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Re: “The Agenda: 'Drones' as privacy concerns?; Choice and neighborhood schools; A pricey Battery home

What a terribly written series about North Charleston High. The libertarian site is exactly right that the story has nothing to do with public school choice. Why couldn't the author follow a few of those 50 kids that moved from NCH to SOTA/AM to provide a sense of balance and objectivity? How has public school choice impacted the opportunities of the 600 kids who have elected to leave?

Choice is the most efficient system of education. As long as the money stays within the public school system, then why not allocate resources to the school programs which prove most popular/successful?

Imagine we're talking about school choice for pregnant girls. Anti-choice people argue that it's better to distribute the pregnant girls equally among all of the schools in Charleston because....? Now imagine Ho High School, the magnet school for home economics. Ho High offers not only specialized classes but also day care services and flexible hours. I ask you which school offers the greatest opportunity for a pregnant girl to earn a degree?

That psychology class had a 12:1 student teacher ratio. Most other schools would kill to be able to provide that level of individual attention. To me, NCH offers an incredible opportunity to develop a magnet school curriculum that addresses the needs of the current student body. A school curriculum which offered full day, year round, opportunities for education as well as intensive counseling and therapy, would seem helpful. Each student would be assigned a life coach.

Public school choice is not the problem. The problem is the failure of the traditional system to produce quality one-size-fits-all education. Those who are "Lost" are literally lost in the crowd. With choice, it's much easier to identify what works and where help is needed. With choice, it's faster and easier for administrators to respond to advances in education.

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Posted by Fish Pimp on August 20, 2015 at 11:13 PM

Re: “The Agenda: 'Drones' as privacy concerns?; Choice and neighborhood schools; A pricey Battery home

We should shoot them down! that would be funny and it would give us practice when they will be used to bomb us. ask the children of pakistan!! USA! USA!

We have guns here unlike the children of pakistan.

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Posted by zee on August 20, 2015 at 8:09 PM

Re: “S.C. to end segregation of HIV-positive prisoners

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Posted by Chizzy Peace on August 20, 2015 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Stegelin: A look at Bernie Sanders

"Yes but only the colors that were approved by the government after they decided which ones should be available for use."

We got the Patriot Act and the unprecedented expansion of the NSA under a Republican administration. But in your world the the person who has, on record, opposed the Patriot Act and the NSA's overreach will somehow be the big government loving freedom killer. Sounds about right.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on August 20, 2015 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Stegelin: A look at Bernie Sanders

"What do you mean ..wipe it, ed ...u mean..like a clothe?"

...down in flames!! ...
Can't trust her or her husband... on to the next round of democratic candidates..

Time for Joe !

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Posted by artrogue on August 20, 2015 at 3:49 PM

Re: “South Carolina government and military emails contained in alleged Ashley Madison database leak

20 people in this state out of a 37,000,000-member data dump? Please someone get the fainting couch as I am overcome by this revelation.

I don't cheat on my wife. I don't want to cheat on my wife. I think that Ashley Madison's whole raison d'etre is shallow, tacky, and does in fact mock the institution of marriage. But I don't know why we should be cheering this boldly shared example of hacking and blackmail as a good thing. We put everything online these days and Ashley Madison's compromise is just another example of how fragile the security we take for granted really is.

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Posted by factoryconnection on August 20, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Here are the candidates for Charleston mayor and City Council

Now that the Metro pac has endorsed I wonder if any of these clones will admit 526 is a bad idea

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Posted by Curtis Brown on August 20, 2015 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Stegelin: A look at Bernie Sanders

Yes but only the colors that were approved by the government after they decided which ones should be available for use.

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Posted by nofaith on August 20, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Re: “South Carolina government and military emails contained in alleged Ashley Madison database leak

"It's important to note that the list has not been independently confirmed and that a domain appearing on the list does not mean the owner of an email at that domain used it to sign up for the site"

So important you put it at the end of the article. I guess that bit of information doesn't make for a grabby headline though, does it?

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Posted by Ron Liberte on August 20, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Stegelin: A look at Bernie Sanders

"There are too many colors in this. Bernie would find that excessive and a sign of over consumption of color and have the government restrict it to just primary colors."

Hur hur hur.

Actually, Bernie would want to eliminate the distinction between primary and secondary colors, ensuring all colors enjoyed a legitimate level playing field.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on August 20, 2015 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Stegelin: A look at Bernie Sanders

There are too many colors in this. Bernie would find that excessive and a sign of over consumption of color and have the government restrict it to just primary colors.

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Posted by nofaith on August 20, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Re: “South Carolina government and military emails contained in alleged Ashley Madison database leak

You would have to be a complete bafoon to even consider using a work email address! Such imbeciles.

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Posted by notatourist on August 20, 2015 at 9:49 AM

Re: “South Carolina government and military emails contained in alleged Ashley Madison database leak

Those in the military should be very worried right now. It is considered criminal conduct with reference to the Military Code of Justice with court-marital and/ or brig time as a consequence. Not a smart move, I would say.

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Posted by tupper29406 on August 20, 2015 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Piepmeier: I wish I had good news to tell you

Every person reading this wishes the news were better, too.

But just keep fighting, and we'll keep pulling for you!

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Posted by Todd Gaines on August 19, 2015 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Question #6: What would you do to create more equitable housing and real estate?

Dudes, the problem is thinking it's saving Charleston to lure hi-tech firms. How do you suggest finding jobs for our own people in the great new businesses? Nobody here is qualified to work at such places, so now we need 49 people a day to move in and staff the new firms. Unemployed % goes down but we have the same unemployed locals competing with yuppies for limited housing.
If there weren't so many low-income residents, we wouldn't need so much low-income housing. Where are the JOBS?

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Posted by ImFromHere on August 19, 2015 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Charleston Battery reports $100,000 embezzlement

Interesting (but perhaps not surprising) that the City Paper only chooses to cover the negative news about the team.

The Battery is having a tremendously successful season, and it hasn't been mentioned once (until now) since the season started.

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Posted by Todd Gaines on August 19, 2015 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Stegelin: A look at Bernie Sanders

Run Joe Run !

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Posted by artrogue on August 19, 2015 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Question #5: Striking a balance between new development and preservation in Charleston

I appreciate the idea behind this series, but the execution really leaves a lot to be desired. It could have much shorter: Question: Can you e-mail us your press releases so we can post them?

I don't have time to get into every candidate's rambling pablum, full of buzzwords and intangible vagaries, so I guess I will focus on Ginny Deerin, being the victor and/or victim of that damn Alphabetic curse.

"Our Charleston brand must be protected. I will work with developers, neighbors, and stakeholders, like the Chamber of Commerce, to quickly move projects forward that benefit our city."

Charleston Brand™ name drop! Drink! What exactly are we protecting now? I would love some specificity.

Although corporations may be people these days, I'm pretty sure cities still aren't. So quit referring to them as such. Who exactly will benefit WITHIN the city from your proposals?

And who gives a shit about the Chamber of Commerce other than white men in their 30s and 40s who have a subgenre of bowties for networking.

"There are regions of the city anxious for more development "

Anxious for, or anxious because of? Please show me the people clamoring "cram in more shit where I live!

"Our challenge is to be smart and responsible with growth, guiding it to where we want it,"

Who is we? And where exactly do "we" want it?

"One idea, as suggested by architect Andres Duany, is to split the Board of Architectural Review into two boards — one to focus on alterations to historic structures and smaller buildings and one to focus on larger buildings."

And how will you define smaller vs. larger buildings? I actually think it should be split into three boards. The first two you mentioned, plus a third board consisting of Dwayne Greene and the mirrors he cries into every night.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on August 19, 2015 at 5:52 PM

Re: “The Southernization of the American Economy

Krogers in this country is largely unionized and their prices are generally competitive in whatever area they are located. I know a couple of local (Raleigh NC) of their employees and they seem generally content with their employment and likely to stay on till retirement. Good place to shop. I can't remember seeing any Krogers stores in Charleston, though there is one down in Hilton Head. Solidarity forever!

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Posted by pugnax on August 19, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Should two children who attempted to kill their friend be tried as adults?

Twelve years old and still believe in Slenderman? Clearly not competent to stand "trial" for murder at any age. Dangerous to be left running around, but if "life" imprisonment is the wisest suggestion, God help us!

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Posted by pugnax on August 19, 2015 at 12:13 PM
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