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Re: “Wake County Found an Extra $3 Million. Who Decides How to Spend It—Commissioners or Bureaucrats?

Goldsmith is a careful thoughtful writer, and this is key debate on school funding. Go Tommy

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Posted by harold romaro on 07/05/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “The Total Package Tour Promises a Heavy Dose of Eighties Nostalgia. But Does the Lineup Even Make Sense?

That is like going to a concert of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, except without any of the musical talent.

Posted by MichyMitch on 07/05/2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “The Holy Rose

The Holy Rose
Crystal Shop, Spiritual Supply Store & Witchery !
If you can't make it in just give us a call with your needs and we will mail to you.

The Holy Rose was created to benefit the entire community, regardless of one's spiritual belief or religious practice. We have Books, Herbs, Metaphysical Item's, Readers, Tarot, Crystals, Spell Bags, Candles, Voodoo, Oils, Hoodoo, Root Work, Reiki, and Healing.

You will always find a smile and people willing to assist you in your search. So whether you come in for a crystal, to get a reading, with a grocery list of needed supplies, or just to sit on one of our comfy red sofas to read or pray in front of the alter, our goal is to make you always feel welcome.
The response my husband John and I have received upon opening in May 2013 has been nothing short of heartwarming and joy filled. We would like to thank each and every one of you who have joined us here and reaffirmed our belief that when you build something with laughter, love and an open heart... It can not be anything but successful.
We look forward to serving the Raleigh Metaphysical community for many years to come.
One in Peace, Love and Spirit. -Rose-

Posted by Priestess Rose on 07/04/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Proud to call him Lumbee: Willie French Lowery, 1944-2012

I was proud to call him Uncle Willy cousin with the same birthday

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Posted by Blackfoot on 07/03/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Know More About Manhattan Than Your Embattled Neighbors in Rural North Carolina? Then See Raising Bertie.

I was born and raised in Bertie County, and believe me, this was painful and beautiful to watch. I was a cheerleader for the basketball Bertie Falcons in the Bertie gym and on the sidelines of the Falcons' football field, and grew up driving on the same roads in the film. I had to pause to cry on several occasions.

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Posted by Tar Heels forever on 07/03/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 1: Hundreds of Poor, Mostly African-American Residents of Eastern North Carolina Say Big Pork Is Making Their Lives Miserable

My name is Tom Butler and I am a NC contract hog farmer. I am a 76 years old family farmer and I live in Western Harnett County, NC in the Flat Branch/Anderson Creek community. I have been a contract hog farmer for more than 20 years. This article is near and dear to my heart because it pretty well tells the truth about our industry. I am not an activist against our hog industry, but an advocate for affordable and environmental friendly changes to our industry. Changes that will help make the aforementioned issues go away. We as an industry can do better and the time for that has come, but again, instead of doing the right thing we have stooped to a new level with House Bill 467. I call House Bill 467 "The Boss Hog Bully Bill" and named it this because it shows the people of NC (especially any critics) that the current NC General Assembly can pass most any legislation they want to without rhyme or reason! I can assure all readers, that in my opinion, HB 467 was not passed in an effort to protect family farmers. There is not enough room on this comment sheet to explain the true reasons!

20 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by William Butler on 07/03/2017 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Durham-Orange Light Rail Nears Next Step in Grant Process, Has No Guarantee of Federal Funding

Keep one thing in mind as the Durham Mayoral election comes up in November. Your Indy Week origins come from Steve Schewel. He will be a candidate running for the position, and he is a huge proponent of this damn thing. There are other choices in this race, so please keep that in mind.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 07/02/2017 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Wants Upon A Time

The first known version of Rapunzel was recorded by Giambattista Basile, a Neapolitan who lived at the height of Commedia dell'Arte. So the show is entirely sourced in late 16th Century Italy. Add 21st Century U.S. performers with whom to devise and improvise, and there's our commedia show!!

Posted by Francesca Talenti on 07/02/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “The $3 Million Question: Why Didn’t Wake Divert a Property Tax Surplus to Its School System?

Commissioner Ford is right to question the threshold for budgetary discretion made by staff. Where are the boundaries? Does staff spread the excess funds evenly across all line items, or do they assign the dollars to specific projects and if so how is that determination made? It's a fair question and shouldn't be swept under the rug as 'bizness as usual'. That's exactly how $600,000 in revenue gets pocketed in deeds and registrars office. Voters elect the Commissioners to make these decisions- not staff. And after weeks of public comments and pleas being made on behalf of the school board and the commissioners deciding they don't have the funds for education this is extremely disappointing

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Posted by Prescott on 07/01/2017 at 5:26 AM

Re: “Durham-Orange Light Rail Nears Next Step in Grant Process, Has No Guarantee of Federal Funding

Meanwhile we burn +1 million per month of regressive tax dollars on non reimbursable engineering and shameless marketing hype. How many bus shelters and sidewalks could that money build? How many routes could have their hours extended to better serve the public?

When will the local politicians put a stop to this?

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Posted by where's the beef? on 06/30/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Durham-Orange Light Rail Nears Next Step in Grant Process, Has No Guarantee of Federal Funding

The public should also keep in mind that the monthly cost for planning - right now - is huge. I've seen estimates that taxpayers are currently paying about $1,000,000.00 every month for planning and promoting the Durham-Orange Light Rail. If anyone has accurate numbers, please correct me.

Stop and think about what could be done with that money to improve transit, or education, or infrastructure, or health in our counties.

This whole project may never fly, in which case every cent that's being spent on it before ever moves into construction phase will be completely wasted. Every wasted cent will have come from the pockets of today's Durham and Orange taxpayers.

Tom Englund
Durham County

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Posted by Tom Englund on 06/30/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Durham-Orange Light Rail Nears Next Step in Grant Process, Has No Guarantee of Federal Funding

The biggest waste of tax dollars. I hope the Feds do NOT fund this ridiculous plan, and an environmental impact study has been released. It's atrocious. No reason, whatsoever, for this money pit to be developed.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 06/30/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Highway to Hell: Take a haunted house road trip

I want to take my teenage niece and nephew to their first haunted house. I love that fear factor that it seems so real, that I wonder if it might actually be real. Like grapes masquerading as eyeballs. Who thinks of things like that. I'll keep all this in mind, when I choose the perfect haunted house.

Posted by SHexner81 on 06/30/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Durham-Orange Light Rail Nears Next Step in Grant Process, Has No Guarantee of Federal Funding

Having watched this discussion since the mid to late 90's, the obfuscated origins of the current alignment is a ruinous mistake and must be re examined in order to prioritize a straight modification of the 15-501 corridor, which is the problem we are trying to solve -in coorination to the "EF" redesign, (in addition to the 54 corridor traffic problem, similar, but not to be confused)

Go Triangle has done a tremendous job of privitazing public input and squelching open dialogue.

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Posted by duh on 06/30/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Durham-Orange Light Rail Nears Next Step in Grant Process, Has No Guarantee of Federal Funding


Many folks in Orange County don't believe this super expensive light rail route will serve our transit needs. The Orange County vote was highly controversial but our Commissioners bought into the overly optimistic financial projections anyway and ignored the more realistic figures presented by their own consultant. Substantial state funding looks no more possible than before, but as your headline acknowledges the Federal funding looks to be more and more unlikely.

That said, taxpayers need to know more about the risks going forward with this project under these conditions. If the Federal Transit Administration approves the next stage of engineering in mid July, they will approve over 100 million dollars of LOCAL funding. If at the end of the line, Federal funding is not there, then the counties are out that money which could have gone toward schools and other needs. You might inform your readers about this June 26 letter from GoTriangle's Jeff Mann to his Board members informing them of this risk. See below.

Julie McClintock
Chapel Hill

Board Members:

As info, we have just been informed by the FTA that they now expect to make a determination on the DOLRT application to enter Engineering by mid-July. While the FTA is continuing to evaluate and advance CIG projects, it is important to note that the Presidents proposed FFY2018 budget does not provide funding for CIG projects that have not reached a FFGA. Therefore, any work that takes place is at our own risk and may not be eligible for reimbursement in the event that a FFGA is not reached, or if federal funding is not available which is true of all New Starts projects .

Please let me know if you have any questions. We will provide updates as soon as any new information is received.

Jeff Mann

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Posted by Julie McClintock on 06/30/2017 at 9:52 AM

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


I'm not throwing anyone under the bus.

What I'm saying should be obvious: the privileged white dudebros who own Luna and are engaging in racism against people of color and are using their liberal politics as a shield from criticism.

The Indy food editor basically admitted this . . . she likes their "method," ergo, racism is okay.


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Posted by Jesus Vasquez on 06/29/2017 at 11:04 PM

Re: “What Does Medicaid Look Like in North Carolina?

And don't forget the healthcare workers who lose their jobs when Medicaid is cut and the ACA repealed. Thousands of jobs in NC alone will be gone. They won't being paying into the tax base either.

We ALL should want people who can healthy enough to work and our children, elderly and disabled cared for.

Great infographic!

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Posted by Cristel Gutschenritter Orrand on 06/29/2017 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Chicken Bridge Bakery Feeds Bodies and Minds with Baked-In Messages of Resistance and Solidarity

Querido Senor Vasquez, Por favor specify YOUR specific Latino country and culture so that we may be assured you only use and enjoy aspects of your life that are ONLY from YOUR specific cultural heritage. If for instance you are from Mexico: "in 1517, Mexico's indigenous (native) peoples included the Aztecs of the central interior, the Maya in the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Zapotec in the south. Their diet consisted mainly of corn, beans, peppers, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, and herbs. Chocolate, native to Mexico, was considered a drink fit for royalty. The Indians occasionally hunted, adding wild turkey, rabbit, deer, and quail to their vegetarian diet."
Read more:…

I do not wish to exclude other Latino specific cultures and will happily include their specific foodstuffs and inventions if you wish, but this text would be too long.

However if you eat rice you are culturally appropriating foods from Asia. If you eat lamb, beef, chicken, goat or pig you are eating food introduced by Europeans (though SOME of those Europeans were of Spanish Latino heritage). You should not speak English (you use a language that is not Latino), use maths (most likely Babylonian/Chinese/Arabic), a television (Scots/English/US), drive a car (Germany), drink milk (beef, goat, lamb all imported from Europe). I could go on and on. I hope you do not buy bread from Chicken Bridge or any other bakery as wheat was an import to Latin countries (with the exception of Spain where it has grown for so long it could be considered indigenous). Corn tortillas are acceptable.

Please take a deep breath, take a pill (preferably Xanax, Thorazine or Valium....oh wait if you live in Chapel Hill, Valium is OK because its inventor was from here but wait....he wasn't Latino!) The history of mankind is of "cultural appropriation". That is how we grow, by learning from others.

From your comments you are a very angry man. I am sorry you are so unhappy. However I am sure you are ecstatic that your rant was published by INDY so we can all be aware of how strongly you stand for your heritage. SALUD!

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Posted by Trizia on 06/29/2017 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Zillow Threatens N.C.’s Kate Wagner over McMansion Hell Blog

It's all cool until someone starts the Terrible Indy Zine Cover Art blog. Or has Indyweek released all its copyright claims for its cover art? Yeah... I didn't think so.

Posted by ProudlyAfilliated on 06/29/2017 at 10:10 AM

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

Jesus Vasquez, how can you not have any cognitive dissonance including "cisgender" among the privileges of the owners of Luna and yet throw in a disgustingly transphobic comment about HB2? You don't need to throw another marginalized group under the bus to make your point.

Also non-local chains should be banned from the poll. Bad Daddy's winning over Chuck's is a scandal.

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Posted by Cat Flynn on 06/28/2017 at 6:31 PM

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