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Re: “Durham Activist Umar Muhammad Killed In Motorcyle Crash

Tragedy. He had grown up, turned his life around and was making a tangible contribution to the community. RIP

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Posted by where's the beef? on 07/18/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Orange County School Board Balks on Confederate Flag Ban

Banning things does nothing for learning and only servers to cement positions and perpetuate the injustice. Open your eyes.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/25/us/conf…

"These debates over symbols show us that Confederates were conscious of facing a contradiction, one were still contending with today: how to communicate a political belief in both freedom for whites and slavery for blacks. The task was impossible. This moment of early white nationalism gave birth to a civic narrative with an insurmountable task making a visual declaration of the unspeakable."

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Posted by where's the beef? on 07/06/2017 at 7:41 PM

Re: “GoTriangle Will Soon Learn Whether Light Rail Will Move to the Next Stage of the Grant Application Process

GoTriangle is saying DOLRT demand follows supply, a fundamental error in logic worthy of Rick Perry.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 07/06/2017 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Durham-Orange Light Rail Nears Next Step in Grant Process, Has No Guarantee of Federal Funding

Meanwhile we burn +1 million per month of regressive tax dollars on non reimbursable engineering and shameless marketing hype. How many bus shelters and sidewalks could that money build? How many routes could have their hours extended to better serve the public?

When will the local politicians put a stop to this?

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Posted by where's the beef? on 06/30/2017 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Mayor Bill Bell Has Overseen a Bull City Renaissance. So Why Has Durham’s Poverty Rate Gone Up on His Watch?

Point is durham crime rate is bad and has been for a long time. https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/nc/durha…

Bells support for a 17 mile 3.5 billion dollar LRT will not get public transit where it is needed. This is especially true under the regressive tax and NC GA efforts you correctly point to.

The effect is people once again are left behind. Mayor Bell is complicit in this as much as the " gerrymandered right wing do-nothings".

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Posted by where's the beef? on 06/19/2017 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Mayor Bill Bell Has Overseen a Bull City Renaissance. So Why Has Durham’s Poverty Rate Gone Up on His Watch?

Mayor Bell is a good guy with good intent. Durham has been hard to lead and even harder to manage. I give him credit for highlighting the arts and culture, raising investment and image.

That said, the problem is and has been crime. No one really addresses root causes. Every time there is a clamp down the public blames law enforcement, and reins them in. Police are only half the equation though. From my observation having lived there for +25 years there is a problem with the imbalance between law enforcement and the courts. The media and past performance of prosecutors have not helped with the credibility of law and order in Durham. Catch and release seems to be the underlying policy unless there is news media hysteria. A cursory look at the records of most offenders makes even the casual observer question why they are still on the streets or at the very least under a program of monitoring.

As long as people are being murdered almost daily with children caught in crossfires no one will feel safe and the best laid plans will falter and fail.

The solutions are less tolerance for repeat offenders in the courts, better opportunity and jobs for the younger folks and a change toward support for enforcement and involvement in keeping the community safe.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 06/17/2017 at 8:55 AM

Re: “The Durham-Orange Light Rail Now Costs More Than $3 Billion, and Durham Will Have to Pay More of It

Mark Bahner Excellent points. Car companies are already adjusting themselves to the future state where they are fleet providers or run the fleets themselves. This new ownership model will free huge amounts capital currently locked up in vehicles that sit in driveways 80% of the time. Connected fleets will free up wasted space on the roads, autonomously form "platoons" based on destination and ultimately obsolete stopping or yielding at intersections. Connected fleets will ultimately get to the holy grail of public transportation affordable point to point connections.

I too hope that the politicians wake up to the fact that people are on to them and stop this terrible waste of money. I also hope the voters take out the ones that voted for this when the opportunity arises. #riggedsystem

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Posted by where's the beef? on 05/02/2017 at 10:57 AM

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