I don't know why anyone is surprised. Joe Riley is always pumped up as a "visionary," from tourism, to affordable housing to the bar closings he has always been overly reactive.
You ask a bunch of people to come to Charleston, then are shocked when the streets are awash in people. Your reaction, tax the hell out of tourism, start a tourism board and ask all your vocal supporters to serve on it. Regulate the hell out of those who oppose you.
You ask a bunch of people to come to Charleston, to move here and you are surprised that there there is no affordable housing. Solution? Appoint a committee of your supporters in bed with developers and longtime contributors. Wring your hands and agree to meet again.
This whole bar closing thing has a long history. Back when Captain Harry's Blue Marlin opened in 1976. You could drink on the street. The Marlin was a hotbed of people who knew Joe and criticized him. Open container law (unless, it was Spoleto). The bars closed at 12.(11:30 on Saturday, private clubs on Sunday).
Bars opened until 2 during the weeks of Spoleto. The earth did not go crashing into the sun, so during the 80s the closing time was 2. By the late 80s, it was 4. Then back to 2.
Joe had some friend complain and decided to act unilaterally and dragged Mullen into it for cover. I mean you think you got problems, now. Let everyone get gassed, dump them on the streets and be shocked when the surrounding neighborhoods are alit with joy and the sound of music at 1 am.
Joe, you wanted this. You begged for it cycle after cycle. You crushed people and destroyed lives to get it. What now?
Create a board made up of supporters, meet, fist raised high, promise that this won't stand. Agree to meet again...
Interesting observation about "diversity." Who shows up at the voting booth determines diversity.
I agree with Ima. Quit whining. If you care that much, fucking go door to door, plan your attack early on and never waiver. It's the only way to win. Social media won't do it. You need money to run.
It's complicated, dude.
I thought it was natural. Huh,
I always love the way people scream about "diversity," then castigate someone for having a point of view different than theirs. Before the man even spoke a word about his new position, students put on a puerile demonstration with tape across their mouths and showed up on the front page. When interviewed about their reasons for such a dramatic show, they muttered some platitudes about equality and censorship. Just out of curiosity, when did President McConnell do or say anything that took away the right to read or say anything you want? When has he denied an equal opportunity to anyone?
Oh wait. He hasn't.
Diversity is such bullshit. I owned a walking tour company for about 15 years. I was the first to hire gay people in that sector in the early 90ws. At one one point, out of seven regularly in my bullpen, three were gay. Their being gay had nothing to do with my decision. I didn't look over the tour landscape and say, "Hmmm, gays seem to be under-represented on my staff. And damn it, where the hell am I going to get Estonoians?"
I was honored because I considered them among the top ten guides in the city (still do).
People should be hired solely on their ability, their talent, and devotion to what they are hired to do. Of course how they look and speak the outcome. If you show up for an executive sales position in a tie-dye and rings in your your tongue and eyebrows, that's why you didn't get the job, not because you are: Black/gay/blackandgay/Catholic/Muslim/Rotarian/Transgender.
This is where the whole diversity and entitlement business has failed. The education system and media have embraced these concepts only in the past 20 years. One will find that the older one gets, the more successful one is, the ones who prosper are the ones who stick to the plan and realize that failure lurks behind every corner.
That's life, dude. No amount of social engineering or technology will ever change that no matter how loudly you cry foul.
My friend, Glenn, knows that.
In the long run, his acceptance of that will serve you, the college and the state's taxpayers.
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