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Re: “How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left

John takes on systematic issues that drive a wedge through all of our lives. Politics, the Church, the LGBTQ Community, social issues, racial inequality and the injustices we face daily are all topics that John takes head on in his writings. His words spread hope, inspiration, compassion, strength, encouragement, love, and the promise that we can all work together to make this world a better place.

Posted by Lee Bolick Burkett on 11/23/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Durham City Council Votes to Provide Grants to Some Southside Residents Struggling with Property Tax Bills

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Re: “Newly Reelected Mayor Nancy McFarlane Grapples With the Fact that Large Swaths of Raleigh Feel Left Behind

Post the election where the elites if Raleigh simply consolidated their influence via control of the media, the situation for 42% of Raleigh remains the same. The is no politically patriarchal or matriarchal benefactor looking out for the interests of minorities in this city. The problem is that any attempt to do this for themselves is met with suspicion and animosity rooted in a culturally obsolete racial mentality. One that supposes that it has the best interests of minorities at heart when it ignores and attempts to depreciate their participation in the political process.

This editorial presents the mayor as acknowledging of what she is worked as defining as 'disengagement.' The term implies intent to refuse to participate. Nothing could be further from the truth. The JerryGs of Raleigh as so misinformed that they might as well be Russians chiming in from Moscow. It's as though they aren't aware of the persistent and continual attempts of various groups to influence and contribute to the city's government. Perhaps, it's the lack of MSM coverage by local newspapers and television stations. It could also be a matter of apathy on the part of a city council with only one racial minority representative at the table.

One person on the council is responsible for cityeide leadership. The mayor.

The two at-large councils are there to address conflicts of interests among the districts, but one can't offload the responsibility of the mayor to be both the voice and the torch bearer of the City. This is where the ideals of impartiality and opportunity are personified or denied.

The majority of the opposition to Mayor McFarlane was generated by a lack of attention to complaint and grievances voiced via the approved channels setup by the city. That isn't disengagement. It's a lack of execution of duty to a specific constituency. The term for that is highly disparaging but the effect of such extreme apathy is indisputably damaging to the least affluent in the City.

For sure, there are many like Charles Francis who have engaged the system and carved out a place for themselves and their families. The whole idea that that could be done while at the same instance addressing the political challenges of the known obstacles to political participation to Americans of African descent is a confirmation of ignorance.

The point can be made by the Indy Week's focus on the Muslim community via the Boloch campaign. Per Jerry's criteria for prior contribution to the city's welfare, their attempt to engage via the campaign was unqualified by any prior contributions. As you can see, the logic of the idea that she could get her education and make a contribution? Could the South Asian Community claim that it has benefited the African American community by opening stores in their neighborhoods that do not contribute to the political benefit of their patrons?

The Asians took your example and they show the same disregard for the community. Now, their children want to participate and engage in the political process, Is that a sign of collusion or evidence of a desire to be independent?

Enough! The whole idea of this nation is inclusion.

IF you want democracy to work you can't pretend that people are disengaging because the complain about be ing segregated and dismissed.

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Posted by MickeyNotMouse on 11/23/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Dammit, Al Franken

I do believe the women that accused Trump and Moore. However, I have a problem believing the women who have accused Franken. They are Republicans and some still support Trump. Just a gut feeling on my part, not an accusation!

Posted by Corinne Hayes on 11/23/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left

I have been to NRCC. Very nice people and nice congregation. Not terribly comfortable even with liberal Christianity. I would probably go more often if John was the actual pastor there and not a youth pastor. John was the reason I went to NRCC in the first place, and I might even go back...IF John were speaking. I go there, when I do...for John.

Posted by Angela Bridgman on 11/23/2017 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Alamance County’s Notorious Sheriff Hurt His Shin, and He Wants an Anti-Confederate Protester from Durham to Pay for It

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Posted by Antonio Caso on 11/23/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left

There are plenty of us old people who like him too. I am 83 years old and I find in him beautiful expression of topics that need to be addressed.

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Posted by Anne Wood on 11/23/2017 at 7:16 AM
Posted by PST INDIA on 11/23/2017 at 5:29 AM

Re: “Last week, Raleigh unveiled a new logo. This week, it’s Durham’s turn.

Are you sure this is a good logo ?? I'm not sure. I think you should do something more interesting . Use any service for this (for example, https://www.logaster.com/logo/). It's not expensive, but very effective for any city logo

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Posted by Ben Milloy on 11/23/2017 at 4:26 AM

Re: “How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left

Pretty sure he will tackle systemic issues in the future. Right now he's writing to help us all gain strength.

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Posted by Teresa Blythe on 11/22/2017 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Alamance County’s Notorious Sheriff Hurt His Shin, and He Wants an Anti-Confederate Protester from Durham to Pay for It

If he circled around me in a park and told me I did not belong in that park, it would probably not end well for that little Ran boy. He would not be able to keep an eye on me LOL

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Posted by John Trololo on 11/22/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Alamance County’s Notorious Sheriff Hurt His Shin, and He Wants an Anti-Confederate Protester from Durham to Pay for It

This is the guy that circled us in the park last year while with my 1 year old, blocking us from supervising her in a public place. He is violent and has to be stopped. This incident was right after trump was elected, when my family attended the not my president rally after letting our baby visit the playground and apparently my husband being white and having a buzzcut wearing a band t featuring an American flag and tattoos makes him look like a white supremacist. Despite we were just walking around the park with our 1 year old and dog; "Ran Bar-On" took him upon himself to get him and his friends to approach us saying we don't belong in the park and "he's going to keep an eye on us", which is he did with his arms crossed way too much for comfort even while I breast fed my daughter. And despite the dangerous "glass smashing zone" that my daughter who just learned to walk was going towards, he stood there with his buddies like a wall keeping us from her as she went under their legs.
He should absolutely be held accountable for his actions. I have no doubt he's trying to make it seem like he's being unjustly accused but actually did assault this officer.

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Posted by Cat Renner Mohar on 11/22/2017 at 4:58 PM

Re: “As Gaylord and Baldwin Leave, Raleigh City Council Nixes Short-Term Rental Plan Again

FWIW. the idea that "IBMA fans would welcome the chance to rent out someone's extra rooms" is not hypothetical.

At the 2016 Bluegrass Festival we got 1,000 attendees to sign a petition supporting short-term rentals in Raleigh. Many of them were from out of town...and staying at Airbnbs and VRBOS. More to the point, many of them were staying together as families in homes they found on Airbnb and VRBO - that includes the former director of the Bluegrass Festival. That's why our signs at the City Council meeting yesterday said, "Bluegrass NEXT Year: Will Raleigh STILL Be Family-Friendly?"

You can see the petition here: MakeItRightRaleigh.com.

Why would we want take away the family-friendly option of renting an entire house on Airbnb or VRBO for families travelling to Raleigh for the Bluegrass Festival or a family relocating here or a family wedding or to support another family member with a health issue or whatever?

This is not the only reason to make short-term rentals legal in Raleigh, but it's high on the list...especially now that so many families are relocating here and need short-term housing as a family to help them make the move.

FWIW, when my wife Jody and I moved here that's what we did...we stayed in an Airbnb until we found a permanent place to live.

Posted by Gregg Stebben on 11/22/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “One of Three North Carolina Regions Could Land Amazon's HQ2, CNBC Analysis Says

Charlotte, (and Raleigh) two of the worst places in the country for economic mobility. If you are born poor, you stay poor. Why not choose Charlotte (or Raleigh) for economic justice?

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 11/22/2017 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Duke Energy Wants You to Pay for Its Coal Ash Mess

I got an idea! Duke can put a HUGE insurance policy on that asshole McCrory and then murder him for the money to clean up THEIR problem. Sounds fair and plausible by today's idiotic republican standards huh?

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Posted by Remo on 11/22/2017 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Newly Reelected Mayor Nancy McFarlane Grapples With the Fact that Large Swaths of Raleigh Feel Left Behind

They don't have credibility according to you because you choose not to see the truth. Charles is part of the problem in SE Raleigh, but in no way is he the only problem. He has chose to represent clients such as Alcoa in court. This speaks volumes in regards to how he feels about the less fortunate. The N/O is a decent publication, but I get my facts reputable sources. I just think it is unfair to point all the blame on one singular person for the state of SE Raleigh. If he cares so much, why hasn't he done anything in the last 15 years to help the situation? To jump out of nowhere and blame the current mayor, and only the mayor, doesn't accomplish anything. Maybe he shouldn't fund downtown construction? Maybe he should do more with his position with the Raleigh Housing Authority?

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Posted by JerrryG on 11/22/2017 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Newly Reelected Mayor Nancy McFarlane Grapples With the Fact that Large Swaths of Raleigh Feel Left Behind

Jerrry, from my experience literally nothing you posted has credibility. You must be an avid N&O reader to have drawn some of your curious conclusions. For brevity I will address one here, that being "Charles never put forth a solid plan for what he intended to do." Having heard Mr. Francis speak many times about his vision and plans, I can assure you he put forth said plans continually and consistently. Unfortunately, he found himself in an environment where local media covered the election as though they were friendly acquaintances of his opponent. Which, as it turns out, happens to be true for higher ups at Indy, WRAL and especially the News & Observer. While I won't assert the outcome would have changed, the fact is local media outlets offered very little in the way of objective reporting. Editorially, even worse. To what degree that impacted the final totals, we can't know, but there's no doubt the slanted coverage greatly favored McFarlane and likewise, hurt Francis. Even after the election, the N&O (presumably McFarlance family friend Jim Jenkins) couldn't help but dump unfairly and inaccurately on Francis.

Raleigh voters and Charles Francis deserved better.

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Posted by George Farthing on 11/22/2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Alamance County’s Notorious Sheriff Hurt His Shin, and He Wants an Anti-Confederate Protester from Durham to Pay for It

Change the venue to durham and he will be released. If you are a marxist laws don't apply to you in the people's republic of durham. Something to consider the next time you have a thug in your sights.

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Posted by Vernon Robinson on 11/22/2017 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Alamance County’s Notorious Sheriff Hurt His Shin, and He Wants an Anti-Confederate Protester from Durham to Pay for It

Bar-on assaulted an officer of the law. He is lucky to be alive.

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Posted by John Trololo on 11/22/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “One of Three North Carolina Regions Could Land Amazon's HQ2, CNBC Analysis Says

"...a heritage of innovation dating back to the Wright Brothers." Yes indeed. Especially compared to the lack of innovation required to merely build a mechanized airplane in Dayton, Ohio.

Posted by citizenshame on 11/22/2017 at 1:59 AM

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