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Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

Right, because UAW all unions are bad and workers SHOULD be oppressed.
Great point Cid. Here, I'll try what you're doing...
Our children should work themselves to death on Sundays in factories for no pay, and if you're against it, you don't understand the inherent value of hard work and don't treasure your employers enough.
Let's paint broadly with vapid platitudes thinner than a coat of that paint.

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Posted by landsnark on August 14, 2015 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Question #3: What U.S. city is 'doing it right?'

Is Mr. Tinkler unaware that municipal broadband is impossible in South Carolina under current (ALEC written) legislation signed by Governor Haley and supported by corporate broadband providers?

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Posted by mat catastrophe on August 14, 2015 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Question #4: How would you work with or change the city's Comprehensive Plan?

We are only 4 questions in and it's obvious that Ginny has really given the most thought to not just the issues at hand, but the solutions needed to make our City better. Everyone else is saying typical politician BS with no real answers; they just hope we trust them and are happy with their PR campaigns.

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Posted by Golden Ratio on August 14, 2015 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Question #3: What U.S. city is 'doing it right?'

FishPimp, you can harp on Paul Tinkler for making reference to NYC but he has also specifically talked about what Chattanooga has done to get better internet for area residents. So far he's the only one I've seen/heard mention this.
https://www.facebook.com/PaulTinklerforMay…

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Posted by Golden Ratio on August 14, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Somebody direct me to the 'coastal village' of Mt. Pleasant

Spent my life in the creeks and there has never been "petting dolphins" in any of the numerous creeks. My family has been in MP for 60+ years and the Old Village use to run from Whilden/Royal Streets east towards the harbor. It was only when real estate agents decided they could get more money for sellers that "Old Village" was extended to just about Ben Sawyer Blvd. It is a VERY small segment that can even remotely be called "quaint" anymore because the traffic cuts through to avoid the traffic jam on Coleman. A Coastal feeling is a state of mind, as previously stated but if you are from here the "quaintness" has long been gone due to greedy elected officials that sold their soul for the almighty dollar. The village area is a part of the town so maybe the neighborhood is quaint but traveling the town to get to the village if far from it.

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Posted by Lynn Santos on August 14, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Somebody direct me to the 'coastal village' of Mt. Pleasant

"...pet a dolphin in the creek..." Really?!?

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Posted by Terry Davey on August 14, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

Nothing to do with unions driving up the costs of business to unsustainable levels. Huge pensions. Workers on the payroll not contributing but not able to be fired. Inherent inefficiencies ("not in my union job scope").

Got it. You've got all the answers!

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Posted by Cid95 on August 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Re: “With HBO at the helm, 'Sesame Street' as we know it is doomed

At least we'll finally get that "Bert Is Evil" miniseries I've waited on for over 15 years.

http://bertisevil.tv/

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Posted by mat catastrophe on August 14, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Amendment to police body camera bill exempts video from Freedom of Information Act

Amazing this hasn't gotten more attention. Why is are we so complacent in South Carolina with the rash of all these unnecessary police shootings? And a bill comes along aimed at giving the public more oversight of it's police officers by giving them body cameras, then the public oversight gets neutered at the 11th hour before making it the law! So now, it'll have to be challenged in court, costing the public more in taxes ... and why should I as a tax payer be forced to fund body cameras that I can't even access the videos of through FOIA requests because the videos are not considered public records? The logic that these cameras might catch private individuals in their homes or whatnot is nonsense. Title 30 FOIA law already has exemptions for those sorts of public records concerns ! Fix this South Carolina!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Eric Roberts on August 14, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

Yeah that auto industry was totally torpedoed by unions--definitely not rampant mismanagement and shitty cars.

:eyerollsohardmywindowsexplode:

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Posted by leemajors on August 14, 2015 at 9:39 AM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

The present state of the US steel, seafarer and auto industries are great examples of what unions "create".

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Posted by Cid95 on August 14, 2015 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Somebody direct me to the 'coastal village' of Mt. Pleasant

Obviously the reference is to the OV area.

All the "pupil-mill" and "soul-sucking and "white flight"...well I guess you've got to write something?

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Posted by Cid95 on August 14, 2015 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Somebody direct me to the 'coastal village' of Mt. Pleasant

Mt Pleasant is more than Old Village though. It's yuppy Disneyland--carefully manufactured and manicured to be as inoffensive to the white upper-middle class transplant as possible.

'I'm not from here even, I'm from coastal New England, with a keen eye for fishing/ocean loving towns.'

Did you manage to write this without retching? If so, bravo.

YOU have badly missed the point. The problem is that there is nothing quaint or organic in the way Mt P has developed. It is all as purposeful and profitable as possible.

Furthermore, if you were from here and knew how Shem Creek was 25 or 30 years ago you wouldn't like the buzzing, overbuilt shitheap it has become.

The shrimpers are gone--replaced by bro-heims in Whalers, pouring into Reds to ring up triple-digit bar tabs of Fireball and Bud Light buckets.

The 'coastal village' of Mt P is loooooong dead.

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Posted by leemajors on August 14, 2015 at 9:14 AM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

Well, there's incredible irony in pro-corporate conservatives decrying the 'lack of creation' by unions while simultaneously supporting the dead-weight 'management' field that has proliferated and littered corporations with overpaid, do-nothing executives.

Unions do create--they create a reliable means of recourse for aggrieved workers, a level playing field for employee arbitration, and a conciliatory environment where workers can ask for their fair share of the profits.

Wages are largely level over the past thirty years, while corporate profits are higher than ever--and the anti-union campaign and the rise of Reagan-era suckboys within government is to blame.

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Posted by leemajors on August 14, 2015 at 9:10 AM

Re: “After Walter Scott shooting, city and state officials kept a close watch on outside groups

Perhaps the biggest lessons learned from Ferguson, at least as one might glean from the murder of Walter Scott, are:
(a) If you see the police interacting with people, record it.
(b) If your PD kills an unarmed man, take it freaking seriously.

Perhaps North Charleston only did (b) because of (a) but by whatever means, that is why there weren't mass protests and unrest. We didn't have scores of outside interlopers as well as threads of hellions because Summey's administration sought justice. Because the unjust death of a black man was treated like the unjust death of a human being that he was.

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Posted by factoryconnection on August 14, 2015 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Somebody direct me to the 'coastal village' of Mt. Pleasant

The "Old Village" is pretty village-y. Maybe that's why it is called that. Now if you're expecting to find villagers in the Tolkein sense, and not a quite homogeneous population of wealthy folks then you may be quite disappointed. But you do get quaint, gridded streets, old and mostly modestly-sized houses, very mature foliage and not a lot of noise.

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Posted by factoryconnection on August 14, 2015 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Somebody direct me to the 'coastal village' of Mt. Pleasant

I think you're missing the point with this post. "Coastal Village" Mt P is more a state of mind. Sure, Mt P is growing quickly and there is a lot of commerce/population increase, but that doesn't change the state of mind for true Mt P people. As you travel down Coleman, across beloved Shem Creek, and hang a right down into the old Village, Mt P feels VERY coastal village. I'm not from here even, I'm from coastal New England, with a keen eye for fishing/ocean loving towns. Mt P is just that, if you're wise enough to see it. If you want to see a commercial metropolis, you'll see that. But if you embrace the history, dip your toe off a dock, and pet a dolphin in the creek, you'll see it too...Sorry you've missed it so far.

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Posted by Aly Stromberg on August 14, 2015 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Question #4: How would you work with or change the city's Comprehensive Plan?

Thanks to Ginny Deerin for recognizing that the standard glacial pace isn't good enough. "The current plan is out of date. The last time the plan was updated in 2010 — before Boeing and the rapid increase in people moving to Charleston. Working with stakeholders across the city, I would review and update the plan during my first year in office."
Thanks to Dudley Gregorie for pointing out some hotspots, but you need to talk about the issues! You're a hero on City Council, and I want so much to support you for mayor.
John, Paul, and Maurice, no thanks for saying nothing. Our best bet for the next mayor might be somebody who sits tight (no new initiatives till we catch up with ourselves), but you three have no idea.
And Leon, you developer's pimp, you've outdone yourself. "As Mayor I will constantly look to find alternative means to make our drive times and commutes go by faster and more efficiently." WTF? You're going to pave a 5-lane highway through Johns Island?

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Posted by ImFromHere on August 13, 2015 at 10:06 PM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

Conservatives love to claim that they are being repressed, but they rarely recognize the violence inherent in the system.

"The most fundamental fact about labor unions is that they do not create any wealth.
They are one of a growing number of institutions which specialize in siphoning off wealth created by others,"

That this is said with zero irony is outrageous. It's exactly backwards. It is the wealthy who create nothing but merely siphon off the profits from the work of others. And they add insult to injury by paying little to no tax on it.

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Posted by Fish Pimp on August 13, 2015 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Somebody direct me to the 'coastal village' of Mt. Pleasant

Robin--It's not the 'coastal' portion he's impugning, it's the 'village.'

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Posted by leemajors on August 13, 2015 at 7:33 PM
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