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Re: “Durham County Has Awarded 22 Percent of Contracts to Minority-, Women-Owned Businesses So Far This Fiscal Year

How would you like it if you owned a company and lost out on a bid because you were the wrong color or the wrong sex? Why do race, ethnicity, and sex need to be considered at all in deciding who gets awarded a contract? It's good to make sure contracting programs are open to all, that bidding opportunities are widely publicized beforehand, and that no one gets discriminated against because of skin color, national origin, or sex. But that means no preferences because of skin color, etc. either--whether it's labeled a "set-aside," a "quota," or a "goal," since they all end up amounting to the same thing. Such discrimination is unfair and divisive; it breeds corruption and otherwise costs the taxpayers and businesses money to award a contract to someone other than the lowest bidder; and it's almost always illegalindeed, unconstitutionalto boot (see 42 U.S.C. section 1981 and this model brief: http://www.pacificlegal.org/document.doc?id=454 ). Those who insist on engaging in such discrimination deserve to be sued, and they will lose.

1 like, 6 dislikes
Posted by Roger Clegg on 06/06/2017 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Thom Tillis Urged Trump to Pull Out of Paris Climate Accord, Netted $263,400 From Oil and Gas Companies

Trump didn't turn it into a 'protracted reality TV episode,' you (the media) did.

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Posted by N.M. Hill on 06/06/2017 at 8:52 AM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: Trump Kicks Planet in the Face

Trudeau's disappointment is hypocritical at best -- https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Posted by Jon Howell on 06/05/2017 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Suicide apparent in shooting death of son of pro-gun rights N.C. Rep.

Ric Starnes supported Seth Rich conspiracy theories

Posted by akjefeel on 06/05/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Thom Tillis Urged Trump to Pull Out of Paris Climate Accord, Netted $263,400 From Oil and Gas Companies

Why newspaper Did Not enclosure How Much Financial Impact to each American family every year if US still in the Paris treaty. Cost 4x members American family over $800 per year to Year 2027. The other countries almost cost $0. Who is so dumb to give away own hard earning money to CO2 ?

0 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Dong Fang on 06/04/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “Thom Tillis Urged Trump to Pull Out of Paris Climate Accord, Netted $263,400 From Oil and Gas Companies

There is a latest news saying that US has pulled out of Paris climate change accord slated in near future in 2017. Some have opined that the decision of US to pull out has dismayed EU. Precisely related to these developments obviously having US in focus , readers may like to know this Vedic astrology writer's alert for US in article -- " Astrological probable alerts for US in 2017" - submitted in September and published in December 2016 issue of wisdom-magazine.com. Link: wisdom-magazine.com/Article.aspx/4387/. The alert so published reads : - " The months August-September or before in 2017 may raise national issues. Postures of friendly countries are likely to trend to be less warm causing substantial concern or TURMOILS IN FRIENDLY COUNTRIES MAY IMPACT US". It seems the alert has been implied , precise and to the point as the prediction was that postures between US and friendly countries could trend for the time being not as warm as before in view of certain developments during August-September or before in 2017.

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Posted by Kushal Kumar on 06/04/2017 at 6:13 AM

Re: “Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC?

They just like taking everyone's computers and it gives them something else to waste tax payers money on!!!! Figure it out guys, wouldn't it be easier to tax it and make it so everyone benefits? It's a legitimate business model ?!?! Just like liquor laws back in the day, the government didn't know what to do with it. You figured they would have got it together by now?

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Posted by nunya on 06/03/2017 at 1:47 PM

Re: “ICE: Wendy Miranda Fernandez Has Been Deported, Is Currently in El Salvador

Directed to: Conservative and Sane -

Are you telling me that your ancestors are from this country? Or did they migrate from a different country and after generations, you were unfortunately born?

How come you weren't removed at some point or even now?

If it's good for the goose, it's good for the gander, correct?

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Wendy Miranda on 06/02/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Erstwhile Raleigh Landmark Finch’s to Reopen in Durham in July

It's 3211 Old Chapel Hill Rd.

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Posted by Allen Kennedy on 06/02/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Trump Makes Up Word, Raleigh Shop Immortalizes the Gaffe

Here's my impression, Jon. I'll say this having done no research: I think the @POTUS account is government owned, therefore making the @realDonaldTrump account his own...? That's my guess.

Posted by Sam McFarlane on 05/31/2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Trump Makes Up Word, Raleigh Shop Immortalizes the Gaffe

Trump deleted his tweet? I thought that was illegal (not that its stopped him), since his tweets are now official Presidential records, and thus become owned & controlled by the the U.S. National Archives.

Posted by Jon Howell on 05/31/2017 at 2:45 PM

Re: “ICE: Wendy Miranda Fernandez Has Been Deported, Is Currently in El Salvador

What kind of country have we become? Horrible.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Robert Larson on 05/30/2017 at 10:42 PM

Re: “ICE: Wendy Miranda Fernandez Has Been Deported, Is Currently in El Salvador

Dear Wendy Miranda Fernandez, now you can marry Robert Paulino and make you lives together in El Salvador. We wish you the very best.

5 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by jrs on 05/28/2017 at 5:45 PM

Re: “ICE: Wendy Miranda Fernandez Has Been Deported, Is Currently in El Salvador

Actually, she is a criminal. She came to our country illegally - she broke federal law. That makes her a criminal. Period.

Do you know what happens if you go to any country on the planet and bypass their federal immigration laws? You get arrested and deported.

Do you know their are people around the world that want our US citizens dead? Oh wait, i forgot: people like you want to "hug it out."

13 likes, 27 dislikes
Posted by Conservative and Sane on 05/27/2017 at 3:49 PM

Re: “The Mayor of New Orleans Explains Why North Carolina’s Monuments to White Supremacy Need to Come Down

This is the first time I have listened to the mayor's speech in it's entirety and I agree with him. I say this as a direct descendant of North Carolina slave owners; great grandfathers and great uncles that participated in the Confederacy both as citizens, military officers and regular soldiers. The time has come for North Carolina to move on from its shameful past by removing the statues across our state.

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Posted by David L Munden on 05/24/2017 at 9:29 PM

Re: “The Mayor of New Orleans Explains Why North Carolina’s Monuments to White Supremacy Need to Come Down

In front of the Pitt County, Greenville, NC courthouse is a monument that honored/celebrated the county's dead soldiers by segregating their names with the word ""colored."". That word was removed along with a Confederate flag that flew over the town commons in the early 80s. Some call these actions a sanitizing of history. We should never forget our government's relationship with violence, hypocrisy and ignorance towards its own citizens.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Glenn Maughan on 05/23/2017 at 5:11 PM
Posted by MichaelEdits on 05/19/2017 at 5:42 PM
Posted by RKlem on 05/19/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Common Ground Theatre Is Gone, But Some of Its Resources and Its Role Live on in Walltown Children's Theatre

Thanks for the nice article and acknowledgement, Byron. I would like to put a gentle dedication out to my father, Peter Klem, who gave Common Ground the initial $20000 loan (interest free!) for most of that equipment. Common Ground ALMOST paid off that debt by the time he passed away last October. But it was his single generous contribution that made CGT possible and I am very happy to have his legacy continue at Children's Walltown Theatre. Thanks, Peter Klem, for being a great supporter of the arts.

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Posted by RKlem on 05/19/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Updated: Thom Tillis Collapses, Taken Away in Ambulance, Says He’s Fine

Remember this when you vote on healthcare, Sen. Tillis.

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Posted by StarSword on 05/17/2017 at 12:05 PM

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