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Re: “The Vintage church in Raleigh attracts young college students, but does its anti-women stance collide with its public image?

Sounds like a great church! Sounds like they are biblically sound and not afraid to go against the evil liberal hypocrisy!

I'm going to check out this church, thanks for this article, your hate of them shows me it is exactly what I want.

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Re: “Conceal-carry permit holders can now bring guns into restaurants and bars. What could go wrong?

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Posted by Muhammad Bilal Khan on 12/16/2017 at 2:05 AM

Re: “This Week Could Mark the End of the Web as We Know It

Maybe ex Commissioner Wheeler could explain why he was against net-neutrality until President Obama told him at the last minute to do the reverse.

There is not food-neutrality for grocery stores but we are able to eat each day.

Net Neutrality is all about GOVERNMENT control of the internet which is far, far worse than anything a private company might do.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 12/15/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Durham’s Public Housing Is Aging and Deteriorating. Is Partnering with Private Investors the Answer?

Affordable Housing was always thought of as low income housing until gentrification became a 'thing' and cities started reinvesting around the city core. Now affordable housing has literally been hijacked from low income families leaving them with little to nothing as far as funding goes! Perfect conditions to create generational poverty on steroids.

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 12/15/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

The comparison to the 2009 Wake County Commissioners vote could hardly be more off base, to the point of calling into question Indy's objectivity and credibility. Knowing what occurred at city council last week, let's then revisit the commission controversy, some of which is included in this story. See WTVD and WRAL stories at http://abc11.com/archive/7158748/ and http://www.wral.com/wake-commissioner-decr…

Any objective review of these two matters will find they are not at all similar.

In the commission matter, as noted Democrat Harold Webb could not attend because he was in the hospital recovering from a stroke. We see from the original stories linked above that the meeting lasted 12 hours(!). The six attending commissioners held multiple votes for the chair and all were 3-3. The Republican commissioners would not adjourn the meeting without a decisive vote, which finally occurred when Dem commissioner Betty Lou Ward had to excuse herself for a restroom break and the Republicans wouldn't formally excuse her. When she couldn't wait any longer, the decisive vote was held and the Republican Tony Gurley was elected.

Now reviewing the Raleigh City Council issue, from public statements in the N&O and Indy, it's clear that every council member knew how things stood, as well as the math. It's a disservice to Indy readers to assert this is anything like what was done to Betty Lou Ward (and commissioners Webb and Norwalk). The question is, what was the motivation then to do just that?

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Posted by George Farthing on 12/14/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

okay, I need help understanding this. So, the mayor makes appointment to certain committees each term and the rest of council votes on it? What's the point of voting on it if you can't contest the assignments? Why not just remove the requirement to vote and let the mayor make the appointments uncontested if people expect council to go along with whatever the sitting mayor designates?

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 12/14/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “For Years, Raleigh’s Zoning Inspectors Have Been Tasked with Duties They’re Not Equipped to Do

About time. Regulations without enforcement aren't real. The UDO was the product of a massive policymaking process that involved all interested parties; every developer should know the code.

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Posted by Outofstater on 12/13/2017 at 7:42 PM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

I really don't understand the purpose of this article except to cause dissent. Assumptions and interpretations were made that were unfounded and divisive. The parallels drawn between the City Council's behavior and that of the County Commissioners and the Board of Education in the past are unfair and counterproductive. Let's allow the members of the City Council adjust and settle in before negative judgments are made. Rather, let's set a tone for optimism and give the new City Council a chance.

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Posted by Terry Snyder on 12/13/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “For Years, Raleigh’s Zoning Inspectors Have Been Tasked with Duties They’re Not Equipped to Do

Not sure why better zoning compliance is being enforced now, but a little late for me with the tricks the greedy developers pulled on the city (which is like stealing candy from a baby) to skirt around zoning and setbacks and environmental compliance issues with nearby in-fill re-development.

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Posted by citizenshame on 12/13/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

Two points stand out immediately upon reading this account.

If you are going to insist on continuing to use the term "slow-growth" to describe the members of one faction of the council instead of using non-negative terms like smart growth, planned growth, pro-neighborhood, then it is time that you also assigned a term that brings up negative connotations to the other side of the debate. I recommend uncontrolled, rampant growth and look forward to seeing it in print soon. Councilors like Ms Mendell advocate for planned growth by approving growth and density in areas defined by the city as "growth centers". They approved two rezoning cases in these areas at their first council meeting on Tues, Dec 5th. I will note you have chosen not to report that here as it doesn't support your narrative.

Secondly, your comparison between two different situations, that of Mr Branch leaving the council table before a vote and that of Ms Ward leaving the county commission table before a vote are not even close to being similar in the way you want to paint them. In Ms Ward's case she had asked to be excused as she needed to use the rest room. The majority on the commission REFUSED to grant her permission to leave. After waiting as long as she could, she finally had to leave unexcused. The commissioners behaved this way purposely in order to FORCE Ms Ward to leave on an unexcused absence specifically so they could seize the opportunity they created in order to take control.

In Mr Branch's case, he chose to leave without asking to be excused. One must assume he was aware of the rules the council operates under after being a councilor for two years. His choice to leave unexcused wasn't made before knowing a vote was coming. And, Mr Branch was also fully aware that if he was not satisfied with his YES vote based on his unexcused absence, he had until the meeting was adjourned to change his vote from YES to NO. We know Mr Branch understands this rule because he has used it at least once in the past to change a vote.

Honestly, if you have decided that your role in the media has changed from informing the public to carrying water for Mayor McFarlane, you should at least admit it to the public.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 12/13/2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

Councilor Crowder wanted to wait on the vote but Mayor McFarlane pushed it through.

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Posted by Apache101 on 12/13/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Durham’s Public Housing Is Aging and Deteriorating. Is Partnering with Private Investors the Answer?

I am uncertain what the Mayor means when he says that affordable housing will help this issue. People with the incomes described here can never afford so-called affordable housing.

And by using land near the DOLRT for affordable housing, land values and tax revenues from very valuable property will be way below what is possible, all to gain votes.

It's a shame that local left-wing politics is more important than solving housing issues.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 12/13/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “The Durham County Commission Asks the NCGA to Hold Off on Class-Size Reductions

Ha! The schools cry for smaller classes but its all a fraud. When they are told by the legislature to set up smaller classes , they rebel.

Then they side with the affluent parents for whom music and art is more important than learning to read. They ignore the needs of poor students and families completely.

Wouldn't you like to see for once the School Board or the BOCC act for needy students and not side with the unions and affluent parents.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 12/13/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

Once again I must take exception to being labelled as "slow-growth." I ran on a platform of responsible growth, smart growth, or planned growth -- growth that is compatible with surroundings, respects the environment, and has appropriate infrastructure in place.

Nicole Stewart's platform, if you check her campaign web site, also talked about growth in Raleigh "straining our natural resources." So having me serve on the Growth & Natural Resources Committee is not necessarily going to have "ramifications down the line."

I'd also like to know what is considered the opposite of "slow-growth" -- is it "fast growth" -- and what does that imply?

Admittedly I am new to politics, but I am confounded and disappointed that both the N&O and the IndyWeek continue to advance this "slow-growth" narrative, seemingly in the interests of stirring up controversy and dissension.

The current Council was sworn in just over a week ago. How about giving us some time to coalesce as a governing body under the leadership of Mayor McFarlane? And how about giving us the benefit of the doubt on "slow growth" versus "fast growth" until you see some results. At our first council meeting we actually approved a number of zoning requests that certainly belie a "slow growth" label.

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Posted by Stefanie Mendell on 12/13/2017 at 9:33 AM
Posted by terryboo on 12/13/2017 at 8:34 AM

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