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Re: “Governor's School blues

Would anyone mind telling me if Gov School is LGBT+ friendly? I'm hoping to apply, but I'm afraid my orientation might cause issues

Posted by Randie Rose on 10/16/2017 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Cole-McFadden Survives Durham Council Primary, Moffitt Does Not

Cora landed the endorsements of the Durham Committee (DC) and the Friends (FD) for 10,400 votes.
Huggins with the DC endorsement and Moffitt with the FD combined for 11,400.
Ali also had both DC and FD but came up about 3-4000 votes short at 7400 votes.
And Freelon scored 4000 votes. Possible that many of his votes were peeled from the DC turnout at Ali's expense. IOW if Freelon hadn't run Ali's total might have been comparable to Cora's and Huggins/Moffitt's combined total of about 11,000-ish.

Posted by Frank Hyman on 10/15/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Durham's Next Mayor Will Be Steve Schewel or Farad Ali

Cora landed the endorsements of the Durham Committee (DC) and the Friends (FD) for 10,400 votes.
Huggins with the DC endorsement and Moffitt with the FD combined for 11,400.
Ali also had both DC and FD but came up about 3-4000 votes short at 7400 votes.
And Freelon scored 4000 votes. Possible that many of his votes were peeled from the DC turnout at Ali's expense. IOW if Freelon hadn't run Ali's total might have been comparable to Cora's and Huggins/Moffitt's combined total of about 11,000-ish.

Posted by Frank Hyman on 10/15/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Make Way for the NIMBY Raleigh City Council, as Newcomers Nicole Stewart and Stef Mendell Oust Bonner Gaylord and Defeat Stacy Miller

Just because one of our two newly elected Council members is pro-neighborhood and natural resources, it does not qualify her to a labeled a NIMBY, which is a pejorative term from the '80's relating to the siting of hazardous waste facilities. How great it is to have more neighborhood advocates on the Council! I mean they are supposed to represent their districts.

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Posted by Meredith de la Vergne on 10/15/2017 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Make Way for the NIMBY Raleigh City Council, as Newcomers Nicole Stewart and Stef Mendell Oust Bonner Gaylord and Defeat Stacy Miller

To follow-up on my previous comment. Mary-Ann and Nancy are both very developer friendly and neither one can claim to be neighborhood advocates. So, I am wary of their preferred candidate.
Nicole Stewart has an admirable record on environmental stewardship. I commend her on that record and welcome her in bringing that expertise to the council. I look forward to her using her voice at the council table to continue her work in protecting the city's valuable natural resources such as those along the Falls of Neuse corridor.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 10/13/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 2: Environmental Advocates Say Hog Facilities’ Antiquated Waste-Disposal Systems Are Threatening the State’s Waterways

A response to Chris Tiffany's comment on math. It was a great thing to point out since the number of pounds per mile was inaccurate. I'm glad you also view the current hog farm's system as problematic, since you can smell the stink, even if it's not 314 times as bad as that mathematical error suggests. It would be really interesting to know at which phase the mistake was made. First, I could see the 110,000 pounds being true. I'm sure they had data for the amount of pigs in the region, and therefore they were doing calculations based on the actual square milage. After they were done with the calculations (which anyone could do without flying around and getting a pig head count) they could have either made up the flying story or flew to add a visual context for the non math minded person to better visualize the situation. In doing so they told the story that they flew a 10 mile radius instead of 10 square miles making it seem mathematically incorrect, but whether the numbers are wrong or the plot is inaccurate, we don't know. Second to your response about the fact that editors should check for math errors, I agree, but it could also be the case that the editor changed it from 110,000 pounds in a 10 mile radius to 110,000 pounds per square mile, thinking that it sounded better and also thinking that it was mathematically equivalent. Third and final thing, It could simply be as you assumed a simple mathematical error, but really the question becomes, does it change the situation? For me, I personally cannot visualize what an area would look like being exposed to 3500 pounds of pig waste per square mile per day vs 110,000. While numerically they are different for sure, the thing that really matters is how this impacts people and how much this environmental damage will cost us in the long run. The toxicity of these facitlities is not in question, just getting people to care about it is.

Posted by Aw Goody on 10/13/2017 at 1:34 AM

Re: “Make Way for the NIMBY Raleigh City Council, as Newcomers Nicole Stewart and Stef Mendell Oust Bonner Gaylord and Defeat Stacy Miller

Nicole Stewart was endorsed by Mary-Ann Baldwin, her campaign manager is Nancy McFarlane's daughter and she was supported in her campaign by Nancy McFarlane. I will believe the Nicole Stewart is a neighborhood advocate when she PROVES it.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 10/12/2017 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Cole-McFadden Survives Durham Council Primary, Moffitt Does Not

Speaking in third person - not cool. And sort of creepy.

"You have to understand I am mayor pro tem, I'm the incumbent, I'm active in the community and I'm Cora Cole-McFadden," she said.

It's time to retire and pass the baton to new, younger, more progressive leadership - challenger DeDreana Freeman.

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Posted by Durham451 on 10/12/2017 at 9:24 PM

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

There aren't people housed at Dix for mental health issues. It is has not housed patients since 2012 and this was long before it was slated to be used as a park. The council has absolutely nothing to do with mental health here in Raleigh, that is a state issue and you should take that up with the legislature. It is a shame that Trump has made all white people "white supremacists". Trump is an absolute embarrassment to the human race. I think you should also educate yourself on how much power the mayor actually has. It seems you are mistaken that a mayor can take away space people are using. They don't have policing power and actually the mayor here in Raleigh is what is called a "weak mayor". Look it up and it will explain more than I can put here. This city needs all types of infrastructure that can help and support all types of people. If a developer comes in and wants to buy a plot of land in South East Raleigh and put up a million dollar home, the council nor the mayor can stop that. Did Charles mention that he is on the board of a bank that finances some of the development that is going on right now in downtown Raleigh? I bet he didn't. Everyone in this country has something to be angry about, but going around labeling white people as "white supremacists" who don't support Charles is disturbing and setting everyone back. We are better than this as people and I'm sure you are better than that as a person. As far as the Indy goes, it looks they are allowing everyone to put in there two cents here.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/12/2017 at 9:04 PM

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

@willyg "I support affordable housing but you can't abandon the rest of the city to do it" I think you mean to say that you can't abandon rich white folks who care more about bike lanes than homeless veterans. Which results in a city council that will spend $50 million on turning dix into a park, or will spend millions on "urbanized" bike lanes than they will spend on mental health. These people in our city council would move the central prison if it meant putting condos there. Because they are white supremacists who do not care for the majority of people who live in raleigh. Your comment sounds very familiar to what is posted on brietbart in regards to how you will defend modern day slave owners. That is what is truly sad. And I was at Francis's meetings. Just like I was at the moore square meeting in '13 where racist developers who are just as bad as Trump said "we need more of our people here" I was there in '11 when the "progressive" MacFarlane revoked the space occupy raleigh was using down town because she was afraid if she gave them a space then another group who is "not as polite" would ask for the same rights. I was there eariler this year when developers talked about shutting down Rachel's tarot store near maywood because it does not "fit the character" of what they want Maywood to be. In other words it was not white enough for them. I have seen this racism be supported by MacFarlane and bonner gaylord. And I think it's disgusting. I hope that forbes rank helps these people who ignore what is right in front of them sleep at night. Because inequality will only go up. And it's become obvious that Indy Week does not care for objective journalism that serves all of raleigh. That is what is sad.

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Posted by lamer99 on 10/12/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Former Gov. Jim Hunt Endorses Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane for Re-election

I have to admit I changed my mind about Mr. Francis after learning more about him in other media outlets. I voted for him on Tuesday, and I would vote again for him were he to decide to call for a run-off with Mayor McFarlane.

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Posted by Martha C. Brock on 10/12/2017 at 5:35 PM
Posted by Brian Fitzsimmons on 10/12/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “David Cox Outpolls John Odom in Fight For District B seat on Raleigh City Council

John Odom had a very insightful quote in the N&O just prior to the election speaking about Cox's win in 2015.

"He won by getting all the neighbors riled up, Odom said of Coxs 2015 victory. But this time theyve had two years to get to know how David Cox works and what he thinks.

Odom was right, although for different reasons. People did get to know David over 2 years and learn what he thinks. They liked what they learned and the neighbors got riled up again, this time in 17 of 18 precincts.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 10/11/2017 at 11:09 PM

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

@snake00 - Promoting white supremacy? Racist gentrification? Holy cow you are stretching way out there aren't you? Brietbart is garbage by the way and honestly I never read it. I never defended how expensive it is in Raleigh, it just is what it is and that means I support white supremacy? How many of Charles's meetings did you go where he was spreading this type of lie? Poverty and homelessness has been a problem long before she was mayor. I support more affordable housing, but you can't abandon the rest of the city to get it. What a joke. Since when did they use mandolin in jazz? Your post is truly, truly sad.

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Posted by Willy G on 10/11/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Cole-McFadden Survives Durham Council Primary, Moffitt Does Not

Write-in votes for primary losers next month will count. Municipal elections are exempt from the "sore loser" clause. Per NCGS 163-123(g).

(It's for this reason I don't think we should have municipal primaries at all. They don't actually eliminate anyone from the set of possible winners. All they determine is who gets advertised on the general ballot.)

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Posted by Ray Ubinger on 10/11/2017 at 12:56 PM

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

Also Indy Week needs to mention how the writer of this piece is in a Jazz Band with the Mayor's husband. Which is a clear conflict of interest in biased coverage.
http://burningcoal.org/rodehardtheband/

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Posted by snake00 on 10/11/2017 at 12:51 PM

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

@WillyG Indy Week readers sounding more and more like people who read Brietbart. Sounds like your defending the racist gentrification that has increased poverty and homelessness under Nancy's leadership. And a defense of Raleigh not being affordable is in reality, a defense of white supremacy. Her tone deafness on the real issues impacting Raleigh says a lot about why she did not have a clear victory.

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Posted by snake00 on 10/11/2017 at 12:45 PM

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

@Matt, you do know that the mean average temperature in the world has risen?

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/0…

There is no argument about this (there is some debate as to the causes of this). Moreover, the increase in the mean average temperature has tremendous consequences for extreme conditions (both extreme heat or cold). Thus, the increasing cold temps are--in fact--also related to the rise in global temperatures. The potential consequences to human life in terms of increased storms, rising sea levels, loss of hospitable lands are certainly more dangerous than whatever you are implying about the "murder of humans."

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Posted by Justin Scranton on 10/11/2017 at 10:47 AM

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

@snake00 - Charles's negative and inflammatory campaign rhetoric is way more divisive. He did more to divide people than to bring people together. Unfortunately, Raleigh isn't going to get any cheaper. I personally don't like that, but look at where we live. Maybe Charles and his family could lower the rent on all the properties they own. That would be a start right?

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Posted by Willy G on 10/11/2017 at 10:39 AM
Posted by John Trololo on 10/11/2017 at 10:23 AM

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