Perhaps your readers would benefit from a thoughtful article about the election results, not one spouting the "business as usual" denials necessary to make a progressive feel good.
I appreciate the legal historical perspective; I knew there were issues that these brewers were facing.
The author makes reference to finding local brews on tap in many locations throughout the city. This process is not mature enough in Charleston. I hope that restaurants will fully mature the inclusion of local beer. Charlotte, NC has nine breweries. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) is the oldest operator as both a brewpub and local distributor. Of the nine, OMB, NoDa, Birdsong and FourFriends can usually be found all over the city. If you go to the OMB website there is an accurate beer finder application. In the uptown/I-277 loop alone, OMB lists 75 restaurants carrying their beer -- and this includes everything from the venerable McNinch House to Hooter's. If I go to any of my neighborhood restaurants I will find one or more OMB offerings. But it gets better, I can also find at least one or two other of the local beers at the same location. One neighborhood haunt will always have OMB's flagship Copper available and, in addition, I could order NoDa's award winning HopDropNRoll IPA or a Birdsong LazyBirdBrownAle. If a restaurant in Charlotte has more than 4 taps, they probably have a Charlotte brew and very likely another North Carolina brew.
I can't wait till any place I go in Charleston, I can order a Holy City PluffMud Porter or a Westbrook OneClaw or a Palmetto Amber in the same place on the same day. Local supports local.
The author of this article uses the hearsay statistics of someone else to make a point and sway the reader while trying to sound objective by including someone from Ohio to tell the other side of things when Ohio is not well received in Charleston. As a reader, you should demand more. The media has been trying to sway the public for years. Dr. John Lott has studied medias bias by using the internet and the like to research "attempts" by the media to offer "un-biased" reports. His research finds that it is more often what is not reported that is the most important and by not reporting the bias is evidenced.
If you wish to inform yourself and find out the true facts and statistics, not the myths so often quoted by journalists with an agenda, then download the GunFacts 6.2 PDF here http://www.gunfacts.info/. His information is complete with sources.
And no Oldman, I have not had the Kool-aid since the 70's when it still expanded the mind. Since then, I have actually paid attention and read things and corrected things that mislead.
I hate to have to spoon feed people and hope they read for themselves. These numbers are per 100,000 population so they have per capita comparable numbers.
I am baffled why you would publish a quote from Ms. Dando with incorrect statistics. Has journalism gotten so bad that we do not have to verify what someone says, or is your point to support incorrect data to thereby support a position. South Carolina is not where near the top of the firearm homicides. That honor goes to the three states with the tightest gun laws in the nation.
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