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Re: “We’re Calling It: Pat McCrory Is Toast

Mojo, on second glance I agree with you: it's a strainer. The juxtaposition of "death warrant" (needless hyperbole) and holes, however, tends to suggest bullet holes at first glance. (The weekly email sent by IndyWeek has only the photo and the caption.) And even so, I'm not sure that public spirit is well-served by a reference to urination. I'd like to see McCrory tossed out of office as much as anyone, but I don't want to see Clinton's face or Cooper's face on a urinal strainer, either. We don't have to go there.

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Posted by ct on 09/14/2016 at 9:53 AM

Re: “We’re Calling It: Pat McCrory Is Toast

C'mon, IndyWeek, lighten up and show some professional restraint. Showing a photo of McCrory (whom I did not vote for and never will) with simulated bullet holes and a caption referring to a "death warrant" is downright shameful.

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Posted by ct on 09/14/2016 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Environmentalists Fear RDU’s Expansion Plans Will Damage Umstead

The RDU Airport Authority got itself in hot water with the public once before... in 1968, when voters rejected a proposal bond because of the potential impact of airport expansion on Umstead Park. Not many people remember it.

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Posted by ct on 08/24/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “From 2010–2014, Wake County Found 40 Private Wells with Dangerous Levels of Uranium. Then It Stopped Testing.

Yes. If course. That's correct. I'm not saying that U-238 is not a concern; obviously it is, or a maximum exposure level would not have been published. And rightly so. But to say it's fissionable is badly out of context, and it's a fact that the rate of alpha emission from U-238 is far less than other items; if that were not true, the maximum exposure levels would be far lower than they are.

Note that dissolved arsenic is also a concern in some Wake County groundwater, and it's a combination of naturally occurring arsenic and residue/runoff from old agricultural chemicals. Personally I'd be a lot more worried about that. But to each, his own.

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Posted by ct on 08/17/2016 at 9:24 AM

Re: “From 2010–2014, Wake County Found 40 Private Wells with Dangerous Levels of Uranium. Then It Stopped Testing.

Wait a minute. Over 99% of naturally occurring uranium is U-238 which does not support a chain reaction except in a fast neutron environment -- and in a fast neutron environment, U-238 would be the least of your problems.

Other isotopes of uranium are far more worrisome.

The issues for U-238 in solution are its chemical toxicity (like any heavy metal) and alpha particle radiation if ingested. But even then, U-238 is far less worrisome than the radioactive substance in almost every household smoke detector.

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Posted by ct on 08/17/2016 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Which Triangle Zip Codes Are Seeing Housing Prices Rise the Most?

It's no surprise that prices have increased in downtowns. In the past, the residents in downtowns were primarily low-income citizens. Now we see an influx of new apartment and condos marketed to the upper-middle class and the wealthy. It would be a surprise if average housing prices had not increased! Or to put it differently, housing prices in 27701 and 27601 had nowhere to go but up

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Posted by ct on 07/06/2016 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Wake’s Early Voting Debate Illustrates Why It’s Time to Rethink Partisan Elections Boards

To the victor go the spoils. Look, the root cause of dissatisfaction here is that Democrats lost control of both the Governor's mansion and Jones Street. I suppose you can try to mitigate the damage by creating more local elected offices, but bear in mind that unlike Durham County or Orange County, Wake County hasn't always voted 100% Democrat consistently -- and for that matter, Raleigh has been known to elect a Republican mayor (although I think it's unlikely it will happen again). In other words, you could conceivably wind up with a Republican-dominated Wake County elections board while a Democrat is governor.

Do we really want more elections on the ballot, or is the simple solution for Democrats to help Roy Cooper get elected in November?

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Posted by ct on 07/06/2016 at 7:22 AM

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