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Posted by Amy Fletcher on 09/27/2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Dickie Thompson for Raleigh City Council District A

I find it hard to support a candidate that is willfully ignoring the thousands of citizens that oppose the Vision 2040 plan proposed by the RDU Airport Authority. If it is put in place, Lake Crabtree County Park will be developed into yet another faceless office park. The first thing on deck is leasing a portion of the land off Old Reedy Creek Road to developers for a quarry.

RDU Forest encompasses one of the most popular forested trail networks in the Triangle. For decades it has been used by hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, scouts, and nature education programs. If you're interested in the background on the area, please visit

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Posted by zweirad on 09/25/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Preservation NC Says the DPD’s Soon-to-Be-Former HQ Isn’t Just Another Government Building

The DPD building looks like a 1960's hotel - and that's not a good thing. The site should be redeveloped for a higher & better use with greater density to support transit.

Mixed use, mid-rise buildings with retail, office, and affordable housing would be a far better use of this key site near Durham's transportation hub and future transit line.

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Posted by Durham451 on 09/25/2017 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Preservation NC Says the DPD’s Soon-to-Be-Former HQ Isn’t Just Another Government Building

Man, I love Milton Smalls.

Goodnight Raleigh has some fantastic articles on some of his output. I think Raleighboy is a huge fan, and it shows in some of his writing. It's good to see Smalls getting some love from Preservation NC. This building really is a treasure.

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Posted by Mikeeee on 09/25/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Live: Top-Notch Bluegrass from the Soggy Bottom Boys in O Brother Mode

yaah this is good posting article feeeling

Posted by Health Care Guide For Men & Women on 09/25/2017 at 6:09 AM

Re: “The Durham Bulls Are Champions. But Does It Matter?

Love this essay for its philosophical musing about the meaning of winning championships in front of empty stadiums and without media hype. Praise for excellence, for excellence's sake.

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Posted by Nils Brubaker on 09/25/2017 at 12:27 AM

Re: “In Carrboro's first kava bar, Krave, getting kozy is hard

Citing the FDA as a credible source = poor journalism. Dig deeper and get to the root. The FDA/our government, directly responsible for dispensing (via internal organizations, created to perpetuate our collective fear of natural/ethno medicines that have been used mindfully and with great positive affect for thousands of years by our own ancestors) alcohol, cocaine, heroin, coffee/tea/caffeine, sugar, commercial tobacco, and a vast array of pharmaceuticals. All are addictive or have multiple side effects, cause major health issues with short and long term use, and contribute to the downfall of our society by way of dumbing down and placating the masses with one end goal in sight: control.

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Posted by Julie Welch on 09/24/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Sweepstakes cafes: coming to your low-income neighborhood

Ok. FIRST of all: NOBODY MAKES ANYONE come into these places!!!! I work in one and everyday people are complaining "y'all took my money". No!! We did not TAKE your money!!! YOU freely gave it. We have (in the establishment I am employeed with) 3 FISH tables, 14 Stand Ups, and the computer system Aloha. The Aloha customers are generally very nice and respectful and many come in once a week or so, put $20 or $50 on and play for a while. Sometimes they win, sometimes they don't. Now, the FISH table customers are a completely different story. They are RUDE, CRUDE, HATEFUL, DISHONEST and most of them are in here EVERY day!!! They want something for nothing, BEG everyone for $ when they run out. Then want to say "y'all took all my $". Again, Nobody TOOK anything from you. You freely gave it and I don't owe you anything!!! It's all about how the individual manages their $!!! And NO, I do not play ANYTHING. I work too hard for my $ than to put it in a machine!! My kids are well fed and have proper clothing and all needs met and in taking care of the NEEDS of my family, I don't have $ to throw away on sweepstakes!! I actually had a customer get very upset with me because I would not trade her cash for her EBT card nor would I loan her $100!!!

Posted by workflow on 09/24/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Steve Schewel

Durham stopped updating their publicly available crime data at the end of August.

That's not open.

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Posted by stevemcstevenson on 09/23/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Kay Crowder for Raleigh City Council District D

I'm glad we have at least one knee-jerk anti-development Democratic city council member. We need more!!!!

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Posted by ProgPitBull on 09/22/2017 at 8:32 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Corey Branch for Raleigh City Council District C

You endorse Branch because he's African American yet won't do the same for Francis for Mayor?

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Posted by ProgPitBull on 09/22/2017 at 8:30 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses David Cox for Raleigh City Council District B

We need more candidates and electeds like David Cox.

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Posted by ProgPitBull on 09/22/2017 at 8:28 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Dickie Thompson for Raleigh City Council District A

Dickie Thompson won my vote the way he responded to my complaint about neighbors getting parking tickets from Raleigh PD after a bomb scare at Millbrook HS. Especially in light of the crappy way city staffers initially handled the matter. He's a class act

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Posted by ProgPitBull on 09/22/2017 at 8:27 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

New blood is needed in Raleigh. Homeless people, 1st responders and folks tired of a 1-hour bus ride anywhere can't wait two more years for economic progressives to takeover.

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Posted by ProgPitBull on 09/22/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

Raleigh Votes to Establish a Community Engagement Board, Which Critics Worry Will Take Power Away from Citizens Advisory Councils
Posted by Thomas Goldsmith on Tue, May 2, 2017 at 5:57 PM
After vigorous discussion, Raleigh City Council members agreed Tuesday to form a community engagement board but punted on how it would work and exactly what it would do.

The proposal for the community engagement board ran into opposition from council members who preferred the existing, sometimes freewheeling citizens advisory committees that were established in the 1970s. Raleigh has nineteen CACs that represent geographic areas of the city.

Were not trying to dis the CACs, Mayor Nancy McFarlane said after the meeting. None of this is set in stone. Fundamentally, we are trying to empower people.

After discussion, members agreed on a 53 vote to establish the CEB, leaving details about how it will function to be developed in a future work session. Council members David Cox, Corey Branch, and Kay Crowder voted against setting up the board. Cox and Branch were worried that the CEB would take power away from the CACs.

I dont have an issue other than the CEB being the voice of the committees, said Branch, whose district has eight CACs.

Before the vote, the board heard from a task force it set up in September to answer questions about the best way to receive input from people in Raleigh on development and other issues. The nine-member task force, led by A.J. Fletcher Foundation director Damon Circosta, compared community input organizations in forty U.S. cities to make its report. Its recommendations include expanded notice of zoning changes and additional levels of communication between the council and grassroots organizations.

In making comparisons with similar groups in other cities, task force members asked about their funding, structures, use of technology, relationship with governing bodies, and role in rezoning cases.

Cox, whose profile rose during several north Raleigh zoning disputes, argues for a continuing role for the CAC network.

Its citizen-led and citizen-directed, he said after the meeting. Now we are replacing it with a governmental board. What is the mission? Where are the checks and balances?

Many CACs have faithful memberships and have been outspoken and sometimes successful in opposing new development. Cox said he worries that developers interest will have a stronger voice under this new method of getting citizens take on zoning changes.

McFarlane argues that the groups fail to represent a broad enough range of Raleigh residents opinions, citing a survey that showed low levels of citizen involvement in CACs.

We have four-hundred-and-seventy thousand people in Raleigh and about five hundred people who take part in CACs, she said. Some people dont have time to go and would rather connect electronically.

My comments:I keep hearing that McFarlane has backed off this topic but that is just whistling in the wind. McFarlane twisted arms to get this vote passed including threatening other City Council members to not back them in the municipal Elections. She and Bonner Gaylord are extremely pro-development. The people who attend the CAC meetings are watching out for their neighborhoods. They may not be great in numbers but they care about whaT HAPPENS IN THEIR CITY, THAT IS WHY THEY ATTEND.

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Posted by Meredith de la Vergne on 09/22/2017 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Mayor McFarlane Will Not Be Turned Away from Democratic Party Events, Spokesman Says

Mr. Goldsmith, please read Jennifer's post below. If you have journalistic integrity, please fix your blog as it shows up to the public on the internet and is misleading in regards to the event organized at rebus works. It seems like a small deal now after the fact, but it is still misinformation that you are leaving intact.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Sherry D. on 09/22/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “The Cake Edits Reality to Ignore the Everyday Consequences of Bible Belt Homophobia

your 20 sept review of playmakers current offering missed the boat, big time. the play portrayed all the characters as humans - flawed, ignorant, clueless, but mainly capable of love - both giving and receiving.
the reviewer describes macy's character as a 'boorish, invasive, crusading liberal from the north'; a more accurate - and compassionate - description might be someone who has their own set of preconceived notions, acting with preemptive defensiveness, thereby allowing the audience to perceive this character as someone in pain and confusion, perhaps not speaking from a safe place, thus speaking in a way in which 'humans generally don't talk...'.
the reviewer may do well to spend some time getting familiar with the story of derek black (… ), a real life 'hater' saved by compassion and understanding not dissimilar to that shown by the characters in this play for one another.
this is one of the finest plays i have seen at playmakers in a long time - your two-star ranking does a disservice to your readers.

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Posted by Pointyhead on 09/22/2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Abandoned mobile homes plague North Carolina

Id like to purchase one of these "doublewide" , if affordable, lost my place due to unreliable roommate, I'm trying to finish college but it's always a problematic issue like the one I'm faced off with standing in my way. no spam please.

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Posted by Roynell Tres Richardson on 09/21/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Dickie Thompson for Raleigh City Council District A

I have never received any info about his accomplishments that benefit residents in his district nor has he ever responded to my emails! Why would I vote for someone who doesn't really represent me, but votes 99% of time with liberal City Council and Mayor who are constantly raising taxes! We need someone who will truly serve the people and limit spending!

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Posted by Deb Brantley on 09/21/2017 at 6:36 PM

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