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Re: “Here are the 20 lawmakers who voted against removing the Confederate flag

Wow, "Fuck the upstate " and call that part "Dumbfuckistan"? Can see that Charleston elitism showing strongly. Finding it ironic that individuals from the self proclaimed progressive heaven of coastal SC would make such bigoted and ignorant remarks. As someone who had the pleasure of growing up in Clemson, SC and who strongly supported the removal of the flag, I find these remarks to be incredibly insensitive. I have also had the pleasure of living in Charleston post graduation. And while it is gorgeous and an amazing place to experience, I can say that there is a level of pretentiousness I've never experience anywhere else in the state. Maybe its due to a large portion of current Charlestonians being transplants from other states who wanted to live that Conde Nast dream. If this is the case, please don't be so quick to write off the rest of the state, which is also filled with similar morally like minded people.

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Posted by gricalde on July 10, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Maurice Bessinger, BBQ baron and unrepentant racist, dies

This article just made me feel like everyone in South Carolina is celebrating Maurice's passing just like the Star Wars Universe celebrated Darth Vaders death by fireworks and Ewok parties. Not sure how I feel

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Posted by gricalde on February 25, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Riley speaks solely to the upper-middle class

Really hope they raise the minimum wage in this town with its booming industry in the food and bev business! Heck, if they raised it to $13 an hour, 2 dollars short of what other cities are asking, I could make more being a line cook or server dt than I do now operating a research study that helps children with mental disabilities. Pshh, whats the point of that college degree in the first place!

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Posted by gricalde on February 18, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Third World Healthcare

First off, healthcare is not a God given right, nor should it be labeled strictly as a privilege. It is one of those topics that lie right on the fence. There are many reasons why it is not a right. A big one is that we all have our own personal autonomy, and with that, we are all responsible for our own lives. One of the largest problems with the American Healthcare system is that it has focused for far too long on curative care, when instead we should have been emphasizing preventative. When I say preventative, I am not talking about getting prostate and breast exams, or getting a colonoscopy. Preventative care is 100X simpler than that. Preventative care is eating healthy, exercising, not smoking or abusing other substances that are known to have damaging health effects. I am sick and tired of seeing TV ads for free glucose readers and test strips. This nation is very self-aware of its obesity problem, but still thousands flock to their doctors in need of blood thinners and bypass surgeries for their fat clogged arteries. According to an article by the Harvard school of public health, obesity accounts for 21% of the nation’s healthcare expenditures, which in 2005 was $190 billion. Yes, the idea of universal health coverage for everyone in America is ideal, but there has to be a point where people start taking responsibility for their own unhealthy actions and habits, and not constantly put their poor life decisions on the shoulders of the healthcare system (Of course there are exceptions for those with preexisting conditions and some underserved groups) . Should healthcare be a right to those who are chronic smokers and continue to engage in unhealthy activities, should it be a right for people who are obese, but refuse to better their situation with exercise and proper diet? Then again, our county is founded on freedom though, so why shouldn’t people be able to live their lives how they want? There is the real issue. Everyone in this country is free and has the freedom to make healthy life decisions, excluding those who have preexisting conditions, which is a group I am choosing to leave out in this rant. I am not saying that we leave alcoholics, smokers, drug abusers, and obese people out in the cold, but instead we spend money on rehabilitation and educational programs. In my mind, the only real way to fix our country’s failing healthcare system is by fixing the failing education system. By starting early, and educating both our youth and adults on the importance of proper diet, exercise and hygiene, this nation could drastically cut down its healthcare deficit and provide more affordable health access to everyone.

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Posted by gricalde on September 5, 2013 at 11:01 AM
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