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Re: “The Ashley River bike lane isn't a civil rights issue

Hey Kaelyn white man here and proud of it with solution for you. First you don't have to be dark skinned to be poor so take your racist attacks somewhere else. Next since you think dark skinned Americans are the only people on bikes and according to you they are all poor how about putting your address out here so those really poor folks can come over to your house for A ride?

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Posted by Jim Makeever on April 21, 2016 at 7:37 PM

Re: “The Ashley River bike lane isn't a civil rights issue

Equally newsworthy headline:
White Man Thinks It's Not About Race, So We Should Believe Him, Study Shows

Accessibility of roads for folks without cars is an economic issue, and one that affects folks' career, home life, cultural pursuits, and engagement with the community. And economic issues disproportunately affect non-white people.

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Posted by Kaelyn Robinson on April 21, 2016 at 4:22 PM

Re: “The Ashley River bike lane isn't a civil rights issue

It's also brought out the local wingnuts to fight with each other tooth and nail along party lines. It's weird. It's a bikelane.

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Posted by muloow on April 21, 2016 at 3:48 PM

Re: “The Ashley River bike lane isn't a civil rights issue

BTY---Out of the 25 articles today, we have :
1-1 civil rights issue.
2-4 topics on marijuana.
3-2 topics on transgender issues.
4-OH! I forget that Colbert likes "WAFFLES".

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Posted by Dunk'in Duncan on April 21, 2016 at 7:11 AM

Re: “The Ashley River bike lane isn't a civil rights issue

No Mat, it's what we call "displaying your right to protest",under the "laws" that "we" so profoundly put on the "books" as another "LAW".
Mat, I like bikes also,but I don't have to live with them.Another right under the "laws" we put on the books.
Down the road, we know that the infamous City of Charleston will require those who decide to travel on "2" wheels to purchase a license to ride their "2" wheeler into "The HOLY CITY". So don't try to turn this into a "Civil Rights Issue" and who even brought up this "TERM". Nobody I know.

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Posted by Dunk'in Duncan on April 21, 2016 at 6:42 AM

Re: “The city would rather study the problem of homelessness than solve it

No Military. No country. No country. no help.

In reality your liberal ideas have done fuck all. Yet you continue to push the same crap. There is nothing that comes out of your mouth that i didn't spout myself 40 years ago. Its a waste of energy and time. We need different answers and and a postive acceptance that capitalism and the free market are the only things that bring freedom and prosperty.

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Posted by artrogue on April 18, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “The city would rather study the problem of homelessness than solve it

How about getting some of those empty shipping containers donated and turning them into houses? Several groups are doing just that elsewhere in the state, and it would be so much easier for us since they are sitting here rusting.
http://tinyhometour.com/2016/02/25/take-a-…

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Posted by LauraMorris on April 17, 2016 at 4:59 PM

Re: “The city would rather study the problem of homelessness than solve it

Are you folks even vaguely aware of how much has been cut from federal housing programs the past three years? Far from doing anything for the recently homeless, we have moved rapidly in the other direction. All the problems Hillary Clinton mentioned in her visit to New York City public housing are the same as what we are experiencing right here in Charleston County. Electing some people who are aware and give a rat's ass would be a good start. Making a donation to SC Community Loan Fund and/or one or more of the non-profits that work with people in need of housing would be a good second step.

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Posted by LauraMorris on April 17, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Re: “The city would rather study the problem of homelessness than solve it

How about changing the tax laws to exempt from taxes people who build apartment buildings with lots of small apartments so the poor can afford the rents? Instead we have tax laws that provide advantage for people with mortgages. But that is not what the poor need, they can't afford to buy houses and get mortgages. They need small apartments with maybe $200 monthly rent. And close to their workplaces, so they don't have to commute for 3 hours, changing buses, and walking long distances, to get to work.

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Posted by Tom Martin on April 16, 2016 at 1:24 PM

Re: “The city would rather study the problem of homelessness than solve it

"Why are there any homeless?
50 years of LBJ's war on poverty..8 years of President Obama..and we are no closer to a positive permanent solution than when i was a teenager helping in the 70s. Thousands of millions of dollars... and?"

Because poverty is perpetual and unavoidable?

The least we can do is take care of their basic needs instead of feeding a burgeoning and wasteful military-industrial complex.

Nice job skipping lots of Republican presidents in your masterful timeline that have done fuck-all for impoverished and working families.

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Posted by leemajors on April 16, 2016 at 7:33 AM

Re: “The city would rather study the problem of homelessness than solve it

where is Leemajors offering his sound advice. I'm sure he would take in a few. He has faith in everyone and no one deserves to be left behind. No one! Yet we all know he is a liberal BS'er

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Posted by redblood on April 15, 2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “The city would rather study the problem of homelessness than solve it

The homeless could get one of those $56/hr internet jobs.

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Posted by Carlos Danger on April 15, 2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “The city would rather study the problem of homelessness than solve it

Why are there any homeless?
50 years of LBJ's war on poverty..8 years of President Obama..and we are no closer to a positive permanent solution than when i was a teenager helping in the 70s. Thousands of millions of dollars... and?

Why is that?

Come on ,my liberal friends, use that gray matter for more than a hat rack.

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Posted by artrogue on April 15, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Re: “The city would rather study the problem of homelessness than solve it

"My solution is to create an official safe, secure and sanitary tent city to house our lowest wage workers, somewhere within walking distance of downtown." - Dimitri Cherny

Sure. Care to volunteer and donate some of your own land? Who will be providing "storage, mailboxes, bathrooms, showers and shared cooking spaces" and collecting rent and paying for the utilities? You and your liberal democrat do-gooder volunteers? Or are you going to confiscate more of my hard earned income and redistribute it to people who don't even work or pay taxes and have chosen on their own to not participate in our modern civilization? When are democrats going to begin feeling sympathy for people who actually deserve it and stop sympathizing for deadbeats and criminals? If any of these tent city bumms wanted to work or do better for themselves there's already dozens of welfare and assistance programs for them to do it. You can bring a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

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Posted by Liberal_Neo_Marxist on April 14, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Re: “The city would rather study the problem of homelessness than solve it

I believe that all the morally superior liberal democrat progressive neo-marxists who claim they are better than I am because they care about poor people and support the overlapping and expensive and wasteful welfare programs should open up their own homes and house these bums in their guest bedrooms. Too bad the liberals are too busy sipping wine glasses in their gazebos inside their gated backyards while I work two jobs and get my earned income confiscated before I get to cash my paychecks. I suggest pulling up some of our beautiful shiny city and county firetrucks and hosing these bums down into the Cooper River and wash them into the marsh pits so they can live with the crabs and crawfish and other creatures that live off the deposits of an otherwise productive ecosystem.

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Posted by Liberal_Neo_Marxist on April 14, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “The city would rather study the problem of homelessness than solve it

About a third of the people in tent city had jobs but couldn't afford Charleston rents. About another third had some sort of income or housing vouchers but couldn't find places to rent. The problem of "homelessness" is in large part a problem of safe, secure affordable housing near where people work. Business owners on the peninsula and in Mt.P are constantly facing the problem of finding people who can find reliable transportation to get to their companies because people in the service industry can't afford to live where the service industry jobs are. The trend is not good for either businesses or employees.
My solution is to create an official safe, secure and sanitary tent city to house our lowest wage workers, somewhere within walking distance of downtown. Include rules of behavior, storage, mailboxes, bathrooms, showers and shared cooking spaces, all for a reasonable low monthly rent. Perhaps gradually expand the area to include tiny houses. Instead of insisting everyone live in "standard" housing, recognize that some people would prefer to save more of their meager earnings instead of spending them on rent and never be able to get ahead. Without savings, we're all just slaves.

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Posted by Dimitri Cherny on April 13, 2016 at 5:14 PM

Re: “The city would rather study the problem of homelessness than solve it

So what is the solution and who is going to pay for it? You? How many formerly homeless people are living with you? Or in apartments/houses that you pay for? How many of these folks are you going to hire at your business and pay them a "living" wage? I don't know what the best solution is but letting these folks live in tents was far from it. It did nothing to help them get out of a bad situation and added unneeded blight to the city. Moving them into some semblance of fixed housing with basic facilities and trying to assist them in finding employment and permanent housing is better than leaving them in tents as a banner to support some kind of 'more free stuff/capitalism sucks' cause. The city finally makes a positive step in getting these homeless people into some kind of housing and get them some kind of help to bring them out of their bad situation but it is never enough.

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Posted by nofaith on April 13, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Wounded Warrior's woes highlight nonprofit charity problem

weavingdreams - 80k may be far fetched but a teacher with ten years experience and a Master's in CCSD makes a little more than $46k, add on 40% for benefit costs and you are looking at around $65k. A 20 year with the same qualifications is close to 76K. Deduct about 10% for either with just a four year degree.

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Posted by nofaith on April 11, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Wounded Warrior's woes highlight nonprofit charity problem

Teachers do not get paid $80,000 a year, Joseph. Unless you're a winning football coach (maybe).

Charter schools for the most part are at least as bad, and some worse, than public schools.

I'd just love to see you try to teach...I bet you wouldn't last five seconds.

Yes, I HAVE taught, both in school settings and in museum settings. It's probably one of the most difficult professions around.

I'm reminded of a T-Shirt I saw (and really want). It reads: Those who can, Teach. Those who can't make laws about teaching.

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Posted by weavingdreams on April 11, 2016 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Wounded Warrior's woes highlight nonprofit charity problem

" look at how school choice is gutting school systems"

1] Public Schools are not being gutted. $15,000/kid x 20 kids/class = $300,000/class. If teachers are getting say $80,000/year including benefits, where does the rest go? Of course the Obama Adm. did pay for about 15 new schools in Cleveland. But last I heard they aren't even being used.

2] In the case of "Private Schools", the parents still pay the school tax. What do parents using Vouchers pay? They probably get a "credit", but it's likely not fully subtracting from what the Taxpayers still pay.

3] The Public Schools do need to be gutted in many cases due to their inferior product. See Baltimore's and DC's. They need competition!


4] Vouchers and Charter Schools have been shown to work in improving
education. Yet the all-caring,"for the public good" Federal Gov't under Obama promptly eliminated successful programs in L.A. and DC almost as soon as they took office.

5] It's the Teacher's Unions that need to be gutted. Among other obvious problems, I heard a top executive chide us by saying, ~"People criticizing Teachers couldn't last 10 minutes trying to teach a class!" I could. I'd start by finding out who can't read yet, then teach them to read. My job would be set for an Eternity.

JPeden

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Posted by Joseph Peden on April 8, 2016 at 10:30 AM
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