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Re: “With federal investigations ongoing, Charleston is not immune to anti-Semitic threats

Hi Lynnar,

I'm British and on vacation in Charleston. I stumbled across your comments whilst looking at restaurant articles.

You seem to have read a lot of false information - 'Mohammed" isn't the most popular baby name in the UK. (Not that there would be anything inherently wrong with that. The UK is a largely secular country - although historically/culturally Christian, belief in God/churchgoing is relatively scarce. The country is tolerant of religion, though, which applies as much to Muslims as it does to Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jewish people etc.)

On the subject of anti-Semitism, my wife and son are Jewish, and have never encountered any in the UK. That's not to say it doesn't exist, and of course it is deplorable in any form, but you are greatly exaggerating the situation. There were 1024 incidents in the most recent year, which is an unacceptable number, but it must remembered that these incidents include social media posts, graffiti etc. It's *because* anti-Semitism is taken so seriously in the UK (and other northern-European countries) that these figures exist and even the smallest of incidents is (rightly) included. Some right-wing outlets will try to conflate pro-Palestinian sentiment with anti-Semitism, which may skew your impression. Of course, there are many Jewish people in Israel who favour a two-state solution. Anyway, my point here is you have been given an entirely wrong impression by suggesting that northern Europe is descending into a Neo-Nazi dystopia.

On Sweden, the misrepresentation of the country has been covered extensively elsewhere. The way you describe Malm is inaccurate. I lived in Sweden for a long time, and Swedes are (by and large) proud to be an open country which welcomes those in need. That's not to say it's a country without problems, but show me one that is, at any point in history. This is a good debunking of the immigration/rape correlation myth.

I love America. My wife and her family are American. But this 'greatest country' in the world mentality sounds a lot like jingoism. By what metric? Economically? What about other equally (or more) important factors? Happiness? Quality of life? Health of population? Gap between rich and poor? Violence? Education?

Love the place you live, try to fix the things you don't like, but there is no such thing as 'the greatest country on earth'. America falls a long way down the list on many of the things mentioned above, and is wonderful in so many other ways.

I wrote this reply because you stated a lot of things about the part of the world I call home as fact, when they're not. Posting stuff like this on the internet makes the world seem like a worse and more scary place than it is.

I've enjoyed visiting your beautiful city.

Posted by Jamie Broadbent on April 30, 2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Coastal mayors take a stand against Trump plan to open Atlantic to offshore drilling

There is a need to start looking at alternative energy sources, drilling is not the answer, destroying our environment, is extremely short sighted, I applaud the mayor for this stance

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Posted by Micheline Mandel on April 30, 2017 at 12:39 PM

Re: “The Exposure Myth

Great article, Mary Scott Hardaway.

Posted by Gary Keaton on April 30, 2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Shops, Wares, and Services

Once Upon a Child does a gift card giveaway in exchange for votes. It should be considered cheating, I highly doubt they would win every year if it weren't for the giveaway.

Posted by anjl777 on April 30, 2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Once Upon a Child

The only reason they're voted the best is because they do a gift card giveaway to get votes. It should be considered cheating, they would never get voted the best if it weren't for the giveaway.

Posted by anjl777 on April 30, 2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Growing Old, Not Better

Thank you for making me cry laugh..... Beyond Funny! Your observations are spot on.... You have made me a believer that Whitney is an alien, with toilet paper shoe.. I am so happy the horses comforted Craig, Northern people need love too & someone please tell Shep, he needs to chill on his sesquipedalian ways, totally boring!

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Posted by Baby Seal on April 30, 2017 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Seven-story development at corner of King and Spring streets gains final approval

Born and raised here. I hate what Charleston has become.

Posted by aliykacat on April 29, 2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Weekend rally calls for an end to violence against trans women of color

A bit on the racist side, isn't it? What about white women, Indian woman, or other women? What about handicapped? Or do you specialize like doctors? This seems a bit of a reach to me

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Posted by Michael Hodge on April 29, 2017 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Eric Vaughn Duo

Having a time when he's playing would be helpful.

Posted by NerdHerd78 on April 29, 2017 at 7:04 PM

Re: “The road to S.C.’s fourth national title might just be paved in prosciutto

So proud of Team SC! I judge at the state level and that rabbit roulade was nothing short of phenomenal! For a high-schooler to accomplish that in one hour is mind-blowing! Love PROSTART!

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Posted by Riverside on April 29, 2017 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Weekend rally calls for an end to violence against trans women of color

How many were killed in Charleston? Or in SC? Just curious?

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Posted by lynnar on April 29, 2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Bull Street Gourmet locks its doors for good today

To the person who is hoping to keep neighborhood businesses in the downtown area, I am afraid that will not happen. Coming from NYC, I see the same thing happening here. There is not an inch of that city that is not being gentrified. Places in Brooklyn, where 20 years ago, you would not have even walked through those neighborhoods, and now condos are going for at least $1 million. Same is happening here. Landlords are forcing businesses out when their leases are up and increasing the rents to exorbitant prices. Or they sell the building to a developer, who just does not care. I am afraid, when push comes to shove, everyone has a price, when put in front of them. When I think about all the small businesses that were on the Upper West Side and the Upper East side and the Village. All gone. It is not the New York City I grew up in. That is why I had to leave.

Then, when I walk on King Street, another business is going out. Most of the time, it is because the rent has gone up so high, that the business owner, just cannot afford the rent. The only businesses that can afford to open are chains. And even they are in trouble. American Apparel went out of business. And how many food places can open on King?

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Posted by lynnar on April 29, 2017 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Bull Street Gourmet locks its doors for good today

Big chains don't "make it" in historic Charleston...remember Atlanta Bread Company and Applebee's on N. Market? Fuddruckers, Grandy's, etc in the Market??

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Posted by DaleS on April 29, 2017 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Tavern and Table's Chef Katie Lorenzen on Iron Chef's Eats this Sunday

Awesome to get the attention...Horst would be jealous!

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Posted by Therealdan McKelvey on April 29, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Growing Old, Not Better

I have to make sure I am at home when I read your recaps because I always end up cackling hysterically and spilling my drink during a fit of giggles/ugly-crying. Your allusion to Gulliver's Travels was particularly hilarious this evening. "'Do you sleep standing up?' Craig asks, on behalf of all humanity." I am dying!!!

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Posted by ClaireG on April 29, 2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Coastal mayors take a stand against Trump plan to open Atlantic to offshore drilling

Face the fact Mr. Mayor, drilling will happen. I don't necessarily agree with the drilling as I also don't agree with Liberals & Democrats. Our resources will eventually "dry up" & we will look to other alternatives(offshore drilling). You talk about drilling causing a major threat to tourism, well a more major problem we have in the city of Charleston , "FLOODING" that a little responsible intellect could resolve,but there is way to many politicians buying votes. The flooding not only causes a threat to tourism,it also "is" a threat to "health". Mr.Mayor, it's time to "EARN OUR KEEP".

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on April 29, 2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Influencer by Birth

I love this show but love your recaps even more. You are officially my favorite person in this world with the mention of Caroline in the City. If you were to run for President you would have my vote.

Posted by atate1901 on April 29, 2017 at 1:34 AM

Re: “Bull Street Gourmet locks its doors for good today

There was a study conducted under the auspices of, I think, the City of Charleston and perhaps Historic Charleston Foundation many years ago about the three parts of King Street and what types of businesses were missing in each "zone." South of Market, South of Calhoun and North of Calhoun were identified. Today, we look at upper Kingt and never think about how diverse it is with types of business, food and drink. It did not just happen that way - that is for sure. Through proper planning on the part of the city and very smart developers (and I use that word in the kindest of ways) this blend and mix took great calculation. The vision survived the second worst economic disaster this country has seen in its' existence. Upper King made it. The condominiums at the Cigar Factory did not! This crafting the "ethnic food" restaurants North of Calhoun was brilliant. You boys know who you are.

A missing part for the neighbors and the visitors South of Market on King was the need for refreshments, light groceries; and prepared foods. There was a great sandwich shop for years on the west side of King Street south of Market across from the South Carolina Library Society which featured exceptional soups and sandwiches. Sadly, the rent made it simple a non-profitable venture as I recall.

Justin Coaxall always did it right at Bull Street Gourmet and I do hope that another establishment who cares for the neighborhood, like the people who actually took over the old Bull Street Gourmet, has done. It is the yang of Capitalism and Charleston is very fortunate that many multi-generational families have chosen to keep local business in their buildings versus chasing the gold, which I certain can understand.

It is with that sense of community that another little spot will open and a young couple will work hard to live their dream, as we have seen so many times in this city with Scott and Ruth, Serge and Geraldstine, Joanne and Mickey, Pasqual and Penelope, Massimiliano and Natasha, and now Caitlin and Michael and Paul and Marguerite.

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Posted by Mitchell Crosby on April 28, 2017 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Bull Street Gourmet locks its doors for good today

mmm, love cheesecake!

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Posted by Tim Ber on April 28, 2017 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Diner en Blanc: We came, we saw, we (actually) had a really good time


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Posted by Cia Culinarykid on April 28, 2017 at 3:22 PM
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