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Re: “Sticker Shock: Why Does the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Suddenly Cost $3.3 Billion?

You left out the biggest cost overrun - GoTriangle added $935 million in debt which in turn added over $900 million in interest - all payable by Orange and Durham. So the net effect is instead of 25% of $1.4 billion, local citizens will be paying 55% of $3.3 billion - or $1.9 billion.

The Durham-Wake Commuter Rail is NOT funded. Neither is the MLK BRT in Chapel Hill. Oh and planned bus hour expansions have been cut.

So if you cannot afford to live along the corridor and you're not going to Durham or UNC, you'll need a car.

6 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Bonnie Hauser on 04/12/2017 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Ominous Growth.

this illustrator seems confused as to his admission

Posted by Ron J Belin on 04/12/2017 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Ominous Growth.


Posted by Ron J Belin on 04/12/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Ominous Growth.

its an idexes, the molecular growth, in extention toward a 'danger' admission.?

Posted by Ron J Belin on 04/12/2017 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Sticker Shock: Why Does the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Suddenly Cost $3.3 Billion?

Additional questions are:
1) What does this cost increase do to other transit needs and over how long a period of time?
2) What is the current monthly cash burn rate on a project that is less than certain on a number of funding fronts, and at that rate what is the loss if the Feds or state do not come through?
3) Is this project still worth it?

4 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by where's the beef? on 04/12/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Ominous Growth.

why ominous, and why this indicator's signage for tumerous association.?

Posted by Ron J Belin on 04/12/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Seeking Embarrassment, Republican Representatives Introduce Bill to Make Gay Marriage Illegal Again

And don't forget that if you discover your wife is not a virgin on your wedding night God commands you to kill her immediately!!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Arthur B Raleigh on 04/12/2017 at 11:12 AM

Re: “The N.C. Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association Says Craft Brewers Can’t Handle Their Taxes, Shouldn’t Be Able to Distribute Their Own Beer

Yes - this bill does put distribution jobs at risk. Of course, any time there is an artificial restriction on services, restrictions may exist for some related areas, and expansions may exist for other related areas. In the case of beer distribution, with the existing artificial limit of 25k barrels for self-distribution, wholesalers benefit when brewers exceed that limit. Brewers are harmed as they either restrict their production, or pay significant fees to the wholesalers.

By raising that limit to 200k, brewers will self-distribute if it is financially to their advantage. This means the wholesalers who charge excessive fees will lose business. Yay capitalism - it can work.

RE: "they don't pay their taxes" - I'd be interested to see how many of the larger craft brewers are in that list. My guess is a majority of the craft brewers that are out of compliance are the very small, very new brewers still getting their feet wet with taxes, paperwork, and bureaucracy. The tax argument is bogus.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 04/12/2017 at 10:26 AM

Re: “April 5 Crossword

Where is the crossword for April 12th>

Posted by cbdean on 04/12/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Seeking Embarrassment, Republican Representatives Introduce Bill to Make Gay Marriage Illegal Again

Lets not forget Numbers Chapter 5: 11-31. Abortion in the Bible. Who would have thought?

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Posted by Raleigh Guy on 04/12/2017 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Forgiving is not forgetting in Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden

I'm wondering why Dorfman specifically chose the Death and the Maiden quartet - deriving from the song Der Tod und das Maedchen? Perhaps a direct metaphor to Paulina and Roberto, or something else?

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Posted by trishmapow on 04/12/2017 at 12:01 AM

Re: “Seeking Embarrassment, Republican Representatives Introduce Bill to Make Gay Marriage Illegal Again

Let's pick and choose... The "Good Book" guide explicitly forbids the following - (Tattoos-Leviticus 19:28,) (Eating Red meat-Leviticus 3:17,) (Divorce-1 Corinthians 7:10-11,) (Hair cuts, beard shaving-Leviticus 19:27,) (Working Sat. or Sun. -Exodus 31:14 15,) (Wearing blended fabrics--Leviticus 19:19,) (Reading the Inquirer etc.-Leviticus 19:16,) (Women speaking/singing in church-1 Corinthians 14:34,) (Touching the 'ol pigskin football-Leviticus 11:7,) annnnd for all you southern teens... (premarital sexx.)

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jet Gardner on 04/11/2017 at 11:38 PM

Re: “The N.C. Wholesalers Association Says Barrel Cap Bill Won't Help Breweries, Attacks Them Anyway

The Libertarian Party has been working hard to explain this basic free market issue to voters in North Carolina.…

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Posted by David Ulmer on 04/11/2017 at 10:17 PM

Re: “The Durham-Orange Light Rail Now Costs More Than $3 Billion, and Durham Will Have to Pay More of It

First, $3.3 billion is too much for a 17 mile light rail line. It parallels an existing railroad. There are no major engineering challenges. Other US cities have built similar light rail lines for $1 billion, European cities have built similar light rail lines for more like $300 million.

Second, the Triangle area is very low density and not likely to generate much transit ridership besides low-income people and students. This project would be of questionable value at $1 billion. It is certainly not worthwhile at $3.3 billion. Kill it and spend the money on better bus service instead.

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Posted by detgfrsh on 04/11/2017 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Local Film Under Contract Highlights the Human Story Behind the Chicken in Your Biscuit

Thank you for covering how the brutality of industrial farming affects human farmers and their neighbors in this story and in "PIgs in Slop" (also in this issue). I'm sorry neither article mentioned the suffering of the animals in these hell holes, although the photo above of chickens stacked layer upon layer in tiny cages hints at the situation. Indy readers can stop supporting these and similar abuses to humans and animals by not buying meat, eggs, or dairy. I agree with grower Craig Watts, quoted above, that this affects all of us, but not because the beings he raises are food. The United Nations's report Livestock's Long Shadow found that more climate-change gases come from the livestock sector than from the transportation sector.…

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Linda Watson on 04/11/2017 at 3:04 PM

Re: “House ABC Committee Hears Beer-Cap Arguments

How does the comment about "preventing overly aggressive marketing" even make sense? By far, the most aggressive marketers are the Big 3 (Miller-Bud-Coors) who are the major patrons of the Wholesalers. They flood the airwaves with advertising. Also, being forced to use a distributor doesn't prevent a Craft Beer from marketing itself however it wants --- it just means that these small businesspeople have less revenue to grow and compete.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bob Shaw on 04/11/2017 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Durham Is North Carolina’s Hippest City, According to Vogue, Which Would Definitely Know These Things

A rising tide does not float all boats. Downtown has gentrified at the expense of the working class people who built it and the middle class people who once owned its stores and restaurants. For me, living in the "new Durham" feels like being married for 54 years to a town that's suddenly declared itself transurban, undergone hasty surgery, and started bringing home a lot of people who are convinced they're way cooler than I am.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Delia Delion on 04/11/2017 at 12:34 PM
Posted by MichaelEdits on 04/10/2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Full Frame: Dina Is Earning Acclaim for Its Portrait of Love and Autism. But Is It Illuminating or Exploitative?

I haven't seen the movie, so I won't comment on the reading of the documentary. Just want to say that according to many autistic self-advocacy groups and neurodiversity models of disability, wishing for an alternative film that "emphasizes" a figure's "triumph over the adversities" of autism has its own problems. This wish has its roots in the medical model of disability which treats cognitive difference as disease and therefore something to be fixed and a moral model which treats disability as something an individual can "triumph over." Both models shield autism from understanding by the general populace and perpetuate the notion that geneticists and individual gumption are all that's needed when what is really lacking is education of the non autistic and the funding of social programs for the disabled.

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Posted by Max Brzezinski on 04/10/2017 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Full Frame: An Avetts Agnostic Finds Some Faith in May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

BTW, I see that Indy Week expresses the right to remove comments that include ad hominem attacks. Do you remove blogs that include them as well? Oh the irony.

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Posted by Robin Elizabeth on 04/10/2017 at 7:27 PM

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