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Comment Archives: Stories: News+Opinion: The Battery

Re: “The Agenda: Graham skeptical of Obamacare repeal; Pols settle on 12-cent gas tax bump; Tebow boosting Fireflies

Drake23

I dont remember who spoke at my graduation either. That was 1994. With that said, i still agree with the graduates. Why should they have to pretend to want him speaking if they disagree with his stance on things. ie..Betsy devos @ Bethune-cookman. Maybe the graduates should get more input into who speaks.

Posted by jtred98 on May 13, 2017 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Former Mt. Pleasant councilman charged with criminal sexual conduct following ‘prom party’ investigation

I wonder if when he was in politics, he portrayed himself as a conservative family-values man. After all, he was elected in a predominantly Republican city.

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Posted by Tom Martin on May 13, 2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “The Agenda: Graham and Scott differ on Trump; Teachers training to help Gullah speakers; McMaster playing politics with veto?

Yes, I guess McMaster wants to look like a martyr that he will be booed at the university, so conservatives will admire him more. Maybe that is why De Vos did a similar thing.

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Posted by Tom Martin on May 13, 2017 at 3:17 PM
Posted by Julian Hoppy Hopkins on May 13, 2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “How Dylann Roof’s commitment to racist ideals doomed him to execution

He's "preserving his reputation' as a soulless p.o.s.

In the future CCP, I prefer to only hear about him when he is finally, sooner rather than later, at room temperature.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on May 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Re: “How Dylann Roof’s commitment to racist ideals doomed him to execution

Ok. We get it. The dude is literally a moron who thinks black people are out to take over the world and that white supremacy is the only way to happiness. He was so engulfed in this that he was willing to kill 9 innocent people with no remorse. He does not have the same ideologies as 99.99% of Americans because the overwhelming majority of us know that this was wrong and shouldn't ever happen.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 12, 2017 at 11:26 AM

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

Drake, thanks for the reply. I do agree, our gas taxes could be worse.

But what about the other questions I had?

Percentages of the tax revenue are used for other things that have nothing to do with roads. Now that we have gathered more revenue, will those non-road functions continue to be funded at even higher levels because, in our hurry to get more money for the coffers, we forgot that more money in means more money out for these other things?

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Posted by Jshicke on May 12, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “How Dylann Roof’s commitment to racist ideals doomed him to execution

Toady's society is to blame and that's "US".

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Posted by dun'kin Duncan on May 12, 2017 at 7:26 AM

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: “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: “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
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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