I did not know Edwin. My "introduction" to him was the RidEdwin Ride hosted by Charleston Moves, July 18, 2015.
From this story, the loving comments, and my own research into who is Edwin Gardner, I feel in a small way that I met him today.
May all his accomplishments, passions, and desires for a safer Charleston be remembered anew this day.
Brilliant! Could've used this for sure when I started out. I still think that "Jimmy the line cook is an a-hole" is important info to have if you are applying for a line position. Good luck with this as it is really needed.
Just making me love the O/D even more, if that's even possible. Really good people and really good chefs. Cant wait to get back home and zip up the stairs to the their bar. Oysters and beer for me with Josh while the family argues on the beach about their surfboards.....the good life on SI.
pure economic bullshit.
Facts are not liberals’ strong suit. Rhetoric is.
Everyone is talking about the misleading advertising letters from HomeServe USA and North American Warranty, Inc., and how they get away with this scam, but no one is talking about why the lateral pipes leading to each house are not serviced by the local water companies in the first place, and similarly for gas companies. Electrical transformers and lines leading to each house are completely owned and repaired by electricity companies, and the same is true of telephone and cable lines. Utility companies should own and take care of all installations located outside of customers' houses.
"What would happen if we increased the minimum wage to $10.10, as president Obama proposes? The managers would most likely request a similar percentage hike in order to keep the same wage gap they once enjoyed. So, the restaurant would have to increase the salary of the managers, even though they already earn above the minimum wage.
The true impact of a higher minimum wage isn’t just a raise for minimum-wage earners. It’s essentially an across-the-board wage hike for just about everyone who gets paid by the hour."
Troll, this part of the Mike Meyer story is true. It's called "upward pressure". At the same time, we should be drastically increasing the number of top marginal tax rates. The point of the high marginal rates is not to raise money, it's to produce what's called "downward pressure" on wages. Rather than pay a 90% tax rate on the CEO bonuses, that money will be spent retaining the various VPs and secretaries within the company who are important to the company's success, but who pay much lower taxes. The result of the pressure from the top and the pressure from the bottom will be a thriving middle-class and an exploding economy where everybody gains.
I like to use the NBA salary cap as an example. We all know that Lebron is underpaid based on talent. But because teams must spend a floor and because individual salaries are capped, someone like our own Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks just scored a $70 million dollar contract. Way to go Khris! At the same time, the LA Clippers sold for $2 billion. Everybody in the NBA wins. Ownership, management and labor. And instead of competing to see who can be the greediest person with the biggest paycheck, Lebron competes for rings and glory in the record books.
It's really the way to tackle inequality and it's one of the reasons that the NBA is better than MLB these days.
Best fried coconut ice cream with raspberry sauce, ever!!!
Is it really going to be a KKK rally or just a Lee Bright campaign rally? I always confuse the two.
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More people are killed EVERY MONTH by guns than by the 9/11 attacks. We went to war over 9/11. Why do we stand by and let gun fatalities continue to happen?
We largely agree that he holds some responsibility for those problems. And it will be interesting to see how they evolve in the future.
My point is that it isn't Lundy's fault alone--there are decision-makers above him that control the purse strings. Often, even when resources are needed, EMS agencies are told to 'make do' by county council, or whomever is in charge of administration.
I'm not an apologist--he's got plenty of his own problems, and many of them are based on mismanagement, ego and personality flaws.
Really, they should move to SSM sooner rather than later and ditch the stations. Or adopt a Denver Health EMS model with 4 10hr shifts a week, and ramped up coverage during peak hours.
I heard CCEMS was budgeted for several new ambulances and deltas this upcoming year, but haven't seen or heard of any recruit classes or hirings. Who knows if its even true.
Fatigue is probably the biggest enemy of EMS locally, and only a couple of agencies appear to be trying to do anything about it.
(For the record, Colleton isn't the only mutual aid agreement they abuse heartily--I wouldn't be surprised to see others dissolved in the future.)
"but response times are generally not something you can pin on one person."
The leadership is in charge of allocating resources, or advocating for more resources to be implemented. Under Lundy, resources were stretched incredibly thin. You ended up with situations where the closest available unit was in Mt. Pleasant, but needed to respond to James Island for example. Or people on Johns Island or Wadmalaw are waiting for someone to come from downtown. Hell, even Colleton County EMS decided to stop running mutual aid calls in Charleston County because they were burning up their resources trying to cover all of the holes left in Charleston County. The ego of Lundy prevented any type of analysis of how things could be improved. It will be interesting to see how things progress from here.
I didn't realize that shrimp and trout are vegetables (all-veggie dinner)
I have to admit, I read the city paper's Views articles more as entertainment than anything else, just to see what these "experts" have to say. I suppose I should preface my comment by saying that I am neither a Democrat or Republican, left or right, and that thankfully I am of my own mind and can make my own opinion.
But after reading the articles on here (actually in the paper itself) from Mordock and Haire, I just can't not say anything.
Nothing brings out the pious, sanctimonious and know it all's more than a tragedy. Not being from the south,and also being 50 yrs old I always considered the rebel flag a bit of a joke, a red neck's emblem if you will and never could understand why it was ever flying again after the South's surrender, but after reading Moredock's article "After the Flag" i sat bemused that this fella actually believes what he was writing. The condescending gibberish he wrote was pathetic to say the least. Saying that those who follow or "believe" in the Confederate flag are just all dumb, uneducated hicks is pure insanity. That also, those who are GOP'ers are the only ones who supported the flag, utter nonsense if i ever heard it. Then Haire rambles on about just how important it was to the world to bring down that flag as if, honestly, it would actually make a difference to anything ! "Predictably, the losing side" isn't taking this well" he spouts as if there was a winner or loser in such an idiotic plight. However, the "winners" aren't good winners, either, as witnessed by the pompous diatribe he calls an article. It is cool to and trendy trash "whitey" , especially when a white on black incident occurs, but nothing and I do mean nothing disturbed me more than the wholly contrived and hysterical rant by Jenny Horne in the halls of government !
Oh what politicians won't do and say when the world is watching ! Where oh where has such "passion" been before this horrible tragedy ? Where has the ranting,foot stomping and tears been from her and her cronies prior to all this on subjects like the pathetic way they control domestic violence, the poor , the pathetic state of education in the state, the decrepit state of our roads and infrastructure etc etc etc
Let's face it, when the world is watching, politicians will act accordingly, but, when for the other 99.99% time, nobody is watching, they act like themselves and nothing gets done,so we get people such as Moredock and Haire come crawling out to tell us all just what bad people we really are and that they have known better all along.
For every minute you're angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Try bringing positive vibes into the world you'll look less silly.
So much for SC being the model for love and forgiveness - or is that only in the "Sin" city of Charleston? What about the flag coming down? Wasn't it removed because it was finally recognized as a terrorist symbol of hate and white supremacy? But now we will start to focus on hating another group. Religious views are not currently being violated, so this bill is unnecessary. It certainly does not protect the LGBT community. I swear politicians just count on stupidity because saying this bill protects LGBT people is just a flat out lie and twisting of the facts. I cringe at the thought of anyone believing that because it shows just how stupidity is spreading like a disease. Extreme groups want to use their religion to discriminate in a country that does not allow it. Sounds like just another form of rebel treason. FYI- It didn't work out so well last time. Just accept the fact that religious freedom means the right to practice your beliefs, but no one has the right to discriminate based on religious beliefs. Did the unity walk across the bridge mean nothing? Unity only in terms of race, but not anything else? No one is forcing anyone to make pornographic cakes, but any baker should be able to make a wedding cake for any paying customer which does not violate religious beliefs. Making a cake is not a sin, so stop making it an issue. This is only about discrimination - instead of segregating race, you will be segregating based on religion. America is not a theocracy, so stop trying. Just go to church and be a good person. Conduct your business as Jesus would - accepting all and not judging because he clearly states that the role of humans is not to judge. Acting like a hater in the name of your beliefs will not get you in those pearly gates. The more people push that their religious agendas, the more backlash there will be. Christians are not victims - most of these people have no idea what it really means to be victimized - it is not the world isn't exactly the way I want it and people are too different from me, so I am being violated. I was gaining hope for SC, but this just shows business as usual. I get that Republicans need the black vote and religion is one way to do that, but it is still disappointing that after all that has happened, SC goes right back to hate, exclusion, and theocracy! Will the South ever progress and grow or is it doomed to repeat the same cycle over and over?
I agree, Ron, that all of those are problems with CCEMS--but response times are generally not something you can pin on one person.
All local EMS services are asked to perform the herculean task of providing prompt, efficient medical service to large populations with a bare minimum of funding.
All of them do a pretty solid job with the resources at their disposal and there are many other factors that affect response (traffic, unit posting, etc.). It's very hard to be progressive and predictive.
CCEMS does a pretty good job, honestly, with tiered-response, topographical restrictions and limited resources for a rapidly increasing call volume.
Generally, their problems are in leadership and culture--and this incident is a symptom of that dysfunction.
It's incredibly unprofessional to berate employees in a public way like this. He isn't much more than figurehead anyways, with most operational tasks being delegated (Millican), but he should've waited until he retired to shit on the people that work hard for him.
I mean....come on now. The nature of the "crime" can be summed up by the amount of the fine imposed. $500.00. Plenty of people rent properties online without believing there are any consequences. To those of you to quick to judge in a negative manner....perhaps you had better realize that America is absolutely packed with minor laws and regulations that you may not know exist, and you may be breaking the law everyday without understanding that you are.
Unemployment rates as of May 2015 according to BLS:
San Francisco = 4.1
Seattle = 4.4
Charleston = 5.7
The stupid is out of control, but keep believing the truthiness of your anecdotes.
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