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Re: “Southern Season

Great accents for a meal here. The bulk gourmet chocolate is wonderful in moderate amounts. The locally made Chocolate, from Charleston is the best I've ever head. Thrilled so see so many local producer's products here. The South, for all its faults, produces some of the finest food products on Planet earth and we don't need to go further to prepare really extraordinary meals. Italy is great and I love being there and eating their food with them. I was in Sienna once, at a Contrade dinner out on the street, just like you see in the Movies. Their families made the cheese, pasta, sausage, wine, olive oil and vegetables that were part of our meal. I met the people whose families had owned those farms, factories and cheese houses for centuries. There is no greater celebration of a culture than to eat it's food grown and made by the hands of people connected to its land. Sometimes on very special occassions we hold a dinner at our home and everthing on the table comes from within 100 miles of our house. This place makes that much easier.

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Posted by wjhamilton29464 on November 13, 2013 at 2:40 PM

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Re: “Comparing Charleston's dueling bike share programs

Interesting article.

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Posted by wjhamilton29464 on June 29, 2017 at 4:03 PM

Re: “A look at the future of Charleston's transportation system

Here is a detailed look at why the Lowline park should include the planned bus rapid transit line into Charleston. https://www.facebook.com/notes/best-friend…

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Posted by wjhamilton29464 on June 29, 2017 at 12:51 PM

Re: “A look at the future of Charleston's transportation system

The Lowline park can fit aBus rapid transit busway and still be a wonderful place Cambridge England runs BRT on an old rail corridor and it works great. Here is the video of how park, bike path and bus way coexist there. In all likelyhood someone who is influential doesn't want our rapid transit line near their property and they're working to sabotage it going where it needs to be, forcing it on to a congested meeting street where delays will be inevitable. here is what we could have. https://youtu.be/10UY3WC4nDY

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Posted by wjhamilton29464 on June 29, 2017 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Constantly asking restaurants to give freebies to charities has got to stop

Perhaps the idea that every government program helping the arts of the needed should have its funding eliminated needs to go. No, we can't do it all with volunteers and donations. If you want a civilized community, basic needs should be met by programs everyone contributes to. The portion of the business community and population that is willing to give shouldn't be expected to insulate those who don't care from stepping over cold bodies on the sidewalk in the morning.

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Posted by wjhamilton29464 on March 23, 2017 at 7:09 PM

Re: “When Charleston County Council codes of conduct act as chains

I've been to more meetings than I'll ever be able to remember in 30 years as an active citizen in Charleston. I've done them all kinds of ways. As an attorney, I'm required by the Supreme Court of SC to be Civil to Public Officials by rule, so I am. I've seen the amount of time given to the public to express themselves at these meetings shrink from 5 minutes to two and in the case of the School board, I believe 1 minute. Mot of my work is with public transit. I was at the CARTA board meeting yesterday.

Charleston was once a fun, rewarding place to be young. When I returned form Law School in 1985 the Minimum wage was about $4.25 and hour. Rent on a nice apartment in a historic neighborhood downtown was $300 a month. Plenty were available for $250 and less. My wife and I bought a townhouse, on Logan street as Newlyweds for 90 thousand dollars in 1997, which was less than two years gross income. At age 32 my health insurance premium for myself and my son was $200 per month for a $250 deductible and a $500 max, 10% co payment. Political involvement was fun and rewarding.

If people here now in their 20s (black or white) could fully grasp how much worse their choices and options are than they were here 30 years ago, I suspect their level of rage would have elected officials meeting behind bullet proof glass. Charleston's young people now work long hard hours for a much lower quality of life and they're held in contempt by their elected officials, with some exceptions.

Trump is about to gut all sorts of programs, many focused on the disabled and elderly. The decent, inclusive society we expected to have all those years ago is about to be flattened.

I don't think polite smiles are going to get it done. I don't think outright violence is appropriate either. However, it's going to take the most aggressive tactics possible to avoid the nightmare planned for the next generation. You are running out of time and what you lose may be impossible to recover.

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Posted by wjhamilton29464 on March 16, 2017 at 10:55 AM

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