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Re: “Homeless and hungry at America's most beautiful College

When I ran out of money while at college, I quit and went to work. Pretty simple, really.

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Posted by John Lee on October 13, 2017 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Homeless and hungry at America's most beautiful College

When you are "coming out" to your family and friends, don't be surprised if they say "they knew" already. And if you don't have the money or resources to attend a very expensive, beautiful, college, how about TEC? No poly sci degrees there. Only ones that will get you a job and require a lot of effort on your part to get the degree. Please don't put the burden of trying to adjust to a new life and receive some worthless degree on others. Time to put on your big boy and big girl pants and get on with whatever life you have decided to live. And can someone tell me the last letter in that ever-increasing abbreviation of "other" life styles? It is starting to look like the end of the "Old Macdonald" farm song chorus.

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Posted by Dale Hutchison on October 13, 2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Homeless and hungry at America's most beautiful College

I hope all my children, by blood, by Girl Scouts, by classroom, by friendship all know I love them for who they are. I hope they all know my door is always open to them. I hope they know that I will listen and not judge, and not tell them what to do. I hope they each and all know how precious they are to me.

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Posted by newbattleaxe on October 11, 2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Homeless and hungry at America's most beautiful College

i am no longer amazed at how a parent could turn their back on their child because they are LGBTQI. I used to be but I have seen it occur on far to many occasions. It saddens me to know that even our youth have become disposable items that will be discarded when some parents become more concerned with their standing in the community than their child.
It is estimated that close to 50% of all homeless youth are LGBTQI with a disproportionate number of them being transgender. Many have been abandoned by faith, family, and friends simply because of who they are. On the streets they fall prey to pimps and pushers, often within 48 hours of being rejected. Easy targets for the predators they are viewed as a commodity to be used, abused and then discarded in favor of fresh victims who appear on a far to frequent basis.
I beg you. If you have a child don't try to make them into someone they are not. Love them for who they are.

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Posted by Lee Anne on October 11, 2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

"These people want nothing more than to improve the lives of others" They are? How? Maybe Alyssa should take in a family and pay for there schooling and housing and tuition. She wants me too.

Lee Anne- BS they do receive public assistance: Schooling, medicaid, children receive food stamps, child tax credits, US government willing lets them use stolen SS ID #'s ect.....

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Posted by Randall Floyd on October 9, 2017 at 11:04 AM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

Its unbelievable the comments on this article about these inspiring young adults. These are people who want nothing more than to improve the lives of others and those in the Charleston community. We should be proud to have them! Thanks for sharing their stories.

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Posted by Alyssa R. on October 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

Illegal aliens are not eligible for public assistance.
In 2010 illegal workers paid 13 billion into the social security system with no hope of ever collecting it.

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Posted by Lee Anne on October 8, 2017 at 11:26 AM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

SORRY but illegal is illegal.WE,Americans, have the right to serve and protect what our elected reps should have been doing for us all along the way,but as the SORRY *SSES found ways to keep screwing us Americans,and we have had enough.
We expect for President Trump to do his job,AND- we intend to help him to bring America back to where it should have always been,and that is -ONLY with Americans being first in everything we have to offer,here.
Our USA Veterans have a priority and they are to be taken care of,100%.
What we Americans need must be of priority and this is where we are headed,and that President Trump understands what must be done, he has the guts to do the job that we elected him to do.WE TAXPAYERS have paid out our own *sses,having been forced to cover the cost of illegals and other foreigners,but this has to end.We are going to take care of US AMERICANS,FIRST.
IF you came into America -illegally,this is not our fault,but you kept on sucking off of us,through our sorry *SS law breaking reps and they have theirs coming to them,too.They aided in criminal acts,and they must also pay for those crimes.
When we get to the point of being able to afford helping other countries and the people living,there, we will,but WE come first.
Stop playing this feel sorry for me thing because it does not work with those of us who demand the law be put into force,and followed.ANY attempting to bend the law,must be punished.
NO MONEY will be allowed given from our governments,to cover anything for illegals-this is what we demand.
We taxpayers have been screwed by illegals,FAR TO LONG,and the free rides are done with,so stop trying to pile in on us,in America.
We are going to be taking care of America,properly,by enforcing what always should have been,enforced,-and as for workers needed to help with crops,ect-ALL will come through here,properly,and any who do not,ALL aiding them will be punished to the MAX.
Workers come from many other countries,properly,and this is what we will accept.

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Posted by MOLLY B BAD on October 8, 2017 at 6:42 AM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

Why is this even an issue? They should be deported, with their parents. The parents are the real criminals here - they put their kids in this position. If I rob a bank, the gov't isn't going to worry about separating my family - I'm going to jail. Let's apply that standard here, too. If they want to be here, let them apply and stand in line like everyone else. It's nice to be nice, but let's use some common sense here.

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Posted by Smokey Blase on October 7, 2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

Instead of blaming Donald Trump, these illegals should be kicking their parents in the ass for putting them in this position. The solution is for them to return to their home country and enter the US legally. I'm all for them being here IF they are not gangbangers, on welfare and otherwise a drain on our economic systems.

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Posted by liberalsoup on October 6, 2017 at 2:29 PM

Re: “How to Take Your Landlord to Court

My landlord just gave me a 30 day notice to vacant due to repairs that she will need to make on the house. She used safe and health hazard. However, she really sold the house and due to close on 11/14 and she has to make some foundation repairs to pass inspection do to their finance company. We have a year lease with her up next April. I live in S.C. Can she legally just hang a notice on the door for me to vacant due to her having to repair issues? Thanks,Jessica

Posted by Jessica Alane Ritch on October 5, 2017 at 1:26 PM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

Hey, they can stay. But they have to pay out of state tuition in the state they live in. Their parents have to go back as they are the ones that brought them over. They cant vote for 25 years. And if they want the parents to stay??
Then none of these families for 3 generations are allowed to collect any govt funds. Welfare, Medicaid, home asssistance. Nada. They cant have it both ways.

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Posted by lynnar on October 4, 2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

ICE has Charleston on its list. Not only will illegals working on construction projects eventually be rounded up, but their employers will take a ride in paddy wagons with them. It is possible the land developers could go down.

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Posted by N2TheOcean on October 4, 2017 at 5:10 PM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

President Trump did not do this to these illegal aliens, Obama did. He used these people. They think he and the Democrats are their friends. He and they are NOT!

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Posted by voncile2016 on October 4, 2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “With half of all gun thefts coming from unlocked cars, Charleston police zero in on break-ins

One reason why guns are left in cars is the requirement for a concealed weapon permit to carry a firearm anywhere else BUT in your car. Further, many businesses prohibit carrying a concealed firearm into the premises, requiring the permitted carrier to leave the firearm behind while they conduct business.

Leaving the car unlocked is definitely unsound advice, especially if you know you just left a firearm in there.

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Posted by Jshicke on October 4, 2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

What the taxpayers have paid because of illegal immigration is the real crime.What I find most interesting is the all out BLITZ by the Democrats, MSM, every faculty member at any university in the country fighting to the death for illegal aliens? yes they put a warm and fuzzy name on it "Dreamers." and no one seem to wonder why? future voters? can you imagine the Democrats ever being this interested or motivated in issues involving citizens! There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs American Citizens don't have or will be in competition for.

The MSM and Democrats would have us believe that all 800 thousand are not taking jobs Americans want (we've heard that lie for many years now.) This is another falsehood told to the American people. Democrats have actually changed the language. It's not illegal alien its "Immigrant." (like the lie
there just 'Kids") there not all picking strawberries they take great Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes put their kids through college.

Why must the citizens of our country have competition for jobs, education in their own country from foreign nationals? Now Democrats and illegal alien activists admit DACA recipients have great jobs,are buying homes, paying taxes.

"Some" of the costs of illegal immigration.

*The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien.

*Now city, and state officials are appropriating millions of taxpayer dollars for legal fees to to file law suits and in defense of illegal aliens being deported.

*2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

*30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At 21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison---U do the math.

*$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

*$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps),WIC, & free school lunches.

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Posted by ampie molina on October 4, 2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

Trump didn't dump DACA, he simply did what Obama and his crew wouldn't, sent it to Congress. Obama should be ashamed for giving these kids hope and then not following through. But that's what he was so about, hope without conviction.

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Posted by Showmoor on October 4, 2017 at 9:31 AM

Re: “The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals

Resident homeowners have every right to expect that their residential neighborhoods will be protected from disruptive commercial encroachment unless it is a function permitted as a result of jumping through the ususual hoops. People who buy or own houses in restricted zones who wish to turn them into STRs should do the research before they invest their cash or their dreams into such an undertaking. I think a lot of the complaints are from people who went in with unreasonable or unfounded expectations of hoping to change the law after the fact or who just did the STR thing anyway and got caught or thwarted.

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Posted by Ben Moise on October 3, 2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals

It is good to see that at least a few people are thinking long-term about what could fundamentally change the character of the city, as well as considering the already-here-problem of not having places for the actual workers and middle-class residents to affordably live without some heinous and costly commute. We can allow unchecked change to spiral the workforce into insolvency or moving, thus creating a market correction via the businesses needing them to collapse. Alternatively, we can face the problem right now and acknowledge that converting even more residential spaces into hotels and STRs and what few apartments being built into luxury condos is a fool's errand.

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Posted by factoryconnection on October 3, 2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “The race to find equity and accountability for short-term rentals


It is important to establish up front that STRs are legally defined as NON-RESIDENTIAL USES. This will eliminate these uses by right in residential subdivisions. Limited use may be allowed by ordinance and permission of the plat holders, but NOT under any circumstances by right in a subdivision restricted to residential uses.

The City of Charleston shall not usurp the rights of subdivision plat holders regarding the approval of Short Term Rentals.

In no event shall a legally approved short term rental unit comprise more than ONE SLEEPING ROOM in one owner-occupied residential dwelling.

Persons operating an unlicensed STR in a prohibited area shall be guilty of operating an unlicensed hotel accommodation. Unlicensed STRs shall be automatically taxed at the 6% investor rate retroactive to the date of the last proof of offering of the property as an accommodation. Unlicensed STRs shall be retroactively subject to all state and local accommodations taxes and school surtaxes applicable to the illegal use as if it had been legal.

Subdivisions that allow only residential uses, BY DEFINITION PROHIBIT STRs. There is no appeal from this. Private subdivision restrictions MUST be respected. The City of Charleston SHALL NOT approve any short term rental facility in any platted subdivision where it is specified in the subdivision restrictions that only residential uses are allowed.

The city shall ask in its STR application process which subdivision the subject property is located in and if that subdivision has recorded restrictions and if those restrictions allow for other than residential uses. Fraudulent representation of this information shall be punishable by immediate revocation of any license, permit, variance or approval that was illegally obtained.

Subdivisions that allow other than residential uses should revise their subdivision restrictions in accordance with the desires of the plat holders on this matter and in compliance with the recorded specific procedure for modifying the restrictions of said subdivision.

The professional associations representing the Short Term Rental companies have pulled together powerful legal teams that have been overwhelming unprepared zoning offices by blindsiding them with lawsuits over these matters.

The most destructive issue that we have over STRs is that they are taking away long-term housing solutions for full time residents. With nightly rates topping over a hundred dollars a night even in the suburbs, STRs are KILLING affordable housing on and off the peninsula. We cannot allow this to happen knowing that we have almost 50 people a day moving here searching for housing.

We must also be conscious of criminal elements who target neighborhoods and could easily use non-owner occupied, non-regulated STRs as a base of operation.

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Posted by Chucktown Charlie on October 2, 2017 at 10:22 AM
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