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Re: “With federal investigations ongoing, Charleston is not immune to anti-Semitic threats

Hi Lynnar,

I'm British and on vacation in Charleston. I stumbled across your comments whilst looking at restaurant articles.

You seem to have read a lot of false information - 'Mohammed" isn't the most popular baby name in the UK. (Not that there would be anything inherently wrong with that. The UK is a largely secular country - although historically/culturally Christian, belief in God/churchgoing is relatively scarce. The country is tolerant of religion, though, which applies as much to Muslims as it does to Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jewish people etc.)

https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/dec/01/muhammad-not-most-popular-boys-name-in-britain

On the subject of anti-Semitism, my wife and son are Jewish, and have never encountered any in the UK. That's not to say it doesn't exist, and of course it is deplorable in any form, but you are greatly exaggerating the situation. There were 1024 incidents in the most recent year, which is an unacceptable number, but it must remembered that these incidents include social media posts, graffiti etc. It's *because* anti-Semitism is taken so seriously in the UK (and other northern-European countries) that these figures exist and even the smallest of incidents is (rightly) included. Some right-wing outlets will try to conflate pro-Palestinian sentiment with anti-Semitism, which may skew your impression. Of course, there are many Jewish people in Israel who favour a two-state solution. Anyway, my point here is you have been given an entirely wrong impression by suggesting that northern Europe is descending into a Neo-Nazi dystopia.

On Sweden, the misrepresentation of the country has been covered extensively elsewhere. The way you describe Malm is inaccurate. I lived in Sweden for a long time, and Swedes are (by and large) proud to be an open country which welcomes those in need. That's not to say it's a country without problems, but show me one that is, at any point in history. This is a good debunking of the immigration/rape correlation myth. http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1soqk97

I love America. My wife and her family are American. But this 'greatest country' in the world mentality sounds a lot like jingoism. By what metric? Economically? What about other equally (or more) important factors? Happiness? Quality of life? Health of population? Gap between rich and poor? Violence? Education?

Love the place you live, try to fix the things you don't like, but there is no such thing as 'the greatest country on earth'. America falls a long way down the list on many of the things mentioned above, and is wonderful in so many other ways.

I wrote this reply because you stated a lot of things about the part of the world I call home as fact, when they're not. Posting stuff like this on the internet makes the world seem like a worse and more scary place than it is.

I've enjoyed visiting your beautiful city.

Posted by Jamie Broadbent on April 30, 2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Coastal mayors take a stand against Trump plan to open Atlantic to offshore drilling

There is a need to start looking at alternative energy sources, drilling is not the answer, destroying our environment, is extremely short sighted, I applaud the mayor for this stance

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Posted by Micheline Mandel on April 30, 2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Seven-story development at corner of King and Spring streets gains final approval

Born and raised here. I hate what Charleston has become.

Posted by aliykacat on April 29, 2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Weekend rally calls for an end to violence against trans women of color

A bit on the racist side, isn't it? What about white women, Indian woman, or other women? What about handicapped? Or do you specialize like doctors? This seems a bit of a reach to me

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Posted by Michael Hodge on April 29, 2017 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Weekend rally calls for an end to violence against trans women of color

How many were killed in Charleston? Or in SC? Just curious?

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Posted by lynnar on April 29, 2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Coastal mayors take a stand against Trump plan to open Atlantic to offshore drilling

Face the fact Mr. Mayor, drilling will happen. I don't necessarily agree with the drilling as I also don't agree with Liberals & Democrats. Our resources will eventually "dry up" & we will look to other alternatives(offshore drilling). You talk about drilling causing a major threat to tourism, well a more major problem we have in the city of Charleston , "FLOODING" that a little responsible intellect could resolve,but there is way to many politicians buying votes. The flooding not only causes a threat to tourism,it also "is" a threat to "health". Mr.Mayor, it's time to "EARN OUR KEEP".

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on April 29, 2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Seven-story development at corner of King and Spring streets gains final approval

Wow! I am impressed. What a fabulous building. Just cannot wait. Another Mike Brady designed Architectural Gem to add to the DT Crown. Mike's been sooooooo busy here lately. Our Stepford Community is only a few years away from complete fruition. So excited to finally be able to say "Hello Buckeyes, Welcome to Anywhere USA".

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Posted by Cia Culinarykid on April 28, 2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Chs. could take West Ashley lot via eminent domain; Senate passes gas tax; Mulvaney takes blame for repeal falter

btw Lynnar, another bit of history -- Trump got access to the land for his casinos in Atlantic City through a sweetheart deal with the Mayor's office. The buildings involved were condemned by the city, taken by eminent domain and then sold to Trump at prices well below market value.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on April 28, 2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Chs. could take West Ashley lot via eminent domain; Senate passes gas tax; Mulvaney takes blame for repeal falter

"Are we living in a communist country now?" Another inane and ignorant comment by Lynnar. The US has used eminent domain since the adoption of the Constitution, and the Courts' interpretation of freedom of speech is more liberal now than at any other point in our history. Apparently she got her education of American history and government at the same school as our President.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on April 28, 2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Chs. could take West Ashley lot via eminent domain; Senate passes gas tax; Mulvaney takes blame for repeal falter

I'm not in support of the City's use of eminent domain for the old Piggly Wiggly property in West Ashley. It becomes a slippery slope to all property owners. I understand that the Sunoco gas station was a bad fit for many reasons (it's the gateway to West Ashley, had an awful design and use of property, neighborhoods strongly rejected the idea, etc.) I was against that use, but for the City to "take" this property so that it will become a "park", well that's ludicrous! This area is extremely dangerous with merging roads, to begin with. A park is an ill conceived idea. Too bad Whole Foods or Trader Joe's couldn't see this property as a viable area to open their stores. Perhaps it should be developed as a mixed use for retail and offices????

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Posted by Ellen Hoffman on April 28, 2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “It was the best of, it was the worst of

I realized that these are simply popularity contests when they gave best pizza to EVO again. After eating there and getting a one-sided topping pizza I never went back. All the toppings were on one side as if they had tilted it at a 45 degree angle when placing it in the oven. Perhaps they thought I ordered a half and half. The store made bacon was delicious but it would have been better if it covered the entire pizza. Waitstaff seemed to be bored with the ordeal. But hey, if you go there a lot and nowhere else, then, yes, it most likely is your favorite pizza place. And if Chic-fil-a has the best tea, then the rest should take heed and step it up.

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Posted by Michael Hodge on April 28, 2017 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Seven-story development at corner of King and Spring streets gains final approval

Yeah. Design sucks. They should have made them use hardiplank on the exterior so it looks like Charleston.

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Posted by PooPants on April 28, 2017 at 12:51 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Chs. could take West Ashley lot via eminent domain; Senate passes gas tax; Mulvaney takes blame for repeal falter

This eminent domain is not good! Are we living in a communist country now? Gee, I guess we are. Seems we are losing our freedom of speech now. So why not take some property you own. If they do this, what is next? So, does that mean, the city can decide to just take away my house???? Think about it.....you take an inch, then you take a yard.

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Posted by lynnar on April 28, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Seven-story development at corner of King and Spring streets gains final approval

This looks like a shopping mall in Atlanta. The last thing it should be called is elegant.

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Posted by deirdre42 on April 28, 2017 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Seven-story development at corner of King and Spring streets gains final approval

Will any affordable units be allotted? #ilovedowntowntoo. Other cities luxury buildings housed 80/20 units. Charleston needs affordable housing downtown. Why not start here!

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Posted by Kimberley Fennicks on April 28, 2017 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Seven-story development at corner of King and Spring streets gains final approval

That College of Charleston rent revenue will make it work.

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on April 28, 2017 at 7:58 AM

Re: “S.C. lawmakers dedicate April 27 in honor of Duke’s Mayonnaise

Well, you people finally got something right. Heritage is a wonderful thing, "politics" suck.

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on April 28, 2017 at 7:54 AM

Re: “What're you scared of?

Trying to understand this cartoon. Is it saying that only white Americans feel they have a right to carry a weapon for self protection, or that All Americans should be against the 'Constitutional Carry bill' because it might make it hard for terrorists to be noticed when they walk armed down the street?

If you are a citizen of the United States, the Constitution applies to you. The second amendment is a CIVIL right, just like freedom of speech.

Posted by Jshicke on April 28, 2017 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Stegelin: Commemorative Trump flip flops

Remember that he is our elected president.
Show half the respect that you liberals showed the last "freeloader".

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on April 28, 2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Should the Dewberry's rooftop bar have been allowed to open?

Bravo to the city for turning down the application.Now let's put our energy to halt the hotels from taking away the Charleston we came here to enjoy. It won't be long before we won't be able to look out across the harbor and enjoy the views.

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Posted by giotta on April 27, 2017 at 6:40 PM
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