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Re: “In Exclusive Interview, Richard Burr Says He’s Interviewed 30 Witnesses, Won’t Turn Senate Russia Probe into a Witch Hunt

Senator Burr has surprised me with his (apparent) even-handedness with this investigation. I hope he's being sincere when he says he'll follow the investigation wherever it leads. I would still prefer to see an Independent Commission and/or Special Prosecutor, but at least Burr seems to be doing his job. This is perhaps the most important and troubling investigation of my lifetime, so I hope Senator Burr will continue to eschew partisanship in favor of pursuing the truth.

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Posted by thisniss on 05/13/2017 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Family of slain inmate sues Wake County

The Mexicans in Wake county jail speak better English than most of the correction officers. We should deport the mentally inferior correction officers to Africa and hire Mexicans to run the jail.

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Posted by richard sugg on 05/12/2017 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Movie Review: In King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Guy Ritchie Gets Medieval on Our Collective Asses

I thought it was a great movie. The acting was believable, special effects were good, story was balanced and the music was so powerful and haunting. I loved it. One of my fav action movies.

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Posted by Cat Jackson on 05/12/2017 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Is Raleigh Plan to Revamp Citizens Advisory Councils a Boon for Residents—or Developers?

It is important to safeguard the CAC platform to serve as an advisory body to City Council as stated in Article I, Section 1 of the CAC Bylaws that speaks to the purpose of the CACs.

It is vitally necessary that the primary goal of the CAC forum continues to be to supply feedback to City Council and other City agencies.

CACs are the only body that is truly citizen led in this growing city. Replacing it with a City Council led body will not make CACs better. It will replace them. I hope Mayor McFarlane and City council can bring in the CACs and put in place steps and processes that will ensure consistency across CACs and make them better thereby make Raleigh better.

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Posted by Sam Alcine on 05/11/2017 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Teachers give a failing grade to working conditions

I am reading the above comments and am floored. I am a parent of a Freshman at CHHS currently and students and families are experiencing the same level of despair, frustration, disillusionment, low morale as described above. Three years have passed and NOTHING has changed!! Why has the Board, the Superintendent, the leadership been deaf and blind to these concerns? Why has this ineffective leadership and toxic environment at CHHS been allowed to continue?

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Posted by ActNow on 05/11/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Is Raleigh Plan to Revamp Citizens Advisory Councils a Boon for Residents—or Developers?

Some additional stats about city communications with citizens. "A few minutes with the mayor" YouTube interviews have as few as 59 views & at most 656. Is this a failure? The City of Raleigh YouTube channel has only 815 subscribers. Is this worth the effort? Compare these to the 600 citizens attending a single CAC mtg to voice opinion on a rezoning case. It did happen. The City of Raleigh Facebook page has 6,268 likes, about the same as the number of CAC subscribers. Compare this to the 4,000 citizens one active CAC group got to sign a petition opposed to an unpopular rezoning. That's the very definition of engaged citizens. If Mayor McFarlane wants to evaluate the success of citizens' engagement tools strictly by the numbers it would seem she should make a recommendation to shut down her interviews, Raleigh's YouTube channel and the city's Facebook page as unsuccessful. It seems to me the city actually wants to shut down CACs because they don't like the message they receive when the citizens do engage actively.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 05/11/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

Because of a few comments from 2017, I wrote the following believing the article was a recent post. I'm sure Lucy is long gone now, but I'm still posting my comment in case it's helpful to others who might come across it years later, like I did.

I'm so sorry that your little dog suffered so much (and that you experienced such anxiety) from your neighbors' use of the pesticide. My husband and I have two little girls of our own whom we couldn't possibly love more than we do. These precious little beings, who are alone among living creatures in that they love their people more than they love themselves, give us such joy. I can imagine how agonizing this was for you. And it sounds as if you're extremely fortunate that your little one pulled through. I found your article while seeking to verify something I believed to be correct regarding another toxin which has a relatively low risk to dogs, but a much higher one for cats. I had just read an article about using the pesticide pyrethrin in order to kill gnats. The author stated that the toxin poses no risk to pets, and I felt compelled to let the author know of the potential danger, especially since the writer asks for corrections. I feel sure that he wouldn't want to cause harm to a pet. I'm with you in avoiding the use of chemicals as often as possible because they can be so dangerous. Anyway, I appreciate your post, and am so relieved there was a happy ending to your story. As a side note, our older dog is nearly 15 and tore her ACL a few years ago. I didn't want to resort to surgery for her because I was scared to have her put under general anesthesia. We decided on a route involving a combination of rest and the administration of a supplement of glucosamine and chondroitin. It was a long road back to full health for her, but she did very well. Ever since, we've continued giving both of our pups, Simi and Elphie, a supplement which also has other beneficial ingredients, such as omega 3 and 6, probiotics, various vitamins and minerals, etc. We started out with the Missing Link version geared towards joint health, but (because of availability issues down the road) we have since switched to GNC's Superfood Complex Plus Joint Health (sold at PetSmart). I loved Missing Link, but the GNC product is more comprehensive, whereas ML's various offerings are much more limited in their focus (one's for joint health, another's for skin and coat, etc.). You might not have a need for this or you might already treat Lucy's mild arthritis, but I wanted to pass along the info in case it could help Lucy or another reader's pet.

I was about to post my comment, but decided to read the other comments. Some are truly obnoxious and pretty rude. #1. As Sue pointed out, Seven dust's active ingredient is carbaryl, a carbamate. Some national and international health organizations have reported that it can be dangerous to pets (the extent to which is unknown due to insufficient data), but poses a definite risk to children. This has been verified through extensive research. As of 2010, the EPA mandated that carbamates could no longer be included in new flea and tick formulations. If it were entirely safe, this wouldn't have happened. The EPA and the UK's equivalent organization have said the chemical is likely carcinogenic. In Great Britain, only professionals can legally use it. While I agree that Lucy shouldn't have had the opportunity to wander into the neighbors' yard, that doesn't diminish the fact that the pesticide can harm pets and children, at the very least. And the cancer risk is just one among many, including death. I never leave my dogs outside unattended. They're under my husband's or my supervision at all time. I live in Georgia where there are many, many dangers outside. There are no pesticides in our yard, but there often are plenty of snakes, sometimes venomous ones. If one of them was bitten by one without our seeing it, we'd have no idea what happened or especially what antivenin would be needed. That's just one of the reasons we're so protective. My husband and dogs were mere inches from stepping on a copperhead one evening 2 weeks ago (my husband's foot was in the air just inches above it. But there's an unlimited number of hazards outside, especially during the summer. Regardless of Sue's mistake in letting Lucy wander into the neighbors' garden, it's apparent that she's a good and loving pet owner. She sought medical care and did research to figure out what caused the illness. Her diligence saved Lucy's life. And I feel sure that she'll ensure nothing like this will ever happen again. #2. Just because some of you have used Sevin dust on or in the vicinity of pet play areas, that doesn't mean it's guaranteed safe for someone else's pet. Saying such a thing is irresponsible of proponents of Sevin. Like people, different dogs can be affected differently. It's better to be safe than sorry. According to legitimate studies, there's no denying that carbamates can cause health issues in some animals and humans. I love my dogs and choose to leave nothing to chance where their safety is concerned. Their little lives matter far too much to me, and I want them to be part of our family as long as is possible. Some view pets differently, I suppose. That's a shame. Furthermore, Carbaryl can be ingested, absorbed through the skin and inhaled. And it's supposed to be toxic only in higher quantities, but what constitutes a risky level in animals who generally weigh far less than adult humans? And it's possible that a curious dog could eat, breathe AND absorb through the skin this chemical compound. Besides, as Mark Cram mentioned, there are safer alternatives, such as diatomaceous earth. I also thought Cassie Hughes gave some good information. I've never used it, but I've heard good things, as far as its function as a flea preventative, about a product called Springtime Bug Off. The active ingredient is garlic powder. While fresh garlic can sometimes cause problems in some dogs, garlic powder has been found to be safe for them. I suppose fleas are a bit like vampires when it comes to avoiding garlic.

I do agree that special care must be taken when you have pit bulls. I absolutely love the breed, but not everyone does. I've heard some horror stories about evil cretins killing pit bulls or other breeds that frighten ignorant jackasses, not because of anything the dog has ever done, but because of an undeserved reputation resulting from the actions of a few. A couple of years ago, a neighbor poisoned the outside water bowl of our friend's dog, a beautiful, sweet 8 month old Rottweiler. The dog was never unsupervised, and our friend, who is just in his mid 20s, didn't realize that he shouldn't trust that no one had bothered his puppy's water or that his neighbor wasn't a demon who would kill his sweet, innocent dog. It still makes me so sad to think about it.

Some of you need a lesson in diplomacy. It's quite simple to avoid rudeness or hostility when disagreeing with someone or voicing disapproval over how someone cares for a pet. By the attitudes of some of you, you'd think Sue had attacked you personally.

Posted by Marci Sorrell on 05/11/2017 at 3:55 AM

Re: “A Wake County Woman Complained to Government Officials About the Shotwell Landfill. The Landfill’s Attorney Told Her, “This Has to Stop.”

Ahh, don't you love lawyers and how they write. Think carefully about the sentence "Your communication of false or misleading information is in fact actionable." The key word is "actionable". Well frankly, anything is actionable. You can file suit against anyone for anything if you're willing to pay the filing fee. The question is whether a jury would find the information to be, as the lawyer asserts, "false or misleading" -- and even if it does, would the jury find that the plaintiff had in fact suffered a loss as a direct consequence. Lots of gaps there. Lawyers write these kinds of letters all the time.

As Henry Gondorf said in The Sting: Hell, kid, they don't do that, you know you're not getting to 'em.

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Posted by ct on 05/11/2017 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Raleigh Votes to Establish a Community Engagement Board, Which Critics Worry Will Take Power Away from Citizens Advisory Councils

FONCitizen - But interestingly enough, the Mayor appointed Brad Johnson as her pick and he was previously an officer for a CAC. So he should not have been qualified according to the Council's rules.

Posted by Carole Meyre on 05/11/2017 at 12:18 AM

Re: “Is Raleigh Plan to Revamp Citizens Advisory Councils a Boon for Residents—or Developers?

I was on the Mayor's Citizen Engagement Task Force and was the sole person who voted against it's recommendations. Why? 1) Because they are NOT better than what the City has today with the CACs. 2) Because they are designed to eliminate the CACs and to remove community level input and discussion especially from rezoning meetings. 3) Because they propose to set up a Council-appointed Board to set standards for citizen engagement, vs being citizen led. 4) Because certain Task Force Members imposed their personal agendas (driven by the Council members who appointed them?) 5) And because Raleigh is better than this!

Also, to correct the Mayor's comment, CACs had well over 5000 attendees in 2016 and that's without any City support to help promote the them. We are all volunteers who are committed to our communities and want to help Raleigh be a better place for all. Get the politics out of this process and let's focus on how to build better partnerships between the City and it's citizens.

Carole Meyre, Chair, Five Points CAC; Chair, Raleigh CACs
CAC Info:

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Posted by Carole Meyre on 05/10/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “Is Raleigh Plan to Revamp Citizens Advisory Councils a Boon for Residents—or Developers?

The CAC system is not perfect, but until there is clarity on how the CEB would work it's impossible to support the change.

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Posted by ct on 05/10/2017 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Excitement Mounts for the Raleigh City Elections. (What, You Haven’t Noticed?)

Who are Miller and her supporters targeting: Stephenson or Baldwin? And why?

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Posted by ct on 05/10/2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Critics Say Duke Energy Is Trying to Roll Back Regulations and Corner the Market on Solar Development

Although people may dislike what John Trololo wrote, from an objective engineering viewpoint he is correct about the unpredictability and uncontrollability of solar compared to large point-source generators. The electric grid is already complex, dynamic, and fragile to a worrisome extent. That's why we have unplanned blackouts over large areas from time to time. In some respects it's a miracle that the grid (actually a collection of grids) works as well as it does. People do lose sleep over this type of thing.

Solar makes the problem worse because clouds and precipitation can substantially reduce solar output at a given farm several times each hour. These short-term fluctuations in output are very tricky to handle in the grid, which was designed to handle a relatively small number of sources of electricity instead of hundreds. Well-intentioned academics have been working hard for decades to solve these instability problems. They've made headway but there is a long way to go.

I support solar as much as anyone, but let's not kid ourselves. An isolated solar project here and there is no worry, but scaling solar up to 30-50% of NC consumption has serious challenges. You want the grid operator to be in that loop. At the end of the day, it's Duke that has to make sure that the grid is stable and manageable.

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Posted by ct on 05/10/2017 at 8:06 PM

Re: “With Charles Meeker’s Blessing, N.C. Conservation Network Development Director Nicole Stewart Announces Bid for Raleigh City Council

Let's hope that she doesn't get captured by the "Parking Deck Density" pro-development shills. What we need is walkable urbanism and great neighborhoods, not stackable suburbanism and drive-in "density"

Posted by Betsy Kane on 05/10/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Is Raleigh Plan to Revamp Citizens Advisory Councils a Boon for Residents—or Developers?

I think we can call this "The Meetings Will Continue Until Morale Improves" approach to citizen engagement.

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Posted by Betsy Kane on 05/10/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Critics Say Duke Energy Is Trying to Roll Back Regulations and Corner the Market on Solar Development

Since Duke owns and maintains all of the power grid in its territory it makes complete sense that they need to control who and what is connected to it.

Especially true for solar, which has unreliable/unpredictable and somewhat uncontrollable output relative to coal, nuclear etc plants.

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Posted by John Trololo on 05/10/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “From the Mountain Goats to The Hot at Nights, Matt Douglas Might Be the Triangle's Busiest Musician

I'm not sure people realize how much talent is squished into the Hot @ Nights trio. All 3, Matt, Chris and Nick, are forces of nature with abnormal skills.

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Posted by Remo on 05/10/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Some facts about tanning

Sadly, I just found this conversation, but thought I would add to the debate on the benefit of moderate and regular sunbed usage.

for fairskin2

Critique of the International Agency for Research on Cancer's meta-analyses of the association of sunbed use with risk of cutaneous malignant melanoma.

Summary and Conclusion

"This meta-analysis of the association of CMM risk with respect to sunbed use by the IARC does not support the evidence that sunbed use is a risk factor for CMM when the confounding factors of skin phenotype and latitude are considered.

The IARC study only claims association, not causality, and the criteria for causality do not appear to be satisfied. In addition, sunbed use produces vitamin D, which has many health benefits.

Thus, prohibiting sunbed use other than to those with skin type I based on the IARC study seems ill advised."

"These results indicate no statistically significant relation between sunbed use and risk of CMM when studies largely influenced by inclusion of people with skin phenotype I, without adjustment for skin phenotype, are removed from the meta-analysis"

"Although solar UV irradiance is an important risk factor for CMM, occupational UV irradiance is generally not associated with increased risk of CMM; however, recreational UV irradiance is."

"Humans have lived in harmony with the sun throughout our history, nature having devised ways to protect us from the adverse effects of sun exposure. One such adaptation is skin pigmentation, dark enough for protection against UV, light enough to permit sufficient UVB penetration to generate vitamin D for its many health benefits"

"Tanning is also protective against CMM"

"Tanning reportedly induced a sun protection factor of 2 after 2 weeks of daily suberythemal UV doses in skin types II and III."

"Because solar-UV-simulating sunbeds induce production of vitamin D, the health benefits of their use greatly outweigh any possible risks."

Posted by Bruce Wood on 05/10/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Raleigh Votes to Establish a Community Engagement Board, Which Critics Worry Will Take Power Away from Citizens Advisory Councils

Replacing CACs with scripted meetings run by a Kafkaesque "Burea of Government Engagement" is poor governance at its best. And the way it was set up by the mayor reveals a thinly hidden agenda of reducing avenues of criticism for councilors, city staff and developers. As others have pointed out, with a 12% turnout for Raleigh's municipal elections, if anything the focus should be on improving this abysmal performance.

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Posted by citizenshame on 05/10/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Critics Say Duke Energy Is Trying to Roll Back Regulations and Corner the Market on Solar Development

It should be noted the state's consumer advocate - the N.C. Utilities Commission's Public Staff - also supports trimming the contract terms to 10 years.

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Posted by Randy Wheeless on 05/10/2017 at 7:48 AM

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