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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

Re: “Durham County Hikes Taxes But Won’t Give DPS as Much as Advocates Wanted

Kudos to Durham for balancing the burden on its taxpayers with the needs of the government. They far outshine their neighbors in achieving a good compromise of the two.

Proud to be a resident of Durham!

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Posted by John Trololo on 06/28/2017 at 3:20 PM

Re: “In Her Remake of Clint Eastwood's Lurid, Trashy The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola Probes Deeper Rhythms

Clint's film is trashy? maybe that's why all of us pigs would like to wallow in it.

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Posted by Jovana Dimitrijevic on 06/28/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Orange County School Board Balks on Confederate Flag Ban

If the adults refuse to commit let the students rule the campus. They could form vigilance committees (respectable gangs) and bring balance to the persecution.

Posted by Bernard Baruch on 06/28/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Orange County School Board Balks on Confederate Flag Ban

Definitely sounds like a red herring and an attempt to get the Anti-Confederacy crowd to conflict with the disability crowd. The lone spokesman thing is also ridiculous and shady.

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Posted by Pro-Lif3 on 06/28/2017 at 8:25 AM

Re: “North Carolina no longer least unionized state in the nation

We had a vote at out steel mill a while back as wether or not to unionize we voted no with 87 percent.

Posted by Mike Maybe on 06/26/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “The Vintage church in Raleigh attracts young college students, but does its anti-women stance collide with its public image?

Can I get a list of these Acts 29 churches so I can make sure to avoid them as I look for a congregation? I don't want to waste my time.

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Posted by Amy Arrowood Lin on 06/26/2017 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Feels on Wheels: What It's Really Like Running a Food Truck

Henry is our amazing nephew, thank you for sharing your/his story. And now I'm craving a grill cheese.

Posted by Karen Field on 06/26/2017 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Why Aqua NC customers are furious about their service

Aqua America Water is getting ready to be held responsible for their actions which are beyond the pale. This company went as far as to have me arrested for a crime that Mr. Christopher Collins and Mr. James Williams committed on June 1st at my home by "snatching the ERT Transmitter and Water Meter out of the ground" because AQUA got caught inflating my water bill to the tune of $852.71. This is for one month and it is for 261,000 gallons of water. Once I filed a former complaint with the Better Business Bureau all AQUA could do is send them data that did not add up. Their Mortuary Math and my false arrest has put all of the above in some deep water. Quancidine Hinson-Gribble, Fayetteville, NC, June 25, 2017

Posted by Quancidine Hinson on 06/25/2017 at 7:40 PM

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

Dude is a rich white man who could afford good representation. What about the truly innocent people who can't access that help & are languishing in prison?

If he didn't kill Kathleen I'd like to know what did. The stupid owl theory doesn't cut it, nor does "she fell down the stairs". Elizabeth Ratliff might have legitimately fallen down the stairs but Kathleen did not. I think he got the idea for this type of murder from Liz's 1985 fall. He's made some seriously disturbing comments before & was likely desensitized to killing after his stint in Vietnam.

From Amybeth Berner:

"Michael had told me that he'd been in the CIA at some point and had point-blank murdered someone while he was in Vietnam. That concerned me. Then later on, I believe it was the summer of '84, my husband and I had lost custody... um -- we won custody of his two children and they weren't returned, and Michael came to me at that point and he said that he had connections, and if I wanted to have her knocked off he would do that. And I told Michael that, that wasn't a way that I would operate. I went to my husband at that point and told him what he had offered to do."


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Posted by Jane Doh on 06/24/2017 at 9:20 PM

Re: “A Requiem for David McKnight: Prodigy, Journalist, Politician, Homeless Street Musician

This is a wonderful tribute to David. David was in my class at Duke and was one of my best friends. He played an original composition on his viola. not violin, at my wedding. We nicknamed him "the Shadow" because he was always taking trips. He would disappear for a while and then return to re-enroll at Duke. He finally did graduate. I was there for the Senate campaign. He visited all 100 counties in North Carolina. I was also there when he worked for the Durham Morning Herald. He was a great writer. I lost track of him after I moved away from North Carolina in 1976. I am sad to learn about his descent into mental illness, although there were harbingers of that when I knew him. I am glad to know that he brought so much pleasure to the residents and students in Durham. He was truly a light in the world and he will be sorely missed.

Posted by John Scott 1 on 06/24/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “June 21 Crossword Solution

A few quibbles with this puzzle which went a long way for 6 theme answers. 48A is not on the current list of USPS acronyms. The clue for 35D is for the homonym CLEWS not the answer CLUES. Some of the other clues needed tighter editing, ex. SERIC- is a prefix combing form, not a word.

Posted by Michael Field on 06/24/2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Feels on Wheels: What It's Really Like Running a Food Truck

Thanks for sharing Paul! This is Danny with Cut Bait and we all respect you and have proven to be not only a great cook but a kind person. Thanks for all the help you and Carly have extended to me, I'm forever grateful and love to see you guys doin so well. Ernest is a gem of knowledge, he made a statement to me that hit home as well...with all the troubles of food trucking I see what he meant now. He asked me what food trucking had to do with being a chef...7k later in repairs later I understand perfectly the 2 sided element of this business. Paul and Carly have always been helpful to new trucks and welcoming. Thank you for the help, inspiration, and hope your days are as successful as they are long! Best wishes, from Cut Bait Cafe!

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Posted by Danny (Cut Bait Cafe) on 06/23/2017 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Booze for Dessert: The Simple Wonder of Chuck's Milkshakes with Shots

Yum... I don't suppose there are vegan versions?

Posted by December27 on 06/23/2017 at 1:50 PM

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