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Re: “2012 General Election Endorsements

tomgee sounds like he's a member of an offshoot of the "Know Nothing" party.

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Posted by ScreenedPorch on 10/18/2012 at 10:14 AM

Re: “The most important property in Raleigh

Hmmm, abolish zoning? Let's say it happened. Your neighbor on one side starts a car repair facility, and the one on the other a convenience store. Your residential value goes in to the toilet. The remedy? Oh, I know your solution: get a lawyer and sue. But, what average citizen has the money to pay a lawyer $250-$350/hour?

No zoning = anarchy. If you, luthert do not like zoning, there are still places in NC where there ain't none. Move there. Or Houston. Lots of choices in this great country of ours.

Posted by ScreenedPorch on 06/03/2010 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Falls Lake fiasco: Or, top 10 signs you have a very bad zoning case

The shortcoming of this "rezoning" (text change masquerading as such) is that it only looked at one property. This text change makes a bad situation slightly less bad. Once this shopping center is built, other property owners east and west of this site along Highway 98, as well as property owners north and south along NC 50/Creedmoor Road will want the same consideration. Of course, as long as the Wake County Planning Board and Wake County Commissioners (present and future) look at these cases only one at a time, the future does not bode well for water quality. The end result will be the increased commercialization of the watersupply watershed.

This shopping center will have to be on well and septic, but this was not taken into consideration by the Wake County Commissioners. There have been problems with well water draw down in this area, and when a shopping center gets cranked up with all the out parcels, neighbors in residential subdivisions with wells may well be surprised during the next drought or even before. What then? Do we tell the shopping center "tough cookies' you're on your own? What about the people with dry wells? Ah yes, then our local elected official will be faced with using our tax dollars to extend water and sewer all because of an earlier shortsighted decision. And, once the water and sewer is in then all bets are off. More landowners will want greater density.

You reap what you sow. Unfortunately, the taxpayers always get kidney-punched.

New water supply watershed policy should not be set because of the wishes and desires of one property owner. Any change to water supply watershed policy should be broad-based and should involve a well defined and balanced group of stakeholders.

Posted by ScreenedPorch on 04/13/2010 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Two races could flip the Raleigh City Council's approach to growth

Ms. Happy seems very, very unhappy. You keep mentioning that Rodger Koopman is not qualified to run for public office because he didn't vote in the last election. You've repeated this argument ad nauseum, and it just doesn't hold water. If not voting in an election became a legitimate reason for someone not to run or to be in office, there would be a lot of empty seats across the country. Your tactics are typical of someone who has run completely out of meaningful, thoughtful arguments and is now desperately grasping at straws.

Posted by ScreenedPorch on 09/16/2007 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Two races could flip the Raleigh City Council's approach to growth

Hey, Jenmaris. I made a calm, thoughtful statement/observation. I was not complaining. You seem a bit touchy ("My God, what do you expect? Go live somewhere with depreciating property values then."). What's up with the attitude?

Posted by ScreenedPorch on 09/08/2007 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Two races could flip the Raleigh City Council's approach to growth

If someone owns a small bungalow style home on Anderson Drive, it's tax value will not change right away when a $1,000,000 +/- house is built next door. However, after the County reassesses all properties this year the taxes for that little bungalow will increase. With lots (tear-downs) selling for $350,000 and more, the ground underneath that modest bungalow will skyrocket in value.

Posted by ScreenedPorch on 09/08/2007 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Two races could flip the Raleigh City Council's approach to growth

The comments by Barrys5points are ludicrous at best. I am sure that not everyone in the Netherlands supports abortion, prostitution, euthanasia and drug use. If all Barrys5points can do is engage in character assassination by broadbrushing a local candidate, then it doesn't say much for his ability to discuss substantive issues. I agree that for the office of President of the United States, a person should be born in the US. But, for local candidates that rule would be very shortsighted and just plain silly. Every country in the world has its strong and weak points. The US is no exception. A visit to Mr. Koopman's website ( shows that he was in the US Air Force for 15 years. That was a serious commitment. And guess who was consulted after the Katrina disaster? Dutch engineers who are familiar with proper dike/levee engineering. Barrys5points certainly has the right to express his opinion, but the manner in which he has done so is unwelcome.

Posted by ScreenedPorch on 09/07/2007 at 9:17 AM

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