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Re: “Charges Against Three Defend Durham Demonstrators Dropped

This is bull crap when are people going to get tired of these pc police getting away with crimes and forcing their agenda on the working men and women.

28 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Eric Brown on 11/09/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Charges Against Three Defend Durham Demonstrators Dropped

There is difference between monuments that "remind us that there are others willing to sacrifice their lives to protect us back home" and those that commemorate people who fought against the United States itself. And perhaps the issue runs deeper than your speeding-ticket analogy implies.

17 likes, 34 dislikes
Posted by David Klein on 11/09/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Charges Against Three Defend Durham Demonstrators Dropped

No moral value? Apparently the commissioners have no sense of mortality. Monuments to veterans always have historical as well as moral value as they remind us that there are others willing to sacrifice their lives to protect us back home from danger. That freedom has a price.
The attorney is mistaken in his reasoning that the criminals had no recourse to remove the monument. That is not relevant to the law. When i get a ticket FOR speeding I've never had the court take into account the fact that I was not given the opportunity to eliminate the speed limit on a local level. Prosecute the criminals involved in the riot. Each one should be required to provide the money for the monuments restoration.

54 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Greg Pearson on 11/09/2017 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Mahavishnu Orchestra’s John McLaughlin Looks Toward Retirement After Half a Century of Groundbreaking Guitar Work

i was born in the 60s and i know him well,... i hope we keep him close in the memories of his legacy hes leaving behind,... McGlaughlin is a Music Hero
-C WILL- drummer producer, composer

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Posted by Cee Will on 11/09/2017 at 7:01 AM

Re: “Over Their Own Staff’s Objection, Wake Commissioners Move Forward With a $23 Million Park

Another blog noted the proximity of Matt Calabrias home address (less than a mile) to the park he championed. I wonder *why* Matt felt so strongly about not missing *this* land opportunity considering it does very little for the public, and a whole lot for the 280 homeowners.

I wonder why he never mentioned how close he lived to this park. I wonder why we are snatching up golf courses to build public parks in neighborhoods designed to be unfriendly for public access.

John Burns told me on twitter that he can walk and chew gum- so I guess we have that going for us.

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Posted by SLormand on 11/08/2017 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Since 2011, Raleigh Residents Have Been Lobbying the City to Allow Backyard Cottages. What’s the Holdup?

Oh, please. Not that big bad bogey 'government' complaint again. When are we, the people, going to accept/realize that the government is us. My city government, heck, my state government, is comprised of neighbors and work colleagues some of which I know. And if I don't know them, or even agree with them, I still accept the largely democratic system that has made it possible for them to be in a position of making city/state rules.

If we have chosen to live in Raleigh (or any populated area in the USA) we have agreed to live under a constitution and rules/laws designed to protect communities as well as individuals. Most laws on the books when passed had the backing of the majority of citizens at some level (neighborhood, city, county or state). (This does not mean that they are necessarily morally right or even a great idea, but it does give legal authority until they are dismissed--by we the people.) Besides, the laws restricting my right to do what I want with my property also protect me from my neighbors actions--I don't want my next door neighbors to be able to start raising pigs or chickens, or build a high rise to rent to college kids.

I personally like the idea of having an ADU in my backyard, and of more of them being available for housing but I also can understand how quickly this kind of building can get out of hand and cause lots of problems for others and even for property values to fall. How people are going to use/misuse ADUs needs to be carefully examined so that a majority of land owners in a given area are protected from harm and loss. (See above comments from Portland OR.) Clearly some cities in NC are beginning to see the light. Hopefully Raleigh will open its eyes before long as well.

And remember, if you are upset because you are stuck in traffic, YOU are also the traffic.

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Posted by Whozat on 11/08/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Since 2011, Raleigh Residents Have Been Lobbying the City to Allow Backyard Cottages. What’s the Holdup?

Greetings from Portland OR. Short term rentals have been legal in Portland, OR since 2014. Airbnb sent many lobbyists to the city hall to advocate for them, however it has not turned out like they were pitching.

It is my opnion that Airbnb has been a deceptive snake and trying to appeal to the public they're wanting to enable home owners to rent out spare, unused bedrooms. We have regulations that limit rental capacity to 2-bedrooms and passed on the impression the bedrooms mean they were bonafide bedrooms and the hosts are required to live 270 days out of the year. Lending out 3 or more bedrooms require a land use review and impact study on cars sprawling all over neighborhoods.

Thanks to our city's unwillingness to enforce, it has turned into a city of shanty homes. There are homes lend out as "two bedrooms" but have beds in places that do not customarily have beds and flouting regulations by offering areas such as attics and basements as "bonus room". Consequently, there are many listings like "2 bedrooms for guests of 12". Additionally, there are listings that simply disregard the law and twist the permit around and offer 4-5 bedrooms on a 2-bedroom permit and fraudulently claim to have a permit. Real estate industry profiteers are running self-check in motels in neighborhoods and the real estate industry embracing city has been letting this slide. Now many useless and undesirable people like house flippers are sticking their grimy hands to take away housing. These flippers do "lip stick renovations" to turn them into "turn key properties" that make look nice and presentable to vacation renters. Many have code violations and work is often not done according to requirements and often involve OSHA violations.

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Posted by REProfiteer on 11/08/2017 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Since 2011, Raleigh Residents Have Been Lobbying the City to Allow Backyard Cottages. What’s the Holdup?

Government has been telling people what they can/can't do with their land since at least the 1860's, in an effort to stem the spread disease, reduce the threat of fire, and address overpopulation. This is nothing new - even if you don't agree with it. I could say if people don't like government telling people what they can/can't do with their land, go to the country - but there are zoning/land use rules even in the country, just more often at the county level

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Posted by Gavin Watson on 11/08/2017 at 12:23 PM
Posted by Kym Register on 11/08/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Is Self-Service Beer the Trendy New Normal?

I've taken advantage of the self-pour wall at Clouds in Raleigh. It can be an interesting experience, and if you are trying to taste 4-6 beers it can be very useful as you pour just enough of each to take a good taste.

However, at my favorite beer places the interactions with the bartenders are part of the fun going there. Self-pour may work out very well for some (and be cost effective for the bar), but others will still want that interaction. After all, the last time I asked a wall - regardless of how many taps it had on it - "what do you think I'd like?", the wall just stood there silent as always.

Oh, and another issue with self-pour... Some beers are easier to pour than others. Bartenders tend to know how each one comes out of the tap, and treat it appropriately. If there is a hard-to-pour beer on self-tap, the poor beer customer could get frustrated (or all foam, or both). Plus, bartenders tend to be quicker. For example - Clouds had their Bourbon County Stout event a while back, and the BCS was on their self-pour wall. Let me tell you - waiting for 20, 30, 40 rookies to pour a beer in front of you is no fun (and my apologies to those who were behind this rookie).

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 11/08/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “For Two Decades, Durham’s East End Neighborhood Hosted Horseshoe Matches With No Complaints. Then the Developers Came.

White supremacists call this progress, the klan would be proud of black families being pushed out of durham.

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Posted by lamer99 on 11/08/2017 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Since 2011, Raleigh Residents Have Been Lobbying the City to Allow Backyard Cottages. What’s the Holdup?

I have no dog in this fight, expect that it irks me that the government is telling people what they can do with their own land. It's ridiculous. People suck.

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Posted by Donovan Verrill on 11/08/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Raleigh bar advertises with offensive language

I know this is old news but I just happened to stumble upon this article while reading about the possible drug running escapades of its owners wife.
Now while the flyer may have been an ill conceived attempt at humor, the flyer didnt particularly offend me as Asian-American not because its not offensive but theres right and wrong racism in this country and you sort of get used to it and not let every ignoramus get to you.
However, the poor excuse/non-apology issued and then the follow up attacks on Iimay Ho just proves out her point that if theyre not a racist then absolutely theyre a bunch of bigots. I mean, whats more racially insensitive/racist/ignorant than a bunch of presumably white folks telling a person of different ethnicity what theyre allowed to be offended by and to just get over it. Furthermore, being southern isnt a race, so your cries of hypocrisy are at best just as ill-conceived as your husbands bigot-party.

Posted by mrclpn77 on 11/08/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Over Their Own Staff’s Objection, Wake Commissioners Move Forward With a $23 Million Park

That is really a false dichotomy. It is not either/or.

Even if the County didn't purchase the park, the social services in Wake County would remain woefully underfunded. The park isn't going to change that or even make it worse.

In 20 years, we'll look back at this oportunity to make this a public space. And in 20 years, social services will STILL be underfunded in Wake County.

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Posted by MichyMitch on 11/08/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “What Should Durham Do With Its Soon-Vacant Police Headquarters?

Convert it to office space for Black Lives Matter.

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Posted by MichyMitch on 11/08/2017 at 8:50 AM
Posted by RuthBerry on 11/08/2017 at 2:55 AM

Re: “Wake Commissioners Vote for $23.4M Conversion of Crooked Creek Golf Course to County Park, With Conditions

Well, those of us who oppose this can only hope that those who voted in favor of this outstanding expense are ousted in 2018!

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 11/07/2017 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Someone Apparently Shut Down Chapel Hill Town Council Candidate Hongbin Gu's Campaign Mailbox

Don't know anything about her, really, but if her election will annoy Trump supporters, I am all for it.

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Posted by Donovan Verrill on 11/07/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “North Carolina’s law banning registered sex offenders from social media is “bad law, bad policy,” according to ACLU

infringing on rights....really..ARE YOU STUPID...maybe if he pieces of shit did NOT COMMIT THE CRIMES they would have the SAME PRIVILAGES AS EVERYONE ELSE...but they are CRIMINALS AND LOSS THAT RIGHT...DEAL WITH IT Click here

Posted by Mohit Suri on 11/07/2017 at 6:46 AM

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

I'm shocked that Allen Buansi wasn't endorsed. I would urge readers to read up on him.

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Posted by Sean Bickford on 11/07/2017 at 6:40 AM

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