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Re: “Is It a Good Idea to Call a Country and Southern-Rock Concert a Carolina Uprising?

Charlie Daniels was born in Wilmington, N.C., in 1936; Bruce Springsteen was born in Long Branch, N.J., 1949. Both are true Americans, speaking their minds, in the great American tradition.

Posted by David Klein on 10/21/2017 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Is It a Good Idea to Call a Country and Southern-Rock Concert a Carolina Uprising?

So if the headliner of Carolina Uprising was Bruce Springsteen espousing his ultra liberal bullshit, the writer would be orgasmic. But since it's Charlie Daniels, a true American, she has to make it some sort of political crime.

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Posted by Edward Tilley on 10/20/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday

It would have better served the community to televise the debate on one of the local news channels. Many of us do not subscribe to cable.

Posted by K. K. on 10/20/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham

According to this reporting, Mayor Bell seems to be endorsing Ali primarily to keep Steve Schewel on the Council because we need his deep experience there. Yes, Steve does have enormous leadership experience that should put him in the mayor's seat: 1) His relentless and successful pursuit of affordable housing, one of the most important issues facing our beloved Durham as major industries locate to Durham and outside developers build luxury condos here. As of this week, Steve influenced the Council to support affordable housing on the City-owned Jackson Street site just south of the Durham Station in the heart of downtown. 2) Steve's unabashed championing of justice and protection for immigrants and the LGBTQ community. 3) Steve's active commitment to policing that is free of discrimination. 4) His mission to beautify Durham in an equitable manner from tree canopies to bike trails and sidewalk repair. 5) His ability to understand complex budgets. These are just a few examples why Steve Schewel should be Mayor of Durham. He can get these things accomplished because he is a proven progressive leader who knows how to manifest a strong vision during this fragile time in Durham's development.

Option B: To allay Mayor Bell's concerns about losing experienced City Council members: Steve's first order of business as mayor would be to lead the Council to appoint Ali to fill his vacated seat, as per article 2.9.1 of the Council's procedures for Filling Vacancies. "The City Council shall identify and appoint a qualified person to fill an existing vacancy in the office of the Mayor or Council Member."

Posted by Linda Belans on 10/20/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham

So I guess the only question open in this election is:
Who, if anyone, does Pierce Freelon endorse?
(As a Freelon voter, I'm kinda interested in his response.)
Also, do we ever get to vote for Sheriff in these parts?
If not, we should start thinking about that

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Posted by JoeJoey on 10/20/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday

Yes, I really hope this is put on YouTube or something. It would maximize voter reach, especially as there are so many of us (myself included) that don't have cable these days.

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Posted by JohnnyDollar on 10/20/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham

We are lucky to have had such a primary field of bright, excellent, visionary candidates for Mayor of Durham, and to have seen our city select these two remaining bright, excellent, visionary candidates for the position. Part of Mayor Bell's statement here is a bit confusing: is he saying something to the effect that it's too important to keep Schewel on the city council so we should not elect him mayor?

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Posted by Sam M-B on 10/20/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “In Durham’s Ward 2, the INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for City Council

@Durham451 @Frank

Have you been to the communities that are suffering? Would you like to come by? If you agree that we can still do both or still believe our area doesnt need some major attention I will use my last to cook you both a steak dinner ;-)

I am not hear to be mean...but just really wish people like you that appear to have all of Durham in mind would include us

Posted by stylze4u on 10/20/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “In Durham’s Ward 2, the INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for City Council

@Durham451

I like your idea...but honestly...do you think the city would. Look at the history. If both was a true option my mouth would be shut! Please come to my area and see for yourself the conditions we live in and the lack of resources that have been overlooked in our area. btw...I love downtown....just cant afford to participate. Some my fault...other is lack of resources.

Posted by stylze4u on 10/20/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for Durham City Council Ward 2

Mr. Hyman,

What does it mater about who he voted for? I am sure it wasn't your Trump! I am glad he doesnt support a rail that I will never be able to afford to ride...yet my taxes will pay for it.

Posted by stylze4u on 10/20/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for Durham City Council Ward 2

I am going to take a screen shot of my statement....and post to the real newspaper. This paper is one sided.

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Earlier post...
Please explain what development downtown Durham in the next 5 years can be more important than addressing some of the concerns of the rest of the city. People like you who never step foot outside of downtown seem to have all the answers for us, yet never talk to us.

Posted by stylze4u on 10/20/2017 at 7:35 AM

Re: “In Durham’s Ward 2, the INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for City Council

@stylze4u

We can do both.

There's nothing magical about stopping downtown development - unless you want to kill mass transit. They would go hand-in-hand for that. Of course, Rooks doesn't support transit, so maybe that's how those positions tie together?

Posted by Durham451 on 10/19/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “The INDY's Voting Guide

Allen Buansi for Chapel Hill Town Council is the very epitome of inclusiveness and commitment to civil rights, environmental justice and affordability. He deserves more than an honorable mention from the Indy Week. In our opinion, he deserves a full endorsement. He certainly has ours!

Posted by Fair-minded on 10/19/2017 at 5:47 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

Gerry, As I said above, I enthusiastically support Allen as well. But, "though Allen Buansi, a thirty-year-old civil rights attorney, merits consideration as well, and would make a fine council member" doesn't seem like short shrift, but more like a 5th endorsement.

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Posted by Del Snow on 10/19/2017 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Where to buy affordable local art for your home

And if you are in Raleigh, visit Carter Building, open every First Friday 6-9. Lots of makers and artists in the building and usually a food truck outside!

Posted by Lidia Churakova on 10/19/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

I only agree with two of the CHTC endorsements. But I keep seeing all over social media a bogus reason to NOT vote for Gu. It goes "she voted in a Republican primary". Here are the facts: she is registered as unaffiliated (if you want to vote against her because she's not a Democrat that's your right.) In the March 2016 primary where she had a choice of primaries, she chose to vote in the Democratic primary. In the June 2016 special primary for Congress, there was ONLY a GOP primary as David Price was unopposed for the nomination. So Gu had a choice -- vote in the GOP primary or stay at home (remember, unaffiliated can choose a primary). She chose to vote. I am disappointed that Alan Buansi was given such short shrift and essentially ignored.

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Posted by gercohen1 on 10/19/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

Eric, I don't think the comment was made to speak ill of Town Staff. As an Town Planning employee you know that, ultimately, the Council is presented with a set of Staff recommendations. Good sense and care dictate that questions should be asked - after all, that is why we elect a council! For example, the approval of the Form Based Code as presented by staff and consultant, has created the need for numerous "fixes" that are still going on. Some of these fixes are analogous to locking the barn door after the horse got out - that is why CH is saddled with Berkshire. Had healthy reservations been in place, Council could have asked the consultant about the form based code he wrote for Asheville - one that is decidedly different. Getting a range of opinions on big issues is wise governing.

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Posted by Del Snow on 10/19/2017 at 4:01 PM

Re: “In Durham’s Ward 2, the INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for City Council

Explain to me what could possibly be developed in downtown Durham in the next 5 years that is more important then addressing some of the issues that are facing our city. Its people like you that don't step a foot outside of downtown that have no concern for the rest of us. How about developing some areas outside of downtown for people like me.

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Posted by stylze4u on 10/19/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “What’s That, You Say? You Just Voted? Another Election Starts Thursday.

I would encourage IndyWeek to reconsider endorsing candidates in other local elections. In Apex, Paul Stam (one of the primary sponsors of HB2, who more than once compared being gay to pedophilia, bestiality, and necrophilia) is a major donor to two candidates: David Hooks and Graham Wilson (also the mouthpiece of HB2, as someone else mentioned). I can't overstate how important it is that these two regressive candidates not be allowed to implement discriminatory policies at the local level, or to block LGBT protections from passing in 2020 (Apex town council terms are 4 years, so the people elected now will be in office when the moratorium is lifted.)

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Posted by Gwen Jordan Vila on 10/19/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “To an Anxious, Isolated Teen Girl, David Sedaris Offered Far More than Funny Essays

This touching essay reminds me of when my daughter and her close friend, then in high school, attended one of Sedaris' readings and spoke with him afterwards at a Raleigh event. He was so gracious and made them feel unique. He even complimented my daughter's blouse and added a sketch while autographing his book. What a wonderful man!

Posted by Donata Guerra on 10/19/2017 at 1:46 PM

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