Peter Koepke 
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Re: “Scott Shor of Edmund’s Oast talks online bullying at Pecha Kucha

Move on and be secure in the knowledge that you have created a great restaurant that serves great food and has a nice vibe.

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Posted by Peter Koepke on March 6, 2016 at 1:12 PM

Re: “It's time to bring back slavery

Beautiful! Well put.

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Posted by Peter Koepke on May 15, 2015 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Police chief responds to spoof Twitter account

prickly and without a sense of humor.

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Posted by Peter Koepke on June 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Charleston Symphony launches new music director search in style

My initial impression of Thursday nights season opener was that of an uninvolved and mopey looking orchestra and of a slightly over-exited young conductor. While Schumann's peace is beautiful, it felt a little bit like they were phoning it in. Conductor So was trying very hard to will them to do better. I felt similarly about Jennifer Luiken, she only really connected with the conductor and the orchestra in the last of the five Schubert Lieder she presented. That piece somehow marked the turning point of the evening. Goethe's spooky "Erlkoenig" brought them all together. A different orchestra appeared after the break, musicians were now in eye-contact with the conductor and together they did a fantastic job presenting Dvorak's 7th Symphony. The CSO is a great orchestra making a beautiful sound when directed well. The audience gave everyone a well deserved standing ovation.
Members of the orchestra seemed to almost be surprised by the reception they received.
It seems that what the CSO needs is a new leader, hopefully sooner rather than later.

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Posted by Peter Koepke on October 19, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Charter, magnet, and private schools harm public education

The quality of schools is largely about the quality of parents. If parents are paying attention, students will study and will be supported, bad teachers will be replaced and good ones will be attracted. Anything else is a work-around. Parents send their kids to charter or private schools because they are frustrated with the state school system, not because they like to pay twice, once in the form of taxes and once in the form of school fees. The school budget is typically the most expensive item on any community's annual budget and how much money goes toward the education plays an important role but nothing compares to parenting!! Rich zip codes have better schools not because they have more money but because have a mostly more involved parent body.
However, to your point, you are completely right, all private schools take talent away from public schools (although they have to make their tax contribution, even as though they don't choose the benefit of schooling their children publicly), but every parent first cares about the education of their child, not about mitigating the disintegration of the local school district. The answer is complicated and would involve anything from parental instruction to the way we look at teachers and education in society.

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Posted by Peter Koepke on January 10, 2013 at 12:50 PM

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