Trollslayer - as a product of the South Carolina public school system, and due to my own inadequacies, I am terrible at math and science. Assuming I'd somehow managed to get through an engineering program and graduate, would you really want me engineering anything you came into contact with?
School certainly helps, but it isn't necessarily the answer, especially when most of South Carolina's public schools don't start teaching basic grammar until middle or high school and something as basic as geography isn't taught at all.
I went a college in the top 200 and graduated in 4 years with degree in hand, and I have never been able to find anything better than basic office work, which if you look on Craigslist, rarely seems to pay more than 8-12 an hour. Granted, I am female, so statistically I'd be on the lower end of the wage spectrum anyway.
Even $12 an hour, after taxes and bills and insurance (because basic office jobs rarely include benefits), is not enough for anyone to be comfortable as a single-income household. On $12 an hour, it's a little financially unrealistic to ever contemplate buying a house, or having a child, or providing myself a comfortable retirement.
Multiply one person making $12 or less an hour by hundreds of thousands of people, and suddenly the future looks a little bleak - a generation of people like me whose parents were solidly upper-middle class, but whose children won't necessarily own a house or have a child or retire. Society suffers when a significant portion of the population is living hand-to-mouth and a weaker society means we all lose out.
It would be nice if having an education was a golden ticket to higher wages, but it's not, and it's also not a very "christian" thing to criticize the less fortunate.
While I like the safer feeling of the area - as late as 2006 there was a drugs-related murder on Morris - it's kind of sad to see so much of the character being lost.
Until last spring, there was a nice big park with hundred-year old oaks, a playground, and lots of space right in the middle of Elliotborough - now it's a bulldozed lot being turned into more housing.
As the rest of the civilized world turns to safer bike routes and adding more green space, Charleston is adding new boutique hotels, office space, and housing at a record rate. Way to go, Charleston - you're entering the 90's with all four feet on the ground...
As someone who has never used my phone for communication whilst driving (I'm a bad enough driver without the added distraction) and who just got a $300 ticket from a Hendersonville, NC cop for "using a handheld cellular device for the purposes of sending electronic mail or text message, or receiving electronic mail or text message" while using my Garmin Nuvi GPS (which doesn't have email or text capabilities), I would like to know how they are going to define this.
I was completely outraged by a cop who saw an out-of-state license plate and took advantage of poor wording on the statue to give me a ticket he knew I wouldn't drive 5 hours to fight in court. I also feel that using a talking map feature on your phone should be allowed.
Jesus, there sure are a lot of people commenting here who never commented on the original CCP articles some 2 years ago and don't seem to comment on here much (if ever) - can we say mainstream media oversaturation?
Also, (and I really couldn't care less about this case) I though it was well settled in the Supreme Court - one way or another, I'm sick of all the back and forth. Fish or cut bait, people - Oklahoma/the Browns/ etc. lost, let's move on before the kid is 40.
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