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Re: “The laws of the land and the sea could care less about property rights

Well, I do care about global warming, after all, I live in a coastal city. Though it is likely that by the time the sea floods West Ashley, I will be long time dead already, I am in my sixties already. But by the time of severe flooding, people here will find their houses impossible to sell, will have to just abandon the houses and move inland, like to Columbia etc. I feel sorry for them, but global warming is not likely to affect me much. After all, my mom died of cancer at the age of only 65, and my dad died of cancer at the age of 74. So I don't think I will live into my nineties. Sure, one of my grandmas managed to live until the age of 88, but she was unusual. She had beat the breast cancer she had inherited, and she did not develop any other cancer. But it was not a happy time in her eighties, she was almost blind, almost deaf, and had severe arthritis. But no mortal disease, she had fallen on the stairs, got hospitalized, developed pneumonia in the hospital and died of that, rather than any old age disease.

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Posted by Tom Martin on October 5, 2017 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Trying to make unlikable people laugh

Why would anyone in that crowd want to change? Just because you don't agree with them? Did you get paid? What a loser.

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Posted by Dale Hutchison on October 4, 2017 at 11:55 PM

Re: “The laws of the land and the sea could care less about property rights

Actually, I don't care....or as was noted in Gone With the Wind, I don't give a damn. Much easier to say....and understand.

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Posted by Dale Hutchison on October 4, 2017 at 11:52 PM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

Hey, they can stay. But they have to pay out of state tuition in the state they live in. Their parents have to go back as they are the ones that brought them over. They cant vote for 25 years. And if they want the parents to stay??
Then none of these families for 3 generations are allowed to collect any govt funds. Welfare, Medicaid, home asssistance. Nada. They cant have it both ways.

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Posted by lynnar on October 4, 2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

ICE has Charleston on its list. Not only will illegals working on construction projects eventually be rounded up, but their employers will take a ride in paddy wagons with them. It is possible the land developers could go down.

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Posted by N2TheOcean on October 4, 2017 at 5:10 PM

Re: “The laws of the land and the sea could care less about property rights

Yes, please fix the headline. I can't stand it when people say somebody could care less, when they actually mean he or she could not care less. If somebody could care less, that means he or she actually cares at least a little, since then they could care less, but they don't care less.

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Posted by Tom Martin on October 4, 2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

President Trump did not do this to these illegal aliens, Obama did. He used these people. They think he and the Democrats are their friends. He and they are NOT!

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Posted by voncile2016 on October 4, 2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “The #TakeAKnee 'protest' is trash

Factory connection, sorry for the late reply.

Please note, I said in police shootings (Brutality), not in the legal system. The media stories I have been following did not say they were protesting the entire legal system, but officers on the street shooting blacks.

Washington post police shooting database. This database is based on news reports, public records, social media and other sources:

738 people killed by police officers this year to date.
White:331
Black: 168
Hispanic:112
Other: 24
Unknown: 105

Shot while in possession of a firearm: 418
With a known mental illness: 170



963 people were shot and killed by police in 2016
White:466
Black: 233
Hispanic:172
Other: 38
Unknown: 29

With a known mental illness: 241
While in possession of a firearm: 518


995 people were shot and killed by police in 2015
White:497
Black: 259
Hispanic:160
Other: 42
Unknown: 62

With a known mental illness: 256

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Posted by Jshicke on October 4, 2017 at 12:36 PM

Re: “With half of all gun thefts coming from unlocked cars, Charleston police zero in on break-ins

One reason why guns are left in cars is the requirement for a concealed weapon permit to carry a firearm anywhere else BUT in your car. Further, many businesses prohibit carrying a concealed firearm into the premises, requiring the permitted carrier to leave the firearm behind while they conduct business.

Leaving the car unlocked is definitely unsound advice, especially if you know you just left a firearm in there.

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Posted by Jshicke on October 4, 2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

What the taxpayers have paid because of illegal immigration is the real crime.What I find most interesting is the all out BLITZ by the Democrats, MSM, every faculty member at any university in the country fighting to the death for illegal aliens? yes they put a warm and fuzzy name on it "Dreamers." and no one seem to wonder why? future voters? can you imagine the Democrats ever being this interested or motivated in issues involving citizens! There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs American Citizens don't have or will be in competition for.

The MSM and Democrats would have us believe that all 800 thousand are not taking jobs Americans want (we've heard that lie for many years now.) This is another falsehood told to the American people. Democrats have actually changed the language. It's not illegal alien its "Immigrant." (like the lie
there just 'Kids") there not all picking strawberries they take great Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes put their kids through college.

Why must the citizens of our country have competition for jobs, education in their own country from foreign nationals? Now Democrats and illegal alien activists admit DACA recipients have great jobs,are buying homes, paying taxes.

"Some" of the costs of illegal immigration.

*The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien.

*Now city, and state officials are appropriating millions of taxpayer dollars for legal fees to to file law suits and in defense of illegal aliens being deported.

*2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

*30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At 21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison---U do the math.

*$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

*$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps),WIC, & free school lunches.

http://www.illegalaliencrimereport.com/

http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp

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Posted by ampie molina on October 4, 2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “The laws of the land and the sea could care less about property rights

Please, please, please fix the headline; it poisons the water from the get-go.

That being said, I appreciate the sentiment of this piece and am baffled by peoples' desire to continue building things into the water and seal up the absorbent wetlands in our neighborhoods and towns. Does not believing in anthropogenic climate change actually make the streets on the West side dry? Is that my problem, that I accept sea level rise and therefore I see it turning that neighborhood into a lake during regular rainstorms?

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Posted by factoryconnection on October 4, 2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “As Trump dumps DACA, three Charleston-area Dreamers face an uncertain future

Trump didn't dump DACA, he simply did what Obama and his crew wouldn't, sent it to Congress. Obama should be ashamed for giving these kids hope and then not following through. But that's what he was so about, hope without conviction.

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Posted by Showmoor on October 4, 2017 at 9:31 AM

Re: “KKK homework highlights hurdle to racial equality

Tom Martin, as a white I have been stopped for no reason. Police brutality has been on the decline since the seventies but nobody wants to hear that. Exposure is one thing, indoctrination is totally different. Many blacks don't want equality or harmony. Example, Google Tina Parkz Washington and let me know how you would change their minds. White privilege is buzz phrase put out by liberals to assuage their guilt. You never hear about Asian privilege do you? Then why are they doing so well in America?

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Posted by Peter Gozinya on October 4, 2017 at 9:19 AM

Re: “The #TakeAKnee 'protest' is trash

Tupper29406, yes there is much racism in America. Just Google Tina Packz Washington to see how much some of then want unity and what they think of others.

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Posted by Peter Gozinya on October 4, 2017 at 9:13 AM

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

Resident homeowners have every right to expect that their residential neighborhoods will be protected from disruptive commercial encroachment unless it is a function permitted as a result of jumping through the ususual hoops. People who buy or own houses in restricted zones who wish to turn them into STRs should do the research before they invest their cash or their dreams into such an undertaking. I think a lot of the complaints are from people who went in with unreasonable or unfounded expectations of hoping to change the law after the fact or who just did the STR thing anyway and got caught or thwarted.

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Posted by Ben Moise on October 3, 2017 at 2:36 PM

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

It is good to see that at least a few people are thinking long-term about what could fundamentally change the character of the city, as well as considering the already-here-problem of not having places for the actual workers and middle-class residents to affordably live without some heinous and costly commute. We can allow unchecked change to spiral the workforce into insolvency or moving, thus creating a market correction via the businesses needing them to collapse. Alternatively, we can face the problem right now and acknowledge that converting even more residential spaces into hotels and STRs and what few apartments being built into luxury condos is a fool's errand.

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Posted by factoryconnection on October 3, 2017 at 11:38 AM

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

Recommendations:

It is important to establish up front that STRs are legally defined as NON-RESIDENTIAL USES. This will eliminate these uses by right in residential subdivisions. Limited use may be allowed by ordinance and permission of the plat holders, but NOT under any circumstances by right in a subdivision restricted to residential uses.

The City of Charleston shall not usurp the rights of subdivision plat holders regarding the approval of Short Term Rentals.

In no event shall a legally approved short term rental unit comprise more than ONE SLEEPING ROOM in one owner-occupied residential dwelling.

Persons operating an unlicensed STR in a prohibited area shall be guilty of operating an unlicensed hotel accommodation. Unlicensed STRs shall be automatically taxed at the 6% investor rate retroactive to the date of the last proof of offering of the property as an accommodation. Unlicensed STRs shall be retroactively subject to all state and local accommodations taxes and school surtaxes applicable to the illegal use as if it had been legal.

Subdivisions that allow only residential uses, BY DEFINITION PROHIBIT STRs. There is no appeal from this. Private subdivision restrictions MUST be respected. The City of Charleston SHALL NOT approve any short term rental facility in any platted subdivision where it is specified in the subdivision restrictions that only residential uses are allowed.

The city shall ask in its STR application process which subdivision the subject property is located in and if that subdivision has recorded restrictions and if those restrictions allow for other than residential uses. Fraudulent representation of this information shall be punishable by immediate revocation of any license, permit, variance or approval that was illegally obtained.

Subdivisions that allow other than residential uses should revise their subdivision restrictions in accordance with the desires of the plat holders on this matter and in compliance with the recorded specific procedure for modifying the restrictions of said subdivision.

The professional associations representing the Short Term Rental companies have pulled together powerful legal teams that have been overwhelming unprepared zoning offices by blindsiding them with lawsuits over these matters.

The most destructive issue that we have over STRs is that they are taking away long-term housing solutions for full time residents. With nightly rates topping over a hundred dollars a night even in the suburbs, STRs are KILLING affordable housing on and off the peninsula. We cannot allow this to happen knowing that we have almost 50 people a day moving here searching for housing.

We must also be conscious of criminal elements who target neighborhoods and could easily use non-owner occupied, non-regulated STRs as a base of operation.

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Posted by Chucktown Charlie on October 2, 2017 at 10:22 AM

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 #TakeAKnee 'protest' is trash

Yep, jtred, the cops are crooked, and killing complainers en masse. Next time you are in trouble, are being attacked, have your rights violated, or some other reason to need some help, call a member of the BLM and see how fast they react.

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Posted by Dale Hutchison on October 1, 2017 at 1:10 PM
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