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Re: “Is the General Assembly About to Kill Light Rail?

In response to your reporting regarding the DOLRT public mass transit rail project that the populace did vote for and approve in the counties of Durham and Orange and which the purported representatives of the people are directly thwarting and obstructing at the state level, and also in Raleigh/Wake County, the ill-informed but vociferous foes should be aware that the DOLRT project serves two of the largest employers in the triangle; it IS getting to NCCU and it is an important, and supported project that is certainly needed for the growth, vitality, evolution and continued viability of the triangle region at all levels.
The DOLRT public mass transit rail project is not a give-away to developers, and do you really think that the underserved orderlies, nurses, university admin & other blue-collar employees/workers of Duke/UNC/NCCU wont be using the line it does indeed provide social justice and serve the populace, and is not an elitist project at all although there are a few Nimby allegedly progressive Chapel Hill-ites who would like to keep things exactly as they are, and not evolve i.e. have a public mass transit project in their midst at all. The DOLRT and other public mass transit rail projects are regional & state oriented projects; development does follow transit, and it lifts up all boats by improving the region/state. The triangle cannot, and should not, try to pave its way out of this yeah, buy buses; let em sit in traffic Thats Not better, greener, sustainable, more conducive to development, getting and keeping significant employers and start-ups here, nor ultimately cheaper, for the afore-mentioned reasons. As a note, the DOLRT public mass transit rail project already went through the STIP (state transportation improvement program twice, and scored very well); therefore, the NC legislature is being arbitrary and capricious in applying state funds on large projects; note that the I-540 toll road was approved and likely heavily highway contractor lobbied (talk about elitist & all for suburnites although it, too, is important). The DOLRT public mass transit rail project is currently, and will continue to, create multiple and major jobs associated with its design, construction, and operation, as well as continued and future jobs surrounding the large employers and region it serves, its larger appeal to potential large regional, national & multi-national corporations deciding whether or not to relocate and to grow and invest in this region, its ability to free up road congestion, additional development along and near its routes, and its ability to be green and predictable (unlike the roadways, which have one small glitch and fall completely apart due to traffic implications).
As a REGION, and although Wake Cnty. initially decided that it didnt want to have public mass transit rail it would behoove ALL NC legislators to think of, and accept, the triangle as one region (because, for one thing, that IS how the rest of the U.S. views it,) and it is one which will NOT be appealing to the Apples, Amazons, biotech/life science powerhouses and start-ups, progressive/evolving people of every stripe, and all the ancillary, vicarious businesses and industries that go along with the above, if the legislature does not stand by the vote of the people, in good faith and previously agreed terms and conditions and monetary support of the DOLRT public mass transit rail project, instead of actively harming, damaging, and working against the will and vote of the people. The alternative that the state legislators are currently working toward is Not economically good for the region and will lead to a downward and rapid spiral (see Detroit, MI, see entire state of NH & rest of New England except Boston, see swaths of inner mid-West states). This goes ESPECIALLY for the NC Republicans (aka totalitarians) currently in office who seem to think its appropriate to hold everyone hostage to their whims & agendas as some sort of (hopefully) last-gasp bulloney that will ham-hock everyone for eons to come.
The legislative urban vs. rural malarkey that is currently going on in the NC legislature is one-sided and wrong-sided; protection of rural/semi-rural hog/ chicken & agg farmers is not the entire successful future of the state of NC (and is apparently vulnerable to Trump trade wars & the vagaries of climate change, btw) and there is room for success for all including the more urban areas which generate revenues, tax and otherwise, and are the economic engines revving and propping up the entire state!
Additionally, Wake County/Raleigh/NC legislature needs to stop fighting that Durham is growing and instead embrace it with actual actions and monetary support and not trying to cut it off at the head with idiotic, myopic, petulant and punitive actions like going against the will of the voting people in its more urban, densely populated, most quickly growing and economic engine areas and trying to cut off what is already voted on. The people DO want the DOLRT public mass transit rail project which works with the flourishing and developing industries of the foreseeable future (no folks, its not pork farmers- nothing against them) which are keeping your RTP folks here, and are growing, and with your biggest R&D type/university associated med/health-care/biotech/life science employers like Duke/UNC/NCCU. The rest will follow, but have to Take and Keep those first steps. First steps are harder for some babies than others; but it Is important, good and necessary to take them and to evolve into the public mass transit rail future or, otherwise, if folks keep voting for the Republican extremists, or dont bother to get out and vote for the more evolved thinkers, the wonderful triangle as it is known, and its progress economic and otherwise will disappear rapidly and folks, including homeowners watching values decline, will have plenty of time to ruminate on their own bad actions.
The bright folks will have left, or be leaving, or certainly will not be coming to, the region.
Pig farming owned by China & agriculture is what will be left and, as the daughter of a dairy farmer, may I note that I am absolutely not against animal or crop farming per se, but it cannot hold a state or urban areas of a state, hostage. And what will also be left is a bunch of non-middle ground, short-sighted, greedy and narcissistic legislators trying to figure out how to get revenues (see dead states/regions of U.S. listed previously).
Voters better get evolved and reasonable, rather than arbitrary, capricious and extreme, legislators into office & pronto! Note that we do not need extremists on either side of the spectrum as we dont need people thinking that NC needs to be putting every dollar to teachers, who are receiving significant raises, or focusing only on social issues.
Cmon voters & legislators Fix this now!

Posted by wavwood on 07/04/2018 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Sticker Shock: Why Does the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Suddenly Cost $3.3 Billion?

For a "progressive" publication, you don't seem to comprehend the growth rate of the region and the benefits of light rail mass transit - you sound like the rural gerrymanderers who want to put the State back to the 1940's, retard growth completely, have the type of problems that Detroit has, and who, BTW, do NOT contribute their fair share at all to roads, bridges, tunnels and would be happy to see the growing and urban Triangle areas just shrivel and wilt under over-volume, polluting roads. The region will best benefit from, prosper with, and needs multi-modalities for moving the populace and allowing the region to sustainably and successfully grow. The Durham Orange light rail project is an excellent and needed mass transit rail project that should proceed forward now as it is very viable and will immensely help the region.
Focus on fixing the State congress members who are happy to support wealthy and polluting factory pig farmers and Duke Energy to the exclusion of more valid uses of their support.

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Posted by wavwood on 04/16/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “N-a-a-a-a-maste: Goat Yoga Clip-Clops From Oregon to the Triangle

This sounds great! I do hope the human participants sign liability waivers in favor of the goats - in case a goat inadvertently, or intentionally, kicks or head butts a yogi while said yogi is in downward dog position or what have you, since the goats are involuntary participants in the endeavor! Namaste!

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Posted by wavwood on 04/16/2017 at 9:10 AM

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