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Re: “In the Runoff, the INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

INDY you have been talking about affordable housing and other issues of inequality for years. And you endorse McFarlane right off the jump? I do not get it.

Posted by Jeffreeeeee on 10/18/2017 at 9:46 PM

Re: “In the Runoff, the INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

It was my hope that either candidate would have brought up issues that citizens with disabilities have to deal with in Raleigh. However, I have not heard nor seen anything. Over the years I have attempted to contact the City to no avail. I also sent an email to Mr. Francis but did not receive a reply. Please remember that people with disabilities represent 20% of the population.

Posted by Gcat1960 on 10/18/2017 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Not a Lot of Nazi Statues in Berlin

When you pull tongue-in-cheek comments out of context of the original thread, it'd be nice if you had the courtesy to contact the original author of the quotes for further comment. Just pulling random, out-of-context quotes off facebook is pretty weak "journalism."

Posted by Heath Satow on 10/18/2017 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Not a Lot of Nazi Statues in Berlin

Thanks for pulling my quote out without noting that the comment was made tongue-in-cheek. A bit creepy when you pull quotes from facebook without interviewing the sources.

Posted by Heath Satow on 10/18/2017 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Is It a Good Idea to Call a Country and Southern-Rock Concert a Carolina Uprising?

Charlie Daniels's extreme right-wing views are not news to most people. Nor is his persistent dismissal of self-examination of those views. Even so, how did you miss his comparing legal abortion to Auschwitz?! https://www.google.com/search?q=charlie+da… Or

Posted by Delia Delion on 10/18/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

This endorsement article is more succinct than in previous years, but that doesn't mean it's lazy or rushed. Perhaps there is not that much that needs to be said. Chapel Hill is fortunate this year to have five strong candidates, including four newcomers, vying for four seats. The INDY endorsed four of them and sort of endorsed the fifth too. Those of us who live in Chapel Hill are lucky to have so many qualified, civic-minded individuals willing to undertake the important, difficult work of local governance.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by David 1 on 10/18/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Live: Bill Callahan Sees How Low He Can Go

"One Fine Morning" was the first time I got choked up, but not the last. Great opening set, too.

Posted by Bill Floyd on 10/18/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

This is a very lazy endorsement evident by the words "we believe to be too deferential to the town's staff". First of all, since when is the town staff an enemy of the Town's interests?

Second, it shows the INDY editorial board's gross misunderstanding of the development review process and what it is that staff actually does. Having been on Town staff, I can say that the staff takes its position of neutrality VERY seriously. There are elements of many developments--both those that come to fruition and those that never even make it to concept plan--that staff members find disagreeable. Nevertheless, the staff has legal obligations and if a development meets all of the legal requirements, then it may not be in a position to recommend denial.

Moreover, I can say from firsthand experience that the Council only ever sees a miniscule fraction of all of the developments that ever get proposed in Chapel Hill. Many developments are so bad or logistically impossible that the Town staff has to work diligently to sort through those issues before the Council/advisory boards get involved. So if the Town staff ever seems agreeable to the majority of developers, it's only because the public only ever sees the ones where it is possible for a developer to attain regulatory compliance. In reality, most developments end up on the cutting room floor.

The point here being that any deference that Maria shows toward the Town staff is not a deference to an over-accommodation of developers but rather to the months or even years of careful regulatory review of Town staff members on any given project. I suspect other new Councilmembers will soon find that wanting to say yes/no and being able to say yes/no within a quasi judicial framework is easier said than done

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Eric Feld on 10/18/2017 at 4:46 PM

Re: “In the Runoff, the INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

All I see are luxury apartments and luxury homes being built. I chose to stay in Raleigh after my divorce to raise my daughter in a city that had a lot to offer... now.. I am going to have to move out of wake county. I know longer can afford the rent.. nevermind trying to own my first home in this area... smdh... Raleigh/wake county is showing they only care for people with money... all the rest of us they don't give a second thought...

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Debbie Henninger Harris on 10/18/2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

I think this endorsement makes a lot of sense. These are all candidates that have the best interests of the town's residents at heart. Maria has consistently been on the side of big development without concern for the actual need or the impact on town residents, and in my own encounters with her, I have found her dismissive of the points of view of many of her constituents.

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Emily Lees on 10/18/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “What’s That, You Say? You Just Voted? Another Election Starts Thursday.

Why arent you endorsing in Cary Apex Morrisville etc?

Posted by democratunc on 10/18/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

Did anyone ask Miss Gu who she voted for in the Republican primary last year as her voting records indicate she did?

2 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Chris Weaver on 10/18/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

On the contrary, Will, I thinks this shows an endorsement that took a great deal of time and thought. The "lazy rushed" way to do it would have been to just endorse incumbents. Maria Palmer is quite proud of the fact that she relies on the manager and staff to give her information. I also support Allen and hope people will note that he was a 5th endorsee. I think Rachel and Hongbin will bring new voices, fresh ideas, a commitment to all of Chapel Hill's residents, and a healthy respect for facts, evidence, and comprehensive views. Ed will bring his experience and knowledge.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Del Snow on 10/18/2017 at 2:26 PM

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.

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

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

I second Will Hopkins; this seems perfunctory, and in any event isn't very helpful to voters. I would note that Allen Buansi's record, in particular, was given short shrift, and his age inappropriately emphasized given the relative absence of further information. For better or worse, Indy Week is relied upon by many Chapel Hill voters. It should strive to do better.

3 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Jonah Garson on 10/18/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

Honestly, this just ready like a very lazy and rushed endorsement. There is very little substance here. I am very happy to see that Karen was endorsed. Im very confused as to why Maria and Allen were not endorsed and the articles justification for the decision not to endorse them does very little to substantively explain this decision.

7 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Will Hopkins on 10/18/2017 at 12:33 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.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by that1chick on 10/18/2017 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Is It a Good Idea to Call a Country and Southern-Rock Concert a Carolina Uprising?

Maybe you're reading into the name just a little too much. It's just a dumb name, like Carolina Rebellion which takes place near Charlotte.

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by terryboo on 10/18/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “In the Runoff, the INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

Raising issues of equity "is good" but what about those BEST WHATEVER LISTS!

Wow.

Who is benefiting from those "best whatever lists" and the boom in Raleigh?

The fact is, Raleigh has serious gentrification, segregation and income-wealth inequity problems.

It's due time to give people of color a voice and start sharing the prosperity with marginalized communities.

People of color are nearly half of the Raleigh population yet are being left behind.

http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2016/10/06/ne…
"New and damning report: NC poverty is still higher than before the recession and worse than the national average

North Carolinas economy isnt working for everyone, and for some its downright broken, said Tazra Mitchell, BTC policy analyst and co-author of the report. Many families wake up to financial insecurity every morning as the shortage of jobs paying family-supporting wages persists, household income re-mains below pre-recession levels, and the gap between the wealthy and everyone else widens.

The states poverty rate, child poverty rate, and deep poverty rate were each the 12th highest in the nation in 2015. Nearly 698,000 North Carolinians lived in deep poverty in 2015, meaning they earned half or less of the annual poverty-level income for their family size. Race, gender, and age also play significant roles in poverty, the report finds:"

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/edu…

--Number of homeless students rises in Wake County schools

The number of homeless children in the Wake County school system has increased 23 percent since 2009

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Gheist on 10/18/2017 at 9:35 AM

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.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by JerrryG on 10/18/2017 at 7:41 AM

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