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Re: “North Carolina FC Has Come a Long Way in Two Years. But Is Raleigh Ready to Be an MLS Town?

Awe full location. Put it at South Wilmington Street at I40. Walk able from downtown and easy access to I40 and would rehab that location.

Posted by arthurb3 on 07/27/2017 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Should Wake County Spend Up to $20 Million to Convert a Failed Fuquay-Varina Golf Course into a Park?

Why should the 1M+ citizens of Wake County invest in a piece of property enclosed by subdivisions in a town of 26K, when using those same funds could assist a larger, countywide audience? The proponents claim the location is perfect for a future elementary school. Currently, we can't pay our teachers enough to even be considered competitive and yet you're asking we invest in property where we could potentially build another school we can't afford to staff? Please do not spend any additional money on parks when our underpaid teachers, fireman and policeman continue to serve and protect without the hope of any increase in their compensation.

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Posted by aguseman on 07/27/2017 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Today in N.C. Gerrymandering: Redistricting Panel Convenes, GOP Leaders Confirm They Will Use Notorious Consultant

Democrats need 3 House seats or 6 Senate seats. Dropping below 60% in either chamber would end the Republicans' veto-proof supermajority.

Posted by Lee Mortimer on 07/27/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “North Carolina FC Has Come a Long Way in Two Years. But Is Raleigh Ready to Be an MLS Town?

It would be great if every article on this subject didn't attack Hurricanes attendance. Ten years of no playoffs would hurt attendance in Montreal, for crying out loud.

Posted by JohnNC on 07/27/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “What About the Pigs?

Thank you to Ellen and Jessica for sharing this horrific reality with Indy Week readers, and thank you to Indy Week for publishing their commentaries. I believe that most people don't know the extent of suffering that nonhuman animals endure through animal agriculture, but the people I interact with on a day to day basis outside the vegan community do care and want to know the truth. Most people don't want to cause needless harm to others. When we can mentally place ourselves in the position of others, including nonhuman animals, we realize that what humans inflict on these sentient beings is unjust. North Carolina has adapted to the changed landscape related to tobacco, and it will adapt as more and more people reject animal agriculture in favor of plant-exclusive agriculture for the betterment of all of us, human and nonhuman. I encourage your readers to visit a farm sanctuary to get to know some of these amazing beings in conditions in which their personalities shine because they have the freedom to express their rich emotional worlds. We have several wonderful sanctuaries in NC.

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Posted by Sena Crutchley on 07/27/2017 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Born in the Shadow of N.C. State, Steeped in Parties and Punk Rock, Raleigh’s Historic Maiden Lane Will Soon Perish in the Name of Progress

First time in Raleigh and staying at the Aloft Hotel. A quick walk after dinner brought me down Maiden Lane. I am a lover of old homes, historic areas and the rich architectural details on old houses that just don't exist today. I was perplexed when I saw every house no the street boarded up and deserted. Immediately went back to my room to investigate. And so I landed on this amazing and thorough article of the coming demise of these grand historical homes. What a shame. A real crying shame. All in the name of GREED. I cant believe the local historical preservation society did not step in. Or the university did not try to preserve this heritage. I am saddened and hope this never happens to the historical areas in Winston-Salem, where i live. So sorry Raleigh, for your loss of these homes and the inability to save and preserve them.

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Posted by ElizaJane on 07/27/2017 at 1:06 AM

Re: “What About the Pigs?

Thank you Ellen and Jessica for speaking up for those with no voice. I've been vegan for over 3 years now, purely for the animals, not for me, not for my health, though the benefits are obviously there. It's not about me, it's about no longer participating in the slaughter and torture of beings who are probably as smart and sentient as my cats who I love. While there are many victims in factory farming, please don't forget the very ones who pay with their lives by the thousands every day.

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Posted by Steve Griffin on 07/26/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “What About the Pigs?

Great article! Why don't we care more about pigs? What makes them so different from other animals? It's sort of like the old adage, if a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound. With pigs, if the consumer is unaware of the immense suffering they endure at a slaughterhouse, is it all OK?

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Posted by Daniel Turbert on 07/26/2017 at 8:45 PM

Re: “What About the Pigs?

Many thanks to Ellen, Jessica, the folks who commented so eloquently above, and those who work to document and describe the conditions endured by pigs and other animals for the sake of a flavor. Thank you to my beloved Indy for sharing this information, albeit a bit late, for the consideration of your readers.

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Posted by sandralee on 07/26/2017 at 8:31 PM

Re: “What About the Pigs?

I thank you Ellen for speaking out for the forgotten ones, the non human animals that are mutilated from the moment they enter this world. The beings that spend the rest of their lives in confinement enduring an existence where everything natural to them is denied. I've looked into their eyes inside those trucks, begging for mercy, a drink of water and some kind of empathy and mercy. Each of their faces is different. They are individuals. For those that look at their plates and see bacon, ham, or BBQ, I ask you to consider Ellen's plea to see them. We have become a nation that no longer embraces empathy, compassion and mercy. Those who ask us to feel for these beings are often mocked for caring. I wonder, when did we stop being merciful? When did we begin to put our ethics and compassion aside for a moment of palate pleasure? We will look back at history and we will ask, "how could humans have been so barbaric?". Proud to know you Ellen and proud to call you friend.

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Posted by Mary Candor on 07/26/2017 at 8:13 PM

Re: “H.P. Lovecraft Meets Art House Cinema in the Odd, Ominous A Ghost Story

I'd be more interested with different actors, but at least it's not a fucking super hero movie or squequel, so I might give this one a watch.

Posted by terryboo on 07/26/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “North Carolina FC and John Kane Want to Put a Big Ol' Soccer Stadium in Downtown Raleigh

"razing entire blocks to build a massive stadium in the middle of residential neighborhoods"

Where are you getting that? This is not "in the middle of residential neighborhoods" - it's between the State Government complex and the railroad easement and Capital Boulevard. There are literally no residences in the area.

As for traffic, I look forward to seeing what improvements would be offered - the renewed Capital is going to be substantially better than what we have now, and improvements to Peace are anticipated.

I'm not going to reflexively say no because it's different. It's time we got beyond that knee-jerk response.

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Posted by JohnNC on 07/26/2017 at 3:27 PM

Re: “How One Local Server Learned to Stop Worrying About Bird Poop and Embrace Patio Dining

It's impossible to decide what's worse with this guy, the opinions or the writing. Well, congrats at least on getting my rageclick.

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Posted by Van Buren Boy on 07/26/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “What About the Pigs?

Thank you Ellen for speaking the truth about what pigs in our state have to endure. Now to all the nonvegans reading my comment I urge you to please watch 'What The Health" on Netflix. They have a scene in North Carolina and they talk about environmental racism and the excessive animal waste pollution that is bothering residents.

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Posted by Antwan Foster on 07/26/2017 at 1:54 PM

Re: “What About the Pigs?

Thank you, Ellen and Jessica for speaking up for the true victims of the hog industry. For the hogs, it is 100 percent fatal, and most are killed at only 6 months, far short of their natural lifespans of 15 years. There is no humane way to imprison someone who wants to be free. There is no humane way to clip the teeth, amputate the tails and remove the testicles of fully conscious infants. No wonder the hog industry supported the ag-gag law that prevents whistle-blowers from reporting abuses.

Humans have no nutritional need for pig flesh or any other form of animal flesh or secretions. If you believe its wrong to cause unnecessary suffering and death to anyone, then the only ethical option is to become vegan.

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Posted by Salette Andrews on 07/26/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “What About the Pigs?

Bravo Ellen and Jessica for giving these sentient beings a voice!

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Posted by Kathy McManus Martin on 07/26/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “What About the Pigs?

Any article or series about hog farming in NC is incomplete without considering the animal welfare angle. Animals, people and the environment are all victims of corporate farming practices that value profits over well being. I appreciate the Indy's coverage of this topic and hope to see it expanded to include animal welfare in future articles.

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Posted by LP on 07/26/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “What About the Pigs?

Indeed, what about the pigs. We can show compassion to BOTH humans and non-human animals and work towards a better world for all. I'm glad the Indy published the Hogwash series to shed light on the crisis that residents of eastern NC are dealing with, but it shows a lack of journalistic thoroughness to not speak at all about the pigs who suffer through a life of severe pain and misery only to be horrifically slaughtered - simply for the tastebuds of some humans.

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Posted by chucky on 07/26/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Durham's Municipal Candidates

I'm glad to hear that Steve Schewel [founder of indyweek] will retain his council seat
if he loses his bid for mayor;
we can relax and keep Steve on council.

Schewel, like others, calls for police reform (eg: de-escalation
& racial equity training), expanded bus service, etc...
ok, & Steve's a nice guy, and would obviously be a good mayor, but

I'm interested in adding a possibly powerfully effective new voice
for police reform
in the person of Tracy Drinker. I've only just met him & liked him;
like Steve & Don & Jillian, and unlike others:
Drinker listens and he seems to be of good character,
but Police Reform is important; actions speak louder than words:

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 07/26/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “What About the Pigs?

Thank you Ellen, I am proud to know you. Your passion for the animals is awe-inspiring. Thank you Jessica, for speaking out and caring about these sensitive, intelligent animals. With so many suffering, humans and animals alike, isn't it time to let animal agriculture be a thing of the past? There is no reason but pure selfishness to continue to eat animals, to continue to destroy the lives of poor people that live next to the cafo's. Most people would be incensed if their property values were destroyed due to their neighbors. We pass laws to protect the polluting corporate farms instead of protecting our citizens. Shame on North Carolina.

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Posted by Sylvia Badger on 07/26/2017 at 11:16 AM

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