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Re: “The Immigrants Packing Your Butterball Turkey Are under Threat

Sad to see the lie repeated that U.S. citizens won't do the work. Yes they will if the employer pays them enough. What's happened is that the racist employers in Duplin County figured out that they could replace cheap black labor (formerly slave labor, literally) with even cheaper foreign labor, as long as the rest of us subsidize their labor force with social services and support.

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Posted by citizenshame on 11/29/2017 at 8:01 AM

Re: “One of Three North Carolina Regions Could Land Amazon's HQ2, CNBC Analysis Says

"...a heritage of innovation dating back to the Wright Brothers." Yes indeed. Especially compared to the lack of innovation required to merely build a mechanized airplane in Dayton, Ohio.

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Posted by citizenshame on 11/22/2017 at 1:59 AM

Re: “Nancy McFarlane Presides Over a Thriving City. Charles Francis Says She Doesn’t Deserve the Credit.

We have had enough boosterism with McFarlane as Raleigh mayor and Baldwin on the council these past several years...I like that Francis appears more focused on real (but chronically neglected) problems and real solutions, rather than the band-aids McFarlane prefers, with almost reverent deference to the city manager and city staff.

Bottom line: McFarlane thinks tearing down our affordable housing stock is good. At least Francis isn't so sure about it and willing to talk serious solutions.

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Posted by citizenshame on 10/05/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Raleigh City Council Members Agree to Meet October 30 on New Community Engagement Board

As a long-time Raleigh resident, I'd not leave "community engagement" to the city staff because they are pro-development (knowing who helps pay their salaries) by nature. City staff's incompetence, arrogance and biases have been personally observed in their longstanding disrespect and institutional neglect of the neighborhood-based Citizens Advisory Councils. And besides, aren't our elected council members supposed to be engaging the community?

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Posted by citizenshame on 10/05/2017 at 8:02 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: “The INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

McFarlane shows a blind spot for community involvement, not only with her mis-steps with trying to eliminate the Citizen Advisory Councils (CACs) but also with her lax oversight and misuse of the city's two Business Improvement Districts, both tax-funded and both largely unaccountable -- and absolutely free to follow their booster/good-old-boy empire-building agendas while the average citizen is overlooked. If it's been too long a run for Bonner Gaylord, it's been too long a train ride for McFarlane. Methinks she's going deaf.

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Posted by citizenshame on 09/20/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Stef Mendell for Raleigh City Council District E

Raleigh has an affordable housing crisis looming. Bonner Gaylord doesn't seem to notice, being too busy building expensive high-rises. Stef Mendel is indeed an impressive candidate with the future of the ENTIRE city in her sights.

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Posted by citizenshame on 09/20/2017 at 10:29 AM

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