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

The picture becomes clearer but is still uncertain. We like the move towards enforcement of existing code and what is to come. We believe making owners display their license details and be properly insured is a great move. Supporting owner occupiers who want to supliment their income is again good as is limiting the scope for out of town investors to reap rewards yet take little local responsibility. Grandfathering is also fair so, all in all, as a rental management company invested in Charleston, our company LS Retreats can find very little to grumble about in the way these regulations are shaping up. Thanks for all the hard work.

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Posted by ChrisLeigh-Jones1 on October 2, 2017 at 10:09 AM

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

Let common sense prevail and set up licensing and tax collection methods. Anyone homeowner should have the right to utilize STR

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Posted by Bob Kosian on October 1, 2017 at 1:58 PM

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

In answer to why car companies and industry is moving to our area, we have the potential to train a good number of folks at TEC, and we don't have the dreaded unions who come in and make doing business here economically impossible. Just look at the circus that was caused when the unions tried to take over Boeing. And the locals told future union organizers they were unwelcome in our state.

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Posted by Dale Hutchison on October 1, 2017 at 12:56 PM

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

The folks who are going to depend on short term rentals in order to keep their properties are being shafted. If there are hosts who have problem renters, they can either immediately rectify the problems, or be prohibited from renting for a certain period of time. I can guarantee you that if you lose a month's rental potential due to a pesky renter, then you'll be the first to correct any problems. Having the owner be on site for the total rental period is stupid and in most cases impossible if the homes are for "total" rental. Where would the host reside while a family moves in? It is up to the host to police the potential renters, and refuse offers from "partying groups of women or men" who will be potential problems.
Looks like the BAR is coming back, only in a different form.

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Posted by Dale Hutchison on October 1, 2017 at 12:52 PM

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

Why aren't builders building lots of tiny apartments that could be affordable for the poor and the lower middle class people to rent? It is a terrible situation, rents are rising much faster than inflation. Perhaps due in part to all the people moving here to the Charleston area. Charleston already has the highest population of all cities in South Carolina, North Charleston is third, and Mount Pleasant is fourth. We are attracting too much industry. Why don't these car companies build factories in Detroit, which desperately needs more factories? The Charleston area is getting so crowded, we already have traffic jams. We need to discourage industries from coming here.

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Posted by Tom Martin on October 1, 2017 at 5:09 AM

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

Charleston can't manage a Circle K...Let alone this industry...

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Posted by Therealdan McKelvey on September 30, 2017 at 11:24 PM

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

"Permits." "Regulations." They both come down to a damned busybody government telling people what they and may not do with their own property.

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Posted by Henrik Møller on September 30, 2017 at 9:48 PM

Re: “How South Carolina's guns end up in the hands of out-of-state criminals

Jshicke,

Bloomberg illegally accessed the trace data using his authority as the Mayor of New York. Charleston is a tourist town which sees hundreds of thousands traveling through and to here. At one time most people left their doors unlocked their, It is a hunting state, and a firearms friendly state. So yes there are going to be more than your average trace data coming from here because per square foot there are more guns(also its safer per square foot!) Every hunter has a pistol, and most home owners do too. It was a witch hunt, Mickalis was not the only Charleston gun store to be accused by Bloomberg, but he was the only one that fought the entire fight.In my eyes he won by attrition, just because there was a trace data completed on a gun, does not mean an actual crime is committed with said gun. ie. felon pulled over with a firearm in his possession, a legal gun owner traveling to liberal country or moving that isn't familiar with the gun laws, college students that have changed to an SC residency so that college is cheaper gets caught taking a firearm back home. In Mickalis's case, I do not believe that they released each trace data case and scrutinized it. had they done so, Mikey wouldn't have had a case at all. This was definitely a case of government overreach and an abuse of power case due to the fact that he illegally used FBI trace data(not available to the public) to sue in a civil case not only once but twice(one case In Charleston SC and one in New York City). He also continued to run stings after the ATF told him to cease and desist. I think that had the Firearm community been as large as it is now, then we would be dealing with a much different case. Also to mention this was about the time firearms were starting to take off so there were more manufacturers, and a lot more models than even as close to as two years prior. basically this set a precedent that no one has seen: that a politician can attack a free market business using data that was collected using government credentials to intentionally be misused and twisted to fit a narrative. He was never even approached about the overreach, nor his complete disregard for the rules. He was basically a pre-Hillary

Posted by Concerned friend on September 28, 2017 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Looking beyond the binary and embracing gender nonconformity

tupper29406, I'm not ignorant , I simply know the definition of pride. And educate yourself as many young people are stating that one's sexual preferences can change over time, which makes it more confusing to people such as yourself because you state that is is not a choice.I'm not arguing whether it is or not, I'm saying that to be proud of something about yourself that you have no control over is ridiculous. If you're so proud why not use your real name on here?? I recall that when this paper was going to require real names that you were going to back out of posts. Where's that pride then and now??

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Posted by Showmoor hi on September 18, 2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Looking beyond the binary and embracing gender nonconformity

Showmoor, giving you the benefit of the doubt, you're ignorant! My pride is that I am living the life of WHO I am despite the judgment of others. Why the hell would someone CHOOSE to be hated, vilified, debased, attacked, beaten, marginalized and in fear your ENTIRE life where you can't turn to your own family or faith-based organizations for support? Hell, it doesn't take educating to teach common sense and it just ISN'T common sense to say it's a choice. But I may be wrong because Showmoor may have battled with his/ her choice to be LGBTQEtc. or straight. If you had a choice and chose LGBTQEtc, you are an idiot because acceptance.....

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Posted by tupper29406 on September 18, 2017 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Looking beyond the binary and embracing gender nonconformity

pride
prd/Submit
noun
1.
a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.
"the team was bursting with pride after recording a sensational victory"
synonyms: pleasure, joy, delight, gratification, fulfillment, satisfaction, a sense of achievement
"take pride in a good job well done"
It is not being proud of yourself because of how you were born. It is what you have accomplished. So I ask again, why would you be proud to be gay unless you chose it???

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Posted by Showmoor hi on September 17, 2017 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Avoiding fake news during extreme storms while leveraging Twitter to report the weather

The article could have been left at two paragraphs. Downloading fake news can help spread malware. Keep your articles to yourself. If they are true, someone will find out about them eventually on a local news or paper.

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Posted by Dale Hutchison on September 16, 2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Looking beyond the binary and embracing gender nonconformity

That is truly one of the strangest persons I have ever seen. Boots, purple under arm hair, and all the other trappings of someone who will have a really hard time getting a decent job. When you try and force yourself on others, they often get very defensive and cut you off. Maybe a place in Hardees, or Mickey Ds, or a tattoo parlor. Being different is OK, but don't try and force others accept it.

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Posted by Dale Hutchison on September 16, 2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Looking beyond the binary and embracing gender nonconformity

Brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing your story, and inspiring other non-binary people like myself
<3 <3

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Posted by Sam Green on September 14, 2017 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Sarah McBride brings a call for unity and activism to Charleston Pride Festival

Sorry about the rant I just find it interesting and this is a timeless occurrance.... anyways what im trying to ask is...Can we have a native american culture issue next? Is there any left in charleston?

Or did our current dominating culture destroy it all?

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Posted by zee on September 14, 2017 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Sarah McBride brings a call for unity and activism to Charleston Pride Festival

If they were male and chose a female gender role they were not allowed to have children however. I don't necessarily have a view on it even, but that WAS Hopi culture.

I read about it from a book the smithsonian put out back in those days documenting indian culture, and it was a 1980 reprint of it. Good read, and it had journal entries from the whites and their experiences encountering these tribes while the dangerous APACHE were in the vicinity.. interesting stuff.

On an unrelated note the HOPI also "crucified" witches in their culture...another interesting topic the white settlers were mortified to discover that happened frequently during droughts in HOPI culture.

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Posted by zee on September 14, 2017 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Sarah McBride brings a call for unity and activism to Charleston Pride Festival

all jokes aside...I appreciate Private Chelsea Manning and because of her I stand with you. What is wrong is wrong. I appreciate anyone who stands up for what they believe in.

Look at the Hopi indian culture where transgendered people had a very active role in their community. It was not condemned and the hopi understood that sometimes this stuff happens. In Hopi culture at a certain age the person was allowed to choose their gender roles.

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Posted by zee on September 14, 2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Looking beyond the binary and embracing gender nonconformity

This person is doing a wonderful job! It exhausting living in a world where every day people will tell you that you shouldn't exist. This person is not only standing up and being true to themselves, but working to make the world a better place for others as well. What an inspiring piece!

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Posted by Kip 1 on September 14, 2017 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Looking beyond the binary and embracing gender nonconformity

This article is beautiful. Thank you, Leigh, for being such an amazing human being. Thank you, Dustin, for writing an article about a concept that so many people refuse to acknowledge. I'm sure somewhere out there, you've made a genderqueer kid realize that there is a word to describe how they feel.

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Posted by A Friend on September 14, 2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Looking beyond the binary and embracing gender nonconformity

I read this twice. I am still confused. Before you call me simple, map this on a whiteboard. And before you call me racist...

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Posted by born too late on September 14, 2017 at 11:12 AM
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