Top 10 Reasons to honor Dix Park lease (video)

After delaying a vote on Monday, the NC Senate could decide later today whether to approve a bill that would  effectively tear up a lease to turn the Dorothea Dix campus into a destination park.

Republicans have voiced opposition to the park idea ever since then Governor Bev Perdue signed a deal with the City of Raleigh to pay $500,000 a year to develop the property.

Hundreds of people turned out Monday to voice their concerns about the land deal  and other bills to Wake County’s legislative delegation.

Some mental health advocates voiced support for Senate Bill 334, which would revoke the earlier deal and re-evaluate the 320 acres.

Others, like parks and greenways advocate Sig Hutchinson, urged state lawmakers to keep the original Dix Park lease in place.

The Senate will consider the fate of the Dix Park deal when it meets this afternoon at 2:00pm.

To hear Sig Hutchinson’s Top 10 list supporting the Dix Park lease, click below. To watch the full two-hour hearing, visit WRAL.com:


  1. Frances Jenkins

    March 26, 2013 at 8:31 am

    You forgot to mention Mrs. Goodmon’s wife’s organization would be given acres for a project designed the rich while the poor/ mental health suffers.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    March 26, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Mr. Goodmon’s wife

  3. Frances Jenkins

    March 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I did notice Mr. Sig bowed his head, I hope in shame, when the speaker shared about how some of the land had been promised to the Healing Place. The co-founder is Mrs. Goodmon. Come on Progressives and liberal democrats, let us work for the mentally ill and the poor. Shame to the Dix Visionaries who advocate for the Raleigh elite.

  4. Doug

    March 26, 2013 at 10:18 am

    We should honor the lease to big business at the expense of the mentally ill? That would not seem to be a normal progressive attitude. This property should continue to be dedicated to the purpose the original owner donated it for.

  5. gregflynn

    March 26, 2013 at 11:10 am

    These comments are a manifestation of pure evil. The Healing Place is a non-profit that provides rehabilitation services for homeless people with substance abuse problems. The Dix facility serves men. Another location serves women. They turn no-one away. The Dix facility operates at capacity and is within the scope of the original purpose of Dix.

    If you went looking for a modern day Dorothea Dix you would find her in Barbara Goodmon. A nurse by profession she has dedicated her life to helping people less fortunate than herself. I met her once when she spoke at my church. She is modest and unassuming, but forceful when necessary. She has served as chair of the local Salvation Army and with her son is currently raising money for a new facility.

    Shame on you both for these disgusting remarks.

  6. Doug

    March 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    there is no shame from me. The lease was a big business giveaway in the guise of a government park. The site should continue on it’s original purpose instead. Shame on you for trolling this site, even when good intentions are stated you continue your attacks.

  7. Doug

    March 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Of course, when it is one of your progressive benefactors backing an issue then I guess it is time to defend big business. Yes, I mean Goodmon and her related businesses.

  8. gregflynn

    March 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Goodmon is no benefactor of mine. She’s a decent woman who doesn’t deserve snide partisan remarks.

  9. Jack

    March 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    What isn’t deserved is the casting aside of people with mental health issues.

    The NCGA and the people of NC have shown, for the past 12 years, that mental health is of no concern to them. NC is willing to give lip service to the issue of mental health but nothing more. That the state’s mental health facility is in Butner shows just how “out of sight, out of mind” NC wishes to address the issue of mental health both literally and figuratively.

  10. Sig

    March 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I agree. I was never for shutting down Dix and but it’s gone and now the NCGA is coming foward saying they care about mental illness. If they really care about mental health, they should fund it properly and that should be the real conversation rather than using Dix to stop the previous Gov. initiative and then when that’s done, turning their back on fixing mental health anyway.

  11. Frances Jenkins

    March 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Sig, Democrats were in charge and they have never cared about the mental ill. This is a twisted piece of business for the elite to hide their lies. Mrs. Goodmon dies not actually work with the homeless. This just makes her feel good about her charity work.

  12. Frances Jenkins

    March 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Greg cannot stand for the truth to be revealed about liberal democrats. He does get his milk from Mr. Goodmon.

  13. gregflynn

    March 27, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Frances, your remarks are despicable. You are an ignorant anonymous coward recklessly spreading lies in perpetual devotion to the Republican party. If the policies were so sound they wouldn’t need to be defended with such disgusting drivel.

    For the record I’ve never taken a dime from the Justice Center. I’ve never even taken a free pen from the table at a presentation. In fact I have given money to the Justice Center.

    The earliest Dix records show “intemperance” as a cause of mania, along with “religious excitement” and “political excitement”. Perhaps in your lifetime they’ll find a cure.

  14. Frances Jenkins

    March 27, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Thank you Greg but if you were at their meetings, you at grazing at the bench. So you have taken from them. Thanks for the confession. You hate very deeply when caught in your own web.

  15. gregflynn

    March 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I always pay to attend meetings. It’s usually $10 for lunch and $5 for breakfast. I’d even pay for you to come sometime.

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