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Re: “Poisoning our pets

I also want to say, instead of using Sevin, use Diatomaceous Earth! It IS completely benign! And work GREAT on fleas and ticks and any bug for that matter! And since it doesnt kill by some toxic chemical its 100% safe!
DE is mined from long gone ancient seas or oceans and is actually fossilized microscopic animals. It kills by sticking to the waxy layer of the bugs exoskeleton and absorbs the body fluid. If you look at DE under a microscope you will see what looks like crystalized snowflakes or broken glass. When the powder comes in contact with a bug it sticks to the waxy layer of the bugs exoskeleton and as the bug moves it cuts into the exoskeleton and as a very absorbant powder, it sucks out all of the body fluid and the bug dies of dehydration. DE has hundreds of uses, especially in agriculture. I use it in my garden, on my dogs, I pour it into a pile in my chicken coop for them to take dust baths in ( and my birds dont have a single louse ), I also pour it into my chicken feed to keep roaches and mealworms out.

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Posted by Mark Cram on 03/18/2015 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

I first have to say, I RARELY ever post comments to articles. But as a fellow Pitbull owner, this article bothers the hell out of me!! WHY would you EVER let your dog outside UNSUPERVISED?! AND WITH ONLY A 6 INCH FENCE?! As an owner of a Pit, don't you know the stigma, bigotry and sometimes outright hate the general public has toward them?? I know, as a LONG time Pit parent of currently 3 dogs, that there are a LOT of people that want the breed exterminated! And its exactly people like you that let their dogs run around outside unleashed! Unfenced! And UNSUPERVISED! I find it extremely unlikely your Lucy just walked passed their garden and happened to breath in a little dust. More than likely, your neighbors have gotten sick of you letting your pitbull roam around unsupervised and gave her a laced treat! And later compounding it by blasting off fireworks in hopes of finishing her off! Sad but unfortunately true. As someone that rescues Pits, i see it happen all the time! We ARE slowly changing the general publics perception of this breed but it is YOUR responsibility as an owner/parent to keep them fenced or on a leash at all times outside of the house! Having rescued many of these wonderful dogs, I am totally convinced that not just anyone should be allowed to own this breed! Owning one is like having a loaded gun constantly. And just like a gun, there should be background check, along with an IQ test! When I've placed dogs in new homes, that was just the tip of the iceberg of what required to adopt one of my rescues. (Which is why i have 3 now)
I am very sorry the dog had to go through all of that! But stop blaming others for your irresponsibility and take better care of dog!

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Posted by Mark Cram on 03/18/2015 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Will the ELF, from Durham-based Organic Transit, save the planet?

To get my ELF to cover 20-30 miles on a charge I run it at about 15 MPH instead of full speed at 22+_. I also pedal but not super hard and that makes it seem to go forever. I have a free website where many owners share how they drive and other mods on the ELF. check our site

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Posted by Jiminy StAck on 03/11/2015 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Reasons to Love the Triangle in Three Acts

I am confused about lisa sorg's statement that she will 'do the full 22 mile round trip' on the american tobacco trail. My recollection is that 22 miles wold be a 'one way' trip, and my experience is that it would be a real stretch to hike the 44 mile round trip each weekend.
One of us is confused, i guess.

Posted by Pointyhead on 03/08/2015 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Working to eliminate food deserts in Southeast Raleigh

One of the many pieces of good work Erin does. Very well-deserved!

Posted by Beth Dotson Messersmith on 03/06/2015 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Advocating for the wrongfully convicted

It's a miracle that the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence was created, another miracle that it has survived the ongoing wave of legislative vandalism.... Thank you, Christine Mumma....A case that may not be on her list but deserves to be:

Posted by Lew Powell on 03/06/2015 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Odes to the Triangle

I voluntarily chose the triangle as my home 14 years ago and never looked back. It has welcomed me with open arms and shows me everyday that this is the place to be.

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Posted by aburtch on 03/06/2015 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Odes to the Triangle

I grew-up near Scranton, Pennsylvania, and lived there until my 30s.

I moved to the Triangle in 2008 and Durham specifically in 2009.

By 2010 I could honestly say, "this is more 'home' to me than Scranton ever was." I still feel that way.

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Posted by AgentDani on 03/06/2015 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Working to eliminate food deserts in Southeast Raleigh

Thanks so much!

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Posted by liberaytor on 03/02/2015 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Empowering communities for affordable housing, living wages, health care and more

Attend just *one* CAN meeting to feel newly optimistic about the ability of community engagement to activate change. Thanks to CAN's many partners & participants.

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Posted by GG on 02/27/2015 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Working to eliminate food deserts in Southeast Raleigh

Congratulations Erin! The dream is becoming reality everyday. I am honored to be apart of this fantastic cooperative! FERTILE GROUND FOOD COOPERATIVE IN SOUTHEAST RALEIGH!

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Posted by Liz Crews on 02/26/2015 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Working to eliminate food deserts in Southeast Raleigh

Congratulations and good luck to Erin Byrd and her colleagues. Another small piece of the struggle to overcome food deserts is being accomplished by Alan Muskat and his Afikomen Project. He teaches an after school program at several elementary schools in Asheville. There the kids learn to identify the most common high dollar mushrooms and edible plants in their area. This is a safe skill that allows kids to put healthy food on the table and perhaps even learn to sell foraged crops to local chefs and develop their entrepreneurial skills. Check it out at:…

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Posted by Frank Hyman on 02/25/2015 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Pam Gutlon promotes outsider artists in downtown Durham

The role of self-taught, independent artists in modern art is growing, as recognized in the article, and on resources like this site, and this blog:

Posted by Melvin Prise on 02/01/2015 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Will the ELF, from Durham-based Organic Transit, save the planet?

Jiminy StAck--Great to hear about your Elf. However, can you please elaborate on how with the Elf's 14 mile range you go "20-30 mile trips and commute 22 miles" Are you peddling hard, running out of juice, stopping to recharge?? SUP with all that?
Thanks for info.

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Posted by Al Mayberry on 01/25/2015 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

It's ignorant to assume that Sevin dust was the cause of your dog's illness. To blame your neighbor is also ignorant and rude. You have no PROOF, just your own assumptions (which I'm sure are were made because of your dislike of pesticides).

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Posted by Cynthia DeWeese on 01/18/2015 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

Do dogs have a full recovery without no neurological damages

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Posted by Priestley Blunte on 12/12/2014 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Will the ELF, from Durham-based Organic Transit, save the planet?

At $4,000 this alternative means of transportation is a can't-miss thing. The more I investigate the Elf the more ready I am to buy one. What are the financing options?

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Posted by John Gunderson on 10/28/2014 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Seeking understanding on a tour of Oakwood in Raleigh

I rather wish that articles "that are not contributing to the" (enlightenment and education of the Indy readership) would not be published and that articles" that include ad hominem attacks" upon citizens (especially against a hard working, valued and contributing community citizen -as in this case) would (also) not be published. The diatribe written by Mr. Smith smacks of yellow journalism tinged with a goodly dose of "provincial" snide. It is one of the most unenlightened and unpleasant articles I've ever read within the Indy. Least we forget, "love" is an emotion. Not a decision. That the expert historian Mr. Brown uses his love (decisively) on behalf of his neighborhood and neighbors to promote and preserve and enlighten is to be a applauded, or at the very least he is to be respected! Denigrating another human being after the fact for their devotion to a worthy endeavour (and considering he was a "guest" ), strikes me as the height of bad form.

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Posted by Diana A.Vera DaPontes on 09/24/2014 at 12:15 PM

Re: “The allure of an all-steel home

I grew in the house on Perkins Rd in Durham, and have the fondest memories of it. My sister would chase me down the hall, and when I'd run in my room, she would hit the door at a full run, and Daddy would have to put it back on the track. Mom would wash down the walls twice a year, inside, and we would see them turn gray again, lightening from the removal of stains from tobacco and oil heat. Daddy turned the garage into a rec/playroom, added an office, large den and eating area and another bath. My room had a built in desk and closets, and I remember doing math problems with a pencil on the desk, easily washing them away with water when I finished. I remember how the house rumbled once, when lightning hit on or near the house, causing it to reverberate all over. I loved that house- Mom and Daddy made it special, and remembering it gives me that warm, safe feeling from my childhood.

Posted by nckitkat on 09/23/2014 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Seeking understanding on a tour of Oakwood in Raleigh

As Raleigh is consumed by suburban sprawl, McMansions and vast strip malls to pick this neighborhood to deride is utterly baffling. Why was this article published?

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Posted by Trevor on 09/22/2014 at 1:34 PM

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