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Re: “Runoff for Raleigh Mayor's Post May Be Ahead as Francis Denies McFarlane a Majority of Votes

What's divisive is how Nancy paid more than $50 Million on turning Dix into a park but could not do anything for mental health and to help the people who can no longer afford to live in Raleigh due to her lack of leadership on stopping real estate bros from "Making Raleigh great again" She might as well just be a Republican. Were we supposed to forget how it took her more than a month to say something about HB2?

9 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by snake00 on 10/11/2017 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Endless Summer: Since Fall Started, Raleigh’s Seen Temperatures At Least Six Degrees Above Average Eleven Times

So where was the Indy when there were more than six days of below average temperatures. I think you are pushing a non-existent agenda in order to justify the murder of humans.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Matt Price on 10/11/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “How Much Is a Confederate Monument Worth?

The crumpled hulk should be sent to the Smithstonian or the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham. Eventually, it will be seen as a valued marker of a historical moment.

3 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by William Turnier on 10/11/2017 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Muslim Raleigh City Council Candidate Zainab Baloch Says Defacement of Her Sign Won't Stop Her Campaign

Linzie, a quick correction. In your first sentence you mispelled "love" as "hate" and "racist" as "realist."

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by vidvis on 10/11/2017 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Muslim Raleigh City Council Candidate Zainab Baloch Says Defacement of Her Sign Won't Stop Her Campaign

Correction: I mistakenly attributed to Paul Blest the statement made by Linzie Washington about the defacement of Ms. Baloch's sign.
My apologies to Paul.
The questions in that post now go to Linzie Washington.

Posted by ThomasG on 10/11/2017 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Muslim Raleigh City Council Candidate Zainab Baloch Says Defacement of Her Sign Won't Stop Her Campaign

Mr. Blest,
Do you have reliable data that backs up your claim that "the majority of these types of cases usually end up to be self inflicted to further an agenda"?
Are you aware of any such incident in the Triangle?
I'm aware that there have been such cases, but it's extremely irresponsible to make such a claim unless you have verifiable proof. The reason the fake hate crimes get wide publicity is that they are rare.
Tommy Goldsmith

Posted by ThomasG on 10/10/2017 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Muslim Raleigh City Council Candidate Zainab Baloch Says Defacement of Her Sign Won't Stop Her Campaign

Somehow, I don't think that jumping to the conclusion that a Muslim woman made up a hate crime out of thin air is being a "realist."

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Paul Blest on 10/10/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Muslim Raleigh City Council Candidate Zainab Baloch Says Defacement of Her Sign Won't Stop Her Campaign

Hate to be a realist, but this will probably end up being a political stunt that was done by her own campaign. The majority of these types of cases usually end up to be self inflicted to further an agenda.

1 like, 9 dislikes
Posted by Linzie Washington on 10/10/2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Vote, Dammit! The INDY’s 2017 Endorsements for the Raleigh, Durham, and Cary Municipal Elections

The link to the questionnaire seems to be broken. Anyone know where it is?

Posted by Chris Sites on 10/10/2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Nancy McFarlane Presides Over a Thriving City. Charles Francis Says She Doesn’t Deserve the Credit.

I am curious as to why I have seen no press coverage of the fact that both US Senator Cory Booker and US Congressman GK Butterfield attended a rally in support of Charles Francis and endorsed his candidacy.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rebecca Llewellyn on 10/10/2017 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Vote, Dammit! The INDY’s 2017 Endorsements for the Raleigh, Durham, and Cary Municipal Elections

Freedom of speech is one of the rights of American citizens that make publushing newspapers a profitable enterprise. It is also the Constitutional Right that give individuals a voice in the same media forum.

While it is important to recognize the professionals' approach in their endorsements; it is also wise to try to see the perspective of people who challenge the status quo.

The qualifications and capabilities of Charles Francis, for Mayor and Shelia Alamin-Khashoggi, for At-large are not questionable factors. These two seasoned Raleigh natives are seasoned business persons who bring talents to the City Council that the encumbents have not demonstrated.

As you read the Indy questionaires, you may see how these challengers posed answers to questions that the Indy editirial staff framed for it's audience. I don't think that there is anything bad about that. But, I do believe that there is a larger audience that voters should be aware of in their consideration of who to chose to address those matters that touch our lives most commonly.

The encumbent mayor of Raleigh has been good at promoting the City but lacks the communications skills to address the issues presented by Mr. Francis. This has been demonstrated repeatedly in public forums where the candidates were given equal opportunity to address the issues. Charles Francis presented his unframed platform eloquently and precisely. Perhaps, Indy Week just chose not to report those encounters.

As for the at-large position, Mrs. Khasoggi is the most academically and practically on-the-job expetienced candidate in on the Raleigh City Council ballot bar none. She is Day One ready to get the job done. You can read about her and her years of contributions to the welfare of her neighbors. Her charitable work and her dedication to elevating herself from poverty through perseverance and educational achievement are more than good reads. You owe it to yourself to understand why these two candidates are behind the record breaking early voting in Raleigh.

The people of Raleigh who were born and raised in the City welcome newcomers who want to join with them in this community. These two candidates are such natives who really embody what this city can become when all of its citizens are represented by the municipal leadership.

Yes... Vote Dammit! But, understand the meaning of your vote as well as the implications on the future if your choices. If I, agree on all but two of the Indy Week endorsements, the rational of my personal preferences must be based on something that you, the IW reading audience may want to really consider.

Two candidates for the three at-large positions have energized the city and brought out record levels of citizen participation. They did this without resorting to diatribes or relying of racial preference. In short, they individually united the citizens of Raleigh and ignited their involvement in the municipal election.

This ability to draw in the public and get consensus across the aisle from friend and foe is something that the readers of IW should take into consideration given the climate of discord we are experiencing from our state and national representatitives.

The polls have been open for the past hour and you can vote if you are in line by 7 pm.

Posted by Ml Hayes on 10/10/2017 at 7:35 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses the Raleigh Transportation Bond

That's all the Indy has to say about the transportation bond? Just vote for it because you say we need it? I had to go to the City of Raleigh website to get the information I needed - and I will vote for it - but the Indy should provide a lot more information on it.

11 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Granted on 10/10/2017 at 6:44 AM

Re: “Heading to Biff Rose Tonight? You Might Want to Check His Website.

Too bad! You don't know who you are talking about. People these days have become so judgmental and eager to be offended, and anything that challenges complacency is viewed with suspicion. Biff is not racist and doesn't hate anybody, certainly not Jewish people. Although he is clearly not a fan of bullies. Like Mel Brooks recently said, it's a hard time for comedy. People are increasingly unable to laugh at themselves... this is a sad commentary on the situation of free speech, when the people who probably think of themselves as progressive or liberal actually behave just like the so-called Moral Majority, and censor somebody's performance without even finding out first what it actually is! Shame on you sanctimonious cowards!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Jennifer Pendur on 10/10/2017 at 5:37 AM

Re: “Nigerien Guitarist Mdou Moctar Reaches Beyond Boundaries of Country or Genre

Music with guitar Wao!! is awesome with his music and the back series of his I am waiting for this from very long time. https://harrypottermusicbox.com/

Posted by harrypottermusicbox on 10/10/2017 at 1:19 AM

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

Dickie Thompson is not someone we want in office if we want greenspace, recreational areas and a good quality of life in the Triangle!!! He is about to put in a quarry next to Umstead State Park!! And guess who helped pay his campaign costs???? Yep...Wake Stone...the company responding to the RFP that RDUAA put out to lease the RDU lands. Guess who sits on the RDUAA Board?? Yep...Dickie Thompson!!! What's up with THAT??

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Deborah Hage on 10/09/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Durham Commissioners Consider Adding a New “City-Center” Light-Rail Stop Downtown

Adding this stop to serve DPAC and the Durham Bulls is a sensible step.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Durham451 on 10/08/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Should a Planned City Development at Durham Station Have All Affordable Housing?

Once again, Steve Schewel shows why he should be Durham's next mayor:

"After the meeting, council members Charlie Reece, Jillian Johnson, and Steve Schewel said they preferred that plan (shown above) because it delivers what the community wantsaffordable housingat the lowest cost to the city. "

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Durham451 on 10/08/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Nancy McFarlane Presides Over a Thriving City. Charles Francis Says She Doesn’t Deserve the Credit.

If anyone on this thread actually thinks Mayor McFarlane has anything to do with the success of Raleigh, they are sorely mistaken. 66 people a day come into Raleigh for Big Pharma job. Before that they came in for Telecom jobs. They all live in North Raleigh and commute RTP daily. (A miserable commute that the city won't fix.)

Sadly they pay a BIG chunk of their paychecks to the government so moronic politicians in downtown Raleigh can spend it on downtown Raleigh; a place about 20 miles south that we have no interest in. Wake up!!!

The nerve of her or any politician claiming credit. The politicians who take care of our police, fire and sanitation people and doesn't spend an unnecessary penny on stupid stuff like convention centers, bike sharing systems and city sponsored restaurants are the only politician I care about.

Get Real!!

Ben Lev

4 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Dan Levi on 10/08/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “OWASA Will Soon Reintroduce Fluoride Into Its Water Supply. Critics Say the Authority Is Unethically Acting Without Their Informed Consent.

Janet Nagels tirade is a remarkable demonstration of the anti-F activists ability to dredge through 70+ years of history and evidence, completely ignore the overwhelming majority, distort the rest and come up with a narrative that makes a safe and effective public health measure look like Hitlers return. Nagel believes fluoridation is a police action Really?

If one takes the time to find and examine the sources of all of the uncited accusations you will discover that many sources are not identified for a very good reason the actual studies and reviews do not prove drinking optimally fluoridated water is ineffective or causes harm and often come to the opposite conclusion than portrayed by fluoridation opponents.

I have no idea where Nagel came up with the opinion that the 1986-1987 survey deliberately covered up evidence, but a 1990 paper, Recent Trends in Dental Caries in U.S. Children and the Effect of Water Fluoridation by Brunelle and Carlos which used that survey data concluded, Children who had always been exposed to community water fluoridation had mean DMFS scores about 18% lower than those who had never lived in fluoridated communities. When some of the "background" effect of topical fluoride was controlled, this difference increased to 25%. The results suggest that water fluoridation has played a dominant role in the decline in caries and must continue to be a major prevention methodology.

Another example is the claim that drinking optimally fluoridated water is neurotoxic to children or anyone else. Because of misrepresentation of their conclusions, the authors of the so-called Harvard studies actually publically stated that their study was not relevant to drinking water fluoridation in the U.S.

The most recent Bashash, et al. fluoride/IQ study contained six paragraphs that described the limitations of the study.
https://openparachute.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/maternal-urinary-fluorideiq-study-an-update/

So heres what weve got: The undistorted mountains of scientific evidence from over 70 years clearly showing:
1) Drinking optimally fluoridated water is safe;
2) Drinking optimally fluoridated water is effective;
3) Drinking optimally fluoridated water is not necessary if one wishes to increase the risk of dental decay;
4) Fluoridation opponents have extremely passionate, unsupportable opinions which cause them to distrust science, scientists, health professionals and public health measures.

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Randy Johnson on 10/08/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “OWASA Will Soon Reintroduce Fluoride Into Its Water Supply. Critics Say the Authority Is Unethically Acting Without Their Informed Consent.

Having posted speed limits and having to obey them is an unlawful restriction of my right to free choice as to my health, based on studies from the 60's that claim that driving a safe speed saves lives.

Now that we have airbags and anti lock brakes, I should be able to go whatever speed I want. Having the government tell me what to do with my body is never acceptable.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by John Trololo on 10/08/2017 at 7:58 AM

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