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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: Guest Columnist

Re: “What it means to choose a person over a lifestyle

I've had the pleasure of traveling across the US, Latin America, and Europe for business for the past 15 years. My girlfriend yearns for the day that we live in another country for a few years, but in my own way, I feel that I've seen enough of it to satisfy me. Everyone is different. Be yourself, challenge yourself, and question why you are envious of others, but don't ignore what makes you happy because you wonder why you are unlike others around you.

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Posted by Nope on August 29, 2016 at 9:28 PM

Re: “What it means to choose a person over a lifestyle

People do stuff like travel at different times of their lives - it's like having kids - some do it early some do it late and some don't have any - FB only shows the highlights

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Posted by Liz Buchanan Crowley on August 29, 2016 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

After reading your article, I think your experience with unfriendly people in Charleston says more about you, than about Charlestonians.

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Posted by Karl Repik on August 27, 2016 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

I was born here 64 years ago. My roots go back to the 1690's. Charleston is a very friendly city. It always has been. Just do not make waves or look below the surface. Even with the influx of people from off this has not changed all that much. We welcome visitors with open arms, take their money and send them home with fond memories. But be a local of poor means and you will be ignored and forgotten. We had a big showing for Charleston Strong but a year later nothing has really changed. The poor are still poor. Minorities are largely ignored and what used to be local shops that were affordable has given way to specialty boutique shops and high end clothiers. The locals have long since given up on living in the city. They can no longer afford it. Gentrification is ruining the cities variety. But bless our hearts, we are sociable and friendly.

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Posted by Lee Anne on August 27, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

I work in the tourism industry.
In the last two weeks of Auugust, most of the Southern States send their kids back to class for some reason that I have yet to understand.(We dont have snow days. We do have to pay the A/C bills for schools that open their doors in mid August.)
Anyway, we call the last 2 weeks of August NY season, because northerners are all that we have on the islands.
We dread this time of year. People are rude, impatient, whiney and condenscending. They look at manners as a weakness and a Southern accent as a sign of being uneducated.(By the way our country was founded at Jamestown, not Plymouth. So it's Y'ALL that have the accents not us.)
The difference of how people treat each other in various geographical regions of our country is dramatic and bias against all things Southern is alive and well. One of the VP's at Kiawah told me about the the islands in the 80's. He said they wanted the land and not the locals.
Maybe what your noticing is a tipping of the scale as more and more Notherers move here, there are fewer and fewer folks left that will say "Mornin" or hold a door, say parden or M'am, Just look at Raliegh, Charlotte or Atlanta, which Lewis Grizzard called a "Yankee Colony" Are we becoming a minority in our own hometown?

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Posted by Richard Sweat on August 27, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

Believe it or not but Charleston is not the center of the universe.

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Posted by Gunnar on August 27, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

I challenge Hunt to a debate about the topic.

Posted by Greg T on August 27, 2016 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

She could have mafe her points without the sour and hostile tone.

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Posted by BRF on August 27, 2016 at 6:44 AM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

I believe Charleston is a beautiful lovely city rich in history and traditions. I love the cobblestone streets and the smell from the various restaurants throughout the city. People are polite and receptive to a greeting. College students gather on streets and talk. Friends walk down King Street shopping and drinking their Starbucks. Families walk downtown on Second Sunday walking their dogs and eating Popsicles from King of Pops. The farmers market breathes fun, fresh, and local. So, friendly, yes.

Whether or not Charleston is inclusive or exclusive is another question. Whether or not Charleston is kind and forgiving is another question. Whether or not Charleston is morphing into a more commercial city is another question. Whether or not Charleston is genuine or not is another question. Whether or not Charleston is healthy or not is another question.

We can always work harder to make our city better. For both those who live and work here and for those who visit.

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Posted by JYWF on August 27, 2016 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

This place is horrid. People will come to see that and the housing bubble will pop. Who knows the fate of this overcrowded, over-talked swamp after that. What happens when the rich flee?

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Posted by Kate Delipoglou on August 27, 2016 at 4:28 AM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

I'm from CT as well & totally agree with Erin. I was floored early on when a black woman held open a door for me & greeted me good morning!

I was quite upset when I first read this article. I attacked the author personally, which I apologize for.

Posted by Moo Lee Yom on August 26, 2016 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

Quite the bitter article. We moved here from CT. If you wanna REALLY see unfriendly, visit there. Charleston (Mount Pleasant areas), are very friendly, no place is a perfect uptopia, but coming from the Northeast, NYC regions... People don't even make eye contact there and the cashiers don't even look at you, let alone say hello. Since we have arrived in SC, we have had conversations in local shops, nice small talk at check out lines, people DEFINITELY smile more and are much more patient and the schools are phenomenal. It's perspective, and it sounds like the author of this article may have lost that a bit. No matter where you live, it's your appreciation and perspectives that make it "home". Sounds like you may need to spend time in an actual under served area to really appreciate the charm, albeit not perfection, of Charleston and it's surrounding areas.

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Posted by Erin O'Meara Gaita on August 26, 2016 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

nice? yes. livable? not always.

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Posted by ncspartan on August 26, 2016 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

THE TITLE OF YOUR ARTICLE gives everyone a perfect picture of a LACK OF CLASS that you have.

Who would want to know your opinion anyway?

Clean up your mouth and maybe someone would.

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Posted by EdwinMcCainMessenger@Gmail.com on August 26, 2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

If you dont like charleston the stay away no one asked you to come here and the woman about the schools i bet were she lives i can say a few things also. Every town a d city has its faults and yes they work on them but people like this dont need to exist. They neex to worry about they own place of living and fix there marriages and put better congressmen in office. Stupid cant be fixed and to say something like that is asinine. This really showed the ignorance of these people.

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Posted by mater on August 26, 2016 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

I'm a Charleston native. Your article is 100% true. Thank you for writing it.

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Posted by Jenifer Vanderhorst on August 25, 2016 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

yea, seriously, you negative commenters are proving her point. you people here in charleston with money are only nice to tourists, not the working class. she is spot on! It is a designation that does not really hold up in reality, only in select situations.

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Posted by Mike Lee Lane on August 25, 2016 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

Hahaha, it seems all the positive comments on this fabulous perspective have been with the shared links to the story on Facebook! So, here I am to deliver a little perspective of my own, regarding the comments people have wasted all of our time with here.
Number one, most of YOU are the ones she's talking about. Number two, she is not criticizing or "smack-talking" our city, but pointing out the places where we AREN'T living up to our endless sales-pitches. If you think she's the problem, it's most likely you are. Stop being so ego-driven and immaturely hyper-sensitive. Stop taking everything so freakin' personally. OPEN YOUR EYES.
#thatisall #ThankYouStephanie

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Posted by EuphoricFuzion on August 25, 2016 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

Wow her telling the truth of her experiences is really hurting some of yall's feelings. Every place has problems don't take how she feels so seriously it's not going to stop thousands of more people from moving here I assure you.

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Posted by eden0718 on August 25, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Calling bullshit on Charleston's friendliest city designation

Summary of article: "A tourist magazine poll said something about Charleston - NOW LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY UNRELATED SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES!"

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Posted by Cid95 1 on August 25, 2016 at 10:39 AM
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