Can't wait to see this after reading native son Godfrey Cheshire's review : http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/citizenfour-2014
Colleen Marie Hennigan - I wonder if you'll ever get your brains back. You know, the brains the W. Memphis removed from your head. If you have done even 30 seconds worth of research you would know that the blood on that necklace was found to be Damian's except for a minute drop that could match aprx 15% of the population including co-defendant Jason Baldwin who often wore that necklace. If you get that brain back, please rotate it enough to absorb the fact that the when that necklace & other evidence was tested, DNA testing was in its infancy and forensic scientists were not able to pinpoint DNA profiles as they do today. For you to post such a completely false statement is really quite disgusting given the overwhelming evidence that the psychopathic pedophile Terry Hobbs was the killer. But then, a River Phoenix obsessive may not be the best target for me to give facts to. La la la la la!!!
Wow, I'm surprised by this cursory endorsement of this proposed amendment which I will vote, quite adamantly, AGAINST. There is distinction to be made between real choice and the appearance of choice; simply adding the word doesn't make it so. I would think the writers for this publication would be a little more careful about something as profound as amending a state constitution.
For anyone interested in a detailed explanation of this proposed amendment (NC SB399) and the arguments for & against, see "Understanding North Carolina's Proposed Constitutional Amendment Allowing Non-Jury Felony Trials" published by the UNC School of Government. It offers explanations and arguments that go beyond "because the other states do it."
Why doesn't Josh Stein get a writeup?
Having practiced criminal law as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney for 18 years, I'm not in favor of this amendment.
Your point about affordable housing is very true. There must be a discussion about affordable housing as a part of a larger conversation about growth and its implications. As much as I appreciate the Indy's coverage of these issues, you tend to focus on preservation of existing affordable housing as the primary solution to this challenge and it usually gets covered in isolation. Your coverage tends to also highlight neighborhood development issues as told by existing residents who often fear growth and don't want to see new units come to their back yard. There is often the undertone of wanting or hoping that growth does not come and that growth can't add value to a community. Growth pressures and concerns about it are natural and understandable but you need to also tell the other side of that same story to give readers the full picture.
As the Times notes, the market is shifting and Millennials tend to want to rent and often prefer an urban location. The Triangle is also an attractive place to live, which accentuates the impact of the market trends locally. Growth is continuing to come and you cannot stop it. We can't erect a wall and dare people to climb it to get in. This brings up broader questions. How will the area manage this growth? More growth is now coming to places like Downtown Durham and Raleigh than in recent memory. Certainly preserving affordable units is important part of the equation, but so is adding market rate units, which can help finance subsidized units. If the community pushes back on adding market rate units in a given area, where will the newcomers go instead and what will the impact be if that happens on that are in someone else's back yard? Will we still be able to have affordable housing if market rate units are discouraged in desirable places? Given there's so much demand for urban living in a relatively few places (downtowns and university-adjacent neighborhoods), why not talk about the lack of a wide variety of walkable communities in the Triangle for people to choose from and the impact that is having on affordable housing? Why not talk about the lack of transit options available that might increase access the increasingly less affordable downtown areas?
There is a lot of growth continuing to happen in the suburbs too. Chatham Park was approved near Pittsboro, which proposes to add 60,000 people, increasing the town's population 15 times! Where will those people work, and what will the cost be of transporting them? What is the cost in lost open space and to water quality, etc? Is it conceivable to believe that the Town of Pittsboro can effectively manage 15x growth by itself? Should the town (or any town) even be making the decision about approving such a large scale development by itself? Certainly there has been coverage, but nothing that asks the hard questions about the true costs and impacts. Indy has been covering these issues for years, but has never attempted to tie things together in a way that conveys the real housing/transportation/environment/financial linkages and implications that persist.
Indy is uniquely positioned to be able to ask and get answers to these types of questions, and I hope that in the future you will consider developing a series of stories on this theme that attempt to address the issues of housing and transportation in a more holistic way.
I was told by people who know him well that Ronnie Ansley was eminently qualified for Commissioner of Agriculture. He had special training in agricultural law and knows that area well.
Can anyone recommend a similar voting guide for Watauga county?
Especially one with info on judicial and board of education candidates?
NC Policy Watch cautions against
Just to save everyone's time in case you were wondering how "Independent" this is. Just added off the voting guide.
Democrat Endorsements = 42
Republican Endorsements = 2
The individuals who make these endorsements must not go to the courthouse to witness these judges in action. For them to make those statement about Judge Evans and endorse her opponent and not do the same for Judge Gordon is pure comical to me.
Talk about voting blind!!!
Thank you for your endorsement. I would like to point out, however, that Marshall Harvey is a hardworking incumbent Soil & Water Commissioner for Wake County and he deserves re-election along with Jenna Wadsworth. Wake County voters can cast votes for two Commissioners, and Wadsworth and Harvey are the right choices to remain on the Commission.
Any explanation on the lack of a second endorsement for Wake Soil and Water??
You people show an incredible ignorance of basic accounting principles. The original analysis of the numbers is basically valid.
Just like Tom Hanks did to his tribute to John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart in "Saving Private Ryan", Brad Pitt is doing the same thing as a honor and privilege to his tribute not only to Henry Fonda but also to his astounding tribute to Vic Morrow's "Combat!" television series of the 1960's.
Back then if you wanted to see two women or two men actually make passionate love to each other in public you had to go see it in an "X" Rated Movie. That was then. This is now. Everything is out in the open. What's next?
This is what happened when they elected Pat McCrory for Governor and turned this once great proud Tarheel State into a disaster of Irwin Allen movies by way of his own "Poseidon Adventure" through his political agenda that has turned Raleigh into its own "Towering Inferno" when the North Carolina State Legislature became "The Swarm".
I wonder if Kay Hagan is any relation to Festus Hagan.......who cares if you vote for a U.S. Senator who basically doesn't give a damn about your vote let alone the issues affecting your community.
And if Thom Tillis gets his way, you'll see the resurrection of his "Jim Crow" policies that have left a brutal stain on this state. And we can blame assholes like Pat McCrory for that.
The concert venue featured one of the WORST hip-hop acts of the last decade of the 1990's...Really? With the main headliner was Vanilla Ice? And the rest of the schedule included former child acts? The last good concert that sold out every seat at Dorton Arena was Fantasia Burrino that was FREE to the public before the people that are behind the Fair started to raise double prices!
Really? I've been saying this for years...the North Carolina State Fair is the biggest rip-off con set up in the state!!! Walk through any booth or activity where loyal patrons are being suckered for prizes and food and they take you for granted. They ripping off customers not only in profits but getting away with murder in sales just by getting the customers as "sale bait" and luring them out of their pockets. Watch out for the con-artists cause they're all over the place at the Fair.
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