Publix has signed to build a grocery in the WestEdge development, near where Crosby Seafood was. Should be open within 2 years. North Charleston tonight is considering a contract which includes a grocery at Shipwatch Square, McMillan and Rivers. Mt. Pleasant, with its $90,000/family income, is an attractive target market for grocery stores of all stripes. Pleased to have Publix, H/T, and Bi-Lo all on the way to my house.
One small correction - the van driver that killed Dr. Hollen on the JI connector did not "lose control of his van" - he was talking on his cellphone and distracted, and drifted off the driving surface into the emergency lane.
The drumbeat for a higher minimum wage is exactly the wrong prescription for cutting unemployment among 16-24yo people. A competent economist would tell you that a special sub minimum wage, perhaps $4, with an age limit of . . . 22? would make a dramatic cut in this unemployment. If the government felt so moved, they could subsidize some or all of the difference. The real truth is that many first time workers are not worth $7.35 an hour plus benefits. The other real truth is that these first jobs are critical steps to regular lifelong jobs, and to other healthy habits.
Sadly, a key solution to teen unemployment won't happen - do a special "teen only" minimum wage at - say - $4/hr, which may be all the teen is worth, not the current $7.25 an hour. Alternatively, rather than manufacturing fake government jobs, let the government pay the difference or pick up the cost of benefits for teen workers. Employment in fast food, car washes, landscaping, and so on, is an excellent first (teen) job - mine was in a convenience store, sweeping the floor and restocking shelves.
The petition, much like Mr. Cathy's remarks, is an excellent exercise of free speech - although to really be effective, it should be restricted to students (and perhaps parents of students) at Wando. The only corporate response to the controversy has been that CFA has reiterated its commitment to treat all customers and employees equally, without regard . . etc. Hopefully, assuming the number of student/parent signers is minimal, the administration will also exercise its free speech right, and ignore it. As a parent of a graduate, I know CFA is wildly popular on campus.
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