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Re: “Study: Women in Wake County See Wage Gap Worse Than in Austin or Boston

But putting a sign in your yard and taking down a racist statue is supposed to fix all these things right?

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Posted by John Curtis Smith on 07/18/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “If Governor Cooper Wins His State Board of Elections Lawsuit, Will Wake Dems Lose?

Heh, appreciate the compliment -- "The Libertarians, thinking ahead, also nominated an unaffiliated voter for the third spot" because it would increase the odds of all three of our nominees being appointed -- but in all honesty, that's not the way it happened. I mean, c'mon...who could have anticipated the establishment parties would both miss their own deadline for submitting nominations?

For years, Republicans and Democrats have connived to marginalize independent voters. For example,while there are more independent voters in Wake County than Republicans -- by far -- and in another two or three years, they will outnumber Democrats here, as well, there has not been a single independent voter appointed to the Wake County Board of Elections this century! (It's probably never happened, but I only had time to research back to 2000.)

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina recruited and nominated an independent voter to serve on the Wake County Board of Elections simply because we believe having the perspective of an independent could help that body do a better job of representing the interests of all voters.

Brad Hessel, Treasurer
Wake County Libertarian Party

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Posted by Brad Hessel on 07/18/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “A Stinking Mess

Wait, why is eating meat necessary? There are plenty of other protein sources ie: plant based protein is abundant. No pigs need suffer!

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Posted by ammi on 07/17/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Capitol Broadcasting Wants Community Input on Its American Tobacco Campus Expansion. By God We're Going to Give It to Them.

I'd take the 800 square foot studio for $500 a month, actually. As long as my neighbors are nice and quiet and i'm on the top floor.

Posted by ammi on 07/17/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “The Bookshop Brought Many Rare and First Editions—and Two Famous Cats—to Franklin Street for Thirty-Two Years

Instead of luxury apartments(AHEM Carborro) and new restaurants, build more parking?!(Just one parking garage would help a lot, cover it with art and make it not ugly) It's not that hard. The Bookshop and its cats will be missed. We need more unique, small and affordable shops to attract both tourists, students and locals. I miss the thrift store and now the comicbook this. Franklin st is a wasteland of restaurants, most are chains and nothing special at all. Why not give us an independent coffee shop instead of a revamped Starbucks? Why not a really sweet vintage store?

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Posted by ammi on 07/17/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “A Raleigh Family Asks a Court to Stop a Developer from Erecting a 28-Foot Wall Next to Their House

How does the city plan to right this grievous wrong? The developer should be required to tear down the monstrous house, and move it 20 feet away as the ordinance specifies. Or better yet, tear down the mcmansion and then built a suitably sized house a reasonable distance apart from the Glovers' abode. Wealth should not provide one with an excuse to diminish the quality of life of others.

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Posted by ammi on 07/17/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Movie Review: A Dog's Purpose Rolls Over and Plays Dead Under Its Own Heart-Tugging Weight

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Posted by peter bello on 07/17/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Duke vs. Villanova: Four Factor Preview

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Posted by Stacey Jones on 07/17/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “A Raleigh Family Asks a Court to Stop a Developer from Erecting a 28-Foot Wall Next to Their House

this story is quite unclear. It starts out sounding like the 28 foot wall was built BEFORE the variance to build it was applied for. Then it gives some long, drawn out story by Tom Worth about an approval and permitting process. So, was this 28 ft wall built before or after a variance was approved to allow it? Just who issued a building permit for a structure that was out of compliance with the UDO in the first place? Because it sounds to me like it was built illegally BEFORE the variance and the Board of Adjustment used the wall's existence as an excuse to approve it since it was already there. Won't that just encourage all developers to build structures that are out of compliance and then follow the procedure of asking for forgiveness instead of permission knowing that permission would not have been granted? If I were a member of the board, I would have been doubly hard on the developer for intentionally breaking the building code in the first place. I would have forced the builder to remove the structure and rebuild something that was in compliance with regulations. The Board of Adjustments is part of the problem if they are going to go easy on issues like this.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 07/16/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

I always understood 5% was safe and not to use 10% Carbaryl.

Posted by Renée H. on 07/16/2017 at 7:09 AM

Re: “The Misogyny Behind the Unraveling of DSI Comedy

Thankfully our community is also home to the very talented and funny women of the Eyes Up Here comedy troupe. Keep your eyes out (and up) for future shows!

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Posted by Kristin Lione on 07/16/2017 at 12:47 AM

Re: “A Raleigh Family Asks a Court to Stop a Developer from Erecting a 28-Foot Wall Next to Their House

The construction site is an absolute eyesore. I've never seen such a mess. I have looked to see who the builder is. There's no sign. It appears he's embarrassed by the horrible mess he's created in a once beautiful lot.

If you haven't seen this, drive by. Approach from the East (up the hill). I think it's the "scariest" example of infill in this city.


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Posted by Bobbi H on 07/16/2017 at 12:09 AM

Re: “A Raleigh Family Asks a Court to Stop a Developer from Erecting a 28-Foot Wall Next to Their House

I've personally seen Raleigh's lax code enforcement for infill with shady developers not even getting a slap on the wrist for skipping multiple permits for new construction -- even after a critical structural failure. The real problem here is the interpretations used by the board of adjustment. Perhaps most pertinent is the board's apparent (not sure if it's codified anywhere) policy to NOT penalize a developer for causing the "hardship" when they are the same ones who have bulldozed the smaller, older houses which were perfectly fine buildings and easily modernized. These smaller, older houses are being bulldozed then the developer turns around and says he can't build on the lot because it's too small? What a joke of a policy. Yuck.

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Posted by citizenshame on 07/15/2017 at 3:43 PM

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

That's some biased journalism Indyweek.

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Posted by UNCgradresponse on 07/15/2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “What life is like in solitary confinement at North Carolina's Central Prison

Let's imagine these Icon prisoners that do have stimuli; being cuffed to the rear with handcuffs too tight,
summer heat waves, freezing winters, no air circulation. A lot of people have described it as being locked
up in a coffin. They are right. Now do you see why it is torture pure and simple?

Honestly even minimum security prisons here are just concentration camps in disguise. They might
as well euthanize prisoners.

Posted by John Wong on 07/15/2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “A Raleigh Family Asks a Court to Stop a Developer from Erecting a 28-Foot Wall Next to Their House

The Better Business Bureau has given Northstar a B- ( and there are several negative comments on its FB page. I drive by Ms. Glover's property on a regular basis, and it's a shame that the builder was allowed to build as close and as high as it has done. Shame on them, and shame on the City of Raleigh!

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Posted by Kelley Griner Chisholm on 07/15/2017 at 2:18 PM

Re: “A Raleigh Family Asks a Court to Stop a Developer from Erecting a 28-Foot Wall Next to Their House

Mrs. Glover needs to sue the builder and the city. The audacity of the developer to respond that the variance was required to reasonably use the lot is absurd. Build a smaller footprint. Havent househunters and developers gotten the message that "huge" has fallen out of trend? We clearly need a new council that will stop cowtowing to developers.

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Posted by Kathy Epperson on 07/15/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Capitol Broadcasting Wants Community Input on Its American Tobacco Campus Expansion. By God We're Going to Give It to Them.

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Posted by duh on 07/15/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “A Raleigh Family Asks a Court to Stop a Developer from Erecting a 28-Foot Wall Next to Their House

It is apparent that Raleigh City Goverment is not enforcing residential zoning laws properly, or fairly.
The plan for a house this size, and built so close to an existing structure , should have never been approved, much less given further variances. They have encroached on the existing home owner's structure. The Glover's should sue for emotional distress.
Stop pandering to the Contractors and Carpet Baggers!

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Posted by Sandi 1 on 07/15/2017 at 9:35 AM

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

It's well and good for elected officials to state support for CACs after they voted May 2 to approve a report with recommendations that include the eventual eradication of CACs (as the article reports). Since May 2, there's been quite a bit of verbal gymnastics -- committing that CACs will be part of the proposed two-year process on citizen engagement, for example. Well, that's not a commitment that CACs will remain a critical component of citizen engagement at the end of the day, when this process concludes.

It would be a simple matter for Council to begin repairing the self-inflicted damage of May 2. That is by voting on August 15 to set aside the task force recommendations which include: "The complete system of CECs is intended to be a second generation of the CAC system in place currently" The full report can be downloaded at the city's web site here:… The above quoted statement appears on the bottom of page 3.

Council members can either continue to issue flowery but ultimately meaningless statements of support of CACs, or they take an affirmative stand once and for all. How about it? The next council meeting is one month from today on August 15. Council has an opportunity to clear the confusion and uncertainty following the May 2 vote, and should demonstrate leadership we've yet to see on this important issue. Whatever the position, let's hear it: Do members favor the proposed government-directed Citizen Engagement Board that oversees Citizen Engagement Councils, or citizen-led CACs? It's not a difficult question.

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Posted by George Farthing on 07/15/2017 at 8:31 AM

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