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Re: “Making a case for a downtown movie theater

awesome idea!!! given the rush to close everything that would be practical to locals let's start an online pledge drive to have a movieplex. given that the one on james island just closed to build an apartment complex and the downtown area can't support a grocery store because no one lives there lets...Hooray. pretend that we can have a place to watch what everyone watches at home and won't support. Hooray, we have no idea about economics. i want to be a journalist with my head up my ass. I love those picture shows.... Hooray.

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Posted by rukiddingme on May 11, 2017 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Making a case for a downtown movie theater

The guys who own & run the Terrace should run the theater downtown. They do such a fabulous job! It is close to home but I would love to have the movie going experiences I had as a child seeing movies on King street again, too.

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Posted by jmm619 on May 11, 2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Charleston County Schools surprises teachers by reducing job security

Education is being killed by administrators improper use of data to determine outcomes for students. Dorchester II gave their baseline assessment on pencil and paper at the beginning of the year and switched to computerized testing for the end of year assessments for 2nd grade students. How can you ever expect to get a representative sample of data when you change the method of testing?
Education companies misrepresent their testing and data solutions as an all-in-one solution to assessing students and teachers and districts continue to fall for these falsifications.

Some Basic Statistical and Common Sense Problems:
1) Proper sample size is a MUST.
2) You cannot change the method of scoring and expect consistent results.
3) A student who chooses to score a '0' on a standardized test should not be included in small data samples.
4) Having standardized tests that are longer than the MCAT, LSAT or SAT for 8, 9 and 10 year old children is insane.

Increased use of standardized testing data could be a huge boon for public education. Data could be used to better identify at risk children through attendance and behavioral data and assess intervention strategies to help these kids and families (parenting classes, earlier emotional/behavioral diagnoses). We could find ways to sort students into classes by their ideal learning styles and use different instruction methods with different students.

Unfortunately, poor methodology and over-reliance on insufficient assessment algorithms for an overly large portion of job evaluations is tarnishing a potentially useful method of improving our educational outcomes. Even worse, the extra work that these poorly designed methods are placing on overworked, underpaid teachers are driving the best educators out of the classroom into administration or other professions.

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Posted by Data Scientist on May 11, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

Navigator, like where you're going with this. Let's add bicycles to the list. No license or fee or insurance needed to ride a bike, yet they drive on roads. My favorite is when a few of them ride side by side during rush hour, adding to the problem.

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Posted by Kevin Brunson on May 11, 2017 at 1:10 PM

Re: “S.C. General Assembly overrides governor’s veto on gas-tax increase

Jshicke

The gas tax is nearly doubling but it is also closer to national averages and still lower than surrounding states like NC, GA and FL. Before this increase, we had the 3rd lowest in the country. This increase puts SC at the 25th highest gas tax in the US, literally middle of the road. Not such a bad position considering the current road conditions, growing population, and number of tourists our state gets every year.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 11, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Charleston City Council gives initial approval to apartment moratorium on James Island

jmm619

Or buy the South State Bank parcel and realign Maybank so that it makes more sense.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 11, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

How about pay-per-use? If I only drive from my home to the office and a few local shops each day, why should buying gas here pay for local Upstate legislators' highways to nowhere?

What if the longer interstates had tolls? They wouldn't make sense for a small roadway like 526, but maybe for I-26, 85, 95, 20, 77..? If I have to drive to Columbia, I'd rather pay a one-time $5 toll than spread it out among gas tank refills for local or other area use.

How about rest stops? They keep closing the outdated sketchy ones throughout the state to save money. What if we privatized them and charged gas station operators and restaurants to lease them? Couldn't that revenue be used to fund roadway maintenance?

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Posted by Navigator on May 11, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Charleston County Schools surprises teachers by reducing job security

Then it's a good thing none of you work in the education system today. Further complicating the issue is that districts will waive excessive absences in a quest to keep graduation rates always climbing. Imagine how much more poorly a frequently absent student will do on a standardized test. Now imagine that student knows all he/she has to do is sit in a chair after school for a few hours to make up more than 30 absences in just one subject. Now put your mortgage and kid's college tuition in that kid's hand and you begin, just begin to know what we deal with. We've been reduced to nothing. Responsible for it all. Accountable for all. But not in charge of a damn bit of it.

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Posted by I'm a Teacher on May 11, 2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Stegelin: What's covered?

Its okay Stegelin, erectile issues may be covered, but the prescription pills will still cost you $300 a month so you cannot afford them on top of your insurance premiums, up front co-pays, and other costs. Just tape a tongue depressor to the bottom of it and hope for the best.

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Posted by Jshicke on May 11, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “S.C. General Assembly overrides governor’s veto on gas-tax increase

While I do not object to a gas tax increase, we are nearly DOUBLING the gas tax in this state. That, to me, seems excessive!

Further, what guarantee do we have that while we increase road maintenance revenue by $600 million, that this increase will actually go to the roads, or will they simply shuffle other funds that used to go to help the roads, off to some other pet projects?

Will more of this money continue to go to the department of Agriculture like it does today? Will more of this money continue to go to the Department of natural resources water vehicle fund? Will even more money now go to all the other departments having nothing to do with road maintenance, just as it does today? They are allocated money as a percentage of the gas tax revenues. If we increase revenue, all these other programs BY LAW will now also get more money. Nothing changed in this respect, and it was never even discussed. Just wring more money from the tourists and residents, they all have deep pockets.

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Posted by Jshicke on May 11, 2017 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Making a case for a downtown movie theater

I have not and will never watch a movie on my iPad, laptop or phone.

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Posted by Mary Lou Scott on May 11, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

I drove across NY state from the city to Buffalo last year and stopped in eight different towns. The condition of the highways, roads, signage, and drainage was vastly better than South Carolina's.

I appreciate peoples' skepticism of our state government. As someone who used to live off Clements Ferry and paid 10 years of focused sales-tax increase for the improvement of that road only to see it never happen, I feel you. The State DOT drags its feet like a harbor dredge.

However we are paying the cost of these roadways' poor condition in vehicle repair, gas&time spent in traffic, and the increased cost of goods and services because of impacts on shipping and hauling. The state now has a plan in place to fund road improvements; let's hold our reps' feet to the fire to make sure they follow through.

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Posted by factoryconnection on May 11, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Charleston City Council gives initial approval to apartment moratorium on James Island

Until then perhaps the lights on Maybank near Folly can be timed to make sense

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Posted by jmm619 on May 11, 2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

The above comments are spot-on regarding misallocations, but that is what happens when government can't be properly funded to provide the services it needs to provide: money constantly get reallocated to other areas where it should not be in order to keep trying to patch holes (literally and figuratively).

Hyper-partisan politics have left us with a state and a nation that funds itself like a person trying to use band-aids for a severed limb. It's not a coincidence these issues are more manifest in areas that pride themselves on low taxes. People want all of the benefits of a properly functioning society but don't want to face facts on what it takes to make that a reality.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 11, 2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “South Carolina and the compulsion to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day

If you haven't read the Cornerstone Speech by the vice president of the Confederacy, you should take a look. He explains his thoughts and reasons on the war, secession, and slavery. You won't be surprised.

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Posted by wolverine on May 11, 2017 at 9:02 AM
Posted by tupper29406 on May 11, 2017 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Charleston City Council gives initial approval to apartment moratorium on James Island

This "out-of-hands" frenzy (Real Estate) has "all" the landowners on James Island,"to put it mildly",dame mad. The people have spoken Mr. Mayor"s".


"STOP"

Posted by dun'kin Duncan on May 11, 2017 at 7:36 AM

Re: “S.C. General Assembly overrides governor’s veto on gas-tax increase

Well I guess being Governor doesn't mean "Rat Poop".

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on May 11, 2017 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Human remains discovered in marsh behind The Citadel

Foot Loose & Fancy Free!!!!!!

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on May 11, 2017 at 7:30 AM
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