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Re: “The U.S. Open Beer Championship Taps Raleigh's Lynnwood Brewing Concern as the Country's Third Best Brewery

Sure. It's because it refers to a well-known racist stereotype.

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Posted by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on 07/11/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “The U.S. Open Beer Championship Taps Raleigh's Lynnwood Brewing Concern as the Country's Third Best Brewery

Ok INDYWEEEK, help is understand why "once you go black" is "incredibly racist?"

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Posted by ksmtundu on 07/11/2017 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Cackalacky debuts new Sweet Cheerwine Sauce

This is the best sauce known to man

Posted by Laura gerrard on 07/10/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Charles Francis Calls Mayor McFarlane 'Aloof, Disengaged'

Thank you for the insight, Perry. Given the council vote was two-plus months ago and there have been several council meetings since that time, I trust you would concede that what you have written here is clearer than anything that has happened since the May 2 vote. So, questions remain.

I will take you at your word as regards the May 2 vote and that it did not equal full approval of the entire report and recommendations of the Citizen Engagement Task Force. I hope you can clarify things further. On June 6, the mayor made a statement about CACs that the N&O cited in two opinion pieces June 7 and 21, which was that CACs will continue. Here's the conundrum: at the same June 6 meeting, more than 20 CAC advocates voiced their concerns with the task force recommendations and called on council to support and strengthen, not replace CACs. No one corrected them that night in a manner such as you have stated here. As indicated here already, the N&O and Indy Week reported the same meeting differently. And let's be real, on June 21 the N&O labeled CAC advocates as "the loudest" "neighborhood activists" "with an agenda." See http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/opn-co… At best regarding the May 2 vote and aftermath it is terribly confusing.

While your comments on CACs are appreciated, since May 2 none of the five councilors who voted in favor of the task force recommendations has spoken publicly and unequivocally that CACs will remain part of the citizen engagement process. I.e., the task force recommendation for "second generation CACs" -- Citizen Engagement Councils -- that replaces the current system is no longer on the table. Can you say now if that is or is not so?

Councilor Stephenson's written statement at the July 5 council meeting proposes that council set aside the May 2 vote as regards CACs. At its August 15 meeting, will council therefore vote on Councilor Stephenson's July 5 statement to set aside the May 2 vote and state clearly, on the record, that Citizens Advisory Councils will remain a key part of citizen engagement in Raleigh? I trust it's not too much to ask for City Council to set the record straight. After all May 2 to August 15 is 105 days. Surely Raleigh City Council can answer a simple question like this in that time?

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Posted by George Farthing on 07/10/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Charles Francis Calls Mayor McFarlane 'Aloof, Disengaged'

I agree that the current state of what the council actually voted on at the May 2nd meeting is murky but still on the table. I hope that the council will VOTE to set that vote aside and follow through on what the mayor said at the June 6th meeting. I know that I, and many others, want to make sure that there is a transparent process that does not dismantle the CAC's, after the election.

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Posted by Apache101 on 07/10/2017 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Charles Francis Calls Mayor McFarlane 'Aloof, Disengaged'

Perry Woods, thanks for your clarification that still isn't completely clear. The mere act of creating a CETF board of political appointees is PART OF THE PROBLEM. And, including CACs as part of a 2 year process of gathering input does not mean that the CAC process will be retained at the end of the two years. You also haven't addressed the part of the CETF recommendation that eliminates the CACs and citizens' votes from rezoning which was a distinct & separate recommendation from the task force. R us saying that has not been adopted? I agree, the debate was confusing. The mayor admitted as such at the June 6th council meeting. Unfortunately her statement that night wasn't any more clear. Both the N&O and INDYWeek reported on it and both reported it differently. A leader would have spoken in plain & direct language that could not have been interpreted differently by two professional journalists whose job it is to inform. Luckily, council will have the opportunity once again on Aug 15 to clarify when they vote on Councilor Stephenson's proposal which contains language to "set aside" the adoption of the task force recommendations from may 2nd. Someone needs to finally clarify if the work session & the consultants are merely there to plan how to implement the task force recommendations or are there to re-evaluate the process to date with the REAL possibility of coming to different conclusions. Let's see if we get some real leadership on Aug 15 with a plain spoken clarification of the mayor and the Council's intentions. Or, if the Mayor and the Council dodge the issue one more time with calming rhetoric that can be interpreted as anything the listener(s) may want to believe it means.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 07/10/2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Charles Francis Calls Mayor McFarlane 'Aloof, Disengaged'

Dear FON Citizen. You are inaccurate. Although CETF recommendations do include what you outlined, the May 2nd vote did not 'adopt' those recommendations. Admittedly, the debate was confusing, but I would refer you to the minutes of the meeting. The motion passed was not to implement all the CETF recommendations. They voted to create the recommended board at a future work session, that represents the diversity of our city. to lead a process facilitated by experts, to gather input from everyone, including CAC's on what practices/recommendations work or not.

The goal all along has been to develop an enhanced Citizen Engagement process. I was making no claim about the CETF recommendations, but was referring to the process The City Manager outlined at last Council meeting. That process will start at work session on Aug. 28th with experts from NCSU, and it is expected this process will take up to two years. CAC's are absolutely to be included in that process.

There will be ample opportunity for you, CAC's, and any who are concerned to be heard on this issue.

Thank you for your passion and love for our City.

Perry

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Posted by Perry K. Woods on 07/10/2017 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Charles Francis Calls Mayor McFarlane 'Aloof, Disengaged'

Despite what Perry Woods claims about the Citizen Engagement Task Force recommendations that were adopted by the city on May 2, the task force recommendations include the "Possible method" of creation of what's called Citizens Engagement Councils, that would be directed by a Council appointed Community Engagement Board. The report states on page 3: "The complete system of CECs is intended to be a second generation of the CAC system in place currently" The recommendation also includes the complete elimination of CACs and any citizen vote from the rezoning process.

This would fundamentally change the current citizen-led grassroots CACs with a government-directed process. Reasonable people can discuss preference and/or merits of the two approaches, but they are different.

The task force report can be downloaded from the city web site at http://www.raleighnc.gov/content/CorNews/D…

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Posted by FONCitizen on 07/10/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Charles Francis Calls Mayor McFarlane 'Aloof, Disengaged'

I believe the last day of filing is the 21st. The 18th is the deadline to withdraw.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 07/10/2017 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Exclusive: Wake Missed a Chance to Conduct a Detailed Audit of the Register of Deeds Office, Which Is Now Missing $600K

Kyle Schutzstaffel: The Nuisance and Disturber, sited in the same IndyWeek article youre commenting on, said Wake County has an internal auditor, as you mustve read. What is his or her job, prey tell?

I do not know the auditor personally, but maybe you do? Im just asking the question. Do you have answers? Or are you just trying to diflect attention?

If 2 people took money thats a dang shame. If 10 or 12 or 15 people did, thats a scandal -- one the countys internal auditor hisself would be hard pressed to explain, dont you think?

I cant fail to disagree less that the key here is focusing on finding out who was stealing money -- E-VER-Y-BODY, not just the low-hanging fruit. Hang em ALL high, fair and square.

The point of this artical is that the county did not do it's required job of auditing this office. Who is responsible and accountible for that? That is the big question for us poor taxpayers. Do you have any answers KSS? Somebody does!

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Posted by Leanne Sigmon on 07/09/2017 at 8:38 PM

Re: “A 13-year-old takes North Carolina to court over climate change

The amount of people in this comment section that are denying climate change and blaming it on politics is extremely disappointing.

This has nothing to do with politics. It's about being aware of our environmental impact and doing whatever it takes to ensure a clean future for our children and our planet. Why is there so much controversy over that?

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Posted by LexiK19 on 07/08/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Wake County Found an Extra $3 Million. Who Decides How to Spend It—Commissioners or Bureaucrats?

Respectfully, Mr. Goldsmith, you should learn to read the CAFR before publishing things that are NOT FACTUAL. What you've decided to write here is untrue and misleading, at best.

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Posted by Trixsie M on 07/07/2017 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Exclusive: Wake Missed a Chance to Conduct a Detailed Audit of the Register of Deeds Office, Which Is Now Missing $600K

Leanne Sigmon, How do you know wake county has a well paid internal auditor? Do you know the auditor pesonally? Still the key here is focusing on finding out who were stealing money. If Ms Riddick makes decision for office computer system, she can have it set up/designed the way she wants it.

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Posted by KyleSS on 07/07/2017 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Water Levels Are Declining in North Carolina’s Rivers and Streams, and Scientists Are Concerned

Pretty sure this is all the Republicans' fault, starting of course with Bush. It is a conspiracy to make a profit. Those doggone capitalist pigs do it all the time. If it weren't for Republicans/capitalists, this would be a perfect world.

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Posted by John Trololo on 07/07/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Orange County School Board Balks on Confederate Flag Ban

"where's the beef's" comment on "banning things" is inane. I doubt that's even what the NYT article he is quoting SAYS. If there were a group of students in NY who started wearing SWASTIKAS in school because they really believed that Nazis were RIGHT, does he SERIOUSLY think THAT would be condoned?? That has basically ALREADY BEEN banned (regardless of whether there is explicit specific language about it), yet you don't hear him whining. "Cementing positions" DOES NOT perpetuate injustice. Cementing positions HEIGHTENS conflict and leads to the eventual RESOLUTION of said conflict. By which I mean simply that WE BEAT YOUR ASS in 1865, and it looks like you are ready FOR SOME MORE. BRING IT ON.

Posted by George Greene on 07/07/2017 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Orange County School Board Balks on Confederate Flag Ban

As a member of both communities (even though I don't live in Orange county, I am gay and black), I can assert with confidence that it is fully within Stacey Sewall's power to prevent Coffey's move from creating any kind of rift between the communities. All Sewall has to do is endorse adding the protections that Coffey is asking for, and make it clear that her community supports safe schools for everybody.

Posted by George Greene on 07/07/2017 at 2:05 PM
Posted by NCSilverBear on 07/07/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Wake County Found an Extra $3 Million. Who Decides How to Spend It—Commissioners or Bureaucrats?

Yes, I agree with @AnneSherron that anything that posits its always been done that way deserves scrutiny and the light of day. Too much of what is called pork gets shoved in under the rug with that reasoning. 3 Million is an awful lot of money not to have some public scrutiny.

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Posted by NCSilverBear on 07/07/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Water Levels Are Declining in North Carolina’s Rivers and Streams, and Scientists Are Concerned

When the fracking rigs start setting up you will see all of our water mixed with poison toxins and pumped into the ground in massive quantities and those poisons will leak into the rivers, streams, creeks, and lakes...furthering the decline in drinkable water....But hey who needs water eh...I mean is it not more important for corporations to make a profit ...? It is Gods command to go forth and make money according to the Republican agenda wonks...To them, air and water are overrated...It is them damned poors who want water at our expense of making money...The very nerve of them...hmmpff.

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Posted by Tony D on 07/07/2017 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Exclusive: Wake Missed a Chance to Conduct a Detailed Audit of the Register of Deeds Office, Which Is Now Missing $600K

As the saying goes...If it can be stolen it will be...They have too many people handling the money.

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Posted by Tony D on 07/07/2017 at 1:01 PM

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