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Re: “Twenty years of secular humanism in Charleston

Thanks for a positive article. Great group of very supportive loving people. Varied interests and people from across the spectrum of society.

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Posted by Rob Britt on August 27, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “'Announced' jobs aren't 'actual' jobs

Take a hard look at the jobs numbers for the Assault rifle factory all the Governor is so proud of. They never hired as many as they said they were going to. Several of them came from out of state. Then they had a layoff. They're rehiring some of their former employees to grind out weapons for Christmas, but they'll be back on the unemployment line in late December.

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Posted by wjhamilton29464 on August 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Re: “'Announced' jobs aren't 'actual' jobs

The Governor claims all the jobs that are announced. Fewer are usually hired. Then when there are layoffs, nobody deducts them from the total. When they're rehired, they're added to the total again.

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Posted by wjhamilton29464 on August 25, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Re: “'Announced' jobs aren't 'actual' jobs

kind of like obama job numbers, wouldn't you say??

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Posted by Julian Hoppy Hopkins on August 25, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Re: “'Announced' jobs aren't 'actual' jobs

Zee, have you considered that the cost of living in NY is higher than Charleston? I just did research on DC so I know off the top of my head that 85k in DC equates to 68k here. Homes cost 64 percent more in DC. That's why employers have to pay more.

Get a specialized skill, get paid more. And quit whining.

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Posted by stephmcdonald on August 25, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “'Announced' jobs aren't 'actual' jobs

Well written and well thought out article. Great points.

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Posted by Anthony Placebo on August 24, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Re: “'Announced' jobs aren't 'actual' jobs

It's not only the number of jobs, but the quality of the job. Is the job a feasible job for raising a family and being able to retire? Many jobs being created here pay so little money and benefits that they are not long-term feasible jobs.

Is the job long-term, or just a temporary 'gig ?' How many people will pass in and out of this job, because its working conditions are so poor?

In California, the county with the lowest rate of unemployment in the state is mostly a county of migrant workers. In the end, the whole county suffers, because its citizens can only afford food and shelter.


Job count is necessary but not sufficient to get the total picture. Jobs must be subject to certain constraints, or government will be picking up the costs, as the workers age and seek to improve through education. Defining a 30 hour job to be part-time with no benefits is not a feasible job for a head of household.

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Posted by Rex O'Steen on August 23, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “'Announced' jobs aren't 'actual' jobs

Well at least I didn't revert to name calling. Ya you earn 30000 a year at Verizon when people in new York make 50000 a year doing the same job. Then they take almost half of it out for taxes and benefits that they give you they obviously get tax breaks for providing.

Your uncle Sam hat scares me.

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Posted by zee on August 22, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Re: “'Announced' jobs aren't 'actual' jobs

It scares me that I agree with one of Swaim's columns.
Zee, you're an idiot and none of your rant makes any sense at all.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on August 22, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Re: “'Announced' jobs aren't 'actual' jobs

Hey let's give even more tax breaks to Boeing and verizon to bring us people we can tax to death as they agree to pay the employees just barely over the poverty level where you don't get taxed.

No unions. No education. Just more "jobs" where you can just live check to check as the price of milk doubles every year.

Thanks Nicki Haley for your deep corruptness which ties you to these big industry crooks who March in to sc after firing all their employees in other states due to paying them more.

They can pay an average south Caroliniana fractions of what they pay employees in states like NY or California.

Its better to get a job with these companies in another state, and transfer back to Charleston as they will pay you double. They pay us locals dirt if we are hired from this state.

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Posted by zee on August 22, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Re: “'Announced' jobs aren't 'actual' jobs

Well educated, skilled resources and first rate infrastructure are what bring decent paying jobs. She and her predecessor failed on all counts to address this.

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Posted by Robert Squires on August 21, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Re: “A lack of parking is causing problems for Boulevard residents and those nearby

Cid95 - First of all, what's wrong with wanting front and back yards? There are urban areas in which, if that's not your bag, you can find what you're looking for. Not every place has to be like that. As for increasing population density, I'd be careful about wishing for that too greatly. Violent crime and population density are tightly tied, in a negative fashion.

http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/13…

"The study found higher rates of all types of violent crime in areas of high-density residential land use, even after controlling for overall population. The correlation was more pronounced in disadvantaged areas but held true in other areas as well.

"There seems to be something about (high-density residential) units that is associated with all types of serious violent crime, even controlling for the other factors in the model," the authors write. "Apparently, high-density housing units promote serious violent crime.""

Personally, I'd rather live in a safer area with more automotive traffic than a crime-ridden area with more access to public transportation.

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Posted by samdu on August 19, 2014 at 4:34 AM

Re: “Proposed new bar ordinance promises more of the same

But the property values are increasing, not decreasing. While I know that there are unpleasant instances that happen as people travel through neighborhoods to either get to their car or their home if they were that bad the price of real estate purchases and rentals would not be steadily climbing as they are and have been for awhile. I wouldn't buy a house on the beach and expect that I would never have someone loud on the beach in front of my house at some point or that there would not be a stray piece of trash blown into my yard. Sucks but that is what happens when you live in a location that everyone else wants to visit.

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Posted by nofaith on August 15, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Proposed new bar ordinance promises more of the same

and back to comment #1- arty, government does not erode freedom, rather the societal acceptance of the well-being of the whole is the trigger.

Posted by Ima Oldman on August 15, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Proposed new bar ordinance promises more of the same

So you're saying we, as a society, have reached a point where it's wrong to expect respect and decency? The point is not against co-existence, it's about maintaining (I'll say it again, MAINTAINING) a quality of life ad maintaining property values that are being eroded, not by the businesses, but by the self-centered hooligans that patronize them.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on August 15, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Proposed new bar ordinance promises more of the same

You move into or next to a commercial district you have to expect to deal with commercial district problems. Maybe instead the commercial district and all of the money it has brought in increased property value and desirability should move somewhere else. But then the folks will piss and moan that there are not restaurants and other businesses nearby and their property values have dropped.

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Posted by nofaith on August 15, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “A lack of parking is causing problems for Boulevard residents and those nearby

Hopefully they will plan for parking issues with the next Beach project of Garco Park in North Charleston. I'm also concerned with this durant to ohear connection and what it will do to the long established neighborhood.
Stay on top of this, Paul?

http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/0/8/A/0…

http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/B/F/D/B…

http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/5/6/3/5…

http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/A/5/5/A…

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Posted by artrogue on August 14, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Proposed new bar ordinance promises more of the same

no faith - so the people who live there don't have the same right to voice?
and pdome - proofread!! you could write a book, but who the Hell could figure out what you're trying to say?

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Posted by Ima Oldman on August 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Proposed new bar ordinance promises more of the same

I could write a book but will try and sucumb to short points. Hey first question, want the hotels have bars? Oh but the middle class won't be able to afford to drink at the $600 a night hotel nor who would want to. Now on to the article; Quote 1 but it seems that it would be hard to agree to an ordinance purporting to fix things when a clear assessment of the problem has not been determined. Agree. Quote 2;Local officeholders recognize that generally speaking, tourists and late-night revelers don't dictate the outcome of municipal elections, while irritated long-time residents do. (This is not about local residents)

Ok quote 1 is a sane comment I have yet to hear regarding this issue. The first proposal was never the intent,(closing bars at midnight) it was merely to get the steam flying and then gently put the real proposal on the block, no new establishments. This is not politically motivated but more real estate developer motivated by the big hotel chains that want to build 300 room hotels in downtown.
They have Mayor Riley's ear and it is nothing about re-election. It is about simply greasing the pockets of politicians future monetary bank.

Events will be booked that might bring in rowdy's to these hotels, what about parking for events? This is stupid and crazy and packed with suspicion.

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Posted by pdome on August 14, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Proposed new bar ordinance promises more of the same

They have the franchise because either through working there or investing there they paid for it.

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Posted by nofaith on August 14, 2014 at 2:39 PM
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