Great accents for a meal here. The bulk gourmet chocolate is wonderful in moderate amounts. The locally made Chocolate, from Charleston is the best I've ever head. Thrilled so see so many local producer's products here. The South, for all its faults, produces some of the finest food products on Planet earth and we don't need to go further to prepare really extraordinary meals. Italy is great and I love being there and eating their food with them. I was in Sienna once, at a Contrade dinner out on the street, just like you see in the Movies. Their families made the cheese, pasta, sausage, wine, olive oil and vegetables that were part of our meal. I met the people whose families had owned those farms, factories and cheese houses for centuries. There is no greater celebration of a culture than to eat it's food grown and made by the hands of people connected to its land. Sometimes on very special occassions we hold a dinner at our home and everthing on the table comes from within 100 miles of our house. This place makes that much easier.
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Perhaps the idea that every government program helping the arts of the needed should have its funding eliminated needs to go. No, we can't do it all with volunteers and donations. If you want a civilized community, basic needs should be met by programs everyone contributes to. The portion of the business community and population that is willing to give shouldn't be expected to insulate those who don't care from stepping over cold bodies on the sidewalk in the morning.
I've been to more meetings than I'll ever be able to remember in 30 years as an active citizen in Charleston. I've done them all kinds of ways. As an attorney, I'm required by the Supreme Court of SC to be Civil to Public Officials by rule, so I am. I've seen the amount of time given to the public to express themselves at these meetings shrink from 5 minutes to two and in the case of the School board, I believe 1 minute. Mot of my work is with public transit. I was at the CARTA board meeting yesterday.
Charleston was once a fun, rewarding place to be young. When I returned form Law School in 1985 the Minimum wage was about $4.25 and hour. Rent on a nice apartment in a historic neighborhood downtown was $300 a month. Plenty were available for $250 and less. My wife and I bought a townhouse, on Logan street as Newlyweds for 90 thousand dollars in 1997, which was less than two years gross income. At age 32 my health insurance premium for myself and my son was $200 per month for a $250 deductible and a $500 max, 10% co payment. Political involvement was fun and rewarding.
If people here now in their 20s (black or white) could fully grasp how much worse their choices and options are than they were here 30 years ago, I suspect their level of rage would have elected officials meeting behind bullet proof glass. Charleston's young people now work long hard hours for a much lower quality of life and they're held in contempt by their elected officials, with some exceptions.
Trump is about to gut all sorts of programs, many focused on the disabled and elderly. The decent, inclusive society we expected to have all those years ago is about to be flattened.
I don't think polite smiles are going to get it done. I don't think outright violence is appropriate either. However, it's going to take the most aggressive tactics possible to avoid the nightmare planned for the next generation. You are running out of time and what you lose may be impossible to recover.
Given the pay offered, weak transit system and high rents, Charleston won'the ever have the workers it needs. How does keep pay low help this. It costs 20 dollars a day to park downtown. Rent for a one room apartment is 1500 a month. No trained businessperson would accept those numbers.
You can see Cherny taking his vehicle from land to water in this video. https://youtu.be/zh5zkwuiLKg
Scott and Graham are voting on four gun safety measures next week. Calls are needed. I'm not sure how I feel about bidding for legislation.
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