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

Under the Obama administration, Jewish hate crimes were never reported by the press. Even Fox News rarely reported. I know of the hate crimes, because of the reports I read on line from Israeli newspapers, and other American Jewish organizations. Being a child of a holocaust father, I am very aware of anti-semitism in this country AND in EUROPE, which seems to be overlooked by the main stream media as well. It is not just a white supremacist problem. Anti-semitism is running rampant on college campus's. Jewish students are being attacked at their frat houses and their organizations on campus.. There are boycotts on Israel ( BDS) practically on every campus. Jewish college students have appeared before Congress to tell them how bad it has gotten. Yet no one reports this. You can Google to find the video. Very powerful to see.

I Googled to see how many Hate Crimes were committed on Jews vs. Muslims in this country. More hate crimes are committed on Jews, yet this is the first time I am reading anything on anti-semitism. So the FBI stats from 2016 says: 22.2% were hate crimes against Muslims, but 51.3 % were against Jews. It is interesting that with a new administration, we finally got press on what happened to a few Jewish cemeteries in the mid West. And it was not reported who did it. I find it hard to believe that all the Jewish attacks were done by white supremacists.

But European Jews are fleeing to Israel and Canada because it is not safe for them. They cannot even walk on the street wearing a skull cap or a Jewish star. And there are no White supremacists that live in Europe. The rise in anti-semitism is due to the increase in Muslims. And it keeps getting worse. France had the largest Jewish population of Jews. 8000 moved to Israel after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. The largest migration of Jews in Israel's history since it was formed. Malmo in Sweden is in very bad shape, where the Jews are terrified to walk the streets and have police all over their neighborhood to protect them. and it is not from white supremacists.

I think Americans need to take heed as to what is going on in Europe. The DNC wanted to elect a man as their Chairman, who had ties with Louis Farrakhan and denounced Jews and Israel. That is food for thought. Anti-semitism comes in all shapes and sizes, doesn't it?

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Posted by lynnar on March 15, 2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Charleston City Council approves lower heat limits for carriage horses

I am so glad to hear about the change. I am from NYC and they take the horses off the street from Central Park when it hits 90 degrees. When I moved down here 9 years ago, I freaked out that the horses were driven in this heat. I did take some carriage rides when friends visited and got to talk with the drivers and went back to where the horses are kept. I am a big animal lover and give to animal and dog rescues and am an owner of a dog. I cannot deal with any animal cruelty. I will say the horses are very well taken care of and are given shifts and have fans in the stables and sprayed continuously with cool water. Yet, I still felt in the back of my mind that the heat here still takes a toll on the horses.

I am all for small business and capitalism. And for the gov't to stay out of our lives as much as they can. More times than most, they screw up things. As far as climate change or global warming, call it what you want. It gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Today it is very cold here, and will drop to 29 degrees tonite. My friends were calling me from NY last night in a blizzard and it's March. During the 30's, the entire Mid West had the biggest drought since they kept record, and the hottest summers. CA back in the 60's had one of the worst droughts. I remember, because i was a kid and my mom took me on a 3 week vacation there and it was all they could talk about. You had to ask for a glass of water. Now they had another one for 5 years, and then the heavens opened. Their reservoirs are now all filled to capacity. I was talking to a guy at the dog run the other day and he is from central CA and his parents own a walnut farm and he filled me in. Straight from the horses mouth. No pun intended.

As far as I am concerned, the horses should have been pulled off years ago. To me it's all about common sense. And this has to do with living beings. Politics should not enter into it, nor climate change or global warming.....

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Posted by lynnar on March 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Evolving Southern culture beyond the Stars and Bars

While it's easy to compare the Confederate flag to the Nazi flag, due to its use by wealthy Southern planters (who were the ones who promoted slavery, controlled slavery and owned all the slaves), to it's appropriation by more modern racist organizations, let's not forget that the vast majority of farmers throughout the South, most dirt poor, never owning slaves and significantly hurt economically by slavery, serving in the war and rallied around it for other, less vile reasons.

Having been born and raised in the South, and who have ancestors who not only never served in the Confederacy, but served in officer positions in Southern Union forces (Tennessee, Louisiana and Kentucky), let's not forget that the Cherokees, Creeks, Shawnee, Creoles, Seminole, 1840 Texicans and 1782 British loyalists could make a similar strong, cogent argument against our current American flag.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on March 15, 2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Evolving Southern culture beyond the Stars and Bars

Great article, very well written.

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Posted by Phil Turner on March 15, 2017 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Charleston City Council approves lower heat limits for carriage horses

"I dont know if yall remember last summer and you can blame it on whatever you want but I believe the climate is changing on this planet and its getting hotter, said Mayor John Tecklenburg. We need to be sensitive to the temperature to the horses and their working conditions."
OK, the climate is getting hotter. So the horses are losing heat tolerance because the temperatures are rising? I'll bet 98 degrees this Summer effects the horses exactly the same as it has for the last 20 years.
Apparently the Mayor thinks that horses handle the same temperatures differently from before if the average temperature rises. Mayor, whether the industry needs stricter regulations or not may need consideration, but your comment in relation to the argument is just plain stupid

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Posted by Ima Oldman on March 15, 2017 at 9:17 AM

Re: “The Agenda: McMaster rejects idea of gas tax bump; Graham asking for Trump wiretap proof; A fix for FollyGras?

Folly Gras was a drunken disaster, but primarily due to poor planning. No proper age-to-drink wristband rules, over serving of alcohol by bartenders, huge lack of porta potties, not enough police and, as usual, lack of adequate parking or means to direct the traffic flow due to the massive number of cars.

Interesting how North Charleston just had a similar event Saturday afternoon for St. Patrick's Day, one exclusively dedicated to drinking, and had a fraction of the problems. Perhaps Mayor Goodwin should call Mayor Summey to get an understanding of how these things should be done.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on March 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “How to Rid Your House of No-See-Ums

I went round the house with a steam cleaner everyday, every nook and cranny. It seemed to help. Good luck everyone!

Posted by Steve English on March 14, 2017 at 3:46 AM

Re: “How to Rid Your House of No-See-Ums

Steve English, steeming what? I use Dawn dish soap and water in a spray bottle. It works a little, but really pisses them off and puts them in attack mode.

Posted by Sequoia Fonseca on March 14, 2017 at 2:29 AM

Re: “Cynthia Hurd Library among targets of vandalism containing racial slurs

Sounds like we've got someone who pretty much hates everybody.

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on March 13, 2017 at 3:26 PM

Re: “THURSDAY: Rodney Scott's BBQ opens at 11:30 a.m. for real

Ok I was excited to try Scotts, I waited 2 weeks for the lines to calm down and then finally made it in. Well gotta say it was disappointing, first of all the bbq ribs I ordered were ok but I expected better, glad I didn't wait in the 45 minute lines. The corn bread was the driest and worse I ever had. The Mac and Cheese was ok. On a 1 to 10 I give it a 5. Will I go again? Probably, but only in a pinch.

Posted by harry2803 on March 13, 2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “The Agenda: McMaster rejects idea of gas tax bump; Graham asking for Trump wiretap proof; A fix for FollyGras?

Even if a little of the gas tax goes to mass transit, I would say it is a good deal. It is not paid only by SC taxpayers, like income tax, but it is paid also by tourists and other visitors to SC, whoever drives to SC.

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Posted by Tom Martin on March 11, 2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “The betrayal of Trans America

To Jshicke.. you're showing your relative ignorance of human sexuality. I recommend you watch the recent Katie Couric series on Netflix all the way through and you will come away with current, true information on the subject. I now know what an "intersexual" human is and I hadn't even heard the term before seeing the series.. so much to learn and so little time.

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Posted by badpenny61 on March 10, 2017 at 3:54 PM

Re: “What to do when the director of the EPA doesn't believe in climate change?

Thank you, Jeremy, for your eloquent column. My heart sank when the current EPA head was selected by the the worst, most corrupt polluters and their minions, id est, the Congress, Trump and Bannon. Only the least educated would fail to see the value of laws protecting our planet and they are the hateful ones when you're trying to discuss outcomes of pollution in a rational way. I recall being unable to breathe in France, Italy, Hong Kong, India and Los Angeles in the bad old days from air pollution. The EPA and other countries' equivalent agencies have had a great effect on this issue and even China is beginning to take it seriously. In addition, my recent trip to a reef offshore the Florida keys yielded a brown, dead environment when it was so colorful and alive with fish just 20 years ago. What the hell are we doing to ourselves by going backward - it's madness!!!

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Posted by badpenny61 on March 10, 2017 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Suspected ice cream thief linked to rash of vandalism downtown

Drunk, stupid and stealing ice cream is no way to go through life....

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on March 10, 2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “The Agenda: McMaster rejects idea of gas tax bump; Graham asking for Trump wiretap proof; A fix for FollyGras?

I'm not 100% opposed to increase of gas tax (2% would cost the average driver less than 80 cent per tank or about 40 bucks a year) but if McMaster is correct, not all of the current tax goes to bridges and highways and I would revisit that to make sure that that money is being put to proper and beneficial use before the minuscule increase proposed is approved.

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Posted by tupper29406 on March 10, 2017 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Stegelin: The bill that launched a thousand investigations

Really! Statistics show a steady decline in sex-related crimes even though the availability of "it" has increased exponentially. Lawmakers should be focusing on real issues like roads in such disrepair they are destroying our cars and causing accidents, sometimes with terrible results.

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Posted by tupper29406 on March 10, 2017 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Getting a grip on real world feminism

Three cheers for illuminating these tough issues. Equal pay, mutual respect, affordable and high quality child care, elder care, health insurance, education and control of reproductive freedoms are things I will continue to fight for in solidarity with women here in the US and around the world. I am a proud patriot and also dedicated to continuing to make our democratic system work for all of us. Great piece.

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Posted by alys on March 9, 2017 at 8:49 PM

Re: “What to do when the director of the EPA doesn't believe in climate change?

I saw "The Lorax" on TV as a cartoon when I was a child. I remember being sad but also thinking later that The Once-ler was a stupid capitalist for not sustaining and renewing his raw material (trees.) No more truffula trees = no more profit = no more corporation! I'm disappointed that it took 35--40 more years for the word "sustainable" to enter the public vocabulary!

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Posted by Patbb Brendan Patman on March 9, 2017 at 5:34 PM

Re: “What to do when the director of the EPA doesn't believe in climate change?

Think about this- there will be no alternative air and water supply from which climate deniers can choose. Do take a look at the science for your sake and that of your family or future family.

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Posted by hattlyn on March 9, 2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “The betrayal of Trans America

"It's going to be hard for the administration to go after lesbian, gay, and bi people because they have numbers, they have resources, they have money. We don't necessarily have that," Williams said. "You're going after transgender people ... We're only .6 percent of the population."

Don't worry, Ma'am... the LGBs will be feeling the poison once again, soon enough, and solidarity of shafted will return to LGBT people. Sure, Trump is friends with Peter Thiel, but one asshole billionaire doesn't a coherent gay outreach make. Upside: while society will stop its march towards recognition of your true self, you will pay lower taxes. That is no doubt a massive consolation.

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Posted by factoryconnection on March 9, 2017 at 2:24 PM
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