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Re: “N.C. activists call for full accountability at CIA, Aero Contractors, Johnston County Airport

Torture is well known to be the least reliable method to acquire information and highly likely to produce only the answers the subject thinks their assailants wish to hear. It's similar to the multiple problems of interrogating children during investigations.

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Posted by AgentDani on 12/17/2014 at 7:20 PM

Re: “North Raleigh residents want grocery proposal shelved

Thank you, Jane and Indy Week, for this story. Indeed it has been a long year. At the most recent Planning Commission meeting you mention, neither Mr. Paul nor the commission members referenced the developer's traffic study that was completed more than 6 months ago. Mr. Paul pointed to the state DOT and said that they were requesting additional information as regards traffic. That may be true. But what we know is the first study concluded that Morgan's strip mall would generate nearly 6,000 additional vehicle trips per day in an already very congested area. It's hard to believe anything new is going to come out to diminish that impact. By making their proposed strip mall larger, it's reasonable to expect the traffic impact will be greater.

FWIW, the company that conducted Morgan's traffic study, which was finished in May, told one of our neighbors it was the most extensive traffic study they had ever done. Now the developer suggests additional studying is required? This entire situation represents Raleigh and the dichotomy of different parts of our city. We have developers scrambling to cram as many strip malls as they can in communities where they aren't needed, and where the communities have clearly spoken and are united in opposition. And as this piece notes, we have parts of the city including Southwest and Southeast Raleigh screaming for grocery stores that are seemingly ignored. That observation could lead to a whole other uncomfortable discussion. We can't tell someone where they can build, but we're for darn sure telling them where they shouldn't. It'd be terrific if the city encouraged and facilitated development in areas that are in need of things like grocery stores.

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Posted by George Farthing on 12/17/2014 at 7:14 PM

Re: “North Raleigh residents want grocery proposal shelved

Resident questions: What about the large number of 18-wheeler trucks that will be traveling on Falls of Neuse and through our neighborhoods? Morgan Property Group and Publix's rep told the mayor and invited residents Publix doesn't have 18-wheelers and only three 10-wheeler trucks per day would be traveling to Publix! To stock a 50,000 sq. ft. store! They have not addressed our concerns about the watershed protection and 40% forestation requirement. With large paved areas, road grease, oil, antifreeze and trash will be washed into the watershed. The Falls of Neuse and Dunn Rd. property is on the Richland Creek watershed, which is immediately adjacent to the Falls Lake watershed! This is where all the water supply for Raleigh comes from!

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Posted by Jill Anne Sparapany on 12/17/2014 at 7:05 PM

Re: “North Raleigh residents want grocery proposal shelved

How come no one talks about the home within Woodspring Subdivision that Morgan Property Group will have to purchase in order to put in a driveway into the proposed shopping center? It just seems like if you have to tear down a house in a thriving residential neighborhood so you can put in a strip mall, that your basically trying too hard (square peg/round hole kind of idea). Basically the area is zoned for small shops (that residents would support) but it is NOT zoned for a supercenter because a supercenter grocery store like Publix just doesn't belong on this site. A supercenter grocery store does not belong on this site period. We would welcome Publix in North Raleigh at a different site (and one just happens to be just up the road and available for nearly immediate move in).

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Posted by David Willers on 12/17/2014 at 5:22 PM

Re: “N.C. activists call for full accountability at CIA, Aero Contractors, Johnston County Airport

"That Burr has no interest in this is shocking."

Not to me. No one other than the hard left, which revels in all manner of indignation, is interested in this topic. I speak for the vast majority of Americans when we say that if the CIA needs to torture, to death if need be, hundreds of terrorists or would-be terrorists to keep us from another 9/11 attack, we say DO IT YESTERDAY. (P.S. to the CIA: keep 2 sets of books, one for Congress, the other for internal use only.)

Here is the question that people need to answer: how many American lives are you willing to see lost before you torture to stop it? (My answer: zero.)

The concept that under girds this is simple: when attacked viciously by a declared enemy, you must use all means necessary to destroy the threat. The basic problem is that we have not done that and instead have gotten distracted trying to build and rebuild nations in our own pluralistic image like we did after WW2 in addition to hand wringing over process trivia like this. America needs to realize Marshall-lite plans are a thing of the past, plus we cannot afford it anymore with our exploding welfare state.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 12/17/2014 at 5:00 PM

Re: “A legal maneuver could absolve Duke Energy of its responsibility for coal ash dumps

Thank you very much for writing this article. BREDL made presentations to DUKE, DENR all various environmental groups about saltstone containments and the benefits of not exposing even more communities trucking coal ash across the state. Yes, it will cost Duke more $, but they need to keep liability on their own land.

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Posted by Keely Wood Puricz on 12/17/2014 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Theater review: A moving and joyous production of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity

how can the "magical numbers ..been freely modified, with the creator's blessing,
from the original 1961 version," since Hughes is deceased, UNLESS he, in his will,
said 'do what you want with it' or something like that. Howard M. Romaine

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Posted by harold romaro on 12/17/2014 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Merry Jewish Christmas: an insider's guide to the unofficial holiday

To overlook China Palace in Durham (5210 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27707) is to miss out on truly the BEST Chinese food in Durham if not in the Triangle. Serving up the usual suspects (the BEST Sesame Chicken i've ever experienced anywhere) along with an impressive list of authentic Chinese dishes that will take you and your friends/family many trips to China Palace to even start to make a dent in.

Do yourself a favor and visit China Palace. It won't be your last time.

Posted by John Hite on 12/17/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “A legal maneuver could absolve Duke Energy of its responsibility for coal ash dumps

I live in Chatham County and we do NOT WANT THIS MESS here. Between fracking and Chatham Park development and now this, it feels like the beauty of our county is completely at risk. I am heartbroken and will work against the dumping, fracking, and unwanted development with other county residents who want to protect wildlife, the environment, and our own good health. Thank you for writing about this issue and helping to get the facts out there.

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Posted by Billie Hinton on 12/17/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Big Moe, Ms. Fat and Bam-Bam: A gangsta's tale

Elmore Leonard would have enjoyed this story, as would Edna Buchanan... and perhaps Edgar Allan Poe.

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Posted by VirgilCane on 12/17/2014 at 1:07 PM

Re: “A legal maneuver could absolve Duke Energy of its responsibility for coal ash dumps

While Duke Energy keeps making customers pay for something that is not their fault- this is ashame, this Gov is just ridiculous & putting the burden on customers, where do he pay any utility bills for his Mansion, no he doesn't just pass it on to other Duke customers hoping we don't see what is going on lying & cheating -we need to protest this action, no fracking here at all, just another mistake the Gov & Duke wants us not to go on notice that we know exactly what you're doing we are paying for a mess Duke created & now they want to make us pay for it, Hell No.utility bills now are to high & they don't care as long as it's not on their utility bill, just pass it on to the customers hoping we want notice it, do Duke energy ever let customers know that they are going up on the utility bill? Duke goes up on utility when ever they want & the public is not notified so what are they hiding? The President of Duke Energy is just another liar like his Gov they are in this together, whose to say what utility bills do they pay? This is highway robbery with out the ticket,something has to be done expose these thieves of the CORP WORLD, this Gov of N.C. is just another crook for he is a 1 term Gov. & I will be so glad when his term is up & he is OUT. this is just my two cents worth. Can't forget for all of them are republicans & he got voted in now see what voters got a mess,& we will pay for it, so you get what you voted for, & I am pretty sure there are regrets.

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Posted by Linda M. Leake on 12/17/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “A legal maneuver could absolve Duke Energy of its responsibility for coal ash dumps

Once known as the heart of NC ,Lee County is now being the target for Doom. This is an Environmental Injustice to the people in the surrounding areas . They want to dump Millions of TONS of Coal ash inside a rubber burrito and place it on our Watershed .

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Posted by Terica Luxton on 12/17/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “A legal maneuver could absolve Duke Energy of its responsibility for coal ash dumps

That is what you get when you elect a turd to be governor. Duke power is pulling the strings in Raliegh.

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Posted by Tony Edward Dockery on 12/17/2014 at 10:54 AM

Re: “A legal maneuver could absolve Duke Energy of its responsibility for coal ash dumps

Great story. I have been writing about selenium pollution issues in America for over 30 years. See my website at and use the website search engine to look for selenium stories. Like two-headed fish in Idaho near a fertilizer mining operation. Selenium causes great environmental harm from irrigating high selenium soils, coal mining, fertilizer mining and oil refining. The EPA has failed to protect wildlife ecosystems for 30 years since a big die-off at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in Central California in the early 1980s. It is a disgrace.
Lloyd Carter
retired journalist

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Posted by Lloyd Carter on 12/17/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “R.I.P. Pop's Trattoria; Glad Hofmann Forest is dead; Delete religious test from state constitution; Jewish community volunteers on Christmas

"Who will step up to organize efforts to remove such nonsense from North Carolina Laws?"

With the folks in the NC Admin and legislature? Won't happen. Even if a legislator comes forward and makes the proposal to bring the statutes in line with the U.S. Constitution, the Pope-whores will cower to their pseudo-religious overlords and shoot it down.

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 12/17/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “A legal maneuver could absolve Duke Energy of its responsibility for coal ash dumps

This story and prospect turns my stomach. Clearly, the GOP remediation legislation for Duke-E's coal ash is a sweetheart deal, one that would, among other kid-glove provisions, simply move the ash waste pollution issue into the future and into other locations (in this case, rural locations). It's akin to the GOP's initial thinking about injecting fracking liquids into NC coastal geologic strata.

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Posted by Mike Voiland on 12/17/2014 at 9:56 AM

Re: “From the archives: Charles Koch could be teaching history to your kids

How horrid that our children might learn how to become billionaires, rather than relying upon a Nanny State!

Posted by Terri Boseman Tompkins on 12/17/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Pink Martini adds a different spirit to customary Christmas music

Pink Martini is great. Christmas music needs an update or three. Here's another song that pushes the envelope, a semi-atheist lament that pleads for the mythical Jesus to get real, get off his cloud and come down here to take care of business:

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Posted by Hudson Valley Chronic on 12/17/2014 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Hands up, don't shoot

Not going by the protest all over the world.You must just got in from Venus

Posted by Douglas Johnson on 12/17/2014 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Poppies: A concrete field of fallow development

All good points, Paul. Thanks very much for your analysis.

Posted by Lisa Sorg, INDY Editor on 12/16/2014 at 6:00 PM

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