Those of you who were here when a route was first proposed around Charleston to James and Johns Islands may remember the hullabaloo. The SC Highway Dept. planned to build a highway through what is now the Cactus Car Wash and K-Mart, the subdivisions behind K-Mart (including mine), across Elliots Cut, onto James Island (through Riverland Terrace), and then over to Johns Island, and then back to the mainland.
The neighbors were not very happy with that plan. They got together and planned an alternate route that went through less-developed land and did not involve crossing Elliots Cut. Their route would cost less money and serve more people more efficiently.
The almighty Highway Dept. was incensed that ANYONE had the temerity to stand up to them! The battle was joined. The citizens won, and lost.
The Highway Dept., and the State of SC stalled for 45 years. The land was developed. Kiawah and Seabrook Islands were developed. Folly Road went from two to four lanes for most of its length. The citizens' route is now embroiled in controversy.
We still have no good way to evacuate the islands before a hurricane. I've lived through Gracie and Hugo, and the hurricanes inbetween and since. I can swap horror stories with anybody.
Let's get a good, safe, FAST evacuation road built NOW. It will serve double duty by smoothing transportation around the islands and West Ashley daily. The Snowbirds can just grouse!
Ken, the buses are not air conditioned. Why idle them in the warm and hot months?
I've owned 2 diesel vehicles. They take about 5 min. longer to warm up than gasoline-powered ones. So, why should the buses idle for more than 10 min. or so outside the schools? Particularly when their routes don't start at the schools?
School bus drivers are among the worst offenders. They leave their engines idling while waiting to drop their busloads of kiddies off at school in the mornings, no matter the weather. They then repeat the performance in the afternoons.
These buses idle for anywhere from 10 to 30 min. outside our schools. Our tax dollars at work, folks!
Food for thought: I saw, and see far more racism when I am "Up North" than around here. People there are also quicker to stereotype and call others hateful names, too.
Makes one wonder...
Food for thought: I saw, and continue to see, far more racism when I am "Up North" than I ever do around here. I also see more stereotyping and name-calling when I travel.
Maybe they are more balatant about it?
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