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Re: “Dylann Roof didn't win, but did we?

Gloria, I guess few people agree with the whole Democratic platform, maybe even Hillary did not agree with everything there, and surely Sanders did not.
Concerning guns, it is a sad fact that guns are so common in this country, so that the murder rate is several times higher than in Western Europe. But I guess nothing much can be done about it, it is part of the culture, many have guns, so then many guns are stolen from legal owners, and that is the way it is. No country is perfect, each country has its faults, and our murder rate is one of our faults. Still it is surprising that there is a time limit of 3 days, so if a background check is not finished yet, the gun can be sold to an illegible buyer and it is too late. That loophole can be fixed.
I guess a lot of people wanted Hillary, so she outvoted Sanders in the primary. But she did turn out to be a weak candidate, too flawed, and too lacking in charisma. She did win more votes than Trump, but he won in the electoral college, so now we are stuck with him. What a terrible election this time, two very flawed candidates.
And about housing, I don't really know why builders are not building a lot of tiny apartments that the poor can afford. After all, I am not an economics major.

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Posted by Tom Martin on June 19, 2017 at 1:39 AM

Re: “Strawless Summer challenges Charleston bars and restaurants to give up plastic straws

The reason that the food & beverage industry switched from paper straws to plastic straws and will be reluctant to switch back is simple: costs. Plastic straws are much cheaper to produce, are more durable, hold up better in shipping and can more easily be wrapped in paper for sanitary purposes (a key factor in the F&B industry). The extra cost of paper straws may seem insignificant to consumers but in an industry where profit margin's tend to be very low and managers are judged on their ability to keep costs down, even a fraction of a penny per straw is important.
I am not writing this as a defense or excuse for sticking with plastic straws, just pointing out one of the realities that environmental groups face in trying to effect change. Personally, I would be more than happy to pay 5 or even 10 extra for a paper straw, which I would think would be way more than enough to cover the higher costs.
I also agree that restaurants should stop automatically handing out plastic straws. I rarely use them so often they remain on the table when I leave, but once they've been taken out of the caddy and given to a customer the restaurant will not reuse them. Truly senseless waste.

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Posted by CaptMalice on June 18, 2017 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Strawless Summer challenges Charleston bars and restaurants to give up plastic straws

I find it perplexing to read about people's concern with dirty glasses yet they drink through that same dirty glass through a petroleum based plastic tube that leaches off all kinds of chemicals and hormone/endocrine disrupting chemicals. Perhaps they are not planning to have children. Think about it: a plastic straw is used for a few minutes in a drink but will last over 500 years in our environment. There is no away. Is that the legacy we want to leave to future generations? If only restaurants would serve straws upon request, only, not automatically - and the strars would be 100% biodegradable or reusable, like glass or stainless steel.

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Posted by Barb Roettger on June 18, 2017 at 9:28 PM

Re: “The tragic but undeniable truth about Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots

While I agree with the Nirvana and AIC influences - Weiland even admitted those on the record a few times-, I have to say the Pearl Jam and Soundgarden ones are off. Most songs in 'Core' were written circa 1990, before PJ even existed as a band. Just do a search on Youtube for the 'Mighty Joe Young' demos. 'Where The River Goes', likewise, was the first STP song, composed in 1989 by Dean DeLeo. For Soundgarden, that was pre-Badmotorfinger era. I do agree there are similarities, though. WTRG's riff sounds a bit like 'Slaves and Bulldozers' or 'Searching With My Good Eye Closed' from Badmotorfinger. Most likely a coincidence of drinking from the same fountain (namely The Doors and Led Zeppelin), though. It didn't hurt that Core was produced by Brendan O'Brien, who was involved in PJ's Ten production, either.

Posted by Renato P on June 18, 2017 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Sarah Summer releases “Be Yourself” single and video

Awesome, Sarah you're one of my favorite songwriters to hail from the vile.

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Posted by Fleming Moore on June 18, 2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Dylann Roof didn't win, but did we?

I think Mr. Kearney is lumping too many things together, things that really don't have anything to do with each other. For one, being horrified about Dylann Roof's massacre of the Emanuel worshipers does not translate into suddenly being in line with the entire Democrat platform! No matter how many people are killed by guns, we don't want to cede our self-defense to a more and more intrusive government or to the practical time limits of our police forces. There is no "Charleston Loophole". There never was. And people are going to be moving here and paying more for the properties than the residents are able to afford because that's how economics works. It's got nothing to do with being sorry about the victims or not. And the Trump thing! Hillary was the alternative! NOBODY wanted Hillary, even Democrats! That's why a 70 year old socialist nearly beat her!

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Posted by Gloria B. Jenkins on June 18, 2017 at 2:41 PM

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: “Orange is the New Black evokes the Charleston shooting, but fails to follow its own message

Wrong premise. It's not a gag. It's alluding to how common those devastating incidents have become.

Posted by Jack34 on June 18, 2017 at 3:48 AM

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

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

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