Imagine inviting friends and relatives to visit your home and then they decide to stay. Your home is shrinking as the “visitors” take over.Their cars are parked all over your yard; there’s hardly room to walk in your home with their things piled high.Remembering the days of peace and quiet, you wonder what happened to the serenity of “Home, Sweet Home.”You have run out of room and can no longer house all the people who continue to come to the “No. 1 destination,” your home.Well, that’s what has happened to our beloved city, Charleston.Visitors are always welcome, but they should remember the things that drew them here, like history, Southern hospitality, charm and manners.There are so many people on the roads that our safety and lives are at risk. Builders are building without preserving the charm of this great city.We are losing the qualities that made us great.Our politicians seem to have only dollar signs and growth in their vision for … [Read more...] about Letters to the Editor: Charleston losing its charming qualities
Okatie’s smoldering “Mount Trashmore” isn’t just an environmental disaster or a glaring example of a regulatory failing. It’s a public health hazard.Despite federal and state environmental regulators swooping in, the trash heap is still emitting smoke — potentially deadly hydrogen cyanide was detected in the air near Jasper County site last week — and there’s concern polluted runoff containing arsenic and magnesium could make its way into Jasper and Beaufort County waterways.Department of Health and Environmental Control officials owe the public an explanation of how the operation was allowed to stray so far from its mission of recycling construction debris, and certainly staffers must do a better job of monitoring another 48 similarly permitted businesses.Students returned to Okatie Elementary School on Monday as scheduled, but they weren’t allowed outside for recess due to potentially toxic smoke coming from the heap of debris … [Read more...] about Editorial: Toxic fire at SC site should trigger DHEC questions
A company that helps find workers for industrial and automotive manufacturers will host a hiring event Wednesday for the Mercedes-Benz Vans plant in North Charleston.MAU Workforce Solutions will hold the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston.The company is looking for body shop operator and assemblers to join the van plant. Interested applicants can find more information at https://www.mau.com/mbvhiringevent.Top candidates, MAU said, will have at least one year of assembly experience. Prior military experience will be accepted in lieu of previous assembly experience. Jobs start at $15 per hour with health and other benefits.Mercedes-Benz Vans assembles and manufactures Sprinter vans at its Palmetto Commerce Park campus. The company last year completed a $500 million makeover and expansion at the plant, where it plans to eventually employ 1,300 people. … [Read more...] about MB Vans hiring event scheduled Wednesday in North Charleston
Flooding and sea level rise are perhaps the biggest threats to Charleston's viability since the Civil War, reporter Tony Bartelme tells us in our latest podcast episode.Maybe you saw the tweet. Maybe you didn't. (The tweet's author would probably tell you it doesn't matter.) The point is that a very dark tweet about flooding, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and nihilism quickly became The Post and Courier's most popular tweet of all time, going viral and even garnering a headline of its own. (Yes, our brand account went there...)But seriously, the tweet's popularity shows just how much sea level, flooding (and nihilism) are on people's minds right now.So for this week's episode, we thought it was high time to talk about the specific challenges Charleston and the coast as a whole face as climate change continues to affect how many flooding events impact the area. In what we think might just be our best episode yet, here are … [Read more...] about Understand SC: Will Charleston be under water one day?
News Mayors urge Senate to return to Washington for gun bill vote Associated Press Many Americans who don’t own a firearm support the Second Amendment because they recognize the wisdom of the Founding Fathers and trust law-abiding gun owners.Their trust is based on what they know about family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers who own firearms and are a lot like the rest of us, responsible individuals we have no reason to fear will harm anyone.There are gun-control advocates who are reasonable people simply trying to find ways to lessen gun violence. Then there are extremists who propose draconian laws just short of banning firearms.Conversely, the NRA leadership appears unwilling to make concessions.They seem to suspect that any concession will eventually lead to a ban on firearms.Most Americans, including gun owners, consider such suspicions groundless. If NRA leaders have a valid concern, they should share it to garner greater public support.The Second Amendment … [Read more...] about Letters to the Editor: Gun Control