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Re: “Failure to launch: What do the experts say about North Carolina‚Äôs new branding campaign?

"Nothing" refers to raises for state employees and experienced school teachers. "Compares" is open-ended. NC could compare favorably or unfavorably, as in Nothing Compares with being ranked 46th in the nation in teacher pay.

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Posted by Dave Connelly on 12/14/2015 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Does the American Tobacco Trail
unite or divide us?

A trail that unites. Dear Indy, The American Tobacco Trail (ATT) does a lot to unite Durham and the Triangle communities that it connects.

It's true that Durham, like other cities, was once tightly segregated. The article's concern about "haves" and "have nots" seems to imply that the ATT has divided the city. You've identified one spot (along a 22-mile trail) that was opened in 2000 on a rail spur that was built in 1924 through neighborhoods that were already segregated before 1900. A shared-use trail such as the ATT is part of the solution, not part of the problem. It's free, it's healthy, it's inter-generational, pan-ethnic and multi-national. It could be the most healing, unifying factor in our community for equity and democracy. Here are examples of people who enjoy the ATT, from athletes in training to diabetics with stern marching orders, from training wheels to wheelchairs.

The ATT is safe, too. Yes, a few years ago some youths thought it was cool to bother trail users, including me. That was then. A Community Trail Watch (citizens + police) has made a huge improvement. A new study by North Carolina Rail-Trails
finds that, of the violent crimes *near* the trail, fewer than 1/2 of 1% occur *on* the trail. In other words, the ATT is the safest place around. I could add that it's safer than driving a car on public roads, and safer than leaving it in a retail parking lot. The safety adage "bring a friend" serves well wherever we go, whether on a trail or on a shopping trip.

Let's be grateful for the gem that is the ATT and let's urge our communities to invest in a future with even more green, connective trails.

Dave Connelly
Durham, NC

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Posted by Dave Connelly on 07/18/2015 at 11:57 PM

Re: “An urban exploration of Raleigh's most forgotten waterway (and future river walk)

Great exploration. A greenway along Pigeon House would make a fine connection between Raleigh's 2 major trail systems, Crabtree Creek and Walnut Creek/Rocky Branch.

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Posted by Dave Connelly on 01/18/2014 at 7:54 AM

Re: “151 arrested at Moral Monday protest

Maybe the NCGA could improve efficiency by arresting all 2.1 million citizens who voted Democrat in 2012. http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/NC…

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Posted by Dave Connelly on 06/04/2013 at 12:04 PM

Re: “McCrory will take his oath Jan. 5, deliver inaugural address a week later

Will we be able to see Art Pope's lips move when Pat McCrory speaks?

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Posted by Dave Connelly on 11/20/2012 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Reporter's Notebook: Durham denies beer and wine privilege licenses never

Dear City Council members, Would you consider restricting stores within 100' of the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) from selling alcohol in glass containers? Glass is constantly smashed onto the trail (near Fayetteville St & Pilot St). Thanks for your help!

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Posted by Dave Connelly on 07/13/2012 at 1:28 PM

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