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Re: “Exclusive: Wake Missed a Chance to Conduct a Detailed Audit of the Register of Deeds Office, Which Is Now Missing $600K

As the saying goes...If it can be stolen it will be...They have too many people handling the money.

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Posted by Tony D on 07/07/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Exclusive: Wake Missed a Chance to Conduct a Detailed Audit of the Register of Deeds Office, Which Is Now Missing $600K

So . . . because the County was slack in its audits, we the tax payers now have to pay for an investigation, recovery process (?), and prosecution much more than the original loss, which cannot be documented because of decades of poor record keeping and/or supervision. And most of these have been elected officials or personal hired by elected officials? Something smells rotten in Wake County and the State. And guess who pays the tab ultimately, programs for the poor, aged, infirm, disabled and needy get cut.

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Posted by NCSilverBear on 07/07/2017 at 12:51 PM

Re: “DSI Comedy Owner Steps Down Amid Posts Alleging Sexual Misconduct, 'Toxic Environment'

Buyer for his theater? Poor reporting

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Posted by Beau Hu on 07/07/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Exclusive: Wake Missed a Chance to Conduct a Detailed Audit of the Register of Deeds Office, Which Is Now Missing $600K

Doesn't Wake County have a well-paid internal auditor? Was he doing his job? Did anyone check? Ever? Who audits the county auditor?

And who was in charge of the office's apparently lousy computer system?

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Posted by Leanne Sigmon on 07/06/2017 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Orange County School Board Balks on Confederate Flag Ban

Banning things does nothing for learning and only servers to cement positions and perpetuate the injustice. Open your eyes.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/25/us/conf…

"These debates over symbols show us that Confederates were conscious of facing a contradiction, one were still contending with today: how to communicate a political belief in both freedom for whites and slavery for blacks. The task was impossible. This moment of early white nationalism gave birth to a civic narrative with an insurmountable task making a visual declaration of the unspeakable."

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Posted by where's the beef? on 07/06/2017 at 7:41 PM

Re: “DSI Comedy Owner Steps Down Amid Posts Alleging Sexual Misconduct, 'Toxic Environment'

Zach, Zach, Zach. You should know that consent is a loud, clear, enthusiastic "yes and".

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Posted by terryboo on 07/06/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Pastor Facing Deportation Takes Refuge with Durham Faith Organization

set the example-obey the law. Trust in God. Enjoy your new life in El Salvador.

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Posted by David Owens on 07/06/2017 at 2:52 AM

Re: “The $3 Million Question: Why Didn’t Wake Divert a Property Tax Surplus to Its School System?

I would encourage readers to look at other sources as this "article" is missing some key FACTS. So let's get this straight -- Ms. Holmes and Mr. Ford in the same breath say that any extra money (and this is a DUBIOUS claim indeed) should be directed to schools AND voted on? If they are both so concerned with public funds why are they not asking the WCPSS to spend monies they've already taken from the PUBLIC COFFERS ?
Their absolute disregard the needs of the community as a whole (where is their concern for public safety and mental health for instance) is a testament to their inability to see beyond their own set of biases and serve all their constituents.

Posted by Trixsie M on 07/05/2017 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Proud to call him Lumbee: Willie French Lowery, 1944-2012

I was proud to call him Uncle Willy cousin with the same birthday

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Posted by Blackfoot on 07/03/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Durham-Orange Light Rail Nears Next Step in Grant Process, Has No Guarantee of Federal Funding

Keep one thing in mind as the Durham Mayoral election comes up in November. Your Indy Week origins come from Steve Schewel. He will be a candidate running for the position, and he is a huge proponent of this damn thing. There are other choices in this race, so please keep that in mind.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 07/02/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “The $3 Million Question: Why Didn’t Wake Divert a Property Tax Surplus to Its School System?

Commissioner Ford is right to question the threshold for budgetary discretion made by staff. Where are the boundaries? Does staff spread the excess funds evenly across all line items, or do they assign the dollars to specific projects and if so how is that determination made? It's a fair question and shouldn't be swept under the rug as 'bizness as usual'. That's exactly how $600,000 in revenue gets pocketed in deeds and registrars office. Voters elect the Commissioners to make these decisions- not staff. And after weeks of public comments and pleas being made on behalf of the school board and the commissioners deciding they don't have the funds for education this is extremely disappointing

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Posted by Prescott on 07/01/2017 at 5:26 AM

Re: “Durham-Orange Light Rail Nears Next Step in Grant Process, Has No Guarantee of Federal Funding

Meanwhile we burn +1 million per month of regressive tax dollars on non reimbursable engineering and shameless marketing hype. How many bus shelters and sidewalks could that money build? How many routes could have their hours extended to better serve the public?

When will the local politicians put a stop to this?

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Posted by where's the beef? on 06/30/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Durham-Orange Light Rail Nears Next Step in Grant Process, Has No Guarantee of Federal Funding

The public should also keep in mind that the monthly cost for planning - right now - is huge. I've seen estimates that taxpayers are currently paying about $1,000,000.00 every month for planning and promoting the Durham-Orange Light Rail. If anyone has accurate numbers, please correct me.

Stop and think about what could be done with that money to improve transit, or education, or infrastructure, or health in our counties.

This whole project may never fly, in which case every cent that's being spent on it before ever moves into construction phase will be completely wasted. Every wasted cent will have come from the pockets of today's Durham and Orange taxpayers.

Tom Englund
Durham County

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Posted by Tom Englund on 06/30/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Durham-Orange Light Rail Nears Next Step in Grant Process, Has No Guarantee of Federal Funding

The biggest waste of tax dollars. I hope the Feds do NOT fund this ridiculous plan, and an environmental impact study has been released. It's atrocious. No reason, whatsoever, for this money pit to be developed.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 06/30/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Durham-Orange Light Rail Nears Next Step in Grant Process, Has No Guarantee of Federal Funding

Having watched this discussion since the mid to late 90's, the obfuscated origins of the current alignment is a ruinous mistake and must be re examined in order to prioritize a straight modification of the 15-501 corridor, which is the problem we are trying to solve -in coorination to the "EF" redesign, (in addition to the 54 corridor traffic problem, similar, but not to be confused)

Go Triangle has done a tremendous job of privitazing public input and squelching open dialogue.

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Posted by duh on 06/30/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Durham-Orange Light Rail Nears Next Step in Grant Process, Has No Guarantee of Federal Funding

Sarah

Many folks in Orange County don't believe this super expensive light rail route will serve our transit needs. The Orange County vote was highly controversial but our Commissioners bought into the overly optimistic financial projections anyway and ignored the more realistic figures presented by their own consultant. Substantial state funding looks no more possible than before, but as your headline acknowledges the Federal funding looks to be more and more unlikely.

That said, taxpayers need to know more about the risks going forward with this project under these conditions. If the Federal Transit Administration approves the next stage of engineering in mid July, they will approve over 100 million dollars of LOCAL funding. If at the end of the line, Federal funding is not there, then the counties are out that money which could have gone toward schools and other needs. You might inform your readers about this June 26 letter from GoTriangle's Jeff Mann to his Board members informing them of this risk. See below.

Julie McClintock
Chapel Hill

Board Members:

As info, we have just been informed by the FTA that they now expect to make a determination on the DOLRT application to enter Engineering by mid-July. While the FTA is continuing to evaluate and advance CIG projects, it is important to note that the Presidents proposed FFY2018 budget does not provide funding for CIG projects that have not reached a FFGA. Therefore, any work that takes place is at our own risk and may not be eligible for reimbursement in the event that a FFGA is not reached, or if federal funding is not available which is true of all New Starts projects .

Please let me know if you have any questions. We will provide updates as soon as any new information is received.


Jeff Mann

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Posted by Julie McClintock on 06/30/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Zillow Threatens N.C.’s Kate Wagner over McMansion Hell Blog

It's all cool until someone starts the Terrible Indy Zine Cover Art blog. Or has Indyweek released all its copyright claims for its cover art? Yeah... I didn't think so.

Posted by ProudlyAfilliated on 06/29/2017 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Orange County School Board Balks on Confederate Flag Ban

If the adults refuse to commit let the students rule the campus. They could form vigilance committees (respectable gangs) and bring balance to the persecution.

Posted by Bernard Baruch on 06/28/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Orange County School Board Balks on Confederate Flag Ban

Definitely sounds like a red herring and an attempt to get the Anti-Confederacy crowd to conflict with the disability crowd. The lone spokesman thing is also ridiculous and shady.

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Posted by Pro-Lif3 on 06/28/2017 at 8:25 AM

Re: “North Carolina no longer least unionized state in the nation

We had a vote at out steel mill a while back as wether or not to unionize we voted no with 87 percent.

Posted by Mike Maybe on 06/26/2017 at 7:48 PM

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