Cat, why would a "statist rag" admit to "governmental regulation" closing businesses when not a single one of those business owners themselves will say such a thing?
Did you even read any of the paragraphs above, or the several stories over the past couple of weeks about these restaurants?
"If not [Woodhouse being elected], the new Council becomes a membership with little thought diversity, little debate and little ideas."
Or, one could also say, the growing and modernizing city of Raleigh almost unanimously agrees, in the voting booth, that there's no place for someone whose policies and opinions are so backwards.
And in a week, we'll know if we can strike the "almost" from that sentence.
I love all the people who claim to be "well-versed" in science, who pick and choose which parts of some email threads prove that this is all a giant hoax, who point to one or two things as proof that 20 or 30 other things aren't really happening.
I'm gonna go out on a limb, and suggest that one of the most esteemed meteorologists in the country, who used to believe that climate change was a hoax and now realizes that's an opinion not based on the science, that's been a practicing meteorologist for 30+ years...probably understands the science better than all of you "well-versed" people.
So how does that address issues like Tamir Rice, who was shot 2 seconds after police arrived on the scene? Or officers in AZ that turned off their body cameras before beating a prone and surrendered suspect? Why does a history of committing crimes in the past excuse police manhandling a suspect so violently this time that they all but SEVERED HIS SPINE?
When did cops get a permanent green light to use deadly force for any perceived infraction of surrender? A nonviolent suspect running away does not present a threat of imminent harm. A suspect sitting on a table in the park does not present immediate harm. A history of selling drugs does not present immediate harm.
It seems that some portion of law enforcement has forgotten that their job is not to pass judgement and carry out sentence - it's to apprehend suspects (suspects that at the time they're being apprehended, usually have not yet been found GUILTY of anything) to get them into the justice system.
Here's another weird trick to keep from getting shot by cops: Start trying cops that kill suspects at the drop of a hat as murderers, and the rate of police violence against suspects will drop.
@john: It certainly wasn't 100% apathy. There was twice the turnout for this election than there was in the 2009 election when the Republican party marketed the election and came in to take the school board in the first place. I'll give you that the turnout numbers as a whole were terrible (welcome to American voting apathy in general), but they were far from apathetic for an off-cycle election with no national involvement to drive voters to the polls in this area.
@flipper: A 52/48 win for a Democrat in a district with a significantly higher Republican voter registration is certainly a repudiation.
@Bob: Your being from NJ explains a lot. I don't think people that grew up around here realize how good public schooling _can_ be (Sterling Regional High School, class of '92). One thing all of the "neighborhood schools" proponents should take from NJ's school system is what a nightmare having so many educational district fiefdoms causes with regards to disparities between what is technically a town border, but often ends up being one side of the street and the other (the development that sat immediately behind my high school was in another town, and went to school 4 miles away instead of hopping the fence to go to the one in their backyard).
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