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Re: “The Agenda: Sanford doesn't buy 'He's new' defense of Trump; Revisiting Townville; SCE&G solar program

Us deplorables had enough with the Washington elitists running our country. The Clintons, the Bushs, the Obamas, the Kennedys. We watched as they took away our freedoms, raised our taxes, and turned our nation into a 3rd world cesspool. With Trump, we took back control.

The Liberal elite do nothing but bleed the middle class dry. My tax rate is 40% and my healthcare is now $700 per month thanks to Obamacare. My car insurance is still just $25/month (thanks to Insurance Panda), but if you look at Democrat strongholds like Detroit and New Orleans, where car insurance will run you $300+ per month, its easy to be pessimistic about the future of the United Socialist States of America.

It's been a long time since we had a President who cared about us. Save our country, President Trump! God bless America!

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Posted by Dorrie Chen on June 9, 2017 at 11:24 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Excuse me for taking with a box of salt what a writer claims happened when her twitter site is decorated with photos of Maxine Waters and she's on record at her website as saying anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan is "actually a pretty great guy"

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Posted by Lisa Vergara on June 9, 2017 at 10:58 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

S.R. Singletary - So you want me to list for you all the black own restaurants, clubs, and businesses in Charleston? Why don't you do your own homework. Start by stopping by Rodney Scott's on King and he'll fill you in. Grab some BBQ while you're there, best in town

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 9, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

This is SO not about the pedicab, yet about my continued love/hate relationship with dear ol' Charleston. #native

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Posted by Adrian Grimes on June 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

The pedicab peddlers should acquaint themselves with Jane Jacobs' Death and Life of Great American Cities, written on the 1960s, and reissued on its 50th anniversary. Mrs. Jacobs, who was horrified by the destruction of neighborhoods for urban "renewal" in the mid-twentieth century, advocates for the importance of diverse neighborhoods as the lifeblood of cities, no matter economic status. it is the inner connectedness of the neighborhood which cannot be ignored. As an added bonus, she is a wonderful writer and observer of what a neighborhood comprises.

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Posted by Phyllis Ewing on June 9, 2017 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Mark Sanford rode a tiny motorcycle while forcing BuzzFeed reporters on a tour of his plantation

Not sure why his sharing so much bothered her. Or why his talking to everyone was a bad thing. And her tattoo under a Hanes men's tee was lame. Her tone, her attitude, her attire, her opinion...just fell flat. And I am a fan of Buzzfeed and a hard core liberal.

The wrong people were sent for this report. They failed.

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Posted by YumYum on June 8, 2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Mark Sanford rode a tiny motorcycle while forcing BuzzFeed reporters on a tour of his plantation

Whine much Ms. Reporter? My goodness. And could she attempt to hide her contempt for the former Governor? Apparently not. Real professional.

And who can't ride a 4-wheeler!? Surely he knows what breaks are, right? And this guy was driving the car? Good grief!

This entire "interview" is amateur hour. Is BuzzFeed even a real news source?

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Posted by Simon Jester on June 8, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

I work for Pedicab. I earn a honest living.I live on the Eastside....As do about 8 of our drivers. Just saying

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Posted by JG 1 on June 8, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

I ride Pedicab...and btw over ten of our riders live on the Eastside...including me.

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Posted by JG 1 on June 8, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “What to do when the population grows and housing options shrink

What would Charleston be like if the old South's economy hadn't been built on a system that couldn't last? What would it be like if it had developed rapidly and consistently over its long history as the founding fathers surely envisioned? It would be a mega-city. Where would the people live then? Ridgeville would be like outer-Queens, New York. There would be a commuter train. Affordable housing units on the peninsula would be few and far between for the average Joe, as they are in Manhattan. Cities tend to be that way, but successful metros develop in a way that those living outside the center have amenities within walking distance. Our leaders need to quit talking and start requiring communities to be built the right way, with complete connectivity via frequent bus service, wide bike lanes, and commuter rail ASAP.

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Posted by Matt Woolsey on June 8, 2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

I'm not sure how many folks would agree that 'one' cited reference is a "large number". Try again.

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Posted by S. R. Singletary on June 8, 2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

As a licensed guide I will tell all of you petticabs are generally not licensed to give tours. This is exactly why the tourism commission has a test for guides to keep consistent and accurate history delivered to guests and to keep a livable mix of true Charleston with the massive amounts of tourism.
There is Tourism Enforcement these are police specially trained for these types of situations, they are as follows:

Lee Burbage 843 805 3226

Tim Coghill 843 578 6420

Arnold Jeffers 843 805 3226

Philip Ramsey 843 729 9882

These officers are in charge of enforcing Chapter 29 of the city ordinance code that oversees tourism and guides. These cab drivers are in violation, when you or any of the citizens experience pedicabs calling their neighborhood a "Ghetto" call an enforcement officer and have them charged. The tickets are expensive and sent to the employer as well. This sort of thing upsets guides as well for they endanger the future of our industry. If they can not produce a valid guide license for the enforcement officer they will be charged.
Please remember petticab drivers are NOT tour guides, they have not passed the license test. If that test is removed this is what we will get people like that driving or walking others around our city with no respect to those that live on the peninsula, violating the first rule of tour guiding which is DO NOT MAKE IT UP. Our test though only requiring %70 to pass due to a recent court case should go back to what it was. Yes it is a difficult test to pass and this is part of the reason why.

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Posted by medium on June 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Excellent piece! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this important topic.

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Posted by Amy Hudock on June 8, 2017 at 7:28 AM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

My good friend Paul Yellin who owns Cane Rhum Bar & Caribbean Kitchen would strongly disagree with you.

Try to get out of your bubble, my friend.

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Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 7, 2017 at 11:35 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

"Include the large number of black-owned African / Caribbean restaurants in the area"

Dear Leghorn,

There are NO large number of black-owned African/ Caribbean restaurants in the area!

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Posted by Dr. Rae on June 7, 2017 at 10:56 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

Well said. Ideas that I could not ecplain myself so eloquently and accurately ss you have articulated here.
I sold my family home of almost 70 years downtown and listened to nauseating comments from pedicab and varriage guides.
A friend of mine who lived for generations on East Bay St. (She tood on her porch and heard carriage tour drivers discuss details of her divorce!) also hosted a guest who wanted to know if she still had slaves. You are so right that the fantasy-driven depiction of plantation life are the marketing model. Through that lens, Charleston is effectively dead. Pickled in some mythological chunk of time that wipes out everyone who has libed in Charleston since or who lives there now. Any view of it as inclusive or progressive woud spoil the view and pop the bubble. Those people just don't exist.

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Posted by Randy Cabell on June 7, 2017 at 10:37 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

It's illegal for any pedicab to give tours! They are for transport only.
Next time call tourism enforcement but first get his cab number on the back of the cab so they can track him/her down. Call 843-709-1985.

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Posted by Larry Sussberg on June 7, 2017 at 10:21 PM

Re: “What to do when the population grows and housing options shrink

I moved to the area 21 years ago and enjoy living here but Charleston is such a pretentious town I may cash out and move back to Columbia, not because of the growth but for the financial windfall. I rarely go downtown anymore and when I do it is just to see shows. Tourist do not travel here to meet locals, what a silly idea. The people here are not special.

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Posted by D2 on June 7, 2017 at 8:51 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

I am gonna to have to call bullshit on the pedicab incidents, you made this up as a platform to espouse your own bias. I have taken pedicab rides and never had such a conversation. I also used to pick my daughter up from work on King Street and never heard conversations like that among the pedicab drivers as I literally eaves dropped on their conversations as I waited in my car with the windows down.

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Posted by D2 on June 7, 2017 at 8:27 PM

Re: “The Charleston Lie

This narrow minded view is not limited to the tourism industry. I have heard transplants make similar comments about areas of the peninsula.

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Posted by kmj1969 on June 7, 2017 at 7:25 PM
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