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Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

I only agree with two of the CHTC endorsements. But I keep seeing all over social media a bogus reason to NOT vote for Gu. It goes "she voted in a Republican primary". Here are the facts: she is registered as unaffiliated (if you want to vote against her because she's not a Democrat that's your right.) In the March 2016 primary where she had a choice of primaries, she chose to vote in the Democratic primary. In the June 2016 special primary for Congress, there was ONLY a GOP primary as David Price was unopposed for the nomination. So Gu had a choice -- vote in the GOP primary or stay at home (remember, unaffiliated can choose a primary). She chose to vote. I am disappointed that Alan Buansi was given such short shrift and essentially ignored.

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Posted by gercohen1 on 10/19/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

Eric, I don't think the comment was made to speak ill of Town Staff. As an Town Planning employee you know that, ultimately, the Council is presented with a set of Staff recommendations. Good sense and care dictate that questions should be asked - after all, that is why we elect a council! For example, the approval of the Form Based Code as presented by staff and consultant, has created the need for numerous "fixes" that are still going on. Some of these fixes are analogous to locking the barn door after the horse got out - that is why CH is saddled with Berkshire. Had healthy reservations been in place, Council could have asked the consultant about the form based code he wrote for Asheville - one that is decidedly different. Getting a range of opinions on big issues is wise governing.

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Posted by Del Snow on 10/19/2017 at 4:01 PM

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

Explain to me what could possibly be developed in downtown Durham in the next 5 years that is more important then addressing some of the issues that are facing our city. Its people like you that don't step a foot outside of downtown that have no concern for the rest of us. How about developing some areas outside of downtown for people like me.

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Posted by stylze4u on 10/19/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “What’s That, You Say? You Just Voted? Another Election Starts Thursday.

I would encourage IndyWeek to reconsider endorsing candidates in other local elections. In Apex, Paul Stam (one of the primary sponsors of HB2, who more than once compared being gay to pedophilia, bestiality, and necrophilia) is a major donor to two candidates: David Hooks and Graham Wilson (also the mouthpiece of HB2, as someone else mentioned). I can't overstate how important it is that these two regressive candidates not be allowed to implement discriminatory policies at the local level, or to block LGBT protections from passing in 2020 (Apex town council terms are 4 years, so the people elected now will be in office when the moratorium is lifted.)

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Posted by Gwen Jordan Vila on 10/19/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “To an Anxious, Isolated Teen Girl, David Sedaris Offered Far More than Funny Essays

This touching essay reminds me of when my daughter and her close friend, then in high school, attended one of Sedaris' readings and spoke with him afterwards at a Raleigh event. He was so gracious and made them feel unique. He even complimented my daughter's blouse and added a sketch while autographing his book. What a wonderful man!

Posted by Donata Guerra on 10/19/2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “What’s That, You Say? You Just Voted? Another Election Starts Thursday.

i was coming to ask the same question--why no endorsements in the municipalities? are you planning articles about or interviews with any of the candidates this time like the piece you ran on apex's current mayor pro-tem, nicole dozier, in 2013? these articles are really helpful to voters!

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Posted by Jackie Jones on 10/19/2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Thom Tillis: Trump Has Shown "More Respect for Our Troops in Nine Months" Than Obama Ever Did.

Thom - you are as delusional as DJT...

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Posted by bernise on 10/19/2017 at 12:11 PM

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

Who is this clown that wrote this? LEAVE the South if you do not like it snowflake!

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Posted by Dannie Jackson on 10/19/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “What’s That, You Say? You Just Voted? Another Election Starts Thursday.

It is incredibly disappointing that Independent Weekly has "opted not to endorse in Morrisville, Apex, and other Wake County municipalities holding their elections November 7." You have always provided endorsements for these town races in the past and really helped to increase awareness. In particular, your voice would have been really helpful in Apex where we are trying to prevent NC's version of Sean Spicer, Graham Wilson - Press Secretary for Pat McCrory and the state spokesperson for HB2, from winning a seat on our Town Council.

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Posted by ApexDem on 10/19/2017 at 11:36 AM

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

I am glad to hear this news. it is good to have debates.
I am a fan of both candidates and I would like to hear some concrete ideas going forward.

I am hoping that Spectrum will post the debate on their website, as many people I know do not have cable 9including myself).
I look forward to this.

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Posted by 2Lionsrock on 10/19/2017 at 10:02 AM

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

Meh - while I think the whole Rebel Flag thing, "heritage not hate" stuff IS a bunch of crap, but I think you are really reaching to be offended here. There's plenty of REAL stuff our idiot President and his minions say and do daily. I don't care about the politics of members of my sports teams, or bands I enjoy. If you let political ideology get in the way of enjoyment of art, then you are missing out. Having said that, this concert is not on my list of things to attend, but that's because I'm tired of "Southern Rock"

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Posted by Donovan Verrill on 10/19/2017 at 8:04 AM

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

Charlie Daniels is a conservative not an extreme right winger and the name Southern Uprising is no different than the message in "The Souths Gonna Do it Again" He's not trying to start a war he's just proud of his southern heritage, what's wrong with that? Quit trying to politicize this concert, if you don't like it don't go, simple as that!

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Posted by James Milligan on 10/19/2017 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Theater Review: The South Is Hard to Hear in the Opera Version of Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain did I, Ms. Margolis -- in a very small handful of moments over a two and a half hour production.

That's why I wrote that the composer's intent was "largely erased" among the vocalists, not "erased entirely."

Posted by Byron Woods, INDY Theater and Dance Critic on 10/19/2017 at 7:44 AM

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

WHo's the one injecting politics into it? Hmmm Allison?

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Posted by Gregg Vulinec on 10/19/2017 at 6:33 AM

Re: “In the Runoff, the INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

I am actually shocked.

Dix is not the only area of Raleigh in need of development, and other than that I have not seen Mcfarlane do much of anything in the way of balanced development and stopping developers from pushing low income people out of housing they badly need- which actually has happened under the Mayors watch!
the Wake County Democrats have decided to support Francis- and I hate that the Indy seems to be towing the line of "it is not the right time"!!!
Did any of you go to the Rally where US Senator Cory Booker, and US Representative Butterfield attended supporting Francis?
Francis talked about his experience growing up in Raleigh, about how he personally has had experienced how challenged the Public transportation system is?
we need someone who understands the communities affected most by rabid development and who need good public transportation the most- and it will benefit all income levels if done well!
I feel like Mcfarlane has not done much of anything besides Dix, and I understand only came to North Carolina as she commenced her professional career.
Charles Francis has been an Attorney for the city and in Private practice, he has ideas for Public transit, and ideas for looking to develop many areas of Raleigh simultaneously- and not just Dorothea Dix- he named the areas (I am new so cannot recall offhand, but a nice list)
Moreover, Charles Francis has requested a debate with Mayor McFarlane and she declined.
Perhaps there should first be a debate before the Indy endorses without more full information?
DEBATE can only help identify what both intend to do.

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Posted by 2Lionsrock on 10/19/2017 at 5:41 AM

Re: “How to Sabotage North Carolina’s Insurance Marketplace in Five Easy Steps

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Posted by ememmactello on 10/18/2017 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Wake County Approves a Twenty-Year Affordable Housing Plan, But Funding Questions Linger

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Posted by ememmactello on 10/18/2017 at 10:16 PM

Re: “In the Runoff, the INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

INDY you have been talking about affordable housing and other issues of inequality for years. And you endorse McFarlane right off the jump? I do not get it.

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Posted by Jeffreeeeee on 10/18/2017 at 9:46 PM

Re: “In the Runoff, the INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

It was my hope that either candidate would have brought up issues that citizens with disabilities have to deal with in Raleigh. However, I have not heard nor seen anything. Over the years I have attempted to contact the City to no avail. I also sent an email to Mr. Francis but did not receive a reply. Please remember that people with disabilities represent 20% of the population.

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Posted by Gcat1960 on 10/18/2017 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Not a Lot of Nazi Statues in Berlin

When you pull tongue-in-cheek comments out of context of the original thread, it'd be nice if you had the courtesy to contact the original author of the quotes for further comment. Just pulling random, out-of-context quotes off facebook is pretty weak "journalism."

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Posted by Heath Satow on 10/18/2017 at 6:46 PM

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