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

It's telling that Mr Gaylord is discussing the need for affordable housing while managing North Hills, A John Kane development which contains ZERO affordable housing and upon expansion, recently approved, will still contain ZERO affordable housing.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 09/20/2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Mayor McFarlane Will Not Be Turned Away from Democratic Party Events, Spokesman Says

Ms. Eichenberger, most of Thomas Goldsmith's articles on the municipal election would benefit from less bias. This should start with him informing his readers that he is a close family friend of the the McFarlane's.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 09/11/2017 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Mayor McFarlane Will Not Be Turned Away from Democratic Party Events, Spokesman Says

The question for the author of this piece..... Is McFarlane demanding admittance into Republican Party events? Did Mr Goldsmith even bother to ask?

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Posted by FONCitizen on 09/08/2017 at 4:52 PM

Re: “When Is an Endorsement Really a Campaign Donation? A Case in Raleigh Blurs the Lines.

Was the piece from William Needham Finley IV of ITB Insider intended to indicate that both the Raleigh Police and Firefighters have endorsed Stacy Miller for an At-Large seat on City Council? Or, was the endorsement just from La Croix and school children?

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Posted by FONCitizen on 08/31/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Councilman Cox Returns Dean Debnam's Campaign Contribution, Citing Dispute With Raleigh

It is great to see Counselor Cox's integrity is so important to him that he returns a very large contribution in order to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. It's quite clear from the story that not every local politician is as concerned.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 08/26/2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Charles Francis Has the Democratic Party‚Äôs Endorsement But Is Raking in GOP Bucks

It might be a good idea, at least journalistically, for Mr Goldsmith to disclose to his readers that he has a personal friendship with the McFarlane family. It would also be helpful for the piece to include info on the Republicans donating money to McFarlane and whether those donating to Francis this time had previously donated to McFarlane.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 08/17/2017 at 9:54 PM

Re: “A Raleigh Family Asks a Court to Stop a Developer from Erecting a 28-Foot Wall Next to Their House

this story is quite unclear. It starts out sounding like the 28 foot wall was built BEFORE the variance to build it was applied for. Then it gives some long, drawn out story by Tom Worth about an approval and permitting process. So, was this 28 ft wall built before or after a variance was approved to allow it? Just who issued a building permit for a structure that was out of compliance with the UDO in the first place? Because it sounds to me like it was built illegally BEFORE the variance and the Board of Adjustment used the wall's existence as an excuse to approve it since it was already there. Won't that just encourage all developers to build structures that are out of compliance and then follow the procedure of asking for forgiveness instead of permission knowing that permission would not have been granted? If I were a member of the board, I would have been doubly hard on the developer for intentionally breaking the building code in the first place. I would have forced the builder to remove the structure and rebuild something that was in compliance with regulations. The Board of Adjustments is part of the problem if they are going to go easy on issues like this.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 07/16/2017 at 8:41 PM

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