Martha Brock | Indy Week

Martha Brock 
Member since Sep 11, 2012

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Re: “White Raleigh Loves Wake’s Transit Plan, But Black Raleigh Isn’t Sold

I have reservations about the Wake Transit plan given certain well-connected developers appear to be in line to benefit greatly. My questions on actual locations of major new lines went unanswered.

Many of the usual civic boosters have jumped on the transit bandwagon as a green issue more than as a way to improve transit for those who need other options than private passenger autos.

Transit can provide environmental assets by reducing pollution and traffic congestion. But the first priority should be improved and more frequent availability of transit for those who need ur most.

The county planners presented this plan as a zero sum effort. Also, I personally feel the input process was rigged to produce results desired by city and county planners.

I no longer live in SE Raleigh, but I lived there for three years and used transit and Raleigh paratransit at that time. As a candidate for County Commission I was the only 2006 candidate to advocate regional planning for and improved transit

It is not my intention to discourage support for a tax.

We need worries about exclusion of the less affluent residents in planning for transit to be considered seriously. We need more true transparency and inclusion.

Please listen to local informed leaders like Coleman and Rainey.

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Posted by Martha Brock on 05/25/2016 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Parting Shots: A Column Ends, But the Struggle Continues

Good bye and hood luck," quoting my own journalistic hero, ERM.
Bob, We have agreed more often than not. At least you listened to those of us who are political gadflies considered pests by the powers that be in the triangle and NC.

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Posted by Martha Brock on 02/24/2016 at 7:00 PM

Re: “As elections near, the fate of downtown Cary hangs in the balance

I fault IndyWeek writer for framing the discussion and limiting it to "downtown Cary," which is a bigger concern of the politicians than most Cary voters--even me, who does like to go to the library, the Arts Center, and The Cary theater at times.

What about the issues like improving C-Tran transit and protecting our water? Frantz may be supported by his political cronies, but the Sierra Club endorsed Gabe Talton, because unlike Frantz, he opposes fracking for Cary.

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Posted by Martha Brock on 10/05/2015 at 1:05 PM

Re: “As elections near, the fate of downtown Cary hangs in the balance

It's not that Don Frantz is wrong about supporting "The Heart of Cary." It's just that he has tunnel vision on the subject. He also detests even the word "transit," at the same time the Town selected him to be on a major Wake County transit palnning committee.

I support Gabe Talton for my Distritt B in Cary. Early Voting started today. This Council could use some new blood.

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Posted by Martha Brock on 09/30/2015 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Why does the N.C. Senate want to cut funding for mental health organizations?

Neither the writer, Billy Ball, or those he chose to quote appear to admit we already have privitized mental health services in NC. That is what the so-called reform "plan" was all about.

Verla Insko and her cohorts, all Democrats, under Sec. Hooker Odom, a Democrat, privitized the system. The plan they touted as a plan to offer "choice" by having multiple PRIVATE corporations that are quasi-governmental entities has failed. There is not choice in most areas for most mental health patients, who rely on Medicaid.

You should be embarrassed at this pitiful piece of journalism.

Carmen Hooker Odum and a Democratic regime destroyed an imperfect but workable system. What is left is just splinters and shards of a service delivery system. Verla directed the assault on the former system with no real plan, just direction from Sally Cameron, Beth Melcher, and the so-called Coalition.--all of whom had the goal of cost cutting without regard for real needs of those they were supposed to serve--the patients. The plan was all about cost-shifting and catering to providers represented by the two APAs--the Psychological Assn. and the Psychiatric Assn. plus the social workers, for whom Jack Register was a lobbyist.

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Posted by Martha Brock on 08/28/2015 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Win, place or show: Place your bets on the Raleigh City Council

If the Mayor and Council were to ask for my advice, which will happen when hades has climate change, I would advise them to open up the planning process for the Dix Property now, and not wait until the midst of the fall campaign. Contrary to this writer's odds (and I admit to not knowing anything about odds making), the Wake Taxpayers' Assn. or just some disgruntled citizen unhappy over the UDO hearing on Tuesday, could upend McFarlane. She is not Wonder Woman, and she has done little more than be a caretaker mayor.

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Posted by Martha Brock on 07/11/2015 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Raleigh City Council Live Blog: Evening Session

AS promised earlier, I am reporting on my own blog post at BlueNC.

Here is the title and the link:

Christmas in July for Raleigh Developers; Council members in Kane's pocket…

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Posted by Martha Brock on 07/08/2015 at 3:13 PM

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