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Re: “Mike's Bikes

Very disappointing experience, received an estimate on phone for $40 for cascade and chain to be replaced on my old Trek. When I dropped the bike off, they upped the maximum potential estimate to $60 with no change in the scope of work. When I picked the bike up, they charged me $72. their explanation was they always need to adjust the derailer (sp?) when they replace a cascade and chain. When I questioned the manager on why it was not included in the first two estimates he blew me off as if I was trying to take advantage of him. There are several bike shops in Mount Pleasant, I suggest you shop around.

Posted by Marc Retchin on August 28, 2015 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Kudos to the P&C for writing about school choice, but I wish it had been sooner

"The problems with NCHS aren't going to be solved by forcing more children to receive a terrible education there"

And there in lies the myth and the problem. The tools are there just not the students. There are kids with problems in other schools that probably have the same performance as the ones at NCHS. They have the advantage, however, of having other kids who are more successful there to increase the averages and make the school look better. NCHS teachers are excellent and more than competent and do provide as good an education as any other high school teacher in the area.

I wonder if Paul Bowers could do some digging and see if there is a way to compare results from kids in the other schools with similar backgrounds as the ones at NCHS. Also, I wonder what the graduation rate is when you take out the 20% of kids in the school with some form of learning disability. I am going to bet that they are not significantly different when you start comparing apples to apples.

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Posted by nofaith on August 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Re: “RESTAURANT REVIEW: Long Point Grill

Most definitely not what it used to be...smaller portions, higher prices, rushed service. Same long wait though, for some reason.

Posted by Los Super Saturn on August 28, 2015 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Requiem for the Dead: Spring 2014 is a chilling documentary about gun violence in America

Cue the ignorant and apologist posts from gun nuts, who never seem to have a source for their claims. Yes, Michelle Mitchell....YOU.

Even more pathetic is this gun-nut Odysseus, who seems quite willing to dismiss the FACT that two-thirds of murders in this country are caused by guns. He will also stupidly argue that MORE guns are the answer, as if the reporter and cameraman who were shot two days ago would have had a chance if they were carrying weapons. That is the typical, moronic thinking of NRA gun nuts, who are more concerned with being able to buy even more guns than they are with human life.

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Posted by Tim Leonard on August 28, 2015 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Charleston fights an uphill battle against short-term rental listings

My wife and I own vacation rental properties in Savannah and St Simons Island. The city of Savannah recently passed an ordinance that regulates short term rentals. It requires owners to register with the City, pay taxes on the rentals, and adhere to certain rules including restricting the number of people that can occupy residents by number of bedrooms. Owners are also accountable for nuisance type behavior and can lose their certificate if found guilty of multiple violations. The ordinance makes sense and has been a great solution for the city and its property owners.

In St Simons Island, a recent court decision ruled that one particular house known around the neighborhood as "the party house" was in violation of zoning laws as it was being used as commercial facility. The house was very large and frequently hosted weddings and receptions. In St Simons and Savannah, the vast majority of the offenders are larger houses. They tend to attract larger groups coming to town for weddings or other events. Larger groups that get together stay up later, have parties and tend to engage in more obnoxious behavior.

I love the city of Charleston and its residential character and applaud the City's efforts to protect it. However, the City's abolishment of any short term vacation rentals goes too far and is most likely un-constitutional. Eventually, someone may challenge this ordinance in court and win. I would encourage the City to talk to the City of Savannah' tourism department about it's ordinance and how it has kept vacation rentals from ruining the historic district. A compromise solution does exist that would allow property owners to enjoy the use of their property while maintaining a reasonable level of control.

Naysayers that claim that vacation rentals would proliferate across the Charleston peninsula and ruin the residential character of the neighborhoods are simply wrong. The high property values in Charleston, especially in south of broad and several other prestigious neighborhoods, would be far to high to work economically as a vacation rental. The properties in dire need of repair and restoration would be the most likely targets for vacation rentals. This could lead to many of these properties being renovated and cleaned up, a positive for the city and the neighborhood.

Posted by Charleston Lover on August 28, 2015 at 7:40 AM

Re: “With the concerts and unity walks behind us, it's time to address our racial woes

chapman, oops, being that the Black Community is only 13.2 % of our total population and the White is somewhere at 82 %, I do think that More Blacks are on the dole than whites. And another fact is that Black Teen girls between 14 and 17 are having the majority of babies out of wedlock, not the whites. of course that is just one fact. more too come Chapman. :) OH, this is happening today. not yesterday.

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Posted by Clarkie on August 28, 2015 at 5:43 AM

Re: “With the concerts and unity walks behind us, it's time to address our racial woes

Chapman, I don't believe white folks are three times more likely to be on federal aid than black folks. I can believe there could be three times more white folks on federal aid that black folks, though. I don't know the actual stats, where did you get yours from?


The following is an example. 200 million whites with 12 million on federal aid is 6%. 20 million blacks with 4 million on federal aid is 30%. 3 TIMES as many whites on federal aid than blacks. However, blacks would be 3.3 TIMES more likely to be on federal aid than whites.

Posted by kunzea on August 27, 2015 at 10:10 PM
Posted by Brenda Jennifer Peart on August 27, 2015 at 9:20 PM

Re: “With the concerts and unity walks behind us, it's time to address our racial woes

Clarkie, Where have you been? Data has shown that it is the white women who are eating up the free federal aid. White folks are three times more likely to be on federal aid than black folks. I dont know where Clarkie gets information but it's the old version and its well past the use by date. Get with it!

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Posted by Merrill Chapman on August 27, 2015 at 8:30 PM

Re: “With the concerts and unity walks behind us, it's time to address our racial woes

The Black woman who has four children by four different men and never married any of them is supported by the tax payers of this state, and what is she doing to help pay that back or getting a job ?, Oh , that's right . she can't work now , she must stay home and raise them because the men who fathered them will not. That's the first problem within the Black culture. And These are 14 -to 18 year old girls having most of these children. What say you Pastor of your church concerning these black teens having children out of wedlock ?

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Posted by Clarkie on August 27, 2015 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Does traditional Gullah cuisine offer the way forward for Charleston fine dining?

The goal, imho, should be to verse oneself in as many cuisines as possible and develop something that is unique to the area.
The GG cuisine should act as one of the main influences (perhaps as organizer of the others), but "importing slow-smoked brisket from Texas, hand-crafting Mexican street food, churning out basket after basket of deep-fried chicken" is a very good thing as well.
First, though, we must ingest (ahem) these disparate influences, and them we can make them ours.

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Posted by liamBees on August 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Hypocritical TV stations beg you not to watch Va. shooting video

The media shows people getting shot continuously. I don't know how many times I saw Walter Scott get shot by the police officer....such hypocrites.

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Posted by Jay20JW on August 27, 2015 at 7:18 PM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

First = This article is written, the first time in SC, with the real professional analysis of SCANA/SCE&G “cancer”, which hurts the economy, residents and businesses budgets. It started in 2008 and is growing from the illegally forced overcharged kWh rates (the felony of false claimed “other people’s money”). “Bravo and Bis (in an international style ) and the laud APPLAUSE in our American styles for the author - Mr. Paul Bowers !!!

At Least = SCANA/SCE&G false claimed Base Load Review Act created this white-collar crime and shall be removed as fast as Confederate Flag was done in SC Assembly. Mr. Jim Merrill, please help US!
Individually returned money to illegally (compensatory and punitive damages) overcharged ratepayers can easily cover solar panels on roofs, especially for retirees to make them more independent in outages. Important for the SC judicial system is the elimination of non-ethical and/or incompetent lawyers.
A discussion about nuclear technology just to defend criminals is irrelevant here.

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Posted by Joe Wojcicki on August 27, 2015 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Your ’90s dreams will come true with Fresh Fest

Just got tickets. I'm going and will do the dance from the Do Me video in the aisle. Wut! This is a great show for us here in the Chuck. O.P.P. still sounds real good to me too.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on August 27, 2015 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Question #7: Making the cost of living align with wages in Charleston

Maurice is correct, the major impediment to business and employment is actually government. The government prevents people with cars from becoming taxis because that would create competition for the existing cab companies who pay the city huge amounts of money to maintain their lack of competition. Ostensibly all of the red tape and high cost is to ensure that people have clean cabs, or safer drivers, or any number of other sound good crap that is just a way to hide the fact that Charleston is protecting those with the money at the expense of those who would get out and create their own jobs. Cabs are just one example of government staying in the way of people working. Most everyone else here just wants to artificially hike wages, use taxes to subsidize housing and force builders to rent at below cost, which will just produce higher prices for the people being forced to subsidize others housing or inflated wages.

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Posted by SweetJane Parx on August 27, 2015 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Kudos to the P&C for writing about school choice, but I wish it had been sooner

Maybe someone should do an article on the unintended consequences of welfare since it's resulted in near total destruction of poor families, generational unemployment, no upward mobility for those being 'helped' and incredible numbers of children born to no father, which is the number one indicator that a child will grow up to be poor. Jim Crow caused less destruction to black families than welfare has. The war on poverty has just led to more poor people who are fatter and have more toys.

The problems with NCHS aren't going to be solved by forcing more children to receive a terrible education there any more than the war on poverty will be won by making it more comfortable to be poor. If NCHS were providing a solid education few parents would take advantage of the choice to send their child elsewhere.

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Posted by SweetJane Parx on August 27, 2015 at 5:37 PM

Re: “Live Music: Gymshorts; Weigh Station; Red Cedar Review; Rebekah Todd

I went and looked up the aforementioned album cover "No Backsies".

Nope. That's not anything like any Dead Kennedys art I have ever seen in my life.

Posted by mat catastrophe on August 27, 2015 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Question #7: Making the cost of living align with wages in Charleston

And they all wonder why we can not keep young talent in town. Or maybe they don't wonder and don't care. Something really should be done to get salaries in line with cost of living expenses here.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on August 27, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

SCE&G /A SCANA Company perpetrated a white-collar fraud and has already collected billions of dollars from their victims, the utility customers. According to False Claim Act it is a violation. There are over three million victims including veterans, retirees, military and other families with children.
One Lexington lawyer got 63 months imprisonment for less than a 3 million dollars fraud from US judge Margaret B. Seymour. How much should K.Chad Burgess - the SCANA conselor- get for the three Billion dollars in this 'organized crime' ? Simple multiplication gives: 1000 times more or 63,000 months = 5,250 years, a little more than Mr. Bernard Madoff got for his scam, right? Anybody who blocks this fact obstruct justice, everybody who approves another increase will support criminal negligence of all the victims' budgets and breach her/his own pleadge for „..liberty and justice for all“. As a public servant, paid by SC taxpayers, s/he is guilty of conspiracy and, maybe braibery. Stop this financial rape!!!

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Posted by Sandrabw22 on August 27, 2015 at 4:06 PM

Re: “With the concerts and unity walks behind us, it's time to address our racial woes

How wonderful it is to be black nowadays. You can blame all your problems on whites whereas whites have only themselves to blame for their problems.

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Posted by Neil Carter on August 27, 2015 at 3:16 PM
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