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Re: “Does North Carolina give homeowners associations too much power?

I will never, ever live in another neighborhood that has an HOA. It's not even up for debate.
I already have to live under the thumb of the federal government, the state government, the county government and the municipal government. The idea of also having to live under a little collective of neighbors that see fit to tell me what flowers I can plant, and whether or not I can work on my car in my driveway is insulting.
I was the president of our HOA for two years, and out of the dozen issues that came to the board, only one even came close to rising to the need of some sort of intervention ... and even then, all it took was a meeting with the two neighbors to work things out. After that my policy became straightforward: "don't talk to us until you've talked to your neighbors." Or, when I was feeling less charitable: "act like adults."
HOA's give the neighborhood busybodies far too much latitude to cause the rest of the residents grief. If there's something that needs to be codified in law, then take it up with the city council ... otherwise, stop with this foolishness.
Oh, and our property is fastidiously maintained, so I'm not complaining from the vantage point of being on the receiving end of "violation" letters.

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Posted by mike_in_nc on 12/01/2016 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Local Lawyer: Officer Who Fired Fatal Shot Has a History ...

Plenty of news about all of the wrong in the DPD, some of which is probably true. When will we get to read about how this community plans to deal with its deep systemic problems, including its tacit support of a convicted felon being in possession of illegal substances and a stolen firearm?
Not that many years ago I took some classes at Durham Tech, and I always did my best never to any further west along East Lawson than I had to. I can only wonder how much crime this neighborhood exports out to the rest of the area.

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Posted by mike_in_nc on 12/01/2016 at 7:31 AM

Re: “In Wayne County, N.C., Trump’s America Is Angry

Based on some of the comments here, I'm to understand that Mr. Mozingo is a worthless piece of trash because he's white. because he supported Trump, and because he has a criminal record. Check. There are even inferences made about his level of education and whether or not he's ever been in a library.

Out of curiosity ... would people be saying this if he had darker skin? Or are we simply at a point where it's OK to trash Caucasians, but to do the same to an African American man in similar circumstances would evoke cries of "BIGOT!" and "RACIST!"?

By the way, I don't condone either. Yes, it appears that Mr. Mozingo has made some bad choices in life, as many people do. Yes, he has political opinions that many of us don't share. But if we're truly going to act like the enlightened people we fancy ourselves to be, then wouldn't it make sense to offer a little more compassion and respect than the vitriol being spewed here?

Oh, and if there was only a way to ensure that convicted felons and the like aren't participating in elections. If there was only a way to make sure that at the person showing up at the polls is who he/she claims to be. If only there was a way ...

(Caveat: I was born and raised in a Commonwealth country that has long been known as a torch-bearer of fair democracy. For as long as I've been alive people have been required there to show ID when voting. In fact, I never knew that there were first world countries that didn't require voter ID until I lawfully immigrated to the United States where, as a citizen and active voter, I still instinctively produce my ID when I go to vote.)

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Posted by mike_in_nc on 11/25/2016 at 8:53 AM

Re: “In Wayne County, N.C., Trump’s America Is Angry

Out of curiosity ... have any of the "love and tolerance" types spilling vitriol at every opportunity in this comments section ever thought to meaningfully engage with people like Mr. Mozingo, to better understand how they came to feel the way they do? Or does the lofty education of these so-called progressives "trump" meaningful engagement?

Treating people like Mr. Mozingo as the enemy is only going to result in more of the bitter divide that currently plagues the country. Like it or not, people that we disagree with have a right to vote too, and "progressives" that make these people feel marginalized are just a culpable for Trump's rise.

There's a lot I don't share in common with Mr. Mozingo; I'm university educated, I live in a large city, I support gay right and a woman's right to choose an abortion, and I didn't vote for Trump. But there's also things I do share in common with him: I was raised in a rural community, I support limited government, I'm in favor of gun rights, etc.

Perhaps, instead of participating in the same mud-slinging that xenophobic right-wingers are often accused of, the "progressive" folks here could do a little soul-searching, and find it in themselves to build bridges with people like Mr. Mozingo, instead of just demonizing them? I, for one, would like for our next presidential election to show a bit more maturity than is being shown here.

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Posted by mike_in_nc on 11/17/2016 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Loathe Hillary? Fine. Vote for Her, Anyway. Democracy Depends on It.

Worst. Advice. Ever.

The whole "vote for her because we hate Trump more" rhetoric is exactly why we have this pair of dullards running for office, and why millions of Americans that aren't enamored with either of them will still cast their vote for their respective shrunk-wrapped brands of democracy.

Neither of the major parties has even come close to earning my vote, which is why I will proudly vote for a third party. At least I'll be able to look people in the eyes and tell them that I voted my conscience, instead of trying to pick the lesser of the evils -- a more daunting task in this election than any prior election I've been old enough to vote in.

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Posted by mike_in_nc on 09/28/2016 at 8:50 AM

Re: “White people problem: To succeed, progressives need to convince poor whites to vote in their own self-interest

"And let's further assume that President Sanders or Clinton wants to restore the American dream for working-class Americans and has a viable plan to do so ..."

Thank you for my morning laugh.

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Posted by mike_in_nc on 01/06/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Suicide apparent in shooting death of son of pro-gun rights N.C. Rep.

Donald, what psychologist is going to risk his/her license administrating this "test" and making a suitability recommendation? Are the courts ready for the onslaught of appeals from people whose condition disqualified them from owning a gun, not to mention the endless debate around which diagnoses would disqualify a person?

The idea is a non-starter for one other key reason: constitutional rights aren't narrowly carved out for a small portion of the population that we deem worthy. I mean, if you support this, would you support literacy tests for voters?

Go ahead and try to get the NRA's support ... you'd have a better chance of getting them to endorse Hillary Clinton.

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Posted by mike_in_nc on 04/17/2015 at 5:01 PM

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