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Re: “Y102.5 wants to know when you want to start hearing Christmas music

Right now! I so look forward to this time I'm 80 so I don"t have that many years
left. SO PLaY!

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Posted by Daisy Orme on November 4, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Darius Rucker Big Band Concert will feature Sinatra tunes at the Gaillard

Love this and pray I get tickets!

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Posted by Sandy Hightower on November 4, 2017 at 1:46 PM

Re: “How to lose a god in 10 days

Frank good point!

Posted by Joseph Coker on November 4, 2017 at 1:52 AM

Re: “How to lose a god in 10 days

The comment section seems to illustrate the three possible reactions pretty well.

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Posted by Frank Martinez on November 3, 2017 at 5:31 PM

Re: “State Rep. Gilliard set to meet with Citadel president over Bannon appearance

But where, Tupper? He has his opinions, and maybe folks of some persuasion don't agree with him, but he has the right to give a speech. Unlike the uberliberals we hear about being invited to some of our former reputable colleges, he just happens to be on the right. And when our representative Gilliard compares him to Hitler, then he is claiming to be the representative of the local blacks, where he is considered a Black community leader. I did not know the local blacks needed a "leader". They seem to be doing just fine on their own on the most part. What an insult to a complete subset of the population to say they need a person like Wendell, or that racist from NAN, to say they are "leaders". Bad choice of racists, don't you think? Oh, and you can thank NAN and Wendell to guarantee a sell out of the event over at the Citadel.

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Posted by Dale Hutchison on November 3, 2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “State Rep. Gilliard set to meet with Citadel president over Bannon appearance

Yeah, well, the man espouses white supremacy whose ultimate goal is to rid the world of the non-white drags on society using the white man's apparent "right" to succeed and control. That's way worse than despicable......it's inhuman. Speech that incites panic and violence (not unlike yelling "fire" in a crowded theater) should not be protected. This man is inciting the alt-right with dreadful and, sometimes deadly rhetoric. You've got to draw the line somewhere.

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Posted by tupper29406 on November 3, 2017 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Have the best hot dog toppings? Prove it to the Wiener High Council at The Tin Roof

Can we please all agree on using ketchup. If a certain "wiener judge@ was forced to consume endless amounts of ketchup I think we would all be better off

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Posted by Bear Barrow on November 3, 2017 at 3:09 AM

Re: “How to lose a god in 10 days

Thanks Allen, you're so right

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Posted by Joseph Coker on November 2, 2017 at 5:46 PM

Re: “State Rep. Gilliard set to meet with Citadel president over Bannon appearance

If we do not believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we do not believe in it at all.
Noam Chomsky

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on November 2, 2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Darius Rucker Big Band Concert will feature Sinatra tunes at the Gaillard

Darius and Beth Rucker serve as honorary chairs for the capital campaign to build the new Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital at MUSC. All of the proceeds from this show will benefit this effort. The MUSC Children's Hospital is honored and humbled by their very kind generosity. We are most fortunate to call them friends.

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Posted by WandaBazemore on November 2, 2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “How to lose a god in 10 days

Thank you for a thoughtful and well written piece. The three responses you cite are quite accurate. Doubt, and its causes are a reality that most of us deal with on a regular basis.

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Posted by Allen Bergstrazer on November 2, 2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Tecklenburg endorses affordable housing bond and urges Charleston to get out the vote

Actual photo caption - "Tecklenberg the idiot riding a Unicorn.

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Posted by EmpireInvisible on November 2, 2017 at 1:33 PM

Re: “On election day, vote 'Yes' on affordable housing

@factoryconnection, thank you for your constructive comments. I understand (for clarity, I'm not the person you referenced) that this plan is intended to help working individuals and families. Unfortunately, I think the ends are still very poorly met by this design.

Developers want to build affordable units and high end units and medium units. The problem here is a math and a zoning one. Vacant land in West Ashley inside 526 is worth $300,000 to $1+ million an acre, generally cheaper further out and more expensive towards downtown. The most common zoning has a maximum of 7 units per acre, but then all kinds of setback and frontage requirements that really restrict lots to 1/4 to 1/3 acre. So the "floor" for a single family residence in about every West Ashley neighborhood is $100k, just for the land, before you even count the value of the house.

This isn't something that can be legislated away or ignored, it's the common price people are willing to pay to live here.

A household with takehome pay of $50,000 would be paying 1/3 of their income on housing (including tax & insurance) on a 30-year mortgage of a $250k home. The only way for a builder or developer to get the price of units down to around $250,000 is to be able to put more units on that same 1/3 acre lot.

**City and county zoning regulations are the only thing standing in the way**

I have personally inquired about building new or creating a duplex on three separate properties with city planners **where there were already duplexes on the same street**. Every time, the answer is "no, that would not be allowed". The current duplexes were built before the zoning was in place and are grandfathered in but new development would not be permitted.

On another lot, the original house was built up right next to the street because the lot was very shallow. Going forward the city refused to relax the setbacks (even though the other properties on the same street didn't follow the setbacks) requiring something like a house that could only be 15' deep. Ridiculous.

To be fair, I live in a property that had two houses on it (legal non-conforming, grandfathered in) and the Board of Zoning Appeals let us subdivide and create two lots even though one didn't meet minimum requirements. The City supported this because it was already non-conforming to zoning and they viewed the new non-conforming part (narrower lot frontage than neighboring properties) to be less-worse than existing non-conforming (multiple houses on one lot).

Maybe the Board of Zoning Appeals would approve the placement of duplexes or a relaxation of setback requirements where it fits the neighborhood on those other properties, but that is a lengthy and expensive process. That adds cost, time, and uncertainty to the process, which ultimately results in higher, less affordable housing prices.

Citizens are concerns about dense developments going where there's already undersized infrastructure. The answer is to allow development close to major roads and closer to downtown. Guess what: those are the places where the city zoning is the most restrictive. You could put 10 units on Magnolia Rd. in West Ashley with no impact on traffic whatsoever. Amenities are already there to support the new families.

We don't need to spend $20 million patching self-inflicted wounds, we need to stop shooting ourself in the foot.

Side note: i'm not sure we really need to do anything for working one-person households. You can share apartments and rent rooms in group houses. This is the norm in every moderately expensive city, and there's absolutely no reason taxpayers, with thousands of other pressing priorities, should be allocating scarce resources to helping a few individuals upgrade from their mom's basement or shared house to a studio or one-bedroom apartment. Families with children do need consideration, although, again, city developers are probably the least effective at meeting their needs.

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Posted by natehertel on November 2, 2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “On election day, vote 'Yes' on affordable housing

Jeff Barnes I think you're confusing "affordable" housing to accommodate more levels of the workforce and a housing project. The problem being addressed is that workers in the city, ones with jobs and incomes and everything, are unable to afford to live here. Pushing the working-class person farther and farther out into the hinterlands, extending their commute 15-20 minutes per year places an outsized burden on low-income earners. This city thrives on tourism, an industry designed to use lots of low-wage workers in kitchens, cleaning staffs, you name it. Expecting people to spend half of their income on housing makes it all a house of cards.

There are legitimate arguments to be made about the best way to address the problem of workforce housing scarcity, but be clear: this is a program for WORKERS.

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Posted by factoryconnection on November 2, 2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Getting behind affordable housing and deciding the future of James Island and West Ashley

There is already plenty of affordable housing in Charleston, all one has to do is work a full 40 hour week at minimum wage to afford one night in any of the ever growing number of fine hotels downtown...VOTE NO unless you are an idiot riding a unicorn!

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Posted by EmpireInvisible on November 2, 2017 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Pain was the catalyst for institutional change at Porter-Gaud

He is a comedian first and stooge for the DNC 2nd.

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Posted by Randall Floyd on November 2, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “On election day, vote 'Yes' on affordable housing

There is already plenty of affordable housing in Charleston, all one has to do is work a full 40 hour week at minimum wage to afford one night in any of the ever growing number of fine hotels downtown...VOTE NO unless you are an idiot riding a unicorn!

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Posted by EmpireInvisible on November 2, 2017 at 7:58 AM

Re: “How to lose a god in 10 days

This opens my eyes a little more to the real you. I also see a lot of hurt. Just know I love you and I'm praying for you

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Posted by Alicia Ann Richardson on November 2, 2017 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Finding peace and quiet in an Edisto River treehouse

Here it is, six years after this timeless article and interesting comments. I was alerted to this treasure while watching Treehouse Masters.
Are any of your treehouse beauties accessible to people with disabilities? My Godmother and I are nature lovers but both of us now use canes, crutches &/or walker depending on the severity of our pain levels.
Do you know of anyone who has handicapped accessible treehouses available in the SC, NC, GA AREA?
Thank you for your dedication to our precious and threatened world.

Posted by Nouni on November 2, 2017 at 3:44 AM

Re: “On election day, vote 'Yes' on affordable housing

Why would we ever trust the local government to effectively manage this program? The County Council just had to buy a property for $33 million after signing bad leases...that the City of North Charleston had bought for $2 million 5 years ago. As far as has been reported, there weren't any extensive renovations or infrastructure work that justified the $31 million markup, just idiocy.

Meanwhile, developers want to build housing, and want to even build affordable housing. But affordable housing is dense housing in areas where the land underneath is so valuable. The problem is that local zoning won't allow builders to erect affordable housing.

What would ever allow the city to spend $20 million and meaningfully address the issue?-- an exemption from the rules for their projects!

Why not just change the rules that exist for current developers and let them build affordable units without putting taxpayers on the hook for the poor management of inept officials.

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Posted by natehertel on November 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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