Thank you for these comments! I could not agree more with Megan Jones on the subject. Talk about pretentious drivel. The no frills model keeps overhead and food prices low. It allows for access to decent food at prices lower than Walmart (for example). I don't think I've read a more tone deaf piece, ever.
Their German Chocolate is worth the trip...Some items are very good...Can't shop entirely at Traders or WF or here..Who cares..We are shopping...Get their Chocolate Bars...Makes Milka look like a Hershey....
Not everyone in Mt Pleasant is rich
This article is basically the POV of a privileged person who didn't bother to do her research. ALDI addresses several major issues we face as a nation. Allow me to explain them, since this intern didn't bother in the article she wrote for a newspaper. 1. The obesity epidemic. Struggling Americans face food deserts and a basic lack of nutritional, healthy, and affordable food. Aldi purposefully places their stores in areas which break up food deserts, which is why this location is wasted on the wealthy people people of Mt. P. This article itself illustrates how privilege can create bias owing to lifestyle marketing. 2. They hire from the community and pay a competitive wage, with benefits. 3. Their food is ethically sourced and sustainable. We all need to use our dollars to create a better world. 4. Reduced packaging pledge. We are killing our planet and no amount of young republican snark is going to change that. I could go on. Many people rely on ALDI to feed their families safe, healthy, and affordable food. A more interesting article would have been from a parent who could suddenly aford to feed their family well, but instead we get this snotty drivel from a seemingly privileged intern. What a waste of a GREAT topic. Please do better next time City Paper, and maybe assign articles regarding equity in food supply to actual writers.
You do not pay for the cart...you get your quarter back once you park it back where it belongs and because of that they do not have to hire and extra person to gather the carts from all around the parking lot. Oh, and maybe that is why you can purchase the best chocolate out there (and other products) for the lowest price in town. Makes sense to me!
of course, you do get your quarter back if you return the cart. Still, it is annoying if you have no change. And, then, there's the no bag and often no old boxes problem. Often, I've put stuff back because I had nothing to carry them out of the store, except me. And, then there's the checkout line...I have more than once put every item back rather than stand in that line. Basically, I don't go to ours in Georgia anymore either. But, when I had two teenage boys at home and they drank 5 gallons of milk a week...it was worth the hassle for the price of milk alone.
Best place to buy top quality chocolates at Christmas. Super cheap.
This Mike Ray I would like to clarify that line "but we're not gonna hire a chef like a Mike Lata." I am saying we are going to hire a younger chef with not as many accolades or prestige, but has the chops and in our opinion room to grow. When I read the article that line jumped out as needing some clarity in the context that it was given. Love ya Mike and happy st patty day
Sheesh a quarter and we are all suddenly Europhiles. It's their cart and people have bumper stickers. Let's write some real journalism and stop spitting drivel.
Salidude, laughing at the rubes is all well and good but the problem with living in a society is the strife these people inflict upon themselves ends up destroying everything around them as well. It's collateral damage we cannot afford.
Believe me, I do smirk at the thought of people who voted for Trump not realizing they are going to lose their healthcare and are not getting their coal mining jobs back, but their misery does not exist in a vacuum. Fear won the last election, and it's affecting all of us.
"You do know slaves were held in the north as well? Or that free men of color also owned slaves"
What's your point? Does that make it okay? Why aren't the descendants of those Yankees and "free men of color" constantly yammering on about their heritage then?
I liked this article though I support ones right to display the flag should they wish. To me, the flag doesn't not represent the hate, slavery or white supremacy, though I realize that to many, it does. I ,however, will not support someone being 'uncomfortable' with the flag as being just cause to remove it from a memorial. Fly the ANC flag if you wish, I do not like it, but will support your decision to fly it. Fly the NAZI flag if that is your preference, if nothing else, it lets me know where the people I stand against congregate. Just remember, the flag is a piece of colored cloth. What it stands for can change depending upon your point of view, and the environment in which it is displayed.
Meanwhile City employees are required to work outside no matter the temperature. It is in the best interest of the Carriage Operators to take care of their animals. If they have horses dropping from the heat, they are not making a profit. Having an elected official who knows nothing of animal metabolism making these kinds of decisions based on the emotional testimony of an 'animal rights activist' is silly. In the early to mid 1800's, horses walked on Charleston streets all day and pulled wagons loaded much heavier than a carriage full of tourists. Same rules applied. If a business owner must constantly replace horses or pay vet bills to keep them working, they will not make money. The horses are cared for.
You should learn to embrace the suck and sit back and enjoy the spectacle of hateful " Christian" hypocrites getting poorer and poorer as those they elect blatantly rip them off. They deserve to be poor with crappy education and low paying jobs it's what they voted for!
Lynnar; everything you posted is spot on. The #1 hate crime in the United States is anti-Semitism. It is insane and evil, with no rationale other than the need to satisfy a hunger for vindictiveness. It is increasing in Europe because the sickeningly liberal governments in the EU treat migrants from Islamic states with kid gloves, letting them get away with far more than any citizen could. I would also add that there is another factor which is militant secularism which is becoming the cornerstone of a new global ethic, in which any sort of faith in a Divine being is seen as the cause of all of man's problems. Oddly enough this secularism on the offense also leaves Islam alone out of fear, and because it is usually so hostile to all other faiths but its own.
I've been to more meetings than I'll ever be able to remember in 30 years as an active citizen in Charleston. I've done them all kinds of ways. As an attorney, I'm required by the Supreme Court of SC to be Civil to Public Officials by rule, so I am. I've seen the amount of time given to the public to express themselves at these meetings shrink from 5 minutes to two and in the case of the School board, I believe 1 minute. Mot of my work is with public transit. I was at the CARTA board meeting yesterday.
Charleston was once a fun, rewarding place to be young. When I returned form Law School in 1985 the Minimum wage was about $4.25 and hour. Rent on a nice apartment in a historic neighborhood downtown was $300 a month. Plenty were available for $250 and less. My wife and I bought a townhouse, on Logan street as Newlyweds for 90 thousand dollars in 1997, which was less than two years gross income. At age 32 my health insurance premium for myself and my son was $200 per month for a $250 deductible and a $500 max, 10% co payment. Political involvement was fun and rewarding.
If people here now in their 20s (black or white) could fully grasp how much worse their choices and options are than they were here 30 years ago, I suspect their level of rage would have elected officials meeting behind bullet proof glass. Charleston's young people now work long hard hours for a much lower quality of life and they're held in contempt by their elected officials, with some exceptions.
Trump is about to gut all sorts of programs, many focused on the disabled and elderly. The decent, inclusive society we expected to have all those years ago is about to be flattened.
I don't think polite smiles are going to get it done. I don't think outright violence is appropriate either. However, it's going to take the most aggressive tactics possible to avoid the nightmare planned for the next generation. You are running out of time and what you lose may be impossible to recover.
Excellent question, Annie. I'll find out and report back.
They have really good burgers, I just don't see many people in there. I hope it makes it.
Excellent! Surprised how good it was. Thought it was going to be like bar food- and it was not at all.
Calling it like it is. Stay fierce, Jessie.
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