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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.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
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

0 likes, 2 dislikes
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.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
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.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
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?

29 likes, 1 dislike
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.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
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.

5 likes, 20 dislikes
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.

8 likes, 36 dislikes
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.

2 likes, 4 dislikes
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?

1 like, 4 dislikes
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.

25 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by davekrnavek on 09/27/2017 at 12:32 PM

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

So annoying the demographic most responsible for Durham's rising home values -- young professionals with families -- is supposed to *raise* property values? The Woodcroft HOA doesn't seem to have thought this through. Take a walk through the parts of Durham with ballooning values, like Burch Ave, Old North Durham, Cleveland-Holloway and Watts-Hillandale, and you'll see tons of frontyard gardens.

42 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Adam Haile on 09/27/2017 at 10:42 AM
Posted by Amy Fletcher on 09/27/2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Dickie Thompson for Raleigh City Council District A

I find it hard to support a candidate that is willfully ignoring the thousands of citizens that oppose the Vision 2040 plan proposed by the RDU Airport Authority. If it is put in place, Lake Crabtree County Park will be developed into yet another faceless office park. The first thing on deck is leasing a portion of the land off Old Reedy Creek Road to developers for a quarry.

RDU Forest encompasses one of the most popular forested trail networks in the Triangle. For decades it has been used by hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, scouts, and nature education programs. If you're interested in the background on the area, please visit

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by zweirad on 09/25/2017 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Preservation NC Says the DPD’s Soon-to-Be-Former HQ Isn’t Just Another Government Building

The DPD building looks like a 1960's hotel - and that's not a good thing. The site should be redeveloped for a higher & better use with greater density to support transit.

Mixed use, mid-rise buildings with retail, office, and affordable housing would be a far better use of this key site near Durham's transportation hub and future transit line.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Durham451 on 09/25/2017 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Preservation NC Says the DPD’s Soon-to-Be-Former HQ Isn’t Just Another Government Building

Man, I love Milton Smalls.

Goodnight Raleigh has some fantastic articles on some of his output. I think Raleighboy is a huge fan, and it shows in some of his writing. It's good to see Smalls getting some love from Preservation NC. This building really is a treasure.

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by Mikeeee on 09/25/2017 at 2:13 PM

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