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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: Public Policy LTD.

Re: “Liberals are complicit in Trump's rise to power

I consider myself slightly left of center. This is spot on

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Posted by Michael Tew on June 1, 2016 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Liberals are complicit in Trump's rise to power

You have expressed my feelings on liberals nowadays quite well. They tend to look down on people.

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Posted by jadenova on June 1, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Liberals are complicit in Trump's rise to power

Plus, he is the ideal candidate as the population grows towards less research into issues and only reads headlines. Trump is a headline candidate. Click-bait candidate. Short attention span candidate. People don't fact check Trump because that's no fun (unless you are the type that likes to prove people wrong, A.K.A. elitist!). When was the last time someone sent you a 4 minute video to watch and you skipped it because... well it's 4 minutes. When was the last time you read a scientific or technical article? You skimmed it, come'on, you did. Even articles about Trump's "plans", you skimmed them and then went down to the comment section to destroy those damn dirty libs! Dems talking policy and giving detailed plans is uninteresting - it's the 4 minute YouTube clip. Trump ignoring policy and just throwing around insults and baseless claims? That's the 20 second entertaining YouTube clip. The problem is, you watch the 20 second clip, then the next 20 second clip and you fall into that YouTube clip black hole and realize a day went by, you didn't learn a thing, and nothing got done.

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Posted by Mark Ritter on June 1, 2016 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Mayor Summey plans to raise wages for city workers

and Summey is an entrepreneur paying this to his employees? good for him...oh, wait, he's a government pig suckling at the teet of those who pay taxes. and he is going to share a little from the government trough? what a savior. we who work in the private sector? bacon comes from slaughtered pigs. i love bacon.

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Posted by ncspartan on May 26, 2016 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Mayor Summey plans to raise wages for city workers

Still completely ignorant of economics i see.

This is a bad idea that is going to lead to more problems than it solves.
Its basic math.


"Seattle’s minimum-wage increase had caused the city to lose 11,000 jobs — the steepest decline since the Great Recession."
Originally published in the Seattle Times,March 31,2016

"For other workers, the rise of the minimum wage has felt more like a downgrade.
take Stephen, a customer-service representative in Seattle’s University District who declined to provide his last name. He’s earning the same $13 per hour with benefits that he did four years ago.
Back then, that pay was significantly above minimum wage. Now, he said, “Other people come up to where we’re at, but we haven’t gone up at all. It does feel like we’ve lost ground in terms of buying power, and cost of living has continued to go up.”
Stagnant wages are also a concern for people in managerial or supervisor roles. That includes Mara Vannor, who is a manager at a store in the U District with about 40 employees and who earns $14.25 an hour.
When the pay for lower-level roles bumped up to $13 in January, her wages stayed the same.
She’s also noticed upper management not replacing workers who leave, and demanding more sales from the staff to make up for rising costs.
“In some instances, the entry-level people are getting paid the same as people who have been there longer and are supervising those workers,” the UW’s Vigdor said.
“Employers have to decide, do they want to push everyone up the scale? Or do they want all workers to be paid the same? It’s a choice. The latter is cheaper, but introduces some tension in the workplace.”

I assume that you will be just fine when the english graduate writing their first article for the city paper will make the exact same as Haire with his editorial duties.

Pure insanity.

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Posted by artrogue on May 26, 2016 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Mayor Summey plans to raise wages for city workers

Should this pass, credit should start with the fierce and brave fast food workers who have led the local movement for $15/hour. They may never benefit directly from this, but this represents a tremendous victory for local low wage workers. Mayor Tecklenburg are you watching?

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Posted by Mario Delgado on May 26, 2016 at 1:52 PM

Re: “The Charleston County School District board should be fired

S F Cavanaugh - don't attack Wando High School and parents, to promote your own agenda. Wando students work hard as do their parents. They are an example of something being done correctly, with one of the least amounts of funding per student in the district. I should be protesting the school board because my kids received less than twice what is spent on other students.

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Posted by Mom of Teens on May 24, 2016 at 12:08 PM

Re: “The Charleston County School District board should be fired

I taught at Wando for 14 years before I moved to what we in Greenville thought was the richest county in the state. Maybe it is. Maybe it's not. As best I know, though, GCS has not "lost" multiple millions of dollars. When I worked for CCSD, I was active with the Charleston County Education Association. I began going to board meetings regularly. They were more entertaining than tv. John Graham Altman called all of us teachers cheaters more than once. I heard a trio of teenage girls tell a startled board how they became born again virgins and urged the board to implement the program throughout the district. I came to the upstate in 2002, and their system is very calm. Not so many, if any, dramatics. Maybe it is something in the water or the plough mud. Of course, Trey Gowdy is the congressman here. Maybe he has that $18 million and is using that to fund the Benghazi witch hunt. Whatever, bless your hearts.

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Posted by Doobydoo on May 23, 2016 at 8:52 PM

Re: “The Charleston County School District board should be fired

Fire everybody? Well, isn't that just a brilliant, novel, and not at all draconian idea! Then what? Are the people who replace those that have left going to automatically make the right decisions? Or are they just going to function within the current construct?

This article just offers complaints and one solution. That solution is about as intellectually lazy as it comes. It is pretty apparent that there needs to be many process and procedural improvements. But Mat offers the "off with their heads" approach, as if it is the sole solution to the maladies. Just like in the real world, if you come to someone with problems, be prepared to solve the problem. The author obviously has very little interest in the latter.

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Posted by Muskie on May 22, 2016 at 9:50 PM

Re: “The Charleston County School District board should be fired

The richest county in the state, with the highest property values no less, and we can't keep our schools open and funded? SLED should be on this investigation; this area votes Purple enough that Governor Haley should have no political worry about loosing the hounds on our school board. Yes, Lincoln's closure is unfortunate but justifiable financially however it is one of many symptoms of the larger, cultural sickness at CCSD.

I'm sure Boeing, Volvo, and whatever other businesses are looking to come to SC are extremely thrilled to see our public schools wither ensuring a half-assed supply of workers for years to come.

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Posted by factoryconnection on May 20, 2016 at 10:31 AM

Re: “The Charleston County School District board should be fired

You need to take a look at the current job postings and talk to teachers who are scrambling for jobs. Experienced teachers are being passed over for young (less expensive) teachers and the arts have been heavily cut!

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Posted by Deborah Smoak Bobo on May 20, 2016 at 5:31 AM

Re: “The Charleston County School District board should be fired

Or the writer of this piece needs to participate in the process. He has said many times that he does not vote because the system does not operate in a way that conforms to his narrow view. Well sorry, if you don't vote, you can't change anything and you have no room to complain. And this is a rare occasion that I actually agree with at least some of his hate filled rantings.

S F Cavanaugh: " I want someone from the School Board to say what makes Wando students more entitled to extra educational privileges than the students at Lincoln."

Because Lincoln has 150 or so students. It is fiscal foolishness to set up mirror programs there that may have a half dozen students participating that Wando will have 100 participating in. The spending per student at Lincoln ($24k) is dramatically higher than Wando ($7.5k) because it is so small.

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Posted by nofaith on May 19, 2016 at 10:14 AM

Re: “The Charleston County School District board should be fired

Localhutch sounds like someone who has never taught a day in their life. I wonder if they are aware if the massive shortage of young people going into teaching nor know of the over 50% of new best teachers who leave the profession within 2 years. It is the best interest of schools to keep teachers because they are the ones to do the work called teaching. I know of no job where so much is asked for and so little given in return than being a teacher in South Carolina.

The 18 million dollar shortfall needs to be investigated and clearly documented. The State needs to do this since it is clear that the board has failed to do its most important job - oversees the district. The entire board must step down as does the Super, accountability starts with them and they have only themselves to blame.

As for changes in the state it is time that school report & fiscals documents need to be submitted as notarized reports subject to legal prosection for false or inaccurate reporting. The members of the state school boards need to be personally libel like members of nonprofit boards are for failure of their oversight responsibility and finally these positions should not be paid. Time after time we see the low person on the toteem pole pay for the mismanagement of the top - we and our future deserve better.

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Posted by Theodore Darid Mauro on May 19, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Re: “The Charleston County School District board should be fired

The fiscal and other messes belong to the previous two administrations, but chiefly McGinley. Some board members, like Coats, are leftovers.
But the current superintendent has done some serious house cleaning - Bobby, Herring, Martin, Winbush. Some board members really are working to make things better.
The writer needs to stop the talk radio act.

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Posted by Mso1 on May 19, 2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “The Charleston County School District board should be fired

While the author is obviously incredible upset I don't see any insight on steps to correct the issue or the real reasons it occurred.

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Posted by luke 12 on May 19, 2016 at 6:30 AM

Re: “The Charleston County School District board should be fired

The fact that the budget last year was so overspent is, indeed, criminal. But closing Lincoln has been on the radar for years. Paying over 23,000 per student is idiotic, especially when the level of instruction is not up to par with the rest of the county. Lincoln has been small for generations due to it's location. Maybe in 20 or so years there will be enough folks at that tip of the county, but for now those kids deserve the advanced studies that Wando offers. If it means riding a bus for a while, then it is worth it. The kids at Dafuskee Is. spend a whole lot longer getting to and from school off that island to be educated. Again, it is the location, location, location. And NO ONE is guaranteed a job...not even in the educational system. If you are a good teacher, then you won't have trouble finding another position...if you aren't, and have been hanging on at Lincoln because you are marginal, then you can go work at McD's for $15.00 per hour.

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Posted by localhutch on May 19, 2016 at 1:41 AM

Re: “The Charleston County School District board should be fired

I live in Dorchester District 2, my last child graduated in 1998, so I don't have a dog in this fight, however... What makes Wando students so special that they can not be put on a bus for 1 hour every day to and from school and be sent to Lincoln? On yeah, that's right their rich Caucasian Mommies and Daddies grease the palms of school board members by belonging to the school board members' clubs, donating money to their political campaigns, frequenting the businesses of school board members and spending their big Caucasian dollars at those businesses. They can exercise their US Congressional-given right to choose where their precious children go to school. They have the money t buy their children cars and let them drive to school no matter what their physical address is.

The school board says Lincoln is under populated and over cost. Well, if they took some of the money they (the School Board) is spending to build a new school in Mt. Pleasant and spent it renovating Lincoln, bringing it up to the standard of Wando, it would cost a lot less than buying property and building a new building. But the parents of Wando students think their precious children are too good to be bused an hour to Lincoln. I want someone from the School Board to say what makes Wando students more entitled to extra educational privileges than the students at Lincoln.

I am so thankful that when our family decided to make Charleston our home after my husband and I served in the first Gulf War (yes, we are both veterans, and I am disabled from that war) that one of our friends who taught at James Simmons and, another who was principal at Mary Ford, advised us to make sure we lived in Dorchester District Two. That says it all right there, as far back as 25 years ago in August, "don't put your children in Charleston County Schools!" When school principals and teachers advise you not to live where they work, there must be something wrong somewhere.

Maybe if the high and mighty in the Taj Mahal at 75 Calhoun had to work in the same conditions that many of the teachers work in, and child are trying to learn in, they would not be so free with the taxpayers dollars. Make those district administrators and their staffs work in offices with non-functioning air conditioners, let them breathe mold and mildrew Monday through Friday, wade through muddy water to the water cooler and back to their desks, work in hot portables where they have to walk outside in the heat, cold and rain to use the bathroom, I promise you they would be more careful how they overspend their budgets. No, they would probably just misspend even more, because their comfort is more important than the students the administration is supposed to be working for.

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Posted by S F Cavanaugh on May 19, 2016 at 1:18 AM

Re: “The Charleston County School District board should be fired

You are so right. I've said it from the beginning, fire everyone at the district office and the school board, but no, they are letting teachers go who had NO hand in this mess.

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Posted by Carla Blackstock Williams on May 18, 2016 at 10:09 PM

Re: “The Charleston County School District board should be fired

I don't understand this either. Where is the accountability? 18 million and the people who let it happen seem to be shrugging their shoulders and saying "Ooops. My bad."

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Posted by Monica 1 on May 18, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Re: “The Charleston County School District board should be fired

I am a Lincoln Middle-High School teacher and the district not only closed our school but has left the teachers to fend for themselves. There was no planning done for where we would teach next year. They are not telling us what is to happen with our jobs. We are only told to do what we can to find a job. None of this was our fault and we are the ones who will suffer. The previous superintendent left with an extremely large payout. We should be getting the same for being forced out.

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Posted by FRUSTRATED TEACHER on May 18, 2016 at 6:55 PM
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