent sign at each entrance should be required and maybe one more for every 5-6 spaces.

Posted by SnoresLikeBuffalo on 03/30/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “The District Attorney Declines to Prosecute the Cop Who Killed Frank Clark, But Residents of McDougald Terrace Still Doubt the Official Narrative

Simple solution to the mess - officers STOP patrolling this neighborhood.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 03/29/2017 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Raleigh Is the Second-Fastest-Growing Major Metro In the Country. Can It Keep Up?

Thank you for this article, Mr. Fine. If I am not mistaken, my full statement on Zebulon was that they had not seen the influx of residents that other towns in Wake had, but they will soon. This is a countywide issue.

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Posted by JohnNC on 03/29/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Durham Adds Bike Lanes, Aims to Make City More Bike-Friendly

Paint looks great over the patchwork of potholes. Good luck to riders who dodge bad road surfaces.

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Posted by AntonioVivaldi on 03/29/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Abandoned mobile homes plague North Carolina

How can I go about trying to get a 3 or 4 bedroom double or triple wide mobile home. Me & my kids have been going from house to house for 3 years now and its very exhausting. I want my kids to have a home and not have to keep house hopping. Please let me know what steps I need to take to get a mobile home.
Thanks in advance!

Posted by Taetae on 03/28/2017 at 8:38 AM

Re: “The Story of North Carolina Is the Story of Immigrants

Someone growing up in NC would almost have to make a specific to avoid a second-generation immigrant. I grew up here in the '50s and '60s and even then knew plenty of immigrants and immigrants children. Maybe your friend had on blinders, Margarets.

Posted by joemoody on 03/27/2017 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Real Talk: $3.76 Billion Isn’t Going to Stop N.C. Republicans from Being Transphobic Bigots

To give credit where it is due, at least they are stedfast in their racism, xenophobia, sexism and repressed sexuality.

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Posted by Haggie on 03/27/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Young bluesman Slick Ballinger turns to the gospel; keeps promises to family

Awesome man of God! In our third week of revival,and he's now a part of our church! We love the Ballinger family!!

Posted by Sherra on 03/26/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “The Story of North Carolina Is the Story of Immigrants

There's still a lot of homogeneity in NC. I'm proudly second-generation. Recently, someone (a grad student at NCSU) told me that she had never met anyone whose parents were born in another country. Sadly provincial.

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Posted by margaretS on 03/25/2017 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Thom Tillis, Textbook Definition of a Schmuck, Says Goldman Sachs Is a Champion of the "Little Guys"

As an exercise in futility, I write to Thom about once a month. His answers are always very long and courteous, but I never get the impression that he has actually read and understood my letter. Instead his response always contains a shout-out to bipartisanship. So my next letter starts with the question "where was bipartisanship during the Obama administration?". I never get an answer to that.

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Posted by margaretS on 03/25/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Who's responsible for the Falls Lake mess?

Swamp Fox says STAY TUNED ....... With the right tools This Can Be Fixed

Trust Me

Son of the Swamp Fox

Posted by Isacc Witham on 03/25/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “You Are Welcome Here

"The Immigration Issue" begins with "You Are All Welcome Here", printed in 7 different languages, setting the tone for an informative, well-coordinated series of well-written essays! The next page gives us the Emma Lazarus sonnet that is engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty, those purely patriotic American words, welcoming "your tired, your poor, your huddled masses" to the American Dream. All of us need to read and recite those quintessentially American and undeniably religious words. We need to take the extra time to reflect on the beauty, the color, the music, the culture, the ideas - all of the magical differences that we gain...this opportunity to blend our ethnic diversities into the richest culture on earth.

And I appreciated your Amanda Abrams piece "Blessed Are the Merciful", which makes it clear that Christians have a role to play in this drama. Surely they cannot ignore the New Testament words of Jesus Christ, who was very crystal clear in demanding support for the poor and strangers in our communities. There can be no doubt on what Jesus would expect of them in this contemporary immigration situation.

In subsequent pages, Jeffrey Billman layed out beautiful infographics to amaze us with numbers: 794,700 (almost a million!) foreign born residents of North Carolina, 294,500 of them undocumented. And what a wonderful diaspora of ethnic diversity, woven into our social, linguistic, cultural, and economic fabric: 426,055 Latin Americans, 210,136 Asians, 87,866 Europeans, 47,503 new Africans, and dozens more smaller groups.

Sarah Willets "The Waiting" told the story of a pregnant immigrant Raleigh mother and her encounters with ICE and other heartwrenching stories of families torn apart by the ICE agents, husband from wife, brother from sister, mother from child, scenarios that are now occurring with alarming regularity under executive orders from a hate-crazed, xenophobic Trump administration.

Thomas Goldsmith's "In the Shadows" described the low-key efforts of North Carolina cities to avoid giving help to the ICE agents as they swarm through our communities with no sense of responsibility for the trail of family and personal tragedies that they create everywhere they go. And sadly, ICE enjoys the help and support of Wake County sherriff Donny Harrison.

Thanks to Sarah Willetts for her chart on how immigrants can avoid ICE, how to react when they find themselves in ICE custody, and about the relative safety of school properties.

Ken Fine provided an uplifting interview with US Representative G.K. Butterfield, who showed a wise and warm compassion for the immigrants among us, and an appreciation for the benefits that we all gain from the ethnic diversity they bring into our communities. And he explained, for those who need to measure consequences in dollars and cents, that our state's economy is very dependent upon these immigrant workers.

I really enjoyed Erica Hellerstein's essay "The Mountain People" about the 20,000 Vietnamese Montagnards who have found a home in Raleigh. I've had the personal pleasure of meeting many of these gentle, soft-spoken people.

Ken Fine comes back for "Strangers In a Strange Land", explaining the pressures that are placed upon our new immigrants, who must work with only 3 initial months of assistance, learn as much English as possible from their ESL instructors, and then quickly find some kind of niche in the local economy.

Nijah McKinney adds "How To Help", an introduction to local non-profits that can help. This article was very useful in getting me started to toward donating and volunteering.

And finally, a special treat: a poster in the centerfold of this Indy issue: a "Raleigh Welcomes You" Poster, repeating those words in 17 different languages. I taped it carefully to the front window until I can score a larger lawn poster to let immigrants in my neighborhood know that I care so very much about them!

Indy, this was your best issue ever! The staff writers each contributed a gem to the collection, and the sum is greater than its parts. The issue was full of useful information. And I hope that we will find many follow-up stories coming, in order to keep our knowledge current, and keep close tract of friends and villians in this fluid situation, in which this unprecedented wave of hate and ignorance is being visited upon our communities right now.

And in conclusion, here are 3 thought-provoking essays from the New York Times, that illucidate some of the damage that Trump's xenophobic rage is causing in America:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/opinion/george-soros-when-hate-surges.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/25/opinion/the-costs-of-mr-trumps-dragnet.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/22/opinion/president-trumps-reckless-shame-
game.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

by John Bertke, commenting on the Indy Week 3/22/2017 issue dedicated to a multi-article feature entitled "American Dreamers, A Special Immigration Issue".

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Posted by John Paul Bertke on 03/25/2017 at 4:00 AM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

A response to the open letter: http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/24/an-open-letter-to-duke-universitys-class-of-2007-about-your-open-letter-to-stephen-miller/

Posted by fanonscholar on 03/24/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “In an Open Letter, 2,943 Fellow Duke Alumni Ask Trump Senior Adviser Stephen Miller How He Became Such a Horrible Person

A rebuttal to the political apathy in this open letter: http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/24/an-open-letter-to-duke-universitys-class-of-2007-about-your-open-letter-to-stephen-miller/

Posted by fanonscholar on 03/24/2017 at 8:45 PM

Re: “You Are Welcome Here

Interesting that you ran your opening item in the paper in several languages but not here. Unfortunately, you got at least one language backwards:

.siht ekil skool noisrev werbeH ehT

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Posted by mike (270514) on 03/24/2017 at 12:19 AM

Re: “G.K. Butterfield on Resisting Trump’s Attacks on Immigrants and Refugees

The Liberal Case AGAINST Illegal Immigration:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/25/the-liberal-case-against-illegal-immigration.html

This is the Progressive Case AGAINST Illegal Immigration:

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/01/the_1_percents_immigration_con_how_big_business_adds_to_income_inequality_pits_workers_against_each_other/

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/03/27/notes-on-immigration/
The Conscience Of A Liberal--Paul Krugman

"First, the benefits of immigration to the population already here are small.
" But as Mr. Hanson explains in his paper, reasonable calculations suggest that were talking about very small numbers, perhaps as little as 0.1 percent of GDP.

"My second negative point is that immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants. Thats just supply and demand...

"Finally, the fiscal burden of low-wage immigrants is also pretty clear. "

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990DEFDC1430F934A15750C0A9609C8B63

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/immigrants-different-audacity-hope/2014/11/17/id/607937/
Report: Obama's Book Says Illegals Can Hurt Americans

http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative/2014/11/didnt-anyone-in-the-hispanic-media-read-obamas-book-2936030.html
Didnt anyone in the Hispanic media read Obamas book? Or listen to when he speaks?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idvRtDDPl_4
Barack Obama in his own words from "The Audacity of Hope"
- Illegal Immigration hurts Black Americans and Blue Collared Workers

Video Not Working? I wonder why?!? Here's an Audio Link:
http://dailycaller.com/2014/11/16/shock-flashback-obama-says-illegal-immigration-hurts-blue-collar-americans-strains-welfare-video/

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Posted by Lou DeLucia on 03/23/2017 at 7:27 PM

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