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

I don't disagree that McFarlane and the City could have handled Dix better, but expecting a dollar-free transfer of Dix to the City was unrealistic. I don't accept the analogy of NCSU and Centennial Campus. NCSU is fundamentally part of the State. The City of Raleigh is not. Furthermore, NCSU has all kinds of friends on Jones Street. Raleigh has no friends there beyond the people that Raleigh voters send to Jones Street. Apples and oranges.

Meanwhile the Francis campaign seems to have stalled out, so this point is irrelevant anyway.

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Posted by ct on 09/29/2017 at 8:35 AM

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

@sayitaintso maybe you should ask the people that worked at Dorothea Dix what they think of the purchase. You should also ask the business owners downtown who know that the park site will have space that is used for condos. Mental health has been cut that is a fact, https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/20…

Our area has a wage gap higher than Boston and Austin, that is a fact Indy week reported on here so that is a fact https://www.indyweek.com/news/archives/201…

Homelessness has gone up, that is a fact as well http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/…

have you been downtown lately? How many homeless veterans do you know? How many businesses downtown have you seen discriminate against them? Have you seen the rising number of people with mental illnesses who are now homeless? I have educated myself well enough thanks!

It's a shame that parks are a bigger priority for our city leaders than people but I am not surprised. To me they are nothing but modern day slave owners.

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Posted by snake00 on 09/28/2017 at 4:49 PM

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

@snake00 - Maybe you should look into what is going on at Dorothea Dix. Do you even know what it is actually used for these days? I'm pretty sure mental health wasn't cut due to the Dix purchase and no condos or houses will be built there. It is a park for the people of Raleigh to use. Please educate yourself. Could you also provide some sources for the stats you provided?

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Posted by sayitaintso on 09/28/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

So they want a garden. They buy a house with a shady backyard and a HOA. Sounds like they engineered a bad outcome. Thats a their problem, not a HOA problem. Good thing the indy is inked with liberal tears because they never fall quietly.

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Posted by millertime on 09/28/2017 at 1:26 PM

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

Child homelessness is up 50% in Wake County, the Wage gap in the area is higher than it is in Boston and Austin. We have people in city council who think moving the central prison to another location just like they did with Dorothea Dix to make way for nice houses and to make the area "look nice" is a good idea. Mental health is being cut and it's looking like our city council under Mcfarlane cares more about bike lanes and overpriced farm to table restaurants ran by bigots like Scott Crawford than mental health. And your telling me Indy Week supports this? The people running in this cycle for the most part do not have a real platform addressing these very real issues to the majority of the city and not just the 1% who live Downtown. It's no wonder voter turnout will be low.

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Posted by snake00 on 09/28/2017 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Denicia Montford Williams Wants to Make the Labor Movement a More Welcoming Place for LGBTQ People

Congratulations Denicia! I want to thank you for your hard work ethic and passion for others. This world could use a lot more of both from people regardless of their sexual orientation. As Vice President of the NC APRI I want to let you know how proud I am of your efforts in making a difference.

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Posted by waynebostick on 09/28/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Fall into Books

Thanks for the nod, Sam...just a note: It's OCTOBER 9, not november...

Posted by Eryk Pruitt on 09/28/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “September 27 Crossword

There is no option to download the PDF for the 9/27 puzzle

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Posted by Bob Rosen on 09/28/2017 at 8:46 AM

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

Mr. Hunt obviously does not attend or watch city council meetings.

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Posted by Elliot Nelson on 09/28/2017 at 8:25 AM

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

"Her handling of Dix Park was masterful."

Is this a joke? Rather than negotiate successfully for hundreds of acres for free -- like NCSU did with its two Centennial Campus gifts from the state -- the City of Raleigh paid top dollar.

Even worse, the purchase was so botched that it was first set up as a long-term lease with a weak purchase option. Only when there was a public outcry did McFarlane change course and seek an outright purchase of the remaining Dix property -- rather than an expensive lease that would have left the city with nothing at contract's end.

Surely this whole Dix purchase was a poorly handled fiasco, when it should have been a straightforward matter of negotiating the purchase price and then financing it with bond money.

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Posted by citizenshame on 09/28/2017 at 2:17 AM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

The Woodcroft HOA sounds sadly out of touch with current home trends. Family-friendly neighborhoods with play equipment and gardens--whether in front or back yards--are seen as attractive and friendly neighborhoods to new potential homeowners. Ignoring the majority of residents' wishes and forcing homeowners to dig up gardens is almost as illogical as making the comment above that said an HOA was necessary to "protect themselves from people like these." You need to be protected from living next to a computer scientist who wants to grow tomatoes with his kids?

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Posted by CCreek on 09/27/2017 at 10:30 PM

Re: “What Do Lakewood Residents Think of Their Neighborhood's Newest High-End Restaurant?

My wife and I have lived in sight of the Lakewood for going on thirty years. We remember the Davis Bakery, the gas station that was where the Azteca is and the ABC store that is now Cocoa Cinnamon. I do not recognize my neighborhood in this article. This is not a traditionally Hispanic neighborhood that is suddenly being overrun by whites. It is the same diverse neighborhood that welcomed the Hispanics when they moved in. And I welcome the Lakewood to the neighborhood. They took a building that was empty for much more than a few months and gave us an attractive addition to the neighborhood. Affordable housing is an important and complex issue, but this unnecessarily divisive article does not further the discussion. The title of this piece should have been "What Do a Handful of Lakewood Residents Think of Their Neighborhood's Newest High-End Restaurant?" They do not speak for all of us.

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Posted by Steve Coombs on 09/27/2017 at 9:35 PM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

A similar conservative highjacking of the HOA and selective enforcement of covenants happened to us in Fairfield neighborhood in Durham 2 years ago.

HOAs are set up to protect developers and are not designed to serve the needs of the entire community for 20+ years. As such, a small minority can force their will against the rest of the community, as appears to be happening in Woodcroft.

This is why we moved to Watts-Hospital Hillandale!

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Posted by MMR on 09/27/2017 at 9:22 PM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

So thankful my neighbors are considerate of their community and not so self entitled to believe that rules dont apply to them. More free time than common sense today.

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Posted by birddog on 09/27/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

Grow in your backyard, seriously nobody wants to see that. People live in neighborhoods with HOAs to protect themselves from people like these.

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Posted by southdurhamneighbor on 09/27/2017 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Protesters Renew Calls for Change at the Durham Jail—This Time Through Song

Why do you keep reporting on the antics of these groups? They show a "professionals" touch on how to get publicity but they represent no one but themselves.

Sheriff Andrews does a great job and is unfairly attacked by these extremist hacks.

The County commissioners appear to fear them because they might influence the Commissioners' self proclaimed masters at the PA

And don't even mention the Human Relations Commission which acts as an enabler for these groups.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 09/27/2017 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Mob Rule

was the misogony stuff actually some type of performance art?

Posted by sthomper on 09/27/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

if this is even true, was it existing gardeners on the board who voted to use a prefessional hoa management company?

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Posted by sthomper on 09/27/2017 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Blind Attack

Ryan Plankenhorn appears to have good intentions with his remarks, and it is much appreciated. I would kindly like him to consider, however, that the statement "without a thought about differences in skin color" is a privilege that can be extended to many identities--be it race, gender or sexual orientation. As a black woman, I simply cannot ignore the underlying power dynamics if I'm in a board meeting with mainly white men. Similarly, as a straight woman I know that I can flippantly say "my boyfriend" or "my husband" in a group of strangers compared to "my girlfriend' or "my wife", without fear of judgment.

Connie Chastain Ward, reading that you believe that "slave owners were moral giants" compared to youth who are expanding their knowledge of Marxist/socialist ideologies is astonishing. Sure, communist governments throughout the world have indeed failed the people they promised to serve. But to discredit youths' openness to political and economic styles beyond capitalism (which has both pros and cons), and to literally say a slave owner is morally superior is appalling not only to descendants of slaves, but all Americans who condemn that practice.

Posted by MelissaJ123 on 09/27/2017 at 1:16 PM

Re: “After Years of Looking the Other Way, a South Durham HOA Cracks Down on Front-Yard Gardens

And that whole comment in the article about "battling resale values" is complete nonsense. We've got three houses in our cul-de-sac that recently sold; each had multiple offers above asking price on their first day on the market.

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Posted by davekrnavek on 09/27/2017 at 12:32 PM

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