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Re: “The Holloways Start a Food Truck Dynasty on Rigsbee Avenue

I've had the pleasure of meeting Frank and being served by him across the street from Surf Club on a cold winter's night late last year. He was cool, told us about his family's business, served up some great food, and since we were his last customers and he was getting ready to head off he offered us some free bottles of water. I have tons of respect for what he and his mother are doing and wish them the best. And like you said, not only is the food great, but it is consistently so and it's not over-priced like most of the others on your top ten list.

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Posted by Jesus Vasquez on 06/21/2017 at 1:44 PM

Re: “The Greeks Streamlines Sophocles’s Theban Trilogy Into Three Nimble, Strikingly Modern One-Acts

The photo credit is incorrect. The photo was taken and edited by Areon Mobasher for Burning Coal Theatre Company. Please fix this.

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Posted by Areon Mobasher on 06/21/2017 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Our Ten Favorite Food Trucks in the Triangle

If you would like a food truck built contact my friends at they recently built me an amazing food truck and helped me out with the financing process. My business is running great and I am very glad on my decision to build with foodcart.

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Posted by Micheal Guttierez on 06/21/2017 at 12:02 PM

Re: “The Durham County Sheriff’s Office Says It Doesn’t Participate in ICE’s Secure Communities Program. Tell That to Jairo Garcia del Cid.

This kid gets picked up for stealing a car, ends up in jail, and is not in the country legally. Hard to be sympathetic for his plight. People like this should be deported. Kudos to Durham Sheriff's office for keeping our county safe.

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Posted by John Trololo on 06/21/2017 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Wake's Budget Gives School System Less Than Half of What It Asked For

I would suggest that you change the headline to reflect the actual content of the story- e.g. "Wake County gives School system less than half OF THE BUDGET INCREASE it asked for".

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Posted by John Trololo on 06/21/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “In Raleigh and Wake County, Taxes Are Going Up as the Legislature Offers Tax Cuts

I love content that explains money - but this one is pretty simplistic. The tax increases in Raleigh have nothing to do with the state. It's mostly the costs of urbanization and growth. Transportation, parks and greenways, and other amenities all cost money. Wake and Raleigh each have lots of them, At the county level, Wake's schools have done a lot with a little - and its reassuring to know that the county and the school board are working to get some of politics out of the school funding process.

As a city, Raleigh has added incredible service and recreational resources, the county has excellent schools and they boast some of the lowest taxes in the state. I think some of us are worried about the pace of development - but the economics and tax policy is impressive - and compared to Orange and Durham, Wake is hitting it out of the park.

Its easy to blame everything on the state. They deserve it - especially when it comes to healthcare and Medicaid expansion - something that counties are doing nothing about. Gentrification is undermining affordable housing everywhere - and the counties are all benefiting from the increase in property taxes. And like it or not - Wake has seen impressive job growth -something that benefits everyone.

So please help us connect the right dots so we can stop the partisan nonsense and start holding every politician accountable for helping to create communities that we all can be proud of.

Posted by Bonnie Hauser on 06/21/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Amazon Bought Whole Foods. This Is Just the Beginning of the New World Order

Jeff Bezos had to do it. He kept running out of kale for his salads.

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Posted by MichaelEdits on 06/21/2017 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Stay in Your Lane: Food Trucks Laws

What are the kitchen inspection and food safety laws for food trucks? The same as restaurants or different? How often are they inspected for food safety? Thanks

Posted by Susan J on 06/21/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Wake School Board Grapples with Getting Half of the Money It Asked For

Why isn't the Indy asking WCPSS why they believe they have the right to retain the $20,000,000 ? It's taxpayer money directly intended for the school system. If they have that much left over, then what didn't the WCPSS fund in previous years? The headline is misleading, where is the mention that the County Board contributed more than their original proposal ?
The WCPSS talks about mistrust but they do nothing to foster trust --especially with all the hyperbole and attempts at creating a guilt ridden environment. The WCPSS consistently practices a lack of transparency, proposes unsustainable and at times grossly incorrect projections- but they want the taxpayer to trust them? When questioned they get angry and obfuscate. Then, much like this article, the media spins the tale that the County is unwilling to support education. Where is the media holding the WCPSS accountable ? Where are the articles detailing how taxpayer money is spent or mispsent? Where is a full picture of spending by the WCPSS? Is it just easier to eviscerate a BoC that is attempting to reign in an unsustainable trajectory of spending ?

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Posted by Trixsie M on 06/21/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Mayor Bill Bell Has Overseen a Bull City Renaissance. So Why Has Durham’s Poverty Rate Gone Up on His Watch?

What role does Duke play in Durham's disparities?

Posted by kenyattassata on 06/21/2017 at 1:55 AM
Posted by Raymond Conley on 06/20/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “After Fifteen Years, the Michael Peterson Case Concludes But Provides Little Closure

I mean who in their life has TWO people die accidentally the SAME way????????!!!!! If that alone isn't a RED FLAG, then I would truly second guess what kind of gut instincts you have in life, and how you got this far in life. Also, the man was clearly leading a double life with his sexual trysts. Which no one in his family seemed to have knowledge of... obviously the people closest to him, didn't know him at all!

Posted by Oksana Glosman on 06/20/2017 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Mayor Bill Bell Has Overseen a Bull City Renaissance. So Why Has Durham’s Poverty Rate Gone Up on His Watch?

Point is durham crime rate is bad and has been for a long time.…

Bells support for a 17 mile 3.5 billion dollar LRT will not get public transit where it is needed. This is especially true under the regressive tax and NC GA efforts you correctly point to.

The effect is people once again are left behind. Mayor Bell is complicit in this as much as the " gerrymandered right wing do-nothings".

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Posted by where's the beef? on 06/19/2017 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Abandoned mobile homes plague North Carolina

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Posted by Joy Crisp Ivan on 06/19/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Mayor Bill Bell Has Overseen a Bull City Renaissance. So Why Has Durham’s Poverty Rate Gone Up on His Watch?

Promoting business and development can help a city, but not when those projects are given property tax exemptions. Hollowing out revenue that can be used to improve neighborhoods to bring in development dollars, doesn't help the city improve quality of life. If a project can't be built without tax exemptions, then its not sustainable for the city anyways. It'll just be a drag on residential taxpayers and existing businesses, who will have to make up the difference in lost revenue and increased city service costs.

The NCGA keeps crippling NC cities from promoting sensible policies that allow affordable housing to be linked to new city developments. It has chopped mass transit development at the knees and continues to promote their culture war agenda, at the expense of the cities and large towns. I think any urban mayor in NC has an uphill battle in fixing problems. Bell has been a decent mayor overall. I live here in Durham and the city does the best it can.

While we don't have people "murdered almost daily", the 40-50 who are killed each year is excessive. Durham is a medium size metropolis with a large underclass and is poisoned by a culture of guns and violence. The city should be enhancing its information gathering, focus patrols on crime clusters, and use available sensor technology to detect and respond to gunfire. Checkpoints don't do much, except annoy local residents and increase DWB arrests.

But we have to cull the gerrymandered right wing do-nothings from the Legislature and allow North Carolina to join the 21st Century.

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Posted by Raymond Voigt on 06/19/2017 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results - Eat & Drink

Would definitely be interested in knowing the personal choices of readers of their favorite "places in the triangle where you can get authentic Latin American cuisine made by actual Latinos!" :-)

Posted by chiburbbi on 06/19/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results - Eat & Drink


Thanks for whitesplaining to me and other Latinos about how your participation in Luna Rotisserie's exploitation of people of color is acceptable because you like their "method."

That's Mighty White of you.

How would Luna be any different if they were Alt Right Neo-Nazis as opposed to being liberal dudebros? Just because you agree with someone's politics doesn't make their appropriation of other people's culture acceptable. It's also a bit hypocritical considering you have a special feature deriding another business for culture appropriation and which does the exact same thing Luna Rotisserie is doing.

But I'm not surprised you don't get that point considering the extreme lack of representation of people of color on the Indy's masthead.

The fact is you and the people at Luna Rotisserie are complicit in this country's structures of systemic oppression. You and Luna are engaging in white supremacy. You talk how you like their "method," well, if they really appreciated Latino culture and didn't want to culturally appropriate they could have assisted Latinos or indigenous Americans or immigrants from Central and South America in setting up a restaurant. Instead they stole traditions, methods, and a culture that isn't theirs and which belongs to a discriminated against and historically disadvantaged people, and they are making a fat profit off of it.

As to their alleged donation to El Futuro, how much exactly and what percentage of their profit is it? My guess is less than 1%, which is nothing considering what they've stolen out of the hands and mouths of Latinos and indigenous Americans. 100% of their profit comes from their cultural theft. Perhaps they should donate all of their profit, except maybe 10%, which they can keep for emergencies. That would be the right thing to do.

The fact is if you want to be a anti-racist ally then you would avoid going to places like Luna Rotisserie. If you insist on going there then you are guilty of racism and the exploitation of people of color.

Someone should organize like BLM does and disrupt them during lunch or dinner hour. Direct action is needed. Maybe a protest outside or a boycott. Maybe we could get Antifa to join us.

There are plenty of places in the triangle where you can get authentic Latin American cuisine made by actual Latinos, both immigrants and American-born.

These places are part of the community and didn't engage in cultural theft and just drop in hoping to profit of exploiting people of color or their culture. They serve a diverse crowd of all colors, because all are welcome, and the food is made with pride and love and is affordable because you'll get a lot there instead of the small piece of rubbery chicken and a large bill you'll find at Luna (and yes, I've eaten there, the portions are crazy small).

Also, Victoria, how about next time you do a best of the triangle series you have a special category for authentic restaurants that respect cultures and traditions. You can have "Best Latino Restaurant Owned By Actual Latinos," and "Best Asian Restaurant Owned By Actual Asians," as well as another category for everyone else.

Bottom line: If you're eating at places like Luna which exploit people of color, then you're guilty of racism and participating in a culture of white supremacy and oppression. Don't do it.

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Posted by Jesus Vasquez on 06/17/2017 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Mayor Bill Bell Has Overseen a Bull City Renaissance. So Why Has Durham’s Poverty Rate Gone Up on His Watch?

Mayor Bell is a good guy with good intent. Durham has been hard to lead and even harder to manage. I give him credit for highlighting the arts and culture, raising investment and image.

That said, the problem is and has been crime. No one really addresses root causes. Every time there is a clamp down the public blames law enforcement, and reins them in. Police are only half the equation though. From my observation having lived there for +25 years there is a problem with the imbalance between law enforcement and the courts. The media and past performance of prosecutors have not helped with the credibility of law and order in Durham. Catch and release seems to be the underlying policy unless there is news media hysteria. A cursory look at the records of most offenders makes even the casual observer question why they are still on the streets or at the very least under a program of monitoring.

As long as people are being murdered almost daily with children caught in crossfires no one will feel safe and the best laid plans will falter and fail.

The solutions are less tolerance for repeat offenders in the courts, better opportunity and jobs for the younger folks and a change toward support for enforcement and involvement in keeping the community safe.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 06/17/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “ADF Review: Hillel Kogan's We Love Arabs Lags Behind a Cultural Conversation Already Well Underway in Our Region's Performing Arts Scene

Wow. I guess you can't recognize brilliant satire when you see it. This was an amazing performance that if you were tuned in to the realities of the situation over there, you would understand how accurately Hillel and Adi reflected the many dimensions of complexities associated with trying to make peace. Some times you have to laugh at the absurdity in order to get a fresh perspective.

I say Bravo!


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Posted by Sam Bayer on 06/16/2017 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Mayor Bill Bell Has Overseen a Bull City Renaissance. So Why Has Durham’s Poverty Rate Gone Up on His Watch?

"We're not building grocery stores and pharmacies and banks in east Durham, and that's what we need to be building."

Who is councilwoman Johnson referring to when she says "we"? Does she think some mythical creature in the sky plops down millions in investment for commercial infrastructure? Or does she expect the taxpayer to make these investments? Who is this "we"??

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Posted by ProudlyAfilliated on 06/16/2017 at 6:20 PM

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