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Re: “Unlike Wake County and Its Register of Deeds Office, Some Counties Stop Losses with Internal Audits

Which state statute, according to Prof. Allison, requires N.C. sheriffs and registers to audit their own offices?

NCGS 159-24 et seq, including 159-32, clearly say that's the responsibility of the county's finance officer, which makes logical sense:

http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/statutes/statutelookup.pl?statute=159

Sheriffs and registers are not elected to be CPAs. And the very purpose of an outside audit, after all, is to get an objective analysis of the office's books, which no "inside audit" could ever be expected to produce. So that argument doesn't seem to hold water.

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Posted by Leanne Sigmon on 07/12/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “CASA Buys Two Durham Apartment Complexes, Adding 79 Units of Affordable Housing to Its Portfolio

I'm grateful to read this good news. Thanks to the work of CASA and those who have supported the acquisition.

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Posted by Morgan Siem on 07/12/2017 at 2:08 PM

Re: “McFarlane’s Attempt to Overhaul CACs Might Be a Big Issue in Raleigh’s Mayor’s Race

I don't understand the Perry Woods response. To say that Nancy McFarlane hasn't attended to basic concerns of the public might or might not be factual, but it's not a "personal attack". Apparently the Mayor hasn't had to run a real campaign in so long that her staff have developed very thin skins.

The Mayor made herself vulnerable with a cart-before-the-horse move against CACs. Let's see if she can recover.

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Posted by ct on 07/12/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “DSI Comedy Will Close August 28, Zach Ward Says

rabble rabble subverting rabble

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Posted by terryboo on 07/12/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “John Odom’s In. What About Mary-Ann Baldwin? Updates from the Raleigh City Council Races.

You missed long time Raleigh resident and former House 38 candidate Olen Watson running in opposition to Corey Branch for District C. Electolenwatson.org

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Posted by Olen Leo Watson III on 07/12/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “DSI Comedy Will Close August 28, Zach Ward Says

This is sad. No other way to put it.

Foremost, it's sad because Ward's behaviour prevented some people from having a great experience within a challenging, liberating, and potentially life-changing art form. People prepared to open themselves up to new experiences were hurt by his actions, and that's tragic.

It's sad because a lot of innocent, hard-working, and hilarious improvisors have now lost their community hub and performance space. It had to happen, but that doesn't make it any less devastating to these people, who are now confused, hurt, and questioning their self-worth in light of these revelations.

It's sad because a lot of people outside DSI seem to be as concerned if not MORE concerned with gloating in Ward's downfall and patting themselves on the back as they are with comforting and sympathizing with the many, many victims.

It's sad because the Chapel Hill community at large can no longer look forward to seeing fun, friendly DSI folks at local events or at the theater, which offered a fun night out for not a lot of dough.

So, yeah. Sad.

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Posted by MavisDaily on 07/12/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “DSI Comedy Will Close August 28, Zach Ward Says

How on earth does the hashtag #YesAndWeBelieveYou subvert "yes and?" This principle of "yes and" is all about supporting your scene partner, and many of us will say that it carries over into real life, too. If anything, Zach Ward was the one subverting the "yes and" philosophy by harboring a toxic environment and sexually harassing and discriminating against DSI's performers.

I'm going to assume you simply used the wrong word and move on, but please understand the facts of this principle before carelessly crafting sentences like this simply to include relevant buzzwords. There are tags for a reason.

It is not up to Zach whether or not he created a toxic environment - this is up to the performers.

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Posted by tkdevrie on 07/12/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 3: Solutions Exist for the Hog Industry’s Waste-Management Problem. Why Aren’t They Being Used?

In the early to mid 1990's I came upon an investment opportunity in a process called Bio-Remediation which touted it's effectiveness in remediating (cleaning) virtually any carbon based pollutant, including animal waste as well as petrochemical spills in-situ (on-site, in the ground). I became so enamored with the process due to it's stellar success rate around the world including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and more that I decided to go into the business of hog lagoon remediation.

The process was fairly simple, and resembled adding a product such as Rid-ex to your septic system, then stirring it up a bit to promote aerobic nitrogen digestion. This in conjunction with a process called Phyto-remediation which uses specific plants to remove heavy metals from the effluent would have virtually eliminated all further pollution problems for these animal production facilities.

We secured the necessary product, purchased equipment and allied with a former hog farmer that owned an abandoned hog lagoon. that had been deemed a toxic waste site by the Department of Natural Resources.

We contacted DNR, as the agency overseeing our cleanup. We we met with the local DNR agent on numerous occasions.... every time we spoke additional regulatory roadblocks were added to thwart any attempts to commence cleanup operations. We secured an independent testing laboratory, purchased several Million dollars of liability insurance (The insurance company was quite familiar with the process as they insured multiple similar worldwide operations, albeit none in the US.).

After jumping through every hoop and satisfying every roadblock that DNR placed in our path, we thought we were able to start the cleanup, I received a call from our DNR agent requesting a meeting... I assumed simply to hash out a few final details of the cleanup process.... Instead the agent informed me that our process had been denied by DNR. He went on to tell me (strictly off the record) about how familiar he was with our process and that he personally knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt that we would be 100% successful in cleaning the toxic material from the lagoon.... BUT.... it would NEVER be approved by DNR due to lobbying by highly profitable "big money ventures" involved in other methods of cleanup that were not nearly as successful, economical or environmentally friendly. He made it very clear that any attempts we made to have our work certified would be thwarted by the DNR.

At this point the farmer that owned the lagoon decided that we should just go ahead and clean the site.... Even if we were unable to certify that all toxins had been remediated, cleaning up the mess was just the "right thing to do". As we were preparing to commence cleanup operations (remember, the process is virtually nothing more than pouring rid-ex in your toilet and then stirring the water a few times), I received another call from the DNR agent informing me that if we proceeded we would be criminally and civilly prosecuted as toxic polluters.

Thus ended the project, the business... and to the best of my knowledge any further attempt to clean the site.

Several years back I heard about Smithfield doing research into the bio-remediation process.... and while I have not followed the issue, I believe it is being currently being incorporated into the methane generation systems you wrote about.

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Posted by Ray Ulansey on 07/12/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “DSI Comedy Will Close August 28, Zach Ward Says

"Subverting"? Editoralizing much?

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Posted by Rob Hoffmann on 07/12/2017 at 9:21 AM
Posted by Lizzie Casey on 07/12/2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “The Best of the Triangle 2017: Your Comprehensive Guide to Everything Awesome

I've noticed some businesses / best of winner places have the neat plaques hanging up. Where can you get those? Is there a process? Know if a Best Of winner who would love to be able to put one up... err... asking for a friend.

Posted by tkessler on 07/12/2017 at 4:43 AM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 2: Environmental Advocates Say Hog Facilities’ Antiquated Waste-Disposal Systems Are Threatening the State’s Waterways

PS: 11 pounds (a lot more than a gallon) of excreta per day
per 180 pound average pig is plausible, but
if a 180 pound man put out more than a gallon of excreta per day,
we'd call him a pig;
we would call any who sprayed sewage on others' homes, or got paid
to allow sewage to be sprayed on the homes of other people
by capitalist owners/operators of million-dollar properties to
spray sewage: pigs.

We do not allow human waste to be sprayed on neighbors' homes & children;
only politicians who feed at the trough do anything like that.
Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander;
if it's ok to spray sewage on others' homes, then
why don't we spray sewage on the homes of
those politicians who get paid to allow that? OR
why not treat the sewage of pigs the same way we treat human sewage?

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 07/11/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “The U.S. Open Beer Championship Taps Raleigh's Lynnwood Brewing Concern as the Country's Third Best Brewery

"Incredibly racist" strikes me as a bit harsh (not to mention a bit simplistic)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/danielle-cadet/once-you-go-black_b_5198599.html

Posted by p80n on 07/11/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Charles Francis Calls Mayor McFarlane 'Aloof, Disengaged'

Having met Mr. Francis, I can say that he fully supports CACs, which is more than I've heard from the Mayor or other Council members who voted for the Community Engagement Board. I believe he will welcome citizen engagement in his vision of Raleigh.

Charles Francis will also be a strong leader, he is not afraid to take action when it's needed. Anyone remember the UDO hearings/debacle, in which people who waited to speak to Council for 4 hours were cut off at what, 10 pm and sent home with the suggestion that they come and speak another day? I heard some people plead their cases saying they had to take off work and drive long distances to get downtown to speak to Council - it was not an easy task to come before the Council and speak again. I also remember that when the Mayor was warned of all the problems of the UDO and begged not to pass it without first Q&A-ing it, she said something to the effect of 'just pass it and we'll deal with the problems later' .. seeming to misunderstand that passing it made it into law. Someone with Charles Francis' leadership and brilliance would have understood the ramifications of something such as passing the UDO without a previous, lengthy review process.
https://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/10-thing…

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Posted by RaleighMom on 07/11/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “The U.S. Open Beer Championship Taps Raleigh's Lynnwood Brewing Concern as the Country's Third Best Brewery

Sure. It's because it refers to a well-known racist stereotype.

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Posted by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on 07/11/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “The U.S. Open Beer Championship Taps Raleigh's Lynnwood Brewing Concern as the Country's Third Best Brewery

Ok INDYWEEEK, help is understand why "once you go black" is "incredibly racist?"

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Posted by ksmtundu on 07/11/2017 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Cackalacky debuts new Sweet Cheerwine Sauce

This is the best sauce known to man

Posted by Laura gerrard on 07/10/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Charles Francis Calls Mayor McFarlane 'Aloof, Disengaged'

Thank you for the insight, Perry. Given the council vote was two-plus months ago and there have been several council meetings since that time, I trust you would concede that what you have written here is clearer than anything that has happened since the May 2 vote. So, questions remain.

I will take you at your word as regards the May 2 vote and that it did not equal full approval of the entire report and recommendations of the Citizen Engagement Task Force. I hope you can clarify things further. On June 6, the mayor made a statement about CACs that the N&O cited in two opinion pieces June 7 and 21, which was that CACs will continue. Here's the conundrum: at the same June 6 meeting, more than 20 CAC advocates voiced their concerns with the task force recommendations and called on council to support and strengthen, not replace CACs. No one corrected them that night in a manner such as you have stated here. As indicated here already, the N&O and Indy Week reported the same meeting differently. And let's be real, on June 21 the N&O labeled CAC advocates as "the loudest" "neighborhood activists" "with an agenda." See http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/opn-co… At best regarding the May 2 vote and aftermath it is terribly confusing.

While your comments on CACs are appreciated, since May 2 none of the five councilors who voted in favor of the task force recommendations has spoken publicly and unequivocally that CACs will remain part of the citizen engagement process. I.e., the task force recommendation for "second generation CACs" -- Citizen Engagement Councils -- that replaces the current system is no longer on the table. Can you say now if that is or is not so?

Councilor Stephenson's written statement at the July 5 council meeting proposes that council set aside the May 2 vote as regards CACs. At its August 15 meeting, will council therefore vote on Councilor Stephenson's July 5 statement to set aside the May 2 vote and state clearly, on the record, that Citizens Advisory Councils will remain a key part of citizen engagement in Raleigh? I trust it's not too much to ask for City Council to set the record straight. After all May 2 to August 15 is 105 days. Surely Raleigh City Council can answer a simple question like this in that time?

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Posted by George Farthing on 07/10/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Charles Francis Calls Mayor McFarlane 'Aloof, Disengaged'

I agree that the current state of what the council actually voted on at the May 2nd meeting is murky but still on the table. I hope that the council will VOTE to set that vote aside and follow through on what the mayor said at the June 6th meeting. I know that I, and many others, want to make sure that there is a transparent process that does not dismantle the CAC's, after the election.

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Posted by Apache101 on 07/10/2017 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Charles Francis Calls Mayor McFarlane 'Aloof, Disengaged'

Perry Woods, thanks for your clarification that still isn't completely clear. The mere act of creating a CETF board of political appointees is PART OF THE PROBLEM. And, including CACs as part of a 2 year process of gathering input does not mean that the CAC process will be retained at the end of the two years. You also haven't addressed the part of the CETF recommendation that eliminates the CACs and citizens' votes from rezoning which was a distinct & separate recommendation from the task force. R us saying that has not been adopted? I agree, the debate was confusing. The mayor admitted as such at the June 6th council meeting. Unfortunately her statement that night wasn't any more clear. Both the N&O and INDYWeek reported on it and both reported it differently. A leader would have spoken in plain & direct language that could not have been interpreted differently by two professional journalists whose job it is to inform. Luckily, council will have the opportunity once again on Aug 15 to clarify when they vote on Councilor Stephenson's proposal which contains language to "set aside" the adoption of the task force recommendations from may 2nd. Someone needs to finally clarify if the work session & the consultants are merely there to plan how to implement the task force recommendations or are there to re-evaluate the process to date with the REAL possibility of coming to different conclusions. Let's see if we get some real leadership on Aug 15 with a plain spoken clarification of the mayor and the Council's intentions. Or, if the Mayor and the Council dodge the issue one more time with calming rhetoric that can be interpreted as anything the listener(s) may want to believe it means.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 07/10/2017 at 5:06 PM

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