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Re: “S.C. General Assembly overrides governor’s veto on gas-tax increase

Drake, thanks for the reply. I do agree, our gas taxes could be worse.

But what about the other questions I had?

Percentages of the tax revenue are used for other things that have nothing to do with roads. Now that we have gathered more revenue, will those non-road functions continue to be funded at even higher levels because, in our hurry to get more money for the coffers, we forgot that more money in means more money out for these other things?

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Posted by Jshicke on May 12, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “How Dylann Roof’s commitment to racist ideals doomed him to execution

Toady's society is to blame and that's "US".

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on May 12, 2017 at 7:26 AM

Re: “STUDY: Charleston Wine + Food fest economic impact up, local attendees down

Yes that is who can afford the outrageous prices the festival now dishes out. Not a lot of locals can afford any given event of the festival. I would bet all these female 200k a year salaried stays in those Hyatt's, Hilton's that have garnished the downtown of Charleston using miles from business possibly to have a good experience in Charleston. Goody for them.

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Posted by pdome on May 12, 2017 at 12:41 AM

Re: “STUDY: Charleston Wine + Food fest economic impact up, local attendees down

Yes that who can afford the outrageous prices the festival now dishes out. Not a lot of locals can afford any given event of the festival. I would bet all these female 200k a year salaried stays in those Hyatt's, Hilton's that have garnished the downtown of Charleston using miles from business possibly to have a good experience in Charl

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Posted by pdome on May 12, 2017 at 12:40 AM
Posted by WickedWitchofWestAshley on May 11, 2017 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Charleston County Schools surprises teachers by reducing job security

"the rally was a response to CCSD's newest attempt to statistically improve the quality of local, public education". i agree. who the hell are they to tell the kids they need to better themselves? we should be coddling these precious little zygotes until they are 30 as to not offend them.

if you say one kid is smarter, better behaviorally, or suited by good parenting to enter the working class you are a bigot against the dumber, less behaved, and SNAP ready pregnancy class.

I have seen them on Springer. it's scary what they have become. don't provoke them. someone always loses a weave.

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Posted by rukiddingme on May 11, 2017 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Charleston County Schools surprises teachers by reducing job security

Once again we have clear reasons why our country is in trouble. Why don't we focus on all the amazing and inspiring things happening in our classrooms? No one becomes a teacher for the money or the fame. Sadly, those who became teachers to make a difference and save all the starfish, are leaving the profession as fast as bargin hunters swarm Best Buy on Black Friday.

Testing is out of control. The last 5 weeks of school are nothing but testing in the high schools and teachers battle to get kids to even try to learn anything more once Spring Break happens. The ridiculous pressure to get kids to pass no-matter-what has made teachers virtually invisible and ineffective in the educational picture.
Decisions are made at every level of the system by people who are ignorant to how it works and what is broken about it.

Students no longer have to worry about coming to school when they can make up as many as 144 hours of missed classroom time and still earn their credits! They do not even have to behave or follow the rules as they sit in "make up time". They can talk back, refuse to follow directions, disrupt and shiw extreme disrespect with absolutley zero consequences. No one is kicked out for such behavior and told that the opportunity to save the failing grade is now gone. Instead they are all allowed to stay and once again we reinforce the bottom line which reads:

Dear students,

Your school dictricts want you to pass so badly that we have throw out all standards for you (except the ones teachers are threatened with their jobs to be sure that you learn!). You no longer have to do well- we have lowered the grading scale to 60% as passing; you no longer have to come to school and try- we have unlimited make-up time if you don't bother to come ti school at all many times, or just decide to cut certain classes whenrver you want; We have all kinds of accomodations for the attendance impaired, effort impaired, study and work ethic impaired and even the morally impaired to assist those of you who cannot bring yourselves to do what is expected of you with our newly lowered bar; if you cannot earn a passing grade, have no fear- we have test corrections - simply go to your teachers aftee you fail to study for a test and simply fix your errors and your grade can go up; you no longer have to prepare when the test is actually happening, you can take it and see what you need to know and then go and learn it for the test corrections retest and raise your score; for those who still fail the nine week reporting periods, we now have quarter-recovery to assist you when you do not do the work during the assigned quarter- we give you another month (so you can bring even a 15% up to a 60% if you just finally do the work); and if that is not enough and you still need help- we have credit-recovery to give you yet another chance to finally show you can do a bare minimum of work and earn a passing grade at the end of the year ( even after failing quarter after quarter all year). If coming to school for 170 of the 180 school days is too daunting, have no fear - we have make-up time on an unlimited basis. Don't worry students, we are here for you because we want you to pass far more than you do. Also, please tell your parents that if all of these safety nets and do-overs are not enough, simply ask them to come in and yell and blame the teacher (even when you are clearly at fault for everything regarding your failure to succeed) because that is the secret to success in American society as a whole now. You are not responsible for yourself and your actions in any arena anymore- just learn to point the finger and blame someone else. You are sure to be a success one day!

---sincerely,

Your local school districts


Wake up America! This is simply wrong!

As mentioned earlier in the post of another teacher, the attendance records of the testing students, as well as behavior, and effort all play a HUGE tole in their success rates. If they do not come to class and do not behave or try, how can their scores reflect poorly on the teacher? We do not blame dentists for cavities or police officers for crime rates or doctors for illness.

Teaching used to be a noble profession I was proud of. Now it has been reduced to a demoralizing, humiliating job with almost none of the former rewards (intrinsic of course) that it used to have.

Our country is in serious trouble because we are creating lazy, entitled monsters out of our students. We are to blame because we are enabling them by running a system which teaches them they are not responsible for anything and they are not accountable for their own poor decisions and actions. We will make sure they pass no matter what even if they do not care at all and fail to take advantage of every safety net available to them. The almighty graduation rate is so very important. Their teachers can be the scapegoats because we would never dare to blame the parents/guardians and students for their failures.

End of rant from a discouraged teacher who still tries her best every day despite the road blocks and opposition she faces daily. Although these things continue to reduce her effectiveness and hope for the future, she will return to fight the odds and save her starfish.

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Posted by Michelle Anne Barnum on May 11, 2017 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Making a case for a downtown movie theater

awesome idea!!! given the rush to close everything that would be practical to locals let's start an online pledge drive to have a movieplex. given that the one on james island just closed to build an apartment complex and the downtown area can't support a grocery store because no one lives there lets...Hooray. pretend that we can have a place to watch what everyone watches at home and won't support. Hooray, we have no idea about economics. i want to be a journalist with my head up my ass. I love those picture shows.... Hooray.

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Posted by rukiddingme on May 11, 2017 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Making a case for a downtown movie theater

The guys who own & run the Terrace should run the theater downtown. They do such a fabulous job! It is close to home but I would love to have the movie going experiences I had as a child seeing movies on King street again, too.

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Posted by jmm619 on May 11, 2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Charleston County Schools surprises teachers by reducing job security

Education is being killed by administrators improper use of data to determine outcomes for students. Dorchester II gave their baseline assessment on pencil and paper at the beginning of the year and switched to computerized testing for the end of year assessments for 2nd grade students. How can you ever expect to get a representative sample of data when you change the method of testing?
Education companies misrepresent their testing and data solutions as an all-in-one solution to assessing students and teachers and districts continue to fall for these falsifications.

Some Basic Statistical and Common Sense Problems:
1) Proper sample size is a MUST.
2) You cannot change the method of scoring and expect consistent results.
3) A student who chooses to score a '0' on a standardized test should not be included in small data samples.
4) Having standardized tests that are longer than the MCAT, LSAT or SAT for 8, 9 and 10 year old children is insane.

Increased use of standardized testing data could be a huge boon for public education. Data could be used to better identify at risk children through attendance and behavioral data and assess intervention strategies to help these kids and families (parenting classes, earlier emotional/behavioral diagnoses). We could find ways to sort students into classes by their ideal learning styles and use different instruction methods with different students.

Unfortunately, poor methodology and over-reliance on insufficient assessment algorithms for an overly large portion of job evaluations is tarnishing a potentially useful method of improving our educational outcomes. Even worse, the extra work that these poorly designed methods are placing on overworked, underpaid teachers are driving the best educators out of the classroom into administration or other professions.

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Posted by Data Scientist on May 11, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

Navigator, like where you're going with this. Let's add bicycles to the list. No license or fee or insurance needed to ride a bike, yet they drive on roads. My favorite is when a few of them ride side by side during rush hour, adding to the problem.

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Posted by Kevin Brunson on May 11, 2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “S.C. General Assembly overrides governor’s veto on gas-tax increase

Jshicke

The gas tax is nearly doubling but it is also closer to national averages and still lower than surrounding states like NC, GA and FL. Before this increase, we had the 3rd lowest in the country. This increase puts SC at the 25th highest gas tax in the US, literally middle of the road. Not such a bad position considering the current road conditions, growing population, and number of tourists our state gets every year.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 11, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Charleston City Council gives initial approval to apartment moratorium on James Island

jmm619

Or buy the South State Bank parcel and realign Maybank so that it makes more sense.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 11, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

How about pay-per-use? If I only drive from my home to the office and a few local shops each day, why should buying gas here pay for local Upstate legislators' highways to nowhere?

What if the longer interstates had tolls? They wouldn't make sense for a small roadway like 526, but maybe for I-26, 85, 95, 20, 77..? If I have to drive to Columbia, I'd rather pay a one-time $5 toll than spread it out among gas tank refills for local or other area use.

How about rest stops? They keep closing the outdated sketchy ones throughout the state to save money. What if we privatized them and charged gas station operators and restaurants to lease them? Couldn't that revenue be used to fund roadway maintenance?

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Posted by Navigator on May 11, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Charleston County Schools surprises teachers by reducing job security

Then it's a good thing none of you work in the education system today. Further complicating the issue is that districts will waive excessive absences in a quest to keep graduation rates always climbing. Imagine how much more poorly a frequently absent student will do on a standardized test. Now imagine that student knows all he/she has to do is sit in a chair after school for a few hours to make up more than 30 absences in just one subject. Now put your mortgage and kid's college tuition in that kid's hand and you begin, just begin to know what we deal with. We've been reduced to nothing. Responsible for it all. Accountable for all. But not in charge of a damn bit of it.

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Posted by I'm a Teacher on May 11, 2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Stegelin: What's covered?

Its okay Stegelin, erectile issues may be covered, but the prescription pills will still cost you $300 a month so you cannot afford them on top of your insurance premiums, up front co-pays, and other costs. Just tape a tongue depressor to the bottom of it and hope for the best.

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Posted by Jshicke on May 11, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “S.C. General Assembly overrides governor’s veto on gas-tax increase

While I do not object to a gas tax increase, we are nearly DOUBLING the gas tax in this state. That, to me, seems excessive!

Further, what guarantee do we have that while we increase road maintenance revenue by $600 million, that this increase will actually go to the roads, or will they simply shuffle other funds that used to go to help the roads, off to some other pet projects?

Will more of this money continue to go to the department of Agriculture like it does today? Will more of this money continue to go to the Department of natural resources water vehicle fund? Will even more money now go to all the other departments having nothing to do with road maintenance, just as it does today? They are allocated money as a percentage of the gas tax revenues. If we increase revenue, all these other programs BY LAW will now also get more money. Nothing changed in this respect, and it was never even discussed. Just wring more money from the tourists and residents, they all have deep pockets.

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Posted by Jshicke on May 11, 2017 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Making a case for a downtown movie theater

I have not and will never watch a movie on my iPad, laptop or phone.

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Posted by Mary Lou Scott on May 11, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

I drove across NY state from the city to Buffalo last year and stopped in eight different towns. The condition of the highways, roads, signage, and drainage was vastly better than South Carolina's.

I appreciate peoples' skepticism of our state government. As someone who used to live off Clements Ferry and paid 10 years of focused sales-tax increase for the improvement of that road only to see it never happen, I feel you. The State DOT drags its feet like a harbor dredge.

However we are paying the cost of these roadways' poor condition in vehicle repair, gas&time spent in traffic, and the increased cost of goods and services because of impacts on shipping and hauling. The state now has a plan in place to fund road improvements; let's hold our reps' feet to the fire to make sure they follow through.

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Posted by factoryconnection on May 11, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Charleston City Council gives initial approval to apartment moratorium on James Island

Until then perhaps the lights on Maybank near Folly can be timed to make sense

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Posted by jmm619 on May 11, 2017 at 9:28 AM
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