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Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday

It would have better served the community to televise the debate on one of the local news channels. Many of us do not subscribe to cable.

Posted by K. K. on 10/20/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham

According to this reporting, Mayor Bell seems to be endorsing Ali primarily to keep Steve Schewel on the Council because we need his deep experience there. Yes, Steve does have enormous leadership experience that should put him in the mayor's seat: 1) His relentless and successful pursuit of affordable housing, one of the most important issues facing our beloved Durham as major industries locate to Durham and outside developers build luxury condos here. As of this week, Steve influenced the Council to support affordable housing on the City-owned Jackson Street site just south of the Durham Station in the heart of downtown. 2) Steve's unabashed championing of justice and protection for immigrants and the LGBTQ community. 3) Steve's active commitment to policing that is free of discrimination. 4) His mission to beautify Durham in an equitable manner from tree canopies to bike trails and sidewalk repair. 5) His ability to understand complex budgets. These are just a few examples why Steve Schewel should be Mayor of Durham. He can get these things accomplished because he is a proven progressive leader who knows how to manifest a strong vision during this fragile time in Durham's development.

Option B: To allay Mayor Bell's concerns about losing experienced City Council members: Steve's first order of business as mayor would be to lead the Council to appoint Ali to fill his vacated seat, as per article 2.9.1 of the Council's procedures for Filling Vacancies. "The City Council shall identify and appoint a qualified person to fill an existing vacancy in the office of the Mayor or Council Member."

Posted by Linda Belans on 10/20/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham

So I guess the only question open in this election is:
Who, if anyone, does Pierce Freelon endorse?
(As a Freelon voter, I'm kinda interested in his response.)
Also, do we ever get to vote for Sheriff in these parts?
If not, we should start thinking about that

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Posted by JoeJoey on 10/20/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday

Yes, I really hope this is put on YouTube or something. It would maximize voter reach, especially as there are so many of us (myself included) that don't have cable these days.

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Posted by JohnnyDollar on 10/20/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham

We are lucky to have had such a primary field of bright, excellent, visionary candidates for Mayor of Durham, and to have seen our city select these two remaining bright, excellent, visionary candidates for the position. Part of Mayor Bell's statement here is a bit confusing: is he saying something to the effect that it's too important to keep Schewel on the city council so we should not elect him mayor?

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Posted by Sam M-B on 10/20/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Thom Tillis: Trump Has Shown "More Respect for Our Troops in Nine Months" Than Obama Ever Did.

Thom - you are as delusional as DJT...

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Posted by bernise on 10/19/2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday

I am glad to hear this news. it is good to have debates.
I am a fan of both candidates and I would like to hear some concrete ideas going forward.

I am hoping that Spectrum will post the debate on their website, as many people I know do not have cable 9including myself).
I look forward to this.

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Posted by 2Lionsrock on 10/19/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Theater Review: The South Is Hard to Hear in the Opera Version of Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain

...as did I, Ms. Margolis -- in a very small handful of moments over a two and a half hour production.

That's why I wrote that the composer's intent was "largely erased" among the vocalists, not "erased entirely."

Posted by Byron Woods, INDY Theater and Dance Critic on 10/19/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “McFarlane Bashes Francis for Speaking to Wake GOP Meeting, Links Him With Trump

Where has Francis been the last 20 years in Raleigh politics? He shows up now and has all the answers? From what I've seen he has not plan, just a lot of talk with no record of doing anything except being on the board of a bank that funds downtown development.

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Posted by GET REAL on 10/18/2017 at 1:29 PM

Re: “McFarlane Bashes Francis for Speaking to Wake GOP Meeting, Links Him With Trump

She's never been here before. She's been reelected over and over apparently. Taking cheap shots will not work. She needs new material. All of those things she used before will not help her now.

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Posted by that1chick on 10/18/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Runoff for Raleigh Mayor's Post May Be Ahead as Francis Denies McFarlane a Majority of Votes

@snake00 - You forgot to point out how much money Francis received from large Republican donors. What has that political party done for race in America lately? You have a very one sided argument. Slavery happened and no one is denying that. Just because someone is related to former slave owner doesn't make them one. Can I look up your family history and place all the possible negative stuff they may have done on you? Is that fair?

We have a weak mayor system, not specifically a weak mayor. Please do yourself a favor and look this up. I am not trying to defend any articles written by anyone. The author stated that he knows the McFarlanes and his lack of a personal relationship with them. He also has written articles praising Charles (which you failed to mention). You clearly will go to far and wide to look for anything that will back up your point of view, but what you won't do is look right in your face. Charles took a lot of money from Republicans this time around. Why don't you question this? Why don't you question Corey Branch for the state of South East Raleigh? Why don't you ask Charles why his bank finances projects in downtown? I also never called you dumb. You seem passionate about your cause, but you are cherry picking your arguments to the point where you don't make sense. You need to ask Charles about some of his questionable habits and you need to ask Corey what his plan is for the community.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/18/2017 at 7:41 AM

Re: “McFarlane Bashes Francis for Speaking to Wake GOP Meeting, Links Him With Trump

This is so sad this woman continues with her untruths and deception of making things appear what they are really not. The last thing we need is more lies and secret deals that she feels the public don't need to know, but she must forgotten she was hired by the people and she can be fired by the people.
Our minds are made up Nancy and we will show you come Nov. 7th.

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Posted by Diana Powell on 10/18/2017 at 5:35 AM

Re: “Runoff for Raleigh Mayor's Post May Be Ahead as Francis Denies McFarlane a Majority of Votes

@jerryg you said that the Mayor has no power over mental health, no power over policing and is a "weak mayor" that to me makes it sound like your saying that voting won't change much. And I have educated myself about Raleigh well enough. I know that York Properties was founded by Smedes York, whose ancestor is the founder of Saint Mary's school whose name was Albert Smedes. A slave owning bigot whose legacy continues to plague Raleigh even today. According to the 1850 Census he owned nearly 20 slaves, since you want to call me dumb, here's the link for your "educated" self https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:…

Now, Smedes York donated money to the Mcfarlane campaign, and it's quite obvious that York Properties is no friend to the homeless people that spend time in Cameron Village. So when I say that many of the people in our city council would have been friends of slave owners, and are doing things such as displacing black people and other poor people at a high rate. It is no coincidence at all to me, that York Properties run Cameron Village the way they do. Given that the man Cameron village is named after was the largest slave owner in the state at the time, It should raise the question, who do they serve? They are doing things That the Confederates would be proud of. You can rest assured that I'm not just talking just to talk or be a "14 year old" When was the last time you went to the archives to read about this city you claim to care so much about? But since you want to insult me, let's talk about white privilege and let's talk about Kay Crowder who was stated that she is a direct relative to Issac Hunter. http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/cou…
A man whose father owned a slave plantation that stood where the Dorthea Dix property is now.

You can call me what you want, but ignorant is not one of them.

Your lack of understanding in trying to defend a article written by someone who has clear ties with McFarlane and is a clear violation of ethical journalism at least according to the New York Times handbook of ethical journalism which states, "Journalists have no place on the playing fields of politics. Staff members are entitled to vote, but they must do nothing that might raise questions about their professional neutrality or that of The Times" Is disturbing for people who think Raleigh deserves a free and open press not ran by developers and for people like Scott Crawford.

It is sad to see this publication sink so low just to get someone elected who will do nothing for the poor.

You are right though, knowledge is power.

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Posted by snake00 on 10/18/2017 at 12:20 AM

Re: “McFarlane Bashes Francis for Speaking to Wake GOP Meeting, Links Him With Trump

The irony of this is that McFarlane has done a lot to help people who are just like Trump, like John Kane and York Properties. And the P.R coming from the media and McFarlane about Raleigh being great because of a Forbes rank sounds a lot like saying "Make Raleigh great again" to me. Ask the people who live in Skyhouse what they think about making Raleigh great again, and if McFarlane has done a good job of helping people like them out.

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Posted by hatethehater08 on 10/17/2017 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Runoff for Raleigh Mayor's Post May Be Ahead as Francis Denies McFarlane a Majority of Votes

I never said you shouldn't vote, but maybe you shouldn't. You obviously can't take the time to understand what you are voting for and are easily duped by candidates who run on a false platform. You also relentlessly post about how the council members are "modern day slave owners". How old are you, 14? The mayor does have power, just not what you may think. And something else for you to ponder on. You do realize that the council member who represents South East Raleigh is Corey Branch right? Have you asked him why that area is missing out on growth or being gentrified? You haven't mentioned his name once. He has the same voting power as the mayor and is directly responsible for that area. He also happens to be black. I don't think you can blame the area's problems on "slave owners". Your immaturity is profound and your lack of understanding on how to critically think about social issues is astounding. Remember, knowledge is power.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/17/2017 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Runoff for Raleigh Mayor's Post May Be Ahead as Francis Denies McFarlane a Majority of Votes

@jerryg so if the mayor has no power why should we vote then?

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Posted by snake00 on 10/17/2017 at 2:19 AM
Posted by snake00 on 10/17/2017 at 1:20 AM

Re: “Cole-McFadden Survives Durham Council Primary, Moffitt Does Not

Cora landed the endorsements of the Durham Committee (DC) and the Friends (FD) for 10,400 votes.
Huggins with the DC endorsement and Moffitt with the FD combined for 11,400.
Ali also had both DC and FD but came up about 3-4000 votes short at 7400 votes.
And Freelon scored 4000 votes. Possible that many of his votes were peeled from the DC turnout at Ali's expense. IOW if Freelon hadn't run Ali's total might have been comparable to Cora's and Huggins/Moffitt's combined total of about 11,000-ish.

Posted by Frank Hyman on 10/15/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Durham's Next Mayor Will Be Steve Schewel or Farad Ali

Cora landed the endorsements of the Durham Committee (DC) and the Friends (FD) for 10,400 votes.
Huggins with the DC endorsement and Moffitt with the FD combined for 11,400.
Ali also had both DC and FD but came up about 3-4000 votes short at 7400 votes.
And Freelon scored 4000 votes. Possible that many of his votes were peeled from the DC turnout at Ali's expense. IOW if Freelon hadn't run Ali's total might have been comparable to Cora's and Huggins/Moffitt's combined total of about 11,000-ish.

Posted by Frank Hyman on 10/15/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Make Way for the NIMBY Raleigh City Council, as Newcomers Nicole Stewart and Stef Mendell Oust Bonner Gaylord and Defeat Stacy Miller

Just because one of our two newly elected Council members is pro-neighborhood and natural resources, it does not qualify her to a labeled a NIMBY, which is a pejorative term from the '80's relating to the siting of hazardous waste facilities. How great it is to have more neighborhood advocates on the Council! I mean they are supposed to represent their districts.

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Posted by Meredith de la Vergne on 10/15/2017 at 1:28 PM

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