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

Anyone who has read my op-eds that have run in newspaper across the country, would know I do not support Trump. Check it out here: http://www.bluecollarcomeback.com. And for those who thought Rooks represented Ward 2, the facts are that he not only lost citywide (good guy tho he is), but he also lost more than 2-1 in the primary and in the general in the Ward 2 precincts. In the primary in his home precinct 80% of voters chose someone else. Doesn't speak well to the notion that having solitary wards would have put Rooks on the Council. He has much less support in Ward 2 then his supporters claim.

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Posted by Frank Hyman on 11/09/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Is Self-Service Beer the Trendy New Normal?

As part-owner and General Manager of Pour Taproom, I (Dan Enarson) was very disappointed to read Michael Burrows review since many of his assertions about our model were based on assumption, rather than journalistic due diligence. The entire piece was seemingly written without him speaking to management or any of our staff. Had he endeavored to do so, he would have found that our staff receive above what the Durham Living Wage sets as their hourly rate for employees making tips. Mr. Burrows incorrectly assumes that just because Pour isnt yet signed up with The Durham Living Wage Project, we therefore underpay our staff. That would be as incorrect for me to assume the same of The Indy Weeks employee compensation, which according to the Durham Living Wage website, is not a certified member. Neither are many downtown bars, for that matter, but this seems to be the proof for Mr. Burrows that we are inadequately compensating our staff.

Mr. Burrows review also suggests that we are a standard American chain. While we do share a logo and concept with other locations, we are independently-owned by locals who value what Durham values: community, social justice, and creativity. Thats why our locally handcrafted booths have low backs to encourage customers to lean in and foster warm connection. Our traditional beer hall style also lends itself to unrelated customers sharing space together at our locally handcrafted communal walnut tables. Mr. Burrows incorrectly assumes that because of the automated aspect of a self-serve beer wall, that somehow our customers dont engage in a centuries-old social exchange between patron and bartender. On the contrary, because our staff arent pouring drinks, it frees them up to engage customers creatively around beer styles, getting to know them personally and their drink preferences, much like a bartender.

As Mr. Burrows inferred, a bar isn't just about the beer, it's about the people servicing it. We have an excellent team of ten individuals, who care about people, know their beer and enjoy getting to know our regular patrons. They may not stand behind a traditional structure, but they're roaming and know regular customers and their tastes by name.

Again, had Mr. Burrows bothered to chat to any of us, or our local customers, maybe he would have gained a more accurate depiction of what Pour contributes to the Durham downtown vibe, beyond just the tech and self-serve experience. We understand Mr. Burrows anxieties about the future. But we dont see ourselves a marker of those, but rather a place that bring Durhamites together.

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Posted by Daniel Enarson on 11/09/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Charges Against Three Defend Durham Demonstrators Dropped

Yeah, stupid PC police! Why can't we charge people with no evidence or testimony other than that some police officers didn't like the protest?

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Posted by MichaelB on 11/09/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Pierce Freelon Could End Up on the Durham City Council After All

Give me a break

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Posted by J.P. McPickleshitter on 11/09/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Charges Against Three Defend Durham Demonstrators Dropped

This is bull crap when are people going to get tired of these pc police getting away with crimes and forcing their agenda on the working men and women.

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Posted by Eric Brown on 11/09/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Charges Against Three Defend Durham Demonstrators Dropped

There is difference between monuments that "remind us that there are others willing to sacrifice their lives to protect us back home" and those that commemorate people who fought against the United States itself. And perhaps the issue runs deeper than your speeding-ticket analogy implies.

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Posted by David Klein on 11/09/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Charges Against Three Defend Durham Demonstrators Dropped

No moral value? Apparently the commissioners have no sense of mortality. Monuments to veterans always have historical as well as moral value as they remind us that there are others willing to sacrifice their lives to protect us back home from danger. That freedom has a price.
The attorney is mistaken in his reasoning that the criminals had no recourse to remove the monument. That is not relevant to the law. When i get a ticket FOR speeding I've never had the court take into account the fact that I was not given the opportunity to eliminate the speed limit on a local level. Prosecute the criminals involved in the riot. Each one should be required to provide the money for the monuments restoration.

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Posted by Greg Pearson on 11/09/2017 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Mahavishnu Orchestra’s John McLaughlin Looks Toward Retirement After Half a Century of Groundbreaking Guitar Work

i was born in the 60s and i know him well,... i hope we keep him close in the memories of his legacy hes leaving behind,... McGlaughlin is a Music Hero
-C WILL- drummer producer, composer
www.youtube.com/skinhitters

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Posted by Cee Will on 11/09/2017 at 7:01 AM

Re: “Over Their Own Staff’s Objection, Wake Commissioners Move Forward With a $23 Million Park

Another blog noted the proximity of Matt Calabrias home address (less than a mile) to the park he championed. I wonder *why* Matt felt so strongly about not missing *this* land opportunity considering it does very little for the public, and a whole lot for the 280 homeowners.

I wonder why he never mentioned how close he lived to this park. I wonder why we are snatching up golf courses to build public parks in neighborhoods designed to be unfriendly for public access.

John Burns told me on twitter that he can walk and chew gum- so I guess we have that going for us.

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Posted by SLormand on 11/08/2017 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Since 2011, Raleigh Residents Have Been Lobbying the City to Allow Backyard Cottages. What’s the Holdup?

Oh, please. Not that big bad bogey 'government' complaint again. When are we, the people, going to accept/realize that the government is us. My city government, heck, my state government, is comprised of neighbors and work colleagues some of which I know. And if I don't know them, or even agree with them, I still accept the largely democratic system that has made it possible for them to be in a position of making city/state rules.

If we have chosen to live in Raleigh (or any populated area in the USA) we have agreed to live under a constitution and rules/laws designed to protect communities as well as individuals. Most laws on the books when passed had the backing of the majority of citizens at some level (neighborhood, city, county or state). (This does not mean that they are necessarily morally right or even a great idea, but it does give legal authority until they are dismissed--by we the people.) Besides, the laws restricting my right to do what I want with my property also protect me from my neighbors actions--I don't want my next door neighbors to be able to start raising pigs or chickens, or build a high rise to rent to college kids.

I personally like the idea of having an ADU in my backyard, and of more of them being available for housing but I also can understand how quickly this kind of building can get out of hand and cause lots of problems for others and even for property values to fall. How people are going to use/misuse ADUs needs to be carefully examined so that a majority of land owners in a given area are protected from harm and loss. (See above comments from Portland OR.) Clearly some cities in NC are beginning to see the light. Hopefully Raleigh will open its eyes before long as well.

And remember, if you are upset because you are stuck in traffic, YOU are also the traffic.

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Posted by Whozat on 11/08/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Since 2011, Raleigh Residents Have Been Lobbying the City to Allow Backyard Cottages. What’s the Holdup?

Greetings from Portland OR. Short term rentals have been legal in Portland, OR since 2014. Airbnb sent many lobbyists to the city hall to advocate for them, however it has not turned out like they were pitching.

It is my opnion that Airbnb has been a deceptive snake and trying to appeal to the public they're wanting to enable home owners to rent out spare, unused bedrooms. We have regulations that limit rental capacity to 2-bedrooms and passed on the impression the bedrooms mean they were bonafide bedrooms and the hosts are required to live 270 days out of the year. Lending out 3 or more bedrooms require a land use review and impact study on cars sprawling all over neighborhoods.

Thanks to our city's unwillingness to enforce, it has turned into a city of shanty homes. There are homes lend out as "two bedrooms" but have beds in places that do not customarily have beds and flouting regulations by offering areas such as attics and basements as "bonus room". Consequently, there are many listings like "2 bedrooms for guests of 12". Additionally, there are listings that simply disregard the law and twist the permit around and offer 4-5 bedrooms on a 2-bedroom permit and fraudulently claim to have a permit. Real estate industry profiteers are running self-check in motels in neighborhoods and the real estate industry embracing city has been letting this slide. Now many useless and undesirable people like house flippers are sticking their grimy hands to take away housing. These flippers do "lip stick renovations" to turn them into "turn key properties" that make look nice and presentable to vacation renters. Many have code violations and work is often not done according to requirements and often involve OSHA violations.

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Posted by REProfiteer on 11/08/2017 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Since 2011, Raleigh Residents Have Been Lobbying the City to Allow Backyard Cottages. What’s the Holdup?

Government has been telling people what they can/can't do with their land since at least the 1860's, in an effort to stem the spread disease, reduce the threat of fire, and address overpopulation. This is nothing new - even if you don't agree with it. I could say if people don't like government telling people what they can/can't do with their land, go to the country - but there are zoning/land use rules even in the country, just more often at the county level

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Posted by Gavin Watson on 11/08/2017 at 12:23 PM
Posted by Kym Register on 11/08/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Is Self-Service Beer the Trendy New Normal?

I've taken advantage of the self-pour wall at Clouds in Raleigh. It can be an interesting experience, and if you are trying to taste 4-6 beers it can be very useful as you pour just enough of each to take a good taste.

However, at my favorite beer places the interactions with the bartenders are part of the fun going there. Self-pour may work out very well for some (and be cost effective for the bar), but others will still want that interaction. After all, the last time I asked a wall - regardless of how many taps it had on it - "what do you think I'd like?", the wall just stood there silent as always.

Oh, and another issue with self-pour... Some beers are easier to pour than others. Bartenders tend to know how each one comes out of the tap, and treat it appropriately. If there is a hard-to-pour beer on self-tap, the poor beer customer could get frustrated (or all foam, or both). Plus, bartenders tend to be quicker. For example - Clouds had their Bourbon County Stout event a while back, and the BCS was on their self-pour wall. Let me tell you - waiting for 20, 30, 40 rookies to pour a beer in front of you is no fun (and my apologies to those who were behind this rookie).

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 11/08/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “For Two Decades, Durham’s East End Neighborhood Hosted Horseshoe Matches With No Complaints. Then the Developers Came.

White supremacists call this progress, the klan would be proud of black families being pushed out of durham.

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Posted by lamer99 on 11/08/2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Since 2011, Raleigh Residents Have Been Lobbying the City to Allow Backyard Cottages. What’s the Holdup?

I have no dog in this fight, expect that it irks me that the government is telling people what they can do with their own land. It's ridiculous. People suck.

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Posted by Donovan Verrill on 11/08/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Raleigh bar advertises with offensive language

I know this is old news but I just happened to stumble upon this article while reading about the possible drug running escapades of its owners wife.
Now while the flyer may have been an ill conceived attempt at humor, the flyer didnt particularly offend me as Asian-American not because its not offensive but theres right and wrong racism in this country and you sort of get used to it and not let every ignoramus get to you.
However, the poor excuse/non-apology issued and then the follow up attacks on Iimay Ho just proves out her point that if theyre not a racist then absolutely theyre a bunch of bigots. I mean, whats more racially insensitive/racist/ignorant than a bunch of presumably white folks telling a person of different ethnicity what theyre allowed to be offended by and to just get over it. Furthermore, being southern isnt a race, so your cries of hypocrisy are at best just as ill-conceived as your husbands bigot-party.

Posted by mrclpn77 on 11/08/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Over Their Own Staff’s Objection, Wake Commissioners Move Forward With a $23 Million Park

That is really a false dichotomy. It is not either/or.

Even if the County didn't purchase the park, the social services in Wake County would remain woefully underfunded. The park isn't going to change that or even make it worse.

In 20 years, we'll look back at this oportunity to make this a public space. And in 20 years, social services will STILL be underfunded in Wake County.

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Posted by MichyMitch on 11/08/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “What Should Durham Do With Its Soon-Vacant Police Headquarters?

Convert it to office space for Black Lives Matter.

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Posted by MichyMitch on 11/08/2017 at 8:50 AM
Posted by RuthBerry on 11/08/2017 at 2:55 AM

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