This is the first time I've agreed with Tara on anything, Ron. Your tax argument is lame. What would ensure the safety of potential victims on a per-capita tax increase of pennies would be a whole lot cheaper than the taxpayers' cost of incarceration, the only viable alternative. The problem with people like you that refuse any taxes for any reason is that you care only for yourself, everyone else be damned. Selfishness on such a large scale, unfortunately is something I and my generation should admit we caused. As Boomers, we tried to give our kids everything they wanted and now we have an entire generation of spoiled selfish brats like you.
As a longtime resident of Elliotborough, I know some things to be true: as more college students have moved into our neighborhood over the years the trash, noise, and general disrespect has also increased. I know as soon as most of these students are gone for the summer, winter break etc. this neighborhood is suddenly much more livable. I have a family, I work, I own my home and have for a long time, I pay taxes, I vote, and I don't bother anybody so please do not ask me to "put up" with a bunch of shitheads whose parents never taught them to respect their environment. When you get up at 5:30 every morning, a little tolerance at 2:00 when two girls walking home are having a conversation so loud they may as well be in my bedroom is not something I will ever have, sorry.
I admittedly haven't been following this issue very closely, but wasn't the environmental component - one that was dismissed - essentially the backbone of the complaint? SELC obviously has to put a positive spin on its dismissal and focus on the nuisance and ordinance components, but honestly, is that worth it? I would really like to know. The city can't even enforce noise ordinances on drunken college kids, so if the lawsuit succeeds will it be willing or able to enforce them on a multi-million dollar industry?
I've made it a mid-years resolution to stop debating/trolling about politics on the internet, but I guess I'll backslide here just to say this:
PRISM, and the whole concept of national "security" transcends partisan politics. The Obama administration is just as fucked up and wrong as the Bush administration was on this. It's honestly makes me sick to think this is where we are as a nation, and quite frankly it's contributed a great deal to my political apathy. Fuck it. The Man is going to keep being The Man.
You know what it takes to implement the things of which you speak, Tara? Funding. Why do you want to increase our taxes?
I'm still waiting for a concise definition of "indie-pop".
"Vice's suicide spread appears to be nothing more than a shameless stunt, a hollow attempt at provocation."
Wow, Chris, it's almost like you don't understand how media in the 21st century works. But I know that can't be true. You've been slipping lately brother. You can do better.
Nothing dries up the donations faster for a charity than a cloud of suspicion. CWK needs to come clean - and fast. And it's really not that difficult. Just show how much is being spent on fundraising, solicitors, and administration - and then how much of the remaining is going to the actual mission. Donors deserve to know this.
Let me first preface by saying I sent *certified* letters to all of our local "media" today in support of Charleston Waterkeeper and their Founder/ Executive Director Cyrus Buffum. I did it because this characterization is incorrect.
I have known Cyrus for over a decade - actually beginning with he and I committing to the College of Charleston and their fractured, disorganized student government in 2001. I have never known Cyrus to be anything other than genuine, focused and dedicated to the task at hand. While I don't see him often enough - I have known Cyrus to be a leader through and through.
These unsubstantiated and trollish comments posed by many of the same cast of characters here are the same fools that strike down everything, good or bad - in the CP comments sections, the P&C "comments section" and other local media --- and are defamatory and insulting. I would personally love to organize a public forum to flush these folks out in an effort to get YOU to actually defend your opinions IN PERSON.
I would love to speak to the original Waterkeeper *supporter* who made the inquiry as to his experience with NPOs as they relate to Waterkeeper. I can assure you - and through more than a decade of family giving - that this process as it relates to 501(c)3 organizations is difficult to navigate and requires effort that far supplants the mission and capacity of the organizers - and often their limited staff. I travel more than 8 times per year to sit in NPO meetings - of which I have a limited scope of influence and historical context.
In the past 4 or so years, I was witnessed Cyrus (and his support staff) build the foundation of organization that would have consumed many of his contemporaries.
Whether building a for-profit or not-for-profit business, you relinquish a part of your soul in favor of the misson at hand.
I, too, will expect to see the annual reports, organizational goals and ongoing updates towards their progress - and I fully expect and believe that a high character and dedicated person like Cyrus Buffum will deliver --- because he always has. It's easy to post comments and deliver criticism when you simply read the headlines.
On a personal note --- Cyrus Buffum - you have my highest and most unequivocal support. You have done an amazing job creating a local affiliate of an organization that very few Charlestonians would have heard of - unless you launched it way back when. Keep your chin up and you will go far.
In friendship and community,
I know little to nothing about CWK. So, really, what do they actually do? I mean, specifically, operationally, on or related to our local waters.
Because they care about shopping and their bodies.
Why would anyone do that?
Not all C of C students...but a great many here in Elliotborough. The greater problem is the the loss of resident/homeowners to developers filling every house and lot with rental properties. It is a viscious cycle playing out on most blocks here. The more rentals, the more the quality of life depreciates, leading to yet more homeowners walking away in disgust as developers grab at their former homes for yet more rentals. My block has become an ad-hoc apartment complex. Too bad...it used to be lovely- and housed people from diverse walks of life. I am the last on my block and I was the first 'pioneer' to move in and renovate a house without abandon. One day the City Fathers will look back and say 'What the f*@k were we thinking?'. 'Why didn't we value our neighborhoods and residents instead of chasing tax dollars from density'. A neighborhood is only as good as the residents that make it a home. Something lost on our elected officials.
Still, it's disappointing that more people don't ride their bikes from the outlets to the airport and vice-versa.
These aren't for "regular people", therefore, no bike racks.
This is purely an airport-to-hotel-to-Tanger-and-back thing, to support the North Charleston business community, not provide sustainable public transportstion.
ot all mind you but a good number like to and should party if they want to. Cops here and there may corral some but every yr there is a new round of partiers to take their place.
Our dwtwn is dense but not that large so residents near the college are part of the party whether they want to hear it or not.
"To me, this sounds like an unfortunate bureaucratic issue where because of some paperwork, the IRS is making yet another small business/non-profit owner's life miserable."
Seriously, Caroline? They failed for *THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS* to file a required form. That's not an "administrative oversight", as the sub-head so graciously concedes, it's a grossly negligent screw up.
And please, don't confuse small businesses and non-profits. I realize this is Charleston and there's not really much difference between the two around here, but it's pretty hard to stick up for a non-profit and bring up small business and not have some people's heads spin.
This is an issue to manage it will never be solved. College kids will be college kids. N
Lame...as always Haire, but story isn't up any more on Vice. . Just because u have daughters, u seem uber sensitive to these chick stories. Don't pretend to stick up for women now at this stage of ur sad "writing career". U r sexist, and I hope to whatever pagan god u pray to, ur girls read ur articles which u have published so they are in the same boat as every other young girl with access to the Internet. But I'm sure U shield ur girls to yhis type of shit house drivel (like ur writings), if only u had the same respect for other children as u do ur own...for shame! The world is round prick.....unfortunately for ur girls.
Good food and service. Apparently we have gone to the wrong restaurants before now because we found Charleston to be lacking good restaurants ....way too much fried food but Hanks delivered. Thanks!!!
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