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Re: “How Much Is a Confederate Monument Worth?

A monument to law abiding defenders of our community is of a much greater value than the lives of a lawless mob of idiots bent on destruction of peace and tranquility and the value should be determined by those who are hurt by its destruction not the defenders of a mob!

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Sam Burch on 10/24/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidates McFarlane, Francis Work to Score Points in Debate Leading to November 7 Runoff

Francis, a banker and lawyer, twice described himself as a "warrior" who would fight for people from all over the city.****Except the GAYS****

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Arthur B Raleigh on 10/24/2017 at 9:01 AM

Re: “How Much Is a Confederate Monument Worth?

I note from the article: "Many people feel that the statue has been a harsh reminder of racial discrimination, oppression, pain and suffering". What a sad commentary that truly is! The very sad truth of the matter is that such a statement constitutes a confession of great ignorance within the community. Very poor people within that community pooled the little bit of money they could spare, in order to honor the lives and deaths of their ancestors in a noble cause. Morally speaking, that statue was priceless, and the thousands of dollars that would be required to replace it would still fall far short of the value it held for those who erected it, to begin with. What a shame that such a treasured remembrance would be destroyed by evil anarchists!

8 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Rob Handy on 10/23/2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “How Much Is a Confederate Monument Worth?

This is pure corruption. This monument was obviously priceless. If you had to put a dollar amount in it it would clearly be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. His is no different then the D.A. Letting his buddy off with petty theft stealing the Mona Lisa because a corrupt politicians say it is only worth the wood, paint, and canvas it is painted on. Anything to keep the peoples alliance communist IWW clowns from getting felony charges. Meanwhile one of Echols' assistant D.A.s is a board member for the people's alliance. No conflict there. No wonder his Ridiculous statement mirrored the people's alliance's call lenience. Justice is supposed to be blind. Imagine if the shoe were on the other foot. What if the KKK burned a Black church down and the D.A. Says "oh it was just wood and nails". What dangerous president is being set? Complete anarchy, and the Sherriff's Department is culpable as well.

9 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Robert E. Lee on 10/23/2017 at 7:28 PM

Re: “How Much Is a Confederate Monument Worth?

Contact noted sculptor Andrew Chernak. He is more than capable of reproducing this monument. I believe that you will find that you are talking well into 6 figures as a cost.

8 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Ralph M. Reese on 10/23/2017 at 5:50 PM

Re: “How Much Is a Confederate Monument Worth?

This monument, and many others across the South and some even in Northern states, was erected with the help of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The money raised to erect these monuments came from the widows, the daughters, the aunts, the nieces, the cousins and just the acquaintances of those men and boys who paid the ultimate price of war. A nicle here, a dime there, maybe a dollar if they were lucky. Anything they could scrounge together to honor their husbands, brothers, nephews, cousins to remember them. These people had lost everything. The Northern soldiers killed their livestock, burned their homes, their fields, their factories, their stores. Yet they gave what they could to preserve a memory of the men and boys who went off to war. The lucky one's came back maimed from the horrific battles they fought. The vast majority never came home. Most were just thrown into vast unmarked graves. Often the Union soldiers were buried with honors in a cemetery, while the Confederate soldiers were left unburied in the elements.
You ask what is the price of this monument? I ask you, what is the value of a human's life?

14 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Tom Beach on 10/23/2017 at 5:32 PM

Re: “How Much Is a Confederate Monument Worth?

The rioters, some self-described communists, are rightfully charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors for their illegal actions and destruction of property. There is no excuse. These Durham rioters intentionally committed a crime, for which they show no remorse, no concern for public safety, no respect for history, no concern for the kinfolk of those brave Durham County area soldiers, nor concern for the cost to taxpayers. I expect these criminals to be held fully accountable for their unlawful actions.

The County Manager and Board of Commissioners were asked to assess the damage and come up with an estimate of the cost to replace the veterans memorial. How hard can it be to get an estimate? All this subjective opinion nonsense is deceptive lunacy. Those veterans served the community when they were called to defend their homes and State from invasion. The personal feelings, imagination, and historical ineptitude of the Commissioners and others have no bearing on the actual cost.

14 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Matthew McGuigan on 10/23/2017 at 4:34 PM

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

Oh please! Just some great music on a beautiful day at a beautiful venue. Stop making something out of nothing. We were there from before the start until Charlie finished the show. Didn't see any violence - just a whole bunch of people enjoying music they were raised on. Get a life and write about something factual instead of trying to stir up trouble! Here's to Charlie - let's do it again next year - PLEASE!!!!

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Loretta Slack on 10/23/2017 at 1:08 PM

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

This is the most assinine column I have yet to read. Charlie Daniels is a highly accomplished musician as are many southern mans like Skynyrd. These guys take pride in their home territory (the south), which to them, has nothing to do with slavery, but everything to so do: hospitality, respect for elders, religion, family values, generosity, helping neighbors in needs, grits, barbeque, cowboys hats, boots, and a folksy, down-home manner of speaking; all qualities the elitist liberals from the north do not have. I should know--I am from NY but have lived in Chapel HIll for 20 years. The Confederate flag used to show southern pride and not racism? Agree completely. You are you to say what it stands for? There is nor right/wrong answer! Simply, respect each other's opinion, but no, the elite liberals can't do that. They are the sufferers of "more cognitive dissonance" for they try to demean everyone that disagrees wiuth them. This writer Allison Hussey is a fool, she is typical Independent writer. As for Skynyrd; I know many of the band members who have died. The displayed the Confederate flag to show their southern pride. But when the white racist's groups hijacked that flag, Skynyrd stopped using it!! Finally, the writer, Hussey reads into9 the title of the show: "Uprising."--It is a marketing gimmick to get the fans psyched up for the concerts. The music is rowdy but damned good. "The south is rising" and has been rising for some time. JUst look at all those northern liberals moving here, to goo dold North Carolina. Who the hell is moving to New York? Hey Allison, if you read this, I sugggesdt you take in a Barry Manilow show....that's about your mental capacity for music.

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Posted by Renepaul. Delavarre on 10/22/2017 at 9:37 PM

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

Really? Get a life, it is a music show, what he does and feels on twitter are his business, unfollow him if you don't like it. I don't agree with any of the expressed opinions he writes about but love the man and his music. Get over it for goodness sake. It was a great show for that matter!!

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by David Keever on 10/22/2017 at 1:05 PM

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

Charlie Daniels was born in Wilmington, N.C., in 1936; Bruce Springsteen was born in Long Branch, N.J., 1949. Both are true Americans, speaking their minds, in the great American tradition.

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Posted by David Klein on 10/21/2017 at 6:34 PM

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

So if the headliner of Carolina Uprising was Bruce Springsteen espousing his ultra liberal bullshit, the writer would be orgasmic. But since it's Charlie Daniels, a true American, she has to make it some sort of political crime.

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Edward Tilley on 10/20/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday

It would have better served the community to televise the debate on one of the local news channels. Many of us do not subscribe to cable.

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Posted by K. K. on 10/20/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham

According to this reporting, Mayor Bell seems to be endorsing Ali primarily to keep Steve Schewel on the Council because we need his deep experience there. Yes, Steve does have enormous leadership experience that should put him in the mayor's seat: 1) His relentless and successful pursuit of affordable housing, one of the most important issues facing our beloved Durham as major industries locate to Durham and outside developers build luxury condos here. As of this week, Steve influenced the Council to support affordable housing on the City-owned Jackson Street site just south of the Durham Station in the heart of downtown. 2) Steve's unabashed championing of justice and protection for immigrants and the LGBTQ community. 3) Steve's active commitment to policing that is free of discrimination. 4) His mission to beautify Durham in an equitable manner from tree canopies to bike trails and sidewalk repair. 5) His ability to understand complex budgets. These are just a few examples why Steve Schewel should be Mayor of Durham. He can get these things accomplished because he is a proven progressive leader who knows how to manifest a strong vision during this fragile time in Durham's development.

Option B: To allay Mayor Bell's concerns about losing experienced City Council members: Steve's first order of business as mayor would be to lead the Council to appoint Ali to fill his vacated seat, as per article 2.9.1 of the Council's procedures for Filling Vacancies. "The City Council shall identify and appoint a qualified person to fill an existing vacancy in the office of the Mayor or Council Member."

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Linda Belans on 10/20/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham

So I guess the only question open in this election is:
Who, if anyone, does Pierce Freelon endorse?
(As a Freelon voter, I'm kinda interested in his response.)
Also, do we ever get to vote for Sheriff in these parts?
If not, we should start thinking about that

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by JoeJoey on 10/20/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday

Yes, I really hope this is put on YouTube or something. It would maximize voter reach, especially as there are so many of us (myself included) that don't have cable these days.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by JohnnyDollar on 10/20/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham

We are lucky to have had such a primary field of bright, excellent, visionary candidates for Mayor of Durham, and to have seen our city select these two remaining bright, excellent, visionary candidates for the position. Part of Mayor Bell's statement here is a bit confusing: is he saying something to the effect that it's too important to keep Schewel on the city council so we should not elect him mayor?

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Sam M-B on 10/20/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “In Durham’s Ward 2, the INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for City Council

@Durham451 @Frank

Have you been to the communities that are suffering? Would you like to come by? If you agree that we can still do both or still believe our area doesnt need some major attention I will use my last to cook you both a steak dinner ;-)

I am not hear to be mean...but just really wish people like you that appear to have all of Durham in mind would include us

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by stylze4u on 10/20/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “In Durham’s Ward 2, the INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for City Council


I like your idea...but you think the city would. Look at the history. If both was a true option my mouth would be shut! Please come to my area and see for yourself the conditions we live in and the lack of resources that have been overlooked in our area. btw...I love downtown....just cant afford to participate. Some my fault...other is lack of resources.

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Posted by stylze4u on 10/20/2017 at 7:44 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Mark-Anthony Middleton for Durham City Council Ward 2

Mr. Hyman,

What does it mater about who he voted for? I am sure it wasn't your Trump! I am glad he doesnt support a rail that I will never be able to afford to ride...yet my taxes will pay for it.

Posted by stylze4u on 10/20/2017 at 7:38 AM

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