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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: “Palace Hotel rolls out Token Tuesday with a Crab Claw video

Very cool concept. Gonna be busy on Tuesdays.

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Posted by Jacqueline on May 10, 2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Letting Ourselves Down

Good night, I agree with Patricia for once. Dinner party meet cutes work. They do.

When I was in my late 20s-early 30s in Charleston we had "Supper Club" once a month on a Wednesday night. You had to be legally single, you could bring a friend but not a date, and you had to dress nicely and show up if you RSVP'd that you would. We met at various restaurants around town. The restaurants would offer a special or a couple of free hors d'oeuvres. It was started by some lawyers in town and was by invite only. It fell apart after a great four or five year run, when someone from N Chasn took over the reigns and put a freaking ad in the paper! When it was all phone trees and emails and word of mouth invites, the method was seamless and fun and a few marriages came out of the experience.

It just hit me that we were kinda the Southern Charmers of the early 1990s! We had movers and shakers, people with money and boats and beach houses, and we went on boat rides and drank a LOT and met up at houses and docks for parties ... I was the poor chick they let ride along because I had organization skills, sat on the committee for the March of Dimes Bid for Bachelors, and looked good in a bikini! LOL, hahahahaha

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Posted by Robin Hillyer Miles on May 10, 2017 at 9:23 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: “Pancito & Lefty's unique flavors will delight with a portions-to-price adjustment

Oh hahahaha, you made a vegetarian laugh at something she should not find funny, i.e., eating meat ...
"And damned if it wasn't hands-down the best tongue I've ever had in my mouth in a manner of speaking."

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Posted by Robin Hillyer Miles on May 10, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Re: “A Modern Glass & Mirror

Best glass company ever used!

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Posted by Cheryl Elbery Taylor on May 10, 2017 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Letting Ourselves Down

Amy I totally agree with you, Dustin your commentary is hilarious! Continue it!

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Posted by Bonnie Susan Horner on May 10, 2017 at 7:50 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: “Teachers eat free at Hyman's Seafood on May 9 for Teacher Appreciation Day

Thank you, Hyman's...what a treat!

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Posted by Melanie McMinn Jenkins on May 9, 2017 at 9:53 PM

Re: “Confessions of a Southern Charm Newbie: Letting Ourselves Down

Oh Dustin, your hilarious recaps are more entertaining than the show! Your witty quips: "Whitney is merely studying our species." "Child, you can speak, " ..."which I didn't think could be uttered without a church fan in your hand." ...priceless! The dinner with Austen and his parents where his Mom barks out "Can we talk now?" was a hoot! Equal parts Corleone, Tony Soprano and Joan Rivers. I love these flawed, but highly fun to watch people and I'm addicted to your writing! (Just want to assure you I'm not a demented fan and don't have any voodoo dolls in my closet!)

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Posted by Amy S. on May 9, 2017 at 5:21 PM

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
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