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Posted by Raymond Conley on 06/20/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “After Fifteen Years, the Michael Peterson Case Concludes But Provides Little Closure

I mean who in their life has TWO people die accidentally the SAME way????????!!!!! If that alone isn't a RED FLAG, then I would truly second guess what kind of gut instincts you have in life, and how you got this far in life. Also, the man was clearly leading a double life with his sexual trysts. Which no one in his family seemed to have knowledge of... obviously the people closest to him, didn't know him at all!

Posted by Oksana Glosman on 06/20/2017 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Mayor Bill Bell Has Overseen a Bull City Renaissance. So Why Has Durham’s Poverty Rate Gone Up on His Watch?

Point is durham crime rate is bad and has been for a long time.…

Bells support for a 17 mile 3.5 billion dollar LRT will not get public transit where it is needed. This is especially true under the regressive tax and NC GA efforts you correctly point to.

The effect is people once again are left behind. Mayor Bell is complicit in this as much as the " gerrymandered right wing do-nothings".

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Posted by where's the beef? on 06/19/2017 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Abandoned mobile homes plague North Carolina

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Posted by Joy Crisp Ivan on 06/19/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Mayor Bill Bell Has Overseen a Bull City Renaissance. So Why Has Durham’s Poverty Rate Gone Up on His Watch?

Promoting business and development can help a city, but not when those projects are given property tax exemptions. Hollowing out revenue that can be used to improve neighborhoods to bring in development dollars, doesn't help the city improve quality of life. If a project can't be built without tax exemptions, then its not sustainable for the city anyways. It'll just be a drag on residential taxpayers and existing businesses, who will have to make up the difference in lost revenue and increased city service costs.

The NCGA keeps crippling NC cities from promoting sensible policies that allow affordable housing to be linked to new city developments. It has chopped mass transit development at the knees and continues to promote their culture war agenda, at the expense of the cities and large towns. I think any urban mayor in NC has an uphill battle in fixing problems. Bell has been a decent mayor overall. I live here in Durham and the city does the best it can.

While we don't have people "murdered almost daily", the 40-50 who are killed each year is excessive. Durham is a medium size metropolis with a large underclass and is poisoned by a culture of guns and violence. The city should be enhancing its information gathering, focus patrols on crime clusters, and use available sensor technology to detect and respond to gunfire. Checkpoints don't do much, except annoy local residents and increase DWB arrests.

But we have to cull the gerrymandered right wing do-nothings from the Legislature and allow North Carolina to join the 21st Century.

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Posted by Raymond Voigt on 06/19/2017 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results - Eat & Drink

Would definitely be interested in knowing the personal choices of readers of their favorite "places in the triangle where you can get authentic Latin American cuisine made by actual Latinos!" :-)

Posted by chiburbbi on 06/19/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results - Eat & Drink


Thanks for whitesplaining to me and other Latinos about how your participation in Luna Rotisserie's exploitation of people of color is acceptable because you like their "method."

That's Mighty White of you.

How would Luna be any different if they were Alt Right Neo-Nazis as opposed to being liberal dudebros? Just because you agree with someone's politics doesn't make their appropriation of other people's culture acceptable. It's also a bit hypocritical considering you have a special feature deriding another business for culture appropriation and which does the exact same thing Luna Rotisserie is doing.

But I'm not surprised you don't get that point considering the extreme lack of representation of people of color on the Indy's masthead.

The fact is you and the people at Luna Rotisserie are complicit in this country's structures of systemic oppression. You and Luna are engaging in white supremacy. You talk how you like their "method," well, if they really appreciated Latino culture and didn't want to culturally appropriate they could have assisted Latinos or indigenous Americans or immigrants from Central and South America in setting up a restaurant. Instead they stole traditions, methods, and a culture that isn't theirs and which belongs to a discriminated against and historically disadvantaged people, and they are making a fat profit off of it.

As to their alleged donation to El Futuro, how much exactly and what percentage of their profit is it? My guess is less than 1%, which is nothing considering what they've stolen out of the hands and mouths of Latinos and indigenous Americans. 100% of their profit comes from their cultural theft. Perhaps they should donate all of their profit, except maybe 10%, which they can keep for emergencies. That would be the right thing to do.

The fact is if you want to be a anti-racist ally then you would avoid going to places like Luna Rotisserie. If you insist on going there then you are guilty of racism and the exploitation of people of color.

Someone should organize like BLM does and disrupt them during lunch or dinner hour. Direct action is needed. Maybe a protest outside or a boycott. Maybe we could get Antifa to join us.

There are plenty of places in the triangle where you can get authentic Latin American cuisine made by actual Latinos, both immigrants and American-born.

These places are part of the community and didn't engage in cultural theft and just drop in hoping to profit of exploiting people of color or their culture. They serve a diverse crowd of all colors, because all are welcome, and the food is made with pride and love and is affordable because you'll get a lot there instead of the small piece of rubbery chicken and a large bill you'll find at Luna (and yes, I've eaten there, the portions are crazy small).

Also, Victoria, how about next time you do a best of the triangle series you have a special category for authentic restaurants that respect cultures and traditions. You can have "Best Latino Restaurant Owned By Actual Latinos," and "Best Asian Restaurant Owned By Actual Asians," as well as another category for everyone else.

Bottom line: If you're eating at places like Luna which exploit people of color, then you're guilty of racism and participating in a culture of white supremacy and oppression. Don't do it.

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Posted by Jesus Vasquez on 06/17/2017 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Mayor Bill Bell Has Overseen a Bull City Renaissance. So Why Has Durham’s Poverty Rate Gone Up on His Watch?

Mayor Bell is a good guy with good intent. Durham has been hard to lead and even harder to manage. I give him credit for highlighting the arts and culture, raising investment and image.

That said, the problem is and has been crime. No one really addresses root causes. Every time there is a clamp down the public blames law enforcement, and reins them in. Police are only half the equation though. From my observation having lived there for +25 years there is a problem with the imbalance between law enforcement and the courts. The media and past performance of prosecutors have not helped with the credibility of law and order in Durham. Catch and release seems to be the underlying policy unless there is news media hysteria. A cursory look at the records of most offenders makes even the casual observer question why they are still on the streets or at the very least under a program of monitoring.

As long as people are being murdered almost daily with children caught in crossfires no one will feel safe and the best laid plans will falter and fail.

The solutions are less tolerance for repeat offenders in the courts, better opportunity and jobs for the younger folks and a change toward support for enforcement and involvement in keeping the community safe.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 06/17/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “ADF Review: Hillel Kogan's We Love Arabs Lags Behind a Cultural Conversation Already Well Underway in Our Region's Performing Arts Scene

Wow. I guess you can't recognize brilliant satire when you see it. This was an amazing performance that if you were tuned in to the realities of the situation over there, you would understand how accurately Hillel and Adi reflected the many dimensions of complexities associated with trying to make peace. Some times you have to laugh at the absurdity in order to get a fresh perspective.

I say Bravo!


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Posted by Sam Bayer on 06/16/2017 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Mayor Bill Bell Has Overseen a Bull City Renaissance. So Why Has Durham’s Poverty Rate Gone Up on His Watch?

"We're not building grocery stores and pharmacies and banks in east Durham, and that's what we need to be building."

Who is councilwoman Johnson referring to when she says "we"? Does she think some mythical creature in the sky plops down millions in investment for commercial infrastructure? Or does she expect the taxpayer to make these investments? Who is this "we"??

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Posted by ProudlyAfilliated on 06/16/2017 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Mayor Bill Bell Has Overseen a Bull City Renaissance. So Why Has Durham’s Poverty Rate Gone Up on His Watch?

Excellent and hard-earned reporting on a complex topic - and well-written too. More, please.

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Posted by Eric B Martin on 06/16/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Primer: Cuba Crackdown and Other Things You Need to Know Today

If any musician could claim a trademark on that gesture, for all things relating to live performances by a musical artist, itd be Terry Geezer Butler (of Black Sabbath), who first used it in 1971, a few years before Ronnie James Dio really started popularizing it.

Posted by Jon Howell on 06/16/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Raleigh’s City Council Ballot Begins Filling Out

David Cox represents District B, not C as you report here. And, what's the deal with giving Bonner an entire paragraph devoted to his platform without providing that same coverage to the others?

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Posted by FONCitizen on 06/16/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Best of the Triangle 2017 Voting Results- Out and About

lol, the blurb on Best Barista at Raleigh Morning Times...Poor Zach, the whole thing is about how great Tim is.

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Posted by mancy on 06/16/2017 at 8:33 AM
Posted by Dorel Clayton on 06/16/2017 at 8:13 AM
Posted by Chris Tiffany on 06/15/2017 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Theater Review: The Amusing Tea with Edie & Fitz Strains to Make Hay From a Gin-Soaked Dust-Up Between Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald

The photo in this article is of Jackson Cooper and Katie Barrett, as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda, not of Rachel Klem, who played Edith Wharton in the production.

Posted by David Akiva Klionsky on 06/15/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “An Apex teen dies of an overdose of synthetic LSD

Hi Liang Chen! If you're interested in psychedelic research, check out the organization MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). Aside from certain uses in the psychiatric sphere, one medical use for psilocybin mushrooms that I found really interesting is in the treatment of cluster headaches. They also have studied using MDMA in the treatment of PTSD among other things. Anyways, if you're interested check out

Posted by William Lewis on 06/15/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “After Being Detained at RDU Under Suspicion of Being a Predator, a Local Gay Dad Is Fighting Back

The flight attendent was only doing his job at identitying predators and human trafickers
Don't be so quick to be hatefull

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Posted by dereknereuNC on 06/15/2017 at 4:51 AM

Re: “Raleigh’s City Council Ballot Begins Filling Out

Edie Jeffreys is on the Planning Commission and I don't believe she plans to run in District E.

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Posted by Carole Meyre on 06/14/2017 at 11:18 PM

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