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Re: “A look at the future of Charleston's transportation system

Wait...and why exactly should we change a rail line into a walking path when every bit of research has pointed to light rail? The green line goes right through the middle of downtown to wait.....the visitors center.....

Maybe Im just missing something

Posted by Alex Mozingo on June 28, 2017 at 5:38 PM

Re: “A look at the future of Charleston's transportation system

I live in West Ashley and I'm currently without a car. I bicycle to work along Sam Rittenberg blvd. which is a dangerous activity. Many drivers don't realize that bikes are -supposed- to use the roads, and many more have no clue as to the limited visibility that a cyclist has to cope with.

Any trip of more than a mile or two is best taken by bus, but given last year's cuts it takes at least an hour or more to get down to the peninsula. CARTA is obsessed with running their buses at a profit, or at least break-even and they've cut routes to the bone in order to maximize revenue at the expense of customer service. The #32 bus, which runs between Super Stop and Bee's Ferry only runs once per hour, even at peak times. Forget trying to go to Folly Beach, Mt. Pleasant or James Island. You'll spend much of the day traveling.

If you're not approaching sixty (like me), you can try bicycling down Ashley River Road. Sam Rittenberg -> Rivers avenue is right out, due to the intransigence of the SCDOT to modify the North Bridge to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.

By the time that CARTA and the COG get around to fixing these transportation problems, Charleston will be in gridlock. Businesses will not want to relocate here and skilled workers will not want to move here. 2040 is not soon enough. We've spent millions of dollars on 'studies' and what we've got is a dysfunctional mess. Smaller cities than Charleston have effective transit systems, why can't we?

Dave Crossley
Best Friends of the Lowcountry Transit

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Posted by MelvintheBarbarian on June 28, 2017 at 2:53 PM

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

I found a mixture that REALLY WORKS and YOU WILL at LEAST be able 2 get a good nites sleep, Youll need Witch Hazel, Listerine, and Tea Tree oil, mix, i made a big spray bottle of it,this is EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE, IT WORKS, THEY HATE THIS STUFF...I hope i can at least help sum1, my mom woke up and her eyes were COMPLETELY swollen shut.Crazy. 2weeks ago i couldnt sleep bc it felt like sumthing was crawling all over me, all in my nose, eyes, everywhere, i Sprayed windex all over my room and it stopped, and now since 3 nites ago ive been bitten up all nite, every nite, im frm florida but now in VA and i remember growing up in Fla theyd spray the streets at dusk for bugs, but i stopped seeing them do it aftr a while, they dont spray streets up here, but i really DONT recall this phenomenon EVER BEFORE. PESTILENCE??..SUMTHING MUST BE DUN ABOUT THIS "PROBLEM".. what is it, is it "Chemtrails"?? What is this thing?

Posted by Viagi Morse on June 26, 2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Behind bars, cell phones allow S.C. prisoners easy access to continue criminal activity

We're using a 1934 law to govern technology invented in the last ~20 years. Smart.

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Posted by Davis Moell on June 20, 2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “McLeod Plantation to grow Sea Island cotton for the first time since the 1920s

What a grand place McLeod is today! This makes the experience even richer. Thank you Bill McLean for this new chapter. Thank you, Shawn Halifax, CCPRC, staff and volunteers!

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Posted by Charlotte Hutson-Wrenn on June 18, 2017 at 1:32 PM

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

What if I put blood in a bowl and set that out?

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Posted by Wes Johnson on June 18, 2017 at 3:44 AM

Re: “McLeod Plantation to grow Sea Island cotton for the first time since the 1920s

Fascinating story. I wonder what it would take to turn Sea Island Cotton into a major crop?

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Posted by newbattleaxe on June 16, 2017 at 4:49 PM

Re: “How a Charleston bar led to one of the Cold War's most damaging spy rings

Is this that house near 'Blue House Road' that fronts the interstate. It sits right alongside 78 near the 'Bizzy Bee' and some Mulch place?

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Posted by Jshicke on June 9, 2017 at 12:06 PM

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

My neighbor was so ferociously bitten by no-see-ums, that he confessed to me the ill effect it had on him. He claims that the following day while riding public transportation to work -- he had a sudden, uncontrollable urge to sit on other men's laps while singing Julie Andrew's songs. Is it possible that the bites affected his brain's chemistry? I just find it so bizarre.

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Posted by Jay Garrison on May 23, 2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Fake news and the miseducation of Dylann Roof

Tupper, I suppose having a mistress on the payroll is not being corrupt? Perjury is not corrupt? Talk about fake news! Mismanaging classified emails is not corrupt? You just believe everything the Democrats tell you to believe, don't you? Bless your heart...

Posted by Michael Hodge on May 23, 2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “CARTA isn't an attractive option for most car owners — but it could be

The idea that buses in Charleston reduce traffic is a myth perpetuated by the people who stand to profit. At any time, only a few people are riding a bus. The buses are mostly empty. Next time you pull up next to one, peer inside and see how many people are actually in it. How many people do you see at an average bus stop? less than 5. Also, I'd like someone to do a real cost benefit analysis. Take the total cost to operate CARTA (overhead, personnel, capital equipment, fuel, operations) and divide it by the number of passenger trips. I bet it isn't any lower than a uber ride. It'd probably be cheaper to subsidize people's uber/taxi rides than operate this large, inefficient, behemoth bus company with its unionized employees and overhead and wasteful spending. It makes sense to operate the bus lines downtown, but the area is spread out with islands everywhere, connected with bridges, all making it highly inefficient to operate bus lines. Last time I rode on CARTA, people would try to get on and pay with pennies and nickels, wasting our time. Other times, people would try to beg their way on for free and hold up the rest of us. No wonder the buses can't get anywhere on time. Bums and people trying to count out pennies to the bus driver at every stop! And the buses hold up traffic, driving slow and making frequent stops.

Posted by Neo Marcist on May 23, 2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Fake news and the miseducation of Dylann Roof

oh, non existent jail employees? That doesn't align well with the other many non existent and fictitious people that fill this entire story. Not to mention all of the single character photographs that are all done super professionally, or the fact that the CCTV image showing Roof entering the church that day is timestamped earlier than the incident by some 20+ hours earlier. Of course try and find those original images and you can't - they've since been erased - and some agencies have been able to debunk it. Then, you have about two dozen news stories specifically time stamped June 16th, that launched a day earlier. And thats without even dealing with the early leaks that happened on June 17th.;_ylt=A0LEVu6T_YdVIV0AvIcPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTEzajVvczlrBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNwYWdpbmF0aW9u?p=shooting+inside+church+in+Charleston+SC&pz=8&ei=UTF-8&type=agc511&fr=yhs-avast-001&hsimp=yhs-001&hspart=avast&b=1&pz=8&xargs=0

Posted by 13 on May 21, 2017 at 1:09 PM

Re: “How to wake up a snoring passenger without making things weird, and other lessons from a young, female Uber driver

Wow, what a wonderful read! Please tell me that your day job is writing for a trendy magazine. Very entertaining and enlightening... I'm searching Amazon for those personal protection devices next! I hope you'll be my next uber driver so I can see if you're as witty as your writing.

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Posted by Bonster on May 18, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Meet Brother Speed, his one-of-a-kind bike, and the owners of the Holy City's raddest rides

He has my sisters Miss South Carolina crown on his bike. Too cool.

Posted by Walter Morrissey on May 17, 2017 at 10:53 PM

Re: “How to wake up a snoring passenger without making things weird, and other lessons from a young, female Uber driver

Is this a blog site? What was the purpose of this article?

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Posted by Drake23 on May 16, 2017 at 3:55 PM
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Posted by njs7227 on May 10, 2017 at 6:57 PM

Re: “How to wake up a snoring passenger without making things weird, and other lessons from a young, female Uber driver

To all: No one should be discouraged by Enid's lack of appreciation for G rated and probably meaningless after-the-ride compliments...hooking up with an Uber driver (who exhibits any level of hotness) is completely possible and all viable efforts should be explored barring any obvious red flags such as a filthy car, excessive makeup, glitter or the presence of a vaper; but even then consider they don't know your real name or apartment number

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Posted by Nikki 1 on May 10, 2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Charleston County leads the state in overburdened bridges and congestion costs

The congestion in Charleston County has many factors. The biggest one is funding (which is being helped by the gas tax) and other big factors include development, bad planning (both now and many years ago), public pushback and the age of this city. Congestion on the downtown peninsula will always remain because of it's age. Bad planning has been a part of this city since the beginning. There is no connectivity between major arterial roads and there is no essence of a grid system in West Ashley, James or Johns Island, or Mt. Pleasant. There are numerous "Y" intersections in this county and those are notorious for causing traffic problems. Then throw in how fast this county has grown and continues to grow; it is outpacing road improvements. On top of all of this, there are many projects in this county that have had a lot of public backlash and continue to sit on the table like the I-526 extension. Add all of this together, along with other influencing factors, and you have the giant traffic jam that is Charleston County today.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 10, 2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Charleston County leads the state in overburdened bridges and congestion costs

Didn't we just have a a half-cent sales tax increase to fund road projects, mass transit, and the greenbelt program? Passed on 11/8/16.

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Posted by Kevin Brunson on May 10, 2017 at 11:57 AM
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