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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: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

I don't like the train of thought. Just my opinion. Look at New York. Some of the highest gas taxes in the country. And some of the worst roads. TAXES TAXES TAXES...not the answer. Do you really trust the bureaucracy of Columbia and special interest groups to spend your money wisely? This gas tax bill is loaded with pork. The existing gas tax money is NOT being spent on roads. It is crazy for anyone to think raising the tax and trusting government to spend the money on roads is going to happen. Again, my opinion, but also factual in that is what is currently happening. It's ludicrous to think there will be different results this time around.

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Posted by Kevin Brunson on May 10, 2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

Jshicke and Kevin

While I agree that the money needs to be strictly used for roads, I still believe it needs to be raised. I just recently moved here from out of state and the roads in my previous home are BY FAR better than here. Coincidentally, the gas tax there is 26 cents compared to the 16.75 cents here. SC also has a larger population and is growing at a much much much faster rate than where I came from. SC needs to step it up and I think this is the most logical way to do so.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 10, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

Well said Jshicke. A person would need to be crazy to think this money will actually go to where it's meant to be spent. We have an existing gas tax, and the funds are clearly not being spent on roads. So...why would anymore support giving more money to the government? So they can continue to say the money will be used for roads and instead use it elsewhere? Look at the pension scenario that is playing out as well. Clearly the government doesn't know how to spend tax dollars efficiently.

How about use the existing taxes on what it is supposed to be spent on and cut out the pork funding for side projects NOT related to roads.

This is another case of government saying we need to raise taxes for roads, but the money will be spent elsewhere. There's already talk that this gasoline tax is going to have tax credits for college tuition payback. Clearly that has nothing to do with roads.....

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Posted by Kevin Brunson on May 10, 2017 at 1:20 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

Re: “South Carolina and the compulsion to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day

Well said KJ.

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Posted by wolverine on May 10, 2017 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Veto-proof S.C. House majority approves roads bill compromise with 12-cent gas tax increase

The governor raised a great point in his address after vetoing this bill. of the money collected from our current gas tax is not used for roads and much of the money used to maintain roads is spent on roads that have little traffic on them.

Why was a tax increase the only option considered?

$69.5 million was used for the County Transportation Fund.
Another $9.5 million was transferred to the County Transportation Fund as a donor bonus.
$.9 Million goes to the department of Agriculture.
$3.4 million goes to the Natural Resources Watercraft Fund.
$26.6 million goes to the State Transportation Infrastructure bank.
$9 million was deducted by the Department of Revenue for refunds, corrections, tare allowances, school buses, and U.S. government use.

The new proposed tax increase is to generate another $600 million. Will still be spent on the above programs? If so, why?

Sure I want the roads fixed, but I want the money to be used for what it is allocated to be used for, not to fund some pet projects that has nothing to do with roads.

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Posted by Jshicke on May 10, 2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Charleston County Schools surprises teachers by reducing job security

Even as someone who excelled at standardized testing throughout my youth, I don't like the over-emphasis on it. I don't know about y'all, but my post-academic years have been very short on bubble-filling, #2 penciling, and multiple-choice problems and very long at being able to explain my way through things. My last duty station in the military was a classroom instructor. We evaluated teachers via sit-ins by peers, division directors, department and school directors, even the commanding officer occasionally. The tests were standard across different classes, but not a scan-tron sheet in sight. The students were adults so we could take their written critiques as useful which isn't always the case in primary ed, but there are ways to properly assess teacher skill and productivity.

One thing we did NOT do is treat our instructors like crap or afterthoughts of a state system that holds them in contempt.

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Posted by factoryconnection on May 10, 2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Populism, belonging, and inside jokes

I'm happy to say I didn't understand half of what you were writing about. Which makes sense as I tend to be right down the middle of conservative and liberal, I should only "get" half of it anyway! O.o

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Posted by Robin Hillyer Miles on May 10, 2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Charleston County Schools surprises teachers by reducing job security

Teaching is a dying art...pretty soon it'll be one semi-qualified adult turning 100's of computers on and off while students plug away at corporate learning platforms online.

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Posted by Hopturn on May 10, 2017 at 7:34 AM

Re: “South Carolina and the compulsion to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day

So should we stop recognizing Memorial Day as well since America introduced nuclear warfare in WWII and because we got involved in a highly political war with Vietnam and because civilians have died in the middle east? Bad things have happened in every war America has been a part of and we haven't always fought in wars for the right reasons.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 9, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “South Carolina and the compulsion to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day

You just don't get it.

The Civil War was not about slavery, it was about states' rights. Specifically, allowing states the right to continue slavery.

And the confederate flag is about heritage, not hate. Specifically, the heritage that teaches people to hate anyone who didn't support slavery and a treasonous war against the United Sates.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on May 9, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “South Carolina and the compulsion to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day

While I definitely agree this should not be a state observed paid holiday, I do think the writer has one thing twisted. Confederate Memorial Day is a day of memorial not celebration.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 9, 2017 at 3:59 PM

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

jtred98

Since when did students get to choose who speaks at their graduation? I wish I knew who was going to speak at my college graduation before the fact, because I wouldn't have nominated them! Of course, now that I think back to my graduation, I couldn't tell you who spoke at it besides the President of the university. Does anyone remember who spoke at their college/high school graduations? Better yet, does anyone remember what they spoke about? I sure don't, mainly because it wasn't going to change the outcome of my life one bit.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 9, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Re: “The Agenda: McMaster again vows to veto gas tax; Graham's subcommittee hears from Obama admin. officials

Why Gov. McMaster thinks it is a good idea to veto a gas tax bill is beyond me. I guess he hasn't been out on these roads lately.

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Posted by Drake23 on May 9, 2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “A Harriet Tubman monument will be erected in Beaufort

It's about time we honored this brave, American patriot!!! <3

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Posted by Erin Winslow on May 9, 2017 at 3:08 PM

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

SC State is not predominantly "black" because they choose to mingle with others like them. Orangeburg and it's surrounding areas are predominantly "black" (77.1% of population so it correlates) and SC State also provides a lower cost education which appeals to the necessarily thrifty of the area, which is the same reason SC State is not all "black". And anyone who belongs to any club or institution whose charter limits membership based on skin color is complicit in racism and "unworthy" of respect by anyone with an ounce of character.

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Posted by tupper29406 on May 9, 2017 at 7:52 AM

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

I believe if the majority of the graduates dont want him speaking...they just dont want him speaking..its their graduation.

I mean how disappointing would it be to have someone speak at your college graduation ...& u dont agree witb their ideals...crickets..no matter how many lame jokes they delivered!

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Posted by jtred98 on May 8, 2017 at 6:13 PM

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

Habitual humorless snarkiness doesn't qualify as comments.

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Posted by Lisa Vergara on May 8, 2017 at 5:22 PM
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