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Re: “Is the Durham GOP’s New Headquarters Violating Zoning Laws?


You ignore that the house has been vacant for three years. And nothing in the article indicates what the neighbors think.

Both your post and the article are hapless.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 07/26/2016 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Is the Durham GOP’s New Headquarters Violating Zoning Laws?

This is news?? It would be more interesting if it delved into the GOP plans and how the neighborhood reacts that the house is no longer vacant. The paperwork allegation asound pretty trivial.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 07/26/2016 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Judge rules against 13-year-old climate change activist

Am I the only one disturbed that a 13 year old is being used as a front for this action?? Whatever the merits of the arguments, this is repugnant.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 12/06/2015 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Durham beginning search for the next police chief

Will we get a new chief who accepts the rule of those who think decriminalizing actions reduces crime by defining it away? A sad day for Durham if it happens. Kudos to Chief Lopez who never stopped protecting us.

Durham will pay a price for electing a Progressive majority to the City Council. And it will not be the Progressives and their 1% enablers who suffer.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 11/25/2015 at 9:07 PM

Re: “North Carolina’s newest anti-immigrant law could harm more than 170,000 children

As they say, consider the source.

I predict the scare numbers in this article will turn out to be as phony as the ones fabricated against Amendment One. Recall that you never heard any reports of the terrible consequences predicted to result from Amendment One. Fool me once........

Like the anti Amendment One folks, the Indy is lazy and wants to use scare tactics as a shaming tactic to tell the other side to shut up, instead of considering the moral and philosophical arguments regarding open borders. Shame on the Indy.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 11/25/2015 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Vote! The INDY’s endorsements for races in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro

You endorse Mayor Bell with high praise. Yet you also endorse the two candidates most dedicated to undoing his policies and vision, Charlie Reece and Jillian Johnson. Both are sleeper candidates, virtually unknown until the far left People’s Alliance cast them as proto Council members.

You note that Johnson is ED of some leftish alliance. This would be more impressive if she did not state in a forum that she only works there 10 hours a week.

You note that Reese is “Treasurer” of the NC Democratic party. You are well aware that his wealthy in-laws are financing his campaign, while he lives in a house in Hope Valley worth over $750,000 and has the title of General Counsel at their $400M business. This is an Indy candidate??

But your most egregious action is to say that long time civic activist Ricky Hart learned about police racism as Chair of the Durham Human Relations Commission. Hart is an Afro-American, a native of Durham and a member of the Stagville community. What exactly does the Indy think he had to “learn” about minorities and the police? He led the Commission to 34 recommendations, all but one of which was adopted by the City Council.

You also dismiss the other long time civic activist on the slate, Mike Shiflett. There is no aspect of Durham civic life that Shiflett has not worked on to improve.

Check our Johnson’s and Reece’s résumés to find any involvement other than far-left causes and protest, unrelated to our community needs.

I can’t decide if your Durham endorsements are hypocritical or disingenuous, but they are certainly of no use to anyone who cares about Durham.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 10/25/2015 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Bidding adieu to Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez

This article hits a new low for Indy "journalism".

The Chief nor his office was investigated for racial profiling. The Durham Human Relations Commission conducted hearings on allegations of racial profiling in the Durham Police Dept. The Commission's many recommendations said nothing about the performance of the Chief.

If certain crimes are up 67% over last year, then the police detractors could be the cause. Is it a surprise that criminals are emboldened when the police are criticized?

The Chief did not get a $72K gift. He got severance for being terminated without good cause.

There is lots more wrong with this article; these are just examples. But the Indy and their readers who like this type of snarky writing are not likely to contribute much to solutions.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 09/26/2015 at 4:52 AM

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