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Re: “Durham-Orange County Light Rail Heads to the Federal Government

THIS is not the infrastructure needed. This is a new project that has no necessisty whatsoever. Only some Commissioners and a developer will gain (making $$). This has a great environmental impact, is way too costly for taxpayers that won't use it, and will become the black hole in which money will be poured. A complete waste to have a damn rail system going from Durham to Orange County. Bus routes will be cut for the few that will ride it. This is the worst case of taxpayer waste I have witnessed in a long, long time, and that says a lot.

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Barbara 2 on 04/30/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Couples Are Unique. Weddings Can Be, Too.

This is the most obnoxious, navel gazing piece about a wedding that I've read in a while. I thought I was reading an Onion article. I love Durham and Indy Week will always be in my news feed for that reason, but this is a mess. Not everyone can afford a three day smorgasbord of craft and hipster everything. The smugness of the quote about guests being jealous of how this couple did their wedding... Essentially, in trying to buck with tradition, this couple became snobbier than a Southern country club bridezilla. (The paper would never have published this drivel with Lisa, JHT, JP and B. Ball.)

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by mv87 on 04/29/2017 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Despite Previous Agreement, Low-Income Forest Hill Apartments Residents Again to Vacate by April 30 or Face Eviction

man, that is so cold and heartless. it is very hard to find an affordable apartment much less find the money to move, deposits, time off of work, etc. there just never seems to be a break for the people that need it the most. it tells me all i need to know about daniel eller's character and shows me how the chamber of commerce defines professional of the year. mr eller is not a positive refection on them. it is always money over people. ethics are so old fashioned and it makes the honest person feel like a sucker to even think a person will act according to them.

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Posted by swabby on 04/27/2017 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Beer and Wine Wholesalers Gave $53K to ABC Committee Members Last Year, Beat Back a Proposal to Raise Breweries’ Self-Distribution Cap

And THIS is why we have the government we do. Money, plain and simple, buys votes. If you give enough of it, you can get WHATEEEEVER you want. That's why there should be term limits AND time gap requirements between serving in an elected seat and becoming a lobbyist.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Brannon White on 04/27/2017 at 8:20 AM

Re: “The Durham-Orange Light Rail Now Costs More Than $3 Billion, and Durham Will Have to Pay More of It

"Even at 3.3 Billiion it's still worth it. The USA desperately needs to transition to public transportation."

A new cutaway bus cost $67,000 on average in 2007. In 2017, the number is probably closer to $100,000. (See FTA's report, "An Evaluation of the Market for
Small-to-Medium-Sized Cutaway Buses.")

Therefore, for $100 million, Durham could buy *1000* cutaway buses. Why is it worthwhile to spend more than $1 billion on light rail and commuter rail if $100 million could buy 1000 buses? Especially if those buses could be fully autonomous (computer-driven) in 10-20 years?

Doesn't it make more sense to spend $100 million for 1000 fully autonomous cutaway buses than to spend more than $1 billion (more than 10 times as much) for a light rail line that is much more limited in capability?

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Mark Bahner on 04/26/2017 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Durham Wants to Help Homeowners Whose Tax Bills Have Gone Up Because of Revitalization. But Should They Have to Pay the City Back If They Move?

Not ideal but it's a start. My concern with this plan is that it in many ways forces people to move within 4 years to pay back the loan and that just delays the process and kicks the problem down the road. Durham is great for its diversity, ethnically and socioeconomically.

This plan does nothing to solve that particular problem.

This plan also assumes that property values will continue to increase and we won't see a crash. While we all hope this doesn't happen, banking on it is unwise, especially in areas where property values are increasing so rapidly that people need the assistance.

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Posted by torifile on 04/26/2017 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Sticker Shock: Why Does the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Suddenly Cost $3.3 Billion?

I'd like this light rail, however, it's still way too easy to drive in the area. Supply and demand dictate that this light rail is not needed, especially for that price. Wowsers, 3.3 billion. That's more than $7,000 for every man, woman, and child in Orange and Durham Counties.

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Posted by J Preston Evanwood on 04/26/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “North Carolina Is the Last State to Automatically Prosecute Sixteen- and Seventeen-Year-Olds as Adults

16 and 17 year olds should not be charged as adults except for the most heinous of crimes and certainly never for non-violent crimes be they felonies or misdemeanors. Even then there should be a probable cause hearing before a judge to determine if such a procedure is appropriate.

Posted by jokr8790 on 04/26/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “The Durham-Orange Light Rail Now Costs More Than $3 Billion, and Durham Will Have to Pay More of It

Even at 3.3 Billiion it's still worth it. The USA desperately needs to transition to public transportation. Public transportation and its peripheral industries will create jobs that will get reduce unemployment and generate more money and tax revenue into the economy. It will also reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Even if it is used by low income people and students, there are many more of them than rich people.

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Posted by jokr8790 on 04/26/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Love Wins Community Center Staff Quits, Alleging Financial Mismanagement by Executive Director

If the allegations are true, particularly the ones about the embezzlement of withholding taxes, an independent audit by the IRS and SBI is necessary. This sounds like serious financial mismanagement.

Posted by jokr8790 on 04/26/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Durham Commissioners Approve Light Rail Plans, Cost-Share Agreement

I attended the meeting, and wanted to speak out against the light rail plans, but since I did not know how/where to sign up as a member of the public, I wasn't recognized. My only consolation is my near-certainty that the Durham Orange Light Rail Project will never be built.

There's a revolution in transportation that is coming in the next 5-20 years, which is autonomous (computer-driven) vehicle technology. Transportation will be provided as a service, rather than people owning their vehicles. Autonomous technology will provide door-to-door transport with travel times that are less than or equal to automobiles today, and at much lower cost than automobiles, and with freedom from the hassles of driving. Parking will also no longer be necessary, and congestion will be greatly reduced.

Light rail, with its higher cost and rigid fixed routes and times, simply can't compete with a fleet of autonomous vehicles. Durham's projected cost of over $1 billion would fund *2000* autonomous full-size buses (at $500,000 each). However, an even better use of the $1 billion would be to simply pay the transportation expenses of lower-income people who use the autonomous vehicle fleets operated by...Uber? Google? Hertz? Ford? (we'll know in the next 5-20 years).

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Posted by Mark Bahner on 04/25/2017 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Is Richard Burr Tanking the Trump-Russia Investigation?

Please sign my petition to have an independent commission investigate Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential election! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/trumprussia-investigation?source=c.em&r_by=18274863

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Elizabeth Miller on 04/25/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “North Carolina's Unemployment Insurance System Is a Disaster

NC DES employees and jobforce employees do absolutely nothing for the people on and applying for unemployment
They should all be payed off or pay cut. They all need to be retrained.

Posted by Jamie NOrris on 04/25/2017 at 9:10 AM

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