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Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

JeannetteW, I hope your students aren't being taught by you at a public school.

How have we forgotten that we are a country based on the separation of Church and State? If I don't believe in your religion, and I am convinced that it's harming members of society, is based on fiction, and that it is my job to help my community by helping each and every one of you, should I set up speakers in front of your church and force my ideologies on you?

You claim to be concerned about the lives of these unborn souls; what do you do for them once they're born? How many of you and your life-centered flock offer your time and $ to foster homes or at-risk youth programs? What I see - as evidenced by your actions, six days a week - is an excuse to hate other people (people whose situations or circumstances you know nothing about). You use God to rationalize a reason to get up and hate. Not very Christian (or is it...?).

If your God wants to punish citizens for controlling their own lives, He/She will. It's not your job.

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Posted by GAP on 03/17/2017 at 2:56 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

You know, if you really wanted to counsel women seeking an alternative to abortion, you'd go about it in a different way. You'd advertise your service so women looking for other choices could find it on their own. If you were genuinely concerned and wanted to reach women arriving at the clinic still conflicted, you'd set up a table in a quiet spot near the clinic and talk quietly about other options. If instead, you wanted to control women and shame and traumatize those whose behavior didn't comport with your personal values, then you'd do what these men (and it is mostly men) are doing. If you were really trying to "save babies" or reduce genuine murder rates, you'd work on ending poverty, gun culture and domestic violence; you'd work to improve education, health-care, nutrition and the opportunities that are available to these "babies" throughout their lives. One might even say that if you were really Christian, you'd be more focused on helping the poor than on throwing the first stone.

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Posted by Brooke Adams on 03/17/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

I challenge Creative Loafing to survey women who have been to that clinic as a patient. Or interview people previously employed there. I've had many women give me first hand accounts of their experiences there, and it is anything BUT a pro-woman environment. Rude, uncaring staff. Research the doctors who work there and do everyone a service by writing a piece that truly helps women. You don't have to be Pro-Life to know this clinic is terrible. Do some REAL research and see what comes up, it may shock you.

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Posted by DionandJennifer Barrett on 03/16/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

Creative Loafing is alt-left. I actually used this ridiculous piece of work to see if my students could point out biased "journalism." They stopped me at the title. This article is full of unsubstantiated lies, and the spin is enough to make anyone dizzy.
Journalism used to be about truth-telling. It required investigation and interviews from all sides of an issue, facts were stated, and then readers were left to accurately assess from there. Not with this little piece of work. We literally had to stop on every paragraph, as even my middle-schooler scoffed at your journalistic inadequacy and lies of omission. "Fact check" for this article would take too long.
I am a Charlotte resident and have been ministering on the sidewalks with my family for about 8 years. The assumptions and stereotypes of what Christians do abound, thanks to leftist organizations such as yours. But I can tell you that the circus has been brought to you by the pro-death crowd, not our side.

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Posted by Jeannette W. on 03/16/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

It can be expected that those who promote the violent termination of unborn children's lives will also tell lies. The owners of this clinic have no problem doing either - nor, apparently, does the writer of this article. It is filled with untrue assertions - especially when when the clinic director is quoted. Next time, at least try to tell both sides of the story.
The Pro-Life volunteers at the clinic offer genuine concern, help and comfort to moms, and encourage them to embrace the God-given desire to love and nurture their babies. The lives of these innocent, defenseless children matter - to us and to the Lord.

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Posted by Tom Barry on 03/16/2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

Or look at videos like this one...they show the true face of the pro-choice movement. What she talks about is exactly what we have been told countless times regarding what happens in that clinic to women who change their minds or do not want abortion.
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/03/15/watch-an-atheist-woman-tells-powerful-story-about-her-horrid-treatment-at-planned-parenthood/

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Posted by Vicky4Life on 03/16/2017 at 6:57 AM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

oh my. Apparently the AWHC director didn't talk with me. I am a Charlotte resident and have been volunteering as a sidewalk counselor for three years because so many women are still conflicted and literally praying for a sign from God about what they should do as they approach the clinic. I know that for a fact, because the women who change their minds tell me that. I personally follow and help (with Cities4Life resources and network) 30 women who chose life. All our counselors are actively involved in ongoing help with the women who choose life. We also work with and help women who choose abortion and are devastated. we see the women who emerge sobbing after their abortions. We always offer help. None of the pro-choice group does. We pray with many and then follow up regularly to see how they are doing. Countless women who have come on our RV and seen their baby's heartbeat (after being told in the clinic the baby has no heartbeat) have told us that we prevented them from making "the biggest mistake of my life." We provide a huge wealth of tangible help to the women who choose life, and many have told me it altered the course of their life. Many of the women I follow have gone from complete social/gov dependency to independence. Many have come to know the love and saving power of Christ and their lives have been changed. I don't see a single quote from a single pro-life counselor for cities4life in your article. How can anyone regard this as anything but a biased attempt once more to falsely present pro-life Christian groups as a problem?
By the way, NO violence or terrible language or threats or cursing from the pro-life side ever occurs. I challenge you all to come out and watch what happens from the pro-choice group. I have personally been threatened several times. Some of our members have been hit by cars of the pro-choice group (on purpose), physically slapped, and often cursed wiith vile words. Our children have been targeted and told "your parents are liars."

Creative Loafing, this is an excellent name for your publication. While the truth could have been explored, it was easier to get one side and loaf instead of trying to truly understand the pro-life presence at the clinic. The creative twisting of truth to suit your agenda adds to the suitability of your name. Creative Loafing indeed. The tragic cost of this kind of journalism is that women who could and should be helped are hurt when one choice is crammed down their throat - abortion.

Come ask us about real life stories. Come interview the women who changed their minds and told us "thank God you were here!" You might have to change your magazine's name though to something like Stringent Adherence to Truth.

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Posted by Vicky4Life on 03/16/2017 at 6:49 AM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

This is more of creative loafing's one sided drivel. So many unsubstantiated notions. For starters it is a blatant lie to say these pro life groups are from outside the city. Almost all of the churches on the prayer walks are from inside the city and many of our Cities4Life volunteers live inside the city limits. Folks need to know however that creative loafing did do a front page article about this "clinic" at one time. Those who support this "clinic" please read. http://m.clclt.com/charlotte/if-these-walls-could-talk/Content?oid=2146188

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Posted by Daniel Parks on 03/15/2017 at 10:30 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

At the recent Condom Couture event, there was an anti-choice protestor with his loudspeakers right next to the people in the entry line. The speakers were blasting. I asked the police officer about the obvious infringement of the decibel ordinance, and was told they were trying to locate a testing device.

There are accurate phone apps to measure decibel levels, but none yet accredited. Meanwhile, what about the clinic escort group starting a go-fund-me to purchase a $2000 accredited device to be used specifically at the clinic and for other anti-choice complaints. No more "...looking for the device...."

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Posted by Linda Vista on 03/15/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

Thank you for this much needed coverage of the situation! It is unacceptable that women are being targeted as they try to access legal healthcare services. We really need CMPD to step up in their job and police the situation lawfully and accordingly.

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Posted by Britney Misson on 03/15/2017 at 1:40 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

Good article. I would say that we have made some significant progress in getting some of the ordinances enforced. Next is the blatant violation of the sound ordinance. People don't understand that decibel measurement is a logarithmic scale...sound waves are ten times more intense every 10 decibels you go up. Sound "loudness" goes up 2x for every 10 decibels. Therefore, when these anti abortion protesters regularly reach 30 decibels over the allowable limit of 75 decibels, the sound is EIGHT times higher than the allowable limit and 1,000x times more than the allowable sound wave limit. Maybe the police don't know this. They soon will.

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Posted by Diana on 03/15/2017 at 1:19 PM

Re: “On a Small East Charlotte Street, a War is Waged on Women's Rights

Thank you Mr. Pitkin for doing this issue justice. This has been a battle in Charlotte for a while and it is high time the public knew! If you would like to find our more about getting involved in ProChoice Charlotte (including clinic defense) Please join our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2397520631…

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Posted by LeilaForbes on 03/15/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Charlotte's Most Haunted Places

Mcalpine Ridge Apartments off Independence Blvd Has a lot off weird happenings in those apartments .the building I live in is right next to Mcalpine creek park.I live at Mcalpine ridge for some years and have had a few residents asking question about strange noises and seeing shadows .I've been watching television and it would all of the sudden unplug from the outlet .same with the stereos .and while taking a shower I alwayS leave the bath door open because there's a few spirits or ghost whatever you like to call passing on the other side off the shower curtain .my family very spiritual .I had to get a cat .they don't like cats for some reason

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Posted by felorodriquez23 on 03/09/2017 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Shooters in school

All that's bs coming from someone who took a gun to school who is now a successful sbo guns are for protection I kept one Cuz white kids are knownot to shoot schools now they have to be protected from police

Posted by Rahmelle Dingle El on 03/09/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Ordinary Folks Are Helping Those Who Fall Through the Cracks of Charlotte's Mental Health System

So long as any newspaper participates in lending credence to a "stigma" or to people who voice one, it is acting irresponsibly.

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Posted by Harold Maio on 03/08/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Youths found at the border fleeing violence are now being returned to the flames

I am so ashamed of the new lows we seem to be facing in this country. How can we be allowing these young people to be hunted down like this, when all they want is a life free from harrassment from gangs in their own countries. They seek safety in America, with their families. They are in school, working hard to build a good future for themselves and their families. And in come the authorities, scaring the daylights out of everybody. How can we be so cruel? Unless we are 100% American Indian, our ancestors were once in their shoes. Have we no mercy?

Shock and Awe. That's our motto. I've long believed that if America falls, it won't be from foreign enemies, but rather from within.

Every time ICE goes into one of our schools to arrest one of these young people, they throw so many friends and family members into turmoil and the youngstesr wind up in federal detention where they live in shocking conditions. ICE is well-named, because it is cold and unfeeling. Remember Jesus' words: When you do this to the least of these, you do it unto Me.

Al and Rosemary Hubbard
Lincolnton

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Posted by Allen Hubbard on 03/06/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “All Aboard the Hydrogen Train

Now it's 2017 and Germany has ordered 40 Coradia iLint hydrail trains from Alstom Transport of Paris, who with Toyota, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and others formed the Hydrogen Council at the World Evonomic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. The North German state of Schleswig-Holstein wii be all hydrail by 2025. Stan Thompson

Posted by publicus redux on 02/28/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Street Stories

Sardis Road is named after an ancient city from the Bible. Possibly one or two immigrants from the Northeast US assume it has a connection to a deli in New York

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Posted by Fred Stiening on 02/27/2017 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Local Woman Calls Out TV News Crew for Invasion of Privacy

Joe Pamilla, Julie Szulczewski and Mark Becker... does not surprise me in the least.
I guess when you're used to unethical behavior, it's not hard to "stand by it." Shameful.

Posted by jOE on 02/23/2017 at 2:38 AM

Re: “Charles Easley Is Bringing Nerdy Black

So proud to know this profound and talented man!

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Posted by D Barbara Mcwhite on 02/15/2017 at 11:19 AM

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