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Re: “In Durham’s Ward 2, the INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for City Council

@Durham451 @Frank

Have you been to the communities that are suffering? Would you like to come by? If you agree that we can still do both or still believe our area doesnt need some major attention I will use my last to cook you both a steak dinner ;-)

I am not hear to be mean...but just really wish people like you that appear to have all of Durham in mind would include us

Posted by stylze4u on 10/20/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “In Durham’s Ward 2, the INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for City Council

@Durham451

I like your idea...but honestly...do you think the city would. Look at the history. If both was a true option my mouth would be shut! Please come to my area and see for yourself the conditions we live in and the lack of resources that have been overlooked in our area. btw...I love downtown....just cant afford to participate. Some my fault...other is lack of resources.

Posted by stylze4u on 10/20/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for Durham City Council Ward 2

Mr. Hyman,

What does it mater about who he voted for? I am sure it wasn't your Trump! I am glad he doesnt support a rail that I will never be able to afford to ride...yet my taxes will pay for it.

Posted by stylze4u on 10/20/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for Durham City Council Ward 2

I am going to take a screen shot of my statement....and post to the real newspaper. This paper is one sided.

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Earlier post...
Please explain what development downtown Durham in the next 5 years can be more important than addressing some of the concerns of the rest of the city. People like you who never step foot outside of downtown seem to have all the answers for us, yet never talk to us.

Posted by stylze4u on 10/20/2017 at 7:35 AM

Re: “In Durham’s Ward 2, the INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for City Council

@stylze4u

We can do both.

There's nothing magical about stopping downtown development - unless you want to kill mass transit. They would go hand-in-hand for that. Of course, Rooks doesn't support transit, so maybe that's how those positions tie together?

Posted by Durham451 on 10/19/2017 at 10:12 PM

Re: “The INDY's Voting Guide

Allen Buansi for Chapel Hill Town Council is the very epitome of inclusiveness and commitment to civil rights, environmental justice and affordability. He deserves more than an honorable mention from the Indy Week. In our opinion, he deserves a full endorsement. He certainly has ours!

Posted by Fair-minded on 10/19/2017 at 5:47 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

Gerry, As I said above, I enthusiastically support Allen as well. But, "though Allen Buansi, a thirty-year-old civil rights attorney, merits consideration as well, and would make a fine council member" doesn't seem like short shrift, but more like a 5th endorsement.

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Posted by Del Snow on 10/19/2017 at 5:26 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

I only agree with two of the CHTC endorsements. But I keep seeing all over social media a bogus reason to NOT vote for Gu. It goes "she voted in a Republican primary". Here are the facts: she is registered as unaffiliated (if you want to vote against her because she's not a Democrat that's your right.) In the March 2016 primary where she had a choice of primaries, she chose to vote in the Democratic primary. In the June 2016 special primary for Congress, there was ONLY a GOP primary as David Price was unopposed for the nomination. So Gu had a choice -- vote in the GOP primary or stay at home (remember, unaffiliated can choose a primary). She chose to vote. I am disappointed that Alan Buansi was given such short shrift and essentially ignored.

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Posted by gercohen1 on 10/19/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

Eric, I don't think the comment was made to speak ill of Town Staff. As an Town Planning employee you know that, ultimately, the Council is presented with a set of Staff recommendations. Good sense and care dictate that questions should be asked - after all, that is why we elect a council! For example, the approval of the Form Based Code as presented by staff and consultant, has created the need for numerous "fixes" that are still going on. Some of these fixes are analogous to locking the barn door after the horse got out - that is why CH is saddled with Berkshire. Had healthy reservations been in place, Council could have asked the consultant about the form based code he wrote for Asheville - one that is decidedly different. Getting a range of opinions on big issues is wise governing.

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Posted by Del Snow on 10/19/2017 at 4:01 PM

Re: “In Durham’s Ward 2, the INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for City Council

Explain to me what could possibly be developed in downtown Durham in the next 5 years that is more important then addressing some of the issues that are facing our city. Its people like you that don't step a foot outside of downtown that have no concern for the rest of us. How about developing some areas outside of downtown for people like me.

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Posted by stylze4u on 10/19/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “What’s That, You Say? You Just Voted? Another Election Starts Thursday.

I would encourage IndyWeek to reconsider endorsing candidates in other local elections. In Apex, Paul Stam (one of the primary sponsors of HB2, who more than once compared being gay to pedophilia, bestiality, and necrophilia) is a major donor to two candidates: David Hooks and Graham Wilson (also the mouthpiece of HB2, as someone else mentioned). I can't overstate how important it is that these two regressive candidates not be allowed to implement discriminatory policies at the local level, or to block LGBT protections from passing in 2020 (Apex town council terms are 4 years, so the people elected now will be in office when the moratorium is lifted.)

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Posted by Gwen Jordan Vila on 10/19/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “What’s That, You Say? You Just Voted? Another Election Starts Thursday.

i was coming to ask the same question--why no endorsements in the municipalities? are you planning articles about or interviews with any of the candidates this time like the piece you ran on apex's current mayor pro-tem, nicole dozier, in 2013? these articles are really helpful to voters!

Posted by Jackie Jones on 10/19/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “What’s That, You Say? You Just Voted? Another Election Starts Thursday.

It is incredibly disappointing that Independent Weekly has "opted not to endorse in Morrisville, Apex, and other Wake County municipalities holding their elections November 7." You have always provided endorsements for these town races in the past and really helped to increase awareness. In particular, your voice would have been really helpful in Apex where we are trying to prevent NC's version of Sean Spicer, Graham Wilson - Press Secretary for Pat McCrory and the state spokesperson for HB2, from winning a seat on our Town Council.

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Posted by ApexDem on 10/19/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “In the Runoff, the INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

I am actually shocked.

Dix is not the only area of Raleigh in need of development, and other than that I have not seen Mcfarlane do much of anything in the way of balanced development and stopping developers from pushing low income people out of housing they badly need- which actually has happened under the Mayors watch!
the Wake County Democrats have decided to support Francis- and I hate that the Indy seems to be towing the line of "it is not the right time"!!!
Did any of you go to the Rally where US Senator Cory Booker, and US Representative Butterfield attended supporting Francis?
Francis talked about his experience growing up in Raleigh, about how he personally has had experienced how challenged the Public transportation system is?
we need someone who understands the communities affected most by rabid development and who need good public transportation the most- and it will benefit all income levels if done well!
I feel like Mcfarlane has not done much of anything besides Dix, and I understand only came to North Carolina as she commenced her professional career.
Charles Francis has been an Attorney for the city and in Private practice, he has ideas for Public transit, and ideas for looking to develop many areas of Raleigh simultaneously- and not just Dorothea Dix- he named the areas (I am new so cannot recall offhand, but a nice list)
Moreover, Charles Francis has requested a debate with Mayor McFarlane and she declined.
Perhaps there should first be a debate before the Indy endorses without more full information?
DEBATE can only help identify what both intend to do.

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Posted by 2Lionsrock on 10/19/2017 at 5:41 AM

Re: “In the Runoff, the INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

INDY you have been talking about affordable housing and other issues of inequality for years. And you endorse McFarlane right off the jump? I do not get it.

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Posted by Jeffreeeeee on 10/18/2017 at 9:46 PM

Re: “In the Runoff, the INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

It was my hope that either candidate would have brought up issues that citizens with disabilities have to deal with in Raleigh. However, I have not heard nor seen anything. Over the years I have attempted to contact the City to no avail. I also sent an email to Mr. Francis but did not receive a reply. Please remember that people with disabilities represent 20% of the population.

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Posted by Gcat1960 on 10/18/2017 at 7:29 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

This endorsement article is more succinct than in previous years, but that doesn't mean it's lazy or rushed. Perhaps there is not that much that needs to be said. Chapel Hill is fortunate this year to have five strong candidates, including four newcomers, vying for four seats. The INDY endorsed four of them and sort of endorsed the fifth too. Those of us who live in Chapel Hill are lucky to have so many qualified, civic-minded individuals willing to undertake the important, difficult work of local governance.

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Posted by David 1 on 10/18/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

This is a very lazy endorsement evident by the words "we believe to be too deferential to the town's staff". First of all, since when is the town staff an enemy of the Town's interests?

Second, it shows the INDY editorial board's gross misunderstanding of the development review process and what it is that staff actually does. Having been on Town staff, I can say that the staff takes its position of neutrality VERY seriously. There are elements of many developments--both those that come to fruition and those that never even make it to concept plan--that staff members find disagreeable. Nevertheless, the staff has legal obligations and if a development meets all of the legal requirements, then it may not be in a position to recommend denial.

Moreover, I can say from firsthand experience that the Council only ever sees a miniscule fraction of all of the developments that ever get proposed in Chapel Hill. Many developments are so bad or logistically impossible that the Town staff has to work diligently to sort through those issues before the Council/advisory boards get involved. So if the Town staff ever seems agreeable to the majority of developers, it's only because the public only ever sees the ones where it is possible for a developer to attain regulatory compliance. In reality, most developments end up on the cutting room floor.

The point here being that any deference that Maria shows toward the Town staff is not a deference to an over-accommodation of developers but rather to the months or even years of careful regulatory review of Town staff members on any given project. I suspect other new Councilmembers will soon find that wanting to say yes/no and being able to say yes/no within a quasi judicial framework is easier said than done

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Posted by Eric Feld on 10/18/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “In the Runoff, the INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

All I see are luxury apartments and luxury homes being built. I chose to stay in Raleigh after my divorce to raise my daughter in a city that had a lot to offer... now.. I am going to have to move out of wake county. I know longer can afford the rent.. nevermind trying to own my first home in this area... smdh... Raleigh/wake county is showing they only care for people with money... all the rest of us they don't give a second thought...

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Posted by Debbie Henninger Harris on 10/18/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

I think this endorsement makes a lot of sense. These are all candidates that have the best interests of the town's residents at heart. Maria has consistently been on the side of big development without concern for the actual need or the impact on town residents, and in my own encounters with her, I have found her dismissive of the points of view of many of her constituents.

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Posted by Emily Lees on 10/18/2017 at 3:52 PM

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