Ah the haters must be Gamecock fans...
Jeebus! You people really need to learn how the world turns.
Jennifer: though you're new and don't know much at this point, you're doing valuable work (mucho re useful than the experts here), keep it up.
Yes, crony capitalism is alive and well in SC, but I give her a pass because she went to Clemson and I find her pleasing to the eye.
And the self congratulatory phrase "young professional" is wearing thin. Just when is the cut-off for young? 40? And when does a job rate "profession" status - is it the suit? If a plumber makes more than a MBA, is he/she a professional?
"But have you ever written anything productive or even positive?"
No, he hasn't. But we love him anyways.
Touche'. But have you ever written anything productive or even positive? Your most recent 10 posts are sarcastic, sassy, and holier than thou. Has anyone in this world ever done or said anything that meets your approval?
Or are you just a sassy guy? Is that it? You're a sassy guy?
Getalife did you make that account just to call me and a few others out? Thanks! I'll let the irony slide because I'm honored.
2 months, 18 months. Who's counting?
(running on 4 years, up in here, almost 2650 posts - almost 2 per day! wow, I must have had NOTHING BETTER TO DO (well, largely, I didn't, but that's another story))
Tax incentives aren't exactly illegal, but they are often misunderstood - and almost always "secretive". Remember that there were members of the SC legislature saying they weren't sure of all of what Boeing was given to come here in 2009? That was a pretty extreme package of incentives (and was repeated earlier this year, as well).
There are different forms of incentives and some might be good and some might be bad, but it's hard for us mere mortals to know. Ms. Brown probably isn't in danger of losing her job because she only mentioned what most of us already know - that governments hand big business incentive deals and that's just the way it is.
You know, 'cause they're "secret" and all that. Because that's how businesses and governments operate in a "democracy" (or, if you insist, a "republic").
Geezus, what is this? The "smart asses who are perfect at their incredibly important and legitimate jobs and think they sound really smart by criticizing other people" bitch and moan comments section?
The girl said she's new to the job so she's in the learning phases...learning what Charleston has to offer, learning about industry, learning about tax incentives. It comes down to whether you want your city to have an office that makes these types of efforts or not. I see value in their efforts, it's clear you do not.
And I think your tax incentive conspiracy theories are a waste of time.
BTW, what type of person makes 713 comments to the Charleston City Paper in two months anyway? Sounds like somebody either unemployed or with a truly illegitimate job that makes it possible to sit at your computer, criticizing others all day.
And, now that she has exposed her boss for using our tax money for secret incentives; so much for her job.
If Paul Bowers wants to do something actually useful he could use the FOI act to find out just what kind of secrets this government agency is hiding.
Tax incentives are "secretive"?
Sounds like something illegal is going on to me.
Not only getting paid. Getting paid a lot more than she is apparently worth. Another Iot from the land of Id?
"as existing industry specialist"
"a really impressive manufacturing facility where I had no idea that we made that in Charleston"
You heard it here first, folks - this industry specialist is ignorant about industry. I tried to make a drinking game out of all the buzz words in this article, but I got drunk pretty fast, then cried a lot over the realization this person is getting paid to do what she considers to be a legitimate job.
As a recent graduate of SOA, I'm saddened by Mr. Donnellon's decision to leave (though I completely understand the reasons behind it). As a future educator, I must admit that it is rather daunting to begin a career in teaching because (if you are a good teacher for the most part) you will usually have long hours and an inadequate salary. That being said, my comment to those who believe Mr. Donnellon is "whiny" or "greedy" is that he is by far one of the hardest working and most dedicated teachers I have ever had and I believe he deserves better wages. It is a shame that such a dedicated teacher as Mr. Donnellon (among others) would even have to consider relocating to be able to support a family. It is my opinion that if teachers had better salaries, they would hold themselves to higher standards.
In my job if I don't perform (as judged by KPI's which I've agreed to), I get fired. Teachers, to varying degrees in different states, don't.
"we have some great ones...We also have some terrible ones"
How is this different than any other profession ever?
Teachers should be paid more here in SC, no doubt about it. They should also be held to higher standards. Yes, we have some great ones that we should do our best to retain. We also have some terrible ones that should have been let go years ago.
I agree with Rick, the former teacher. Does anyone really believe that teachers make lots of money? Brewengineer, I agree with most of your points, but do you really think that people believe there is lots of money in teaching? A pal of mine is a dean at a major university, makes less than a hundred grand. In New York City to raise a family of five you'd need to make at least a hundred and fifty grand. The problem with all education today is that parents expect the teachers to be miracle workers. The key to success in teaching children is to have parental involvement and teachers who put in a hundred percent regardless of pay. My comments speak to the nature of teachers who take the job knowing what the pay is then complaining about it all when they're into it for several years. Plumbers know they'll get bad knees, roofers bad backs, teacher poor pay. Is it right? Who cares? If you want to make lots of money why would you go into education? In New Jersey, the teacher's unions took over and the state went bankrupt. Teachers and firefighters are retiring to places like Charleston making 80,000 grand a year (in retirement) on the taxpayers backs. Be careful what you ask for folks.
He left his place in perfect shape...He did a great job...I've followed SOA since my daughter was in the First 7th Grade class...MANY sacrifices by teachers, administration, and parents....The only ones that don't know are the ones that have never contributed....Any word said BAD about the SOA, will get your lips ripped off....All teachers in SC are underpaid.....My brother in law makes more in retirement for PA, than he made teaching here...WE ARE A JOKE....PAY THE TEACHERS.....
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