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Re: “An organizer of the Charleston Women's March describes her first foray into large-scale demonstrations

It was a well run and well attended event. The weather was iffy but 3,000 or so attended. Having people march from various locals throughout the city was a stroke of genius. Court and crew are to be commended for their efforts.

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Posted by Lee Anne on April 12, 2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “What one near-fatal overdose can teach South Carolina about the need for new drug laws

Usual government over reach wasting money and time on task forces that do nothing but spend more money. MAKE THE BIG PHARMAS PAY FOR OD'S, TREATMENTS, AND OR DEATHS... the drive, motivation and release of all these senseless drugs on the street will go away real quick. All the motivation is to sell more, as there is no consequence to them, and only to the families that lose their children or spouses.

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Posted by Kenneth Emery on March 31, 2017 at 1:23 PM

Re: “What one near-fatal overdose can teach South Carolina about the need for new drug laws

50,000 Americans died from overdose in 2015, 2/3 were from prescription drugs used incorrectly / illegally.

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Posted by Jshicke on March 31, 2017 at 12:53 PM

Re: “What one near-fatal overdose can teach South Carolina about the need for new drug laws

You don't want to discourage people from reporting someone who is in serious danger of dying. However I think in the making of a Good Samaritan law in regards to users calling 911 for users, there should be more done for them than law enforcement turning a blind eye. Confiscation of all drugs and paraphernalia with a trip to a clinic for a health check perhaps. People who are addicts and are under the influence of their poison of choice tend to not make good decisions, this good sam is a case in point. He goes to the trouble of hiding his acquaintance's syringe, etc. to protect him, when in fact it could have impeded diagnosis and treatment. The sad fact is, both men are ruining their lives.

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on March 31, 2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “What one near-fatal overdose can teach South Carolina about the need for new drug laws

Laughable. Arrest the guy trying to help and send the guy home who needs it.

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Posted by Aaron Wood on March 30, 2017 at 4:14 PM

Re: “The legend behind Charleston Boxing Club is ready to get his due

Hollywood, a true legend in the community who deserves recognition for the time and love and dedication that he's put into the lives of young men and women of the community. I've never seen a man more dedicated to his craft of pouring his knowledge into others.He was truly a blessing to me,my friends,and my kids.love you Al Meggett.(Steven Archie) please support the Charleston Boxing Club.

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Posted by Mr Steven Mrs Kim Archie on March 27, 2017 at 7:32 AM

Re: “The legend behind Charleston Boxing Club is ready to get his due

Hollywood was a big part of making my son the wonderful adult he's become. Made him make tough decisions like smoke or box, drink or box, party or box. Life is simple when you're in the ring: quit now and never fight again, get hit until they stop the fight or fight back with whatever you can find inside. Simple, but not easy. Thanks Al, for all those you steered right but haven't got around to tell you

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Posted by Mr. Cohenhead on March 24, 2017 at 1:06 PM

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

Lynnar; everything you posted is spot on. The #1 hate crime in the United States is anti-Semitism. It is insane and evil, with no rationale other than the need to satisfy a hunger for vindictiveness. It is increasing in Europe because the sickeningly liberal governments in the EU treat migrants from Islamic states with kid gloves, letting them get away with far more than any citizen could. I would also add that there is another factor which is militant secularism which is becoming the cornerstone of a new global ethic, in which any sort of faith in a Divine being is seen as the cause of all of man's problems. Oddly enough this secularism on the offense also leaves Islam alone out of fear, and because it is usually so hostile to all other faiths but its own.

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on March 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM

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

There were 7,000 acts of anti-semitism under Obama that went largely unreported. So far the only person caught in this recent wave is a Trump hater and left winger. I suspect more people who get caught will also be left wingers. See this to read about the unreported anti-semitism under Obama
https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/03/01/why-were-the-7000-antisemitic-incidents-under-obama-largely-ignored/

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Posted by Hajing@aol.com on March 15, 2017 at 3:14 PM

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

Under the Obama administration, Jewish hate crimes were never reported by the press. Even Fox News rarely reported. I know of the hate crimes, because of the reports I read on line from Israeli newspapers, and other American Jewish organizations. Being a child of a holocaust father, I am very aware of anti-semitism in this country AND in EUROPE, which seems to be overlooked by the main stream media as well. It is not just a white supremacist problem. Anti-semitism is running rampant on college campus's. Jewish students are being attacked at their frat houses and their organizations on campus.. There are boycotts on Israel ( BDS) practically on every campus. Jewish college students have appeared before Congress to tell them how bad it has gotten. Yet no one reports this. You can Google to find the video. Very powerful to see.

I Googled to see how many Hate Crimes were committed on Jews vs. Muslims in this country. More hate crimes are committed on Jews, yet this is the first time I am reading anything on anti-semitism. So the FBI stats from 2016 says: 22.2% were hate crimes against Muslims, but 51.3 % were against Jews. It is interesting that with a new administration, we finally got press on what happened to a few Jewish cemeteries in the mid West. And it was not reported who did it. I find it hard to believe that all the Jewish attacks were done by white supremacists.

But European Jews are fleeing to Israel and Canada because it is not safe for them. They cannot even walk on the street wearing a skull cap or a Jewish star. And there are no White supremacists that live in Europe. The rise in anti-semitism is due to the increase in Muslims. And it keeps getting worse. France had the largest Jewish population of Jews. 8000 moved to Israel after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. The largest migration of Jews in Israel's history since it was formed. Malmo in Sweden is in very bad shape, where the Jews are terrified to walk the streets and have police all over their neighborhood to protect them. and it is not from white supremacists.

I think Americans need to take heed as to what is going on in Europe. The DNC wanted to elect a man as their Chairman, who had ties with Louis Farrakhan and denounced Jews and Israel. That is food for thought. Anti-semitism comes in all shapes and sizes, doesn't it?

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Posted by lynnar on March 15, 2017 at 2:44 PM

Re: “How to Rid Your House of No-See-Ums

I went round the house with a steam cleaner everyday, every nook and cranny. It seemed to help. Good luck everyone!

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Posted by Steve English on March 14, 2017 at 3:46 AM

Re: “How to Rid Your House of No-See-Ums

Steve English, steeming what? I use Dawn dish soap and water in a spray bottle. It works a little, but really pisses them off and puts them in attack mode.

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Posted by Sequoia Fonseca on March 14, 2017 at 2:29 AM

Re: “The conversation we should all be having about gun violence and firearm safety

"a law requiring that guns be locked in a gun safe doesn't mean the parents will actually do that."

California has such a law I believe and list several safes that are 'recommended' by the state of California. All of them take about 20 seconds to break into after watching a YouTube video. Several of these videos even tell young people how to get into one without leaving a trace that you did it.

That is how well a safe keeps young teens away from a firearm if they are determined to get to one. Because people forget pass codes, or lose keys, nearly all are designed with a 'back door' so the owner can still get in and retrieve their property. These back doors are documented and placed on your tube where a simple piece of wire is all that is required to gain entry.

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Posted by Jshicke on March 9, 2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “The conversation we should all be having about gun violence and firearm safety

"Shootings occur almost every weekend in parking lots outside bars"
But name one of those shootings that were committed by a CCW holder. Almost every time that occurs it's someone who already has been stripped of his right to bear arms due to a previous crime.

"The recent shootings or guns discovered in the hands of school children is another serious accident waiting to happen."
They were breaking the law already, and a law requiring that guns be locked in a gun safe doesn't mean the parents will actually do that. The best such a law can do is result in the parents being incarcerated, probably leaving other children with parents in jail.

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Posted by SweetJane Parx on March 8, 2017 at 11:51 PM

Re: “The conversation we should all be having about gun violence and firearm safety

I liked the article, and realize there are two sides to every story! When the open carry regulations were passed a few I fought against them. To have a law that states that you can carry a gun into a bar, but you can't drink, is the dumbest thing I ever heard. I was not wrong. Shootings occur almost every weekend in parking lots outside bars in the Charleston area. The recent shootings or guns discovered in the hands of school children is another serious accident waiting to happen. The problem lies with parents who do nothing to keep guns in a locked, secure place. There are many yhings that our Legislature can do to reduce crime in this state, but depend on the NRA to keep their offices in Columbia. Pretty sad.

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Posted by Love to sail on March 8, 2017 at 11:41 PM

Re: “Is Lindsey Graham gay?

Heterosexual males , from early, want to have children and get married. It is innate. It is obeying the first great commandment to "Increase and Multiply." That some do not get married , some get children but do not get married, some marry and do not get children and some get do not get married and do not get children does not mean that they are gay.

Posted by Asiba Buffalo on March 4, 2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “The conversation we should all be having about gun violence and firearm safety

Fair and balanced article for the most part. Respect for the second amendment has to be the foundation for any discussion regarding keeping guns out of the wrong hands. There can be uncompromising support for a constitutional right with room for situational adjustments. Justice Scalia expressed that below in his Supreme Court decision that supported the 2nd amendment but allowed room for such adjustments.


Scalia quote from DC vs Heller, majority opinion

III

Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. From Blackstone through the 19th-century cases, commentators and courts routinely explained that the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose. See, e.g., Sheldon, in 5 Blume 346; Rawle 123; Pomeroy 152153; Abbott333. For example, the majority of the 19th-century courts to consider the question held that prohibitions on carrying concealed weapons were lawful under the Second Amendment or state analogues. See, e.g., State v. Chandler, 5 La. Ann., at 489490; Nunn v. State, 1 Ga., at 251; see generally 2 Kent *340, n. 2; The American Students Blackstone 84, n. 11 (G. Chase ed. 1884). Although we do not undertake an exhaustive historical analysis today of the full scope of theSecond Amendment , nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.26

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Posted by Peter Zalka on February 25, 2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “The conversation we should all be having about gun violence and firearm safety

I agree with Jshicke, this was unusually well balanced, something you don't seem to get from news media today. My opinion is that rights are not privileges, the only qualification needed for a federally enumerated right is citizenship in these United States of America just as the only qualification for a state enumerated right is citizenship in that state. Once you've said you must be this age or this sex or have this license or training it's no longer a right, it's a privilege. If the people of this nation want to remove the federally granted right to bear arms there is a process laid out in the constitution allowing them to do so, repeal the second amendment, which will allow the states to decide individually if they want to create a right or privilege to bear arms or outlaw them entirely. If we allow the second amendment to be turned into a privilege outside of that process then every other right we have is subject to the same denigration and we'll soon have no rights at all.

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Posted by SweetJane Parx on February 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Re: “The conversation we should all be having about gun violence and firearm safety

I saw the headline and thought, 'This outta be hilarious. A liberal rag talking about gun control. Always good for a laugh.' However, I at least feel they gave equal time to BOTH sides of the issue. I was pleasantly surprised. Gun owners were not slanted to be red neck idiots with a fourth grade education. Because of this fairness, I actually read the entire article. I disagreed with many aspects, but read them with a seriousness due to this issue.

Thank You for a nice surprise and, frankly, a fair article that allows ME to make the opinion instead of trying to force feed it to me.

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Posted by Jshicke on February 24, 2017 at 2:45 PM
Posted by Charlotte Edwards on February 22, 2017 at 7:14 PM
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