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JohnNC 
Member since Aug 22, 2010

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Re: “Wake County Commissioner To Wake GOP Official: Show Me Proof Voter Fraud Exists

For the record, I never received a response from the Wake GOP or Mr. Hellwig.

Posted by JohnNC on 10/24/2016 at 8:22 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for the N.C. General Assembly

Mike Woodard deserves re-election. Greg Doucette is an appealing guy, but Mike Woodard has earned his seat and worked hard to advance the very causes you claim you support. Swing and a miss, Indy.

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Posted by JohnNC on 10/19/2016 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Has Raleigh’s Bus System Been Left to Languish Because Many of Its Riders Are Poor and Black?

funkilla - please see the plan discussed by Mr. Blest in his articles. That's what we plan to build.

You can check it out at www.movingwakeforward.com

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Posted by JohnNC on 10/12/2016 at 2:31 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: The Way of the Gun

"so called" rights?

Yeah, the problem is only in the Muslim community.

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Posted by JohnNC on 06/13/2016 at 10:22 AM

Re: “White Raleigh Loves Wake’s Transit Plan, But Black Raleigh Isn’t Sold

I attended the meeting at Martin Street Baptist Church because I want to get input from the entire community. The comments during that meeting were all excellent, and many of the ideas received will better the system once it is implemented. Mr. Coleman and Ms. Rainey have important issues to share, and they are adept at pushing those issues to the public view. We need more people like them in more places.

While the concern over gentrification is a serious one, and one which I agree all levels of government need to be attuned to, it is in my opinion not a valid reason to oppose this Transit Plan. The plan does present a convenient leverage point with which to gain needed attention, and I don't blame folks who capitalize on that opportunity. But the critique misses the point.

Done properly, this plan will make life less expensive to live in Southeast Raleigh and elsewhere in the County. Quadrupling the number of buses, greatly increasing service hours and frequency, and going from 17 to 83 miles of routes with 15 minute intervals will provide an enormous benefit. It will, for the first time, make Raleigh a city you can actually live in without a car.

Bus Rapid Transit is not, as Mr. Coleman erroneously stated, another word for moving people out. It is rapid transit. And it should encourage transit-oriented development - which is to say development of properties in a manner to allow people to live near a station without need for a private vehicle. Being able to go to and from work and community events without needing a private car makes life more affordable and allows an individual the freedom to choose the manner in which they want to travel.

Yes, it is crucially important that any development decisions be made with the community in mind. But let's not pretend that an improved public transit system - long needed in this community - is part of a plot to do anything but improve the lives of our residents. All of our residents.

-John Burns

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Posted by JohnNC on 05/25/2016 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Why Wake County Needs to Take the School Bond to Voters

Transit is not a bond, sir.

Posted by JohnNC on 02/12/2016 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Why Wake County Needs to Take the School Bond to Voters

Greg -

The problem is that we have a Constitutional responsibility to educate children. THat requires schools to put them in. 22 children a day are born in Wake County. We have a net increase of 60 people a day. The low side estimates of school growth are approximately 1800-2000 students a year. That's a high school per year.

I will look at all options. I will not do anything that exceeds our debt capacity under our AAA bond rating, and I will work hard to avoid any tax increase. But we have to see what the numbers show us. What we cannot do is what we did prior to 2013, which is pretend that the growth is going to go away. It's not.

If you'd like impact fees, you're going to have to convince the State Legislature. They are not legal in North Carolina.

John

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Posted by JohnNC on 02/11/2016 at 8:14 PM

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