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Re: “Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to recommend the election of George Bell as District Court Judge in Mecklenburg County. It has been my privilege to know George as both a client and a friend for over 5 years. He has a genuine love for the law as well as respect and empathy for people he deals with in his profession. I have known him to be a person who is dedicated, and works tirelessly and energetically for his clients. He will undoubtedly bring these qualities to the bench, if elected.

He will be a breath of fresh air to our local judiciary, promoting accessibility that we have not usually seen from those on the bench. Additionally, he will demonstrate compassion to all while taking care to apply the law in a manner that is fair and equitable to all parties without regard to status or influence.

These are qualities that are sorely lacking in many public officials in our current political situation. To start making a positive change, I would encourage all to "Ring the Bell for change" by joining me in supporting George Bell's candidacy.

Kenneth C. Jackson
Stanley, NC

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Posted by ken jackson on 10/21/2016 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Greed seen as the church's top problem — so why isn't Elevation angrier at pastor's excess?

What you need to do is leave this situation alone, because as I know for a fact even poor church's withold their pastor salaries from public view. In fact, it is the norm in most churches to not discuss salary. How much do you make since you don't think it is offensive to ask questions like this.

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Posted by gmanhum on 10/18/2016 at 8:34 AM

Re: “A moment of recognition from one of the privileged

Thank you for acknowledging, Alison. I sent another emai not realizing I could post here online. Sandy

Posted by sandy on 10/14/2016 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Does Charlotte have a gayborhood?

There are many great communities and Neighborhoods in Charlotte. I don't know that they are Gayborhoods but they are diverse and amazing! I moved to and I have 2 gay neighbors and many straight ones. I love them all.

Posted by Katherine Beckstrom on 10/14/2016 at 2:21 PM

Re: “The life, death and rebirth of Tommy's Pub

Middle of October is here and no sign of Tommy's Pub. It's dead.

Posted by BobJ on 10/14/2016 at 11:17 AM

Re: “CL goes undercover in a Charlotte 'crisis pregnancy center'

I took my 14 yr old daughter here to discuss ALL of her options as a pregnant young lady in a crisis. I felt that she needed to know all of the options that were available to her. What happened in this facility was like something out of a movie. We went there to get an ultrasound to confirm just how far along she was, so that we would be able to navigate what her choices would be. She had an appointment and was taken behind a locked door... mind you she is a MINOR, where I was left out in the waiting room. Upon being taken to the back of the office, I noticed a cross hanging from the door handle on the inside of the door. I thought that was odd, then started to put things together... like how nice the furniture was in the facility, the lack of state licenses on the wall, no literature available, AND the fact that after 20 mins and ringing the service bell several times to inquire about my daughter. I was finally led into a room where two women had been talking with my daughter, without me present. One was the " bouncer"... she actually leaned back against the door as if to prevent anyone from leaving the room. The other woman spoke to my daughter and explained that there were consequences to every decision she made. "There are consequences to saving a life and taking a life". She also stated that her pregnancy test came out negative, and that she should come back in two weeks to retake a test. Mind you, she had already had a blood test from a physician that confirmed the pregnancy. And by all calculations that would have put her past the time frame to get a legal abortion, IF she wanted to make that choice. We went there to get an ultrasound so that she would be able to make an informed choice on what she would be able to do. I feel like their agenda was being forced on a young woman who was already traumatized by her circumstances... and to me that was a very scary situation to be in.... creating further trauma to an already traumatic situation. Needless to say... we abruptly left.
If you find yourself facing a decision like this, I believe it is best to explore ALL options that are available to you. It is not right to force your will, and your beliefs on someone who is already under a lot of stress and uncertainty, for your agenda!
I don't condone the irresponsibility my daughter showed. But here we are faced with the consequence. My daughter is mentally ill, and we are fighting her illness everyday. It has been such a struggle. Her illness causes her to do things that aren't always good choices. So please take that into consideration before making a nasty comment. We struggle on a daily basis with the most basic tasks.... we are doing our best.
I just wanted to alert anyone who may be considering going there, what they will be up against.

Posted by Tracie Tracie on 10/13/2016 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Union members launch largest organized labor mobilization in state history

the first responder is lame.sonny,afscme union

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Posted by Edward Williams on 10/03/2016 at 2:23 PM

Re: “CL contributor's first-person account of the first two nights of protests following Scott killing

It sounds like the police were engaging in standard riot patrol, and only started using their batons after being pelted with water bottles and bricks.

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Posted by Jason on 09/28/2016 at 7:26 PM

Re: “CL contributor's first-person account of the first two nights of protests following Scott killing

Wow. This is powerful. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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Posted by Krystle Baller on 09/28/2016 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Death of Charlotte biker brings cycling community together

I've came across this Article because a few nights ago me & my mother saw a ghostly shadow like figure in the sugar creek area around 11 o clock pm the figure was on a bike (with no reflection from our lights you could not see the rims or any features of the figure) riding along side a train where they are currently doing construction. The figure rode along the drivers side where my mom was close to the car and disappeared (i didn't see it but she saw it and it frightened her) and reappeared in the middle of the passing train.. rode alongside and disappeared again. i was wondering if the person died on the tracks but i found not articles relating to a cyclist or train death other than this article considering this man rode in that area it could've been this popular cyclist. I've heard if you keep a significant item of a person who died in a traumatic way they get trapped between worlds & wander. RIP to this gentleman i hope his spirit finds its way.

Posted by destiny brown on 09/25/2016 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Rev. Robin Tanner hopes to reframe religion in the Bible Belt

You look 14 on TV. Your voice sounds like a 15 year old. Your views sound like my 16 year old granddaughter. Change your hairstyle to make you look your actual age. Get a voice coach to improve the sound. Think views through before speaking.

Posted by Kathryn Lynch on 09/23/2016 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Union members launch largest organized labor mobilization in state history

Dearest Elias:

Unlike voting, which is a constitutional right, flying, banking, driving, cashing checks, and picking up checks of any kind are personal privileges. Furthermore, if you get sick days, pay raises, a minimum wage, vacation pay, and health benefits on your job, you got them because of the American labor unions.

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Posted by Vanita on 09/17/2016 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Union members launch largest organized labor mobilization in state history

they are promoting that you don't need a photo ID to this suppose to be a good thing? you need a photo ID for virtually everything you do in life like flying, driving, banking, picking up or cashing your welfare check, etc...but you don't need an ID to vote. A good friend of mine use to say "unions represent the lame and lazy". I guess this a perfect example.

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Posted by Elias Bettencort on 09/16/2016 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Sexual assault survivor attempts to help others like him through film

This work is so important in the healing process. Survivors have to know they aren't alone

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Posted by Cheryl Cloyd on 09/14/2016 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Chris Frye's got a workout for you — if you're up to it

In redopnse to the second post ... First thing if you are Luke Lobsingers wife I met dude half a dozen times he had 3 different chics with him during the two weeks we met at 1511 Southwood was sublease and was supposed to have the fence repaired and the delapidated green house and the chemical filled lift pool removed. Never happened. Needles to say the refrigerator and the heat didn't work. Look I have two beautiful Dogo Argentinos and if you think I'm going to put them in harms way because you want to put me in a position to clean up your mess your mistaken. Trust me! Be glad I didn't leave you with the burden of paying the price of a one on my sick or dead dogs... Yet you chicken shit hide behind your computer tip tapping something you haven't a clue about... You might want to do some "house cleaning" of you on....

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Posted by The Chris Frye on 09/12/2016 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Chris Frye's got a workout for you — if you're up to it

Really how old are you ?!?
Please remove

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Posted by The Chris Frye on 09/12/2016 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Chris Frye's got a workout for you — if you're up to it

In reply of first comment ...Nikki and Hallie Smith two lesbians that Offered me 10,000.00 cash for me to provide "DNA " for them to have a baby. I told them I would explore the process with them. They paid me 2000.00 cash for my time to have physical mental blood test .the girl I was dating (Michele Pulaski) at the time asked me to hold off for the time being to see where our relationship was headed I conveyed Michele's concerns to Nikki and Hallie that got very angry and decide to post this billshit. Don't you think if I took money from a credit card the CC company would recover for them.... Which makes this statement false off topic. Please remove

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Posted by The Chris Frye on 09/12/2016 at 8:51 AM

Re: “The life, death and rebirth of Tommy's Pub

The required amount of toilets varies based on the type of occupant. A bar requires more toilets than a retail shop or office. For any commercial building permit a toilet calculation is required to show there are enough toilets to meet the occupant load. In this case if you put a new bar where an office or store was and the restrooms are shared with other tenants then all of those occupant loads are added together and it appears as though it resulted in the need for (1) new male and (1) new female. To comply with the current NC building code the male/female designations are required. If you run across an establishment that has restroom signage making all restrooms unisex they made that change after they opened for business.

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Posted by CheersTommys! on 09/08/2016 at 11:03 PM

Re: “The life, death and rebirth of Tommy's Pub

Thanks for the reply, however why would there be "confusion and miscommunication" when the text of the bill is right there on the NCGA website?

Do you see any language in there that applies to the restrooms at private establishments? I do not. Did you contact Dan Bishop, the Charlotte attorney who was HB2's primary sponsor, if he envisioned HB2 being applied to private establishments?

As a Libertarian I want to see private establishments have control over their property. So I'm 100% supportive of the places that have put up their "our bathroom is open to everybody" signs. But I think it's pretty irresponsible to portray HB2 as either prohibiting restaurants/bars like Tommy's from building unisex bathrooms or forcing them to build three, when nothing in the language of the legislation as signed into law could be construed as containing such a

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Posted by The Dork Knight on 09/07/2016 at 5:00 PM

Re: “The life, death and rebirth of Tommy's Pub

Dork Knight, I did put some thought into that before going to print, but I respectfully disagree with your take on it. I simply wanted to show an example of the confusion and miscommunication that's led to delays in opening a new location.

The bathroom issue and the fact that he thought he needed to build two more led to major delays in opening this spot. It's what he believed was needed, regardless of whether it was. That's why I confirmed with code enforcement and clearly reported that HB2 had not had any effect on how occupancy affects bathrooms. Definitely no "political posturing" intended.

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Posted by RyanPitkin3 on 09/07/2016 at 1:34 PM

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