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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?

Can I get a list of these Acts 29 churches so I can make sure to avoid them as I look for a congregation? I don't want to waste my time.

Posted by Amy Arrowood Lin on 06/26/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Why Aqua NC customers are furious about their service

Aqua America Water is getting ready to be held responsible for their actions which are beyond the pale. This company went as far as to have me arrested for a crime that Mr. Christopher Collins and Mr. James Williams committed on June 1st at my home by "snatching the ERT Transmitter and Water Meter out of the ground" because AQUA got caught inflating my water bill to the tune of $852.71. This is for one month and it is for 261,000 gallons of water. Once I filed a former complaint with the Better Business Bureau all AQUA could do is send them data that did not add up. Their Mortuary Math and my false arrest has put all of the above in some deep water. Quancidine Hinson-Gribble, Fayetteville, NC, June 25, 2017

Posted by Quancidine Hinson on 06/25/2017 at 7:40 PM

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

Dude is a rich white man who could afford good representation. What about the truly innocent people who can't access that help & are languishing in prison?

If he didn't kill Kathleen I'd like to know what did. The stupid owl theory doesn't cut it, nor does "she fell down the stairs". Elizabeth Ratliff might have legitimately fallen down the stairs but Kathleen did not. I think he got the idea for this type of murder from Liz's 1985 fall. He's made some seriously disturbing comments before & was likely desensitized to killing after his stint in Vietnam.

From Amybeth Berner:

"Michael had told me that he'd been in the CIA at some point and had point-blank murdered someone while he was in Vietnam. That concerned me. Then later on, I believe it was the summer of '84, my husband and I had lost custody... um -- we won custody of his two children and they weren't returned, and Michael came to me at that point and he said that he had connections, and if I wanted to have her knocked off he would do that. And I told Michael that, that wasn't a way that I would operate. I went to my husband at that point and told him what he had offered to do."

Source: http://vanceholmes.com/court/trial_mp_evidence.html

Posted by Jane Doh on 06/24/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “The powerful people behind the eugenics movement

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Posted by Albert Williams on 06/22/2017 at 3:21 AM

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

someone just asked me what i thought about this article again. i said that this article posits Bell as possibly slave to developer interest and betrayer of his people. Steve Schewel is framed as the (former) owner of [the] independen(ce)t. Jillian Johnson is forwarded as the voice of minority interests. Jillian and Steve came to Durham as students. Not that they ain't great. This article glosses institutional influence and probes developer impact.

It's (not so) subtle.

Especially with the upcoming election.

Posted by kenyattassata on 06/21/2017 at 6:17 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: “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

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. https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/nc/durha…

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: “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: “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

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

Excellent and hard-earned reporting on a complex topic - and well-written too. More, please.

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Posted by Eric B Martin on 06/16/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Raleigh’s City Council Ballot Begins Filling Out

David Cox represents District B, not C as you report here. And, what's the deal with giving Bonner an entire paragraph devoted to his platform without providing that same coverage to the others?

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Posted by FONCitizen on 06/16/2017 at 9:13 AM
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