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Re: “Ellmers likes her Tea Party with cash in the cups, thank you

I'm going to give her some time to adjust.

tick tick tick

ok, time to get to work.

Posted by Frankie on 01/05/2011 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Dix Hospital's fate and the future of mental health in NC

This is a very important story and I am sorry it got buried in the holiday news cycle.

Dix Hill has everything we need to set up a best-practices rehabilitation program for the number one problem of our time. Considering the cost addictions and mixed diagnosis problems present to families, communities, insurance companies, and the state safety nets / penal system, we should use this hospital and its already built independent living facilities. I don't get it -- how can we wring our hands at one problem, and tear down the infrastructure for dealing with that problem, at the same time? And then say "we cant afford it."

Posted by Frankie on 01/05/2011 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Burns' resignation today makes it official: Wake County is in crisis

Actually white folks who are in touch with their African-American neighbors know the complexity of this issue. Because it is complex means that blanket solutions are not the solution. People who are angry get a bit too black and white in their thinking. Sound bites are easy but dealing with reality requires multi level thinking and multi-focus vision. Not seeing that with this crew.

Posted by Frances on 02/18/2010 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Burns' resignation today makes it official: Wake County is in crisis

Pretty myopic point of view. This "majority" talk is a bunch of bull. No one was swept into office by a majority -- this election hinged on a vocal minority getting out the angry votes, knowing that the majority of wake county voters who were content with the school system were not motivated to get to the polls. This is not a truth serum, but it is a serious wake up call. Yes, a new minority is in majority control, BUT they serve ALL the residents of Wake county. Time to get the seriousness of their actions before it is too late for the school system. Maybe the true goal of this group is to stop the migration to Raleigh that caused the crowding problem that caused the relocation of their kids. Dismantling our "too" successful school system makes sense in this context.

Posted by Frances on 02/18/2010 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Del Burns resigns as Wake schools leader -- in protest

Reading the N&O story and ran into this at the end: "The commenting function on this story has been turned off because of abuse." You betcha. Like watching a football game instead of a civics lesson. We have entered an unenlightened time in our community now. So so distressing to see our collective good will splattered about like this. I try not to name call, but these are bully tactics. As concerned contemplative community builders, we need to pay attention and not fall into complacency. That is how this election occurred, and this is how we will go downhill if we do not stand for our convictions. I hope they are sued for the public meeting violations at the outset and we can restore the order we once had here.

Posted by Frances on 02/17/2010 at 3:34 PM

Re: “New Wake school board majority debuts, and it's a fiasco

Thanks for the real report. Having that sinking "down the rabbit hole" feeling here. Betsy, is there any way to recall this election? I am sure "their" lawyer found a teeeny tiny loophole to stretch. Hopefully the wording is ELECTED OFFICIALS. Anyway, I am grateful for this report and the sight of sanity.

Posted by Frances on 12/04/2009 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Infill: New growth ousts old charm

I am sorry, but I cannot argue with you any longer about this. Your assumptions about me are inaccurate. There are certain reasons that I feel as strongly as you do about my property, but I will not be discussing them here. Oddly, I am probably the person in the neighborhood with a property situation closest to the one you describe. I do not know who said what to whom. All I know is there is a $1.2 million mansion on my street built on speculation, it is double the property values of this neighborhood, does not try to keep with the tone of the existing neighborhood, and it looks like several more properties could go that way. I am concerned. I appreciated Bob's story on the problem and came online to discuss it. It IS a problem that requires attention and discussion, IMHO. And yes, there are some great examples in the neighborhood of homes that were enlarged respectful of the built and natural environment. Love it.

Posted by Frankie on 05/20/2007 at 12:53 PM

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