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Re: “The Southern Avenger Debuts

I don't think this was ever a property rights issue, bar owners just framed the argument that way. It's an issue of public health to disallow smoking in all public buildings. If the law says 'all public buildings' or 'all bars and restaurants' then there is no change in the level of the competetive playing field. Do you think a smoker visiting Charleston is going to drive completely out of the county in search of a bar or restaurant? Not bloody likely. Meanwhile, bar staff who don't smoke have a right to a non-hazardous work environment. Don't give me the 'they can find new work' argument, bartending and serving are career positions in our new service economy and nobody should have to switch careers because of unhealthy working conditions. Granted, it's a bit absurd seeing as everyone instead goes out and pollutes the public walkways but I think we can come up with a novel solution for this as well.

Posted by dogeatery on September 5, 2007 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Express Yourself

Here is a great reason to use school uniforms. Perhaps instead of trying to express themselves with an image, students would express themselves with through actual mental interaction with each other. Yes, I know there is the whole 'conformity culture' thing which many British artists have railed against (most notably Pink Floyd and Angus Young of AC/DC) but I think it is a way of creating a sort of shared experience amongst students. Suddenly you can't tell who's rich, poor, a 'gangsta,' skater, or any other clique. This is key to creating more understanding amongst people. You and me and all the other students would be people who happen to listen to rap, or happen to practice Islam, or happen to come from a rich family, or happen to hunt on weekends. It is exactly true, we are defined by our image. So why try so hard to give everyone a clear definition when we are all far more complex than the clothes we wear? Uniforms at school would go a loooong way toward promoting a change.

Posted by dogeatery on September 5, 2007 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Beer Keg Tracking Legislation

Only weeks after I write the paper a scathing letter about you, Mr. Graham, you deliver this well-argued, rational point of view. You should use your logic about government restrictions of adult behavior to inform your opinion of abortion law. I like your idea of a beer license for 18 year olds, though that will increase distribution to other minors. We should just legalize it for 18 year olds and raise the driving age to 18 (following an intensive year long course like Germans are required to do). I think this would lead to less irresponsible behavior overall...

Posted by dogeatery on June 13, 2007 at 9:47 PM

Re: “FEATURE ‌ Shifting Gears

I used to ride the bus and my bike from Mount Pleasant to Downtown on certain days of the week to get to work but now the bus schedule doesn't match up well with my work shifts. Cycling to Downtown from deep in Mt. P is a bit too inconvenient and also dangerous--I thankfully escaped uninjured from being hit by a car whilst riding. Some thoughts on CARTA: -I wish the buses ran more than once per hour out here and that I didn't have to board alongside a busy freeway. -CARTA should follow the lead of other cities (Asheville, NC, for example) and begin powering their buses on clean-burning spent french-fry oil. There are enough restaurants in this city to make this not only a possibility but a duty. -CARTA also needs to advertise itself more visibly and provide better maps, routes, and timetables. Most bus stops don't even say when a bus will be arriving! -More shelters at stops. Too many times have I arrived soaking wet to work from rain or sweat. -I am amazed how far-flung bus routes are in the Charleston area. CARTA tries its hardest to meet the needs of a very large area on a budget that I suspect is modest at best. -Charleston should and could commit more to this service with bus-only lanes and streets downtown, more frequent service in outlying areas, and better information for riders. For a city that takes pride in its unique characteristics, it's logical that Charleston should stand out in public transport and automobile alternatives. -Perhaps if Charleston didn't give Wal-Mart $10 million dollars of our tax money to build in North Chuck, CARTA would have more money...

Posted by dogeatery on May 20, 2007 at 10:11 AM
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