Yes, please talk amongst yourself. I'm adjusting my fantasy football team.
Alright folks. Brian Smith is standing by, eager to respond to your questions or comments. Ask him about tax referendums, the landfill, consolidated 911 dispatch, whatever you want to talk about.
Help, Brian Smith has taken over the chat. Someone call 911
oh wait, call somebody who might answer
Sorry Brian Hicks. Brian Smith is an old friend. Older than you, not as good a friend though. Don't know why his name stuck in my head there.
Folks it's the one and only Brian Hicks standing by.
There is obviously no way to pay for roads or schools - or even libraries - without tax money. The question is, do the politicians bite the bullet and increase property taxes, or do we keep dinking the sales tax up until it's 15 or 20 percent?
We've already got a local sales tax to rival that of states that don't have an income tax. Beginning to wonder why we need that.
Plus, it's getting really hard to split lunch tabs with David Slade. That guy will try to divide a penny.
By the way, Dave says "IT'S A ONE PERCENT TAX, NOT A PENNY TAX."
Is he suggesting politicians are less than transparent?
Well, that's the thing - the county has not even finished collecting its last half-cent sales tax. We are in year 8 or 25. Not sure how much it's brought in so far, but they spent a big chunk on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard and some more on Bees Ferry. But the nice people at Roadwise should be able to give as an accounting. I'll see if I can get it, and post it - either here or in the column - soon.
Well, I hear that the problems go beyond this botched call last month.
As Glenn Smith reported today, the Sheriff's Office is looking into activity at the consolidated 911 call center going back to early July. Makes you wonder, are they having the same kind of problem you hear about in air traffic control tower - people going to sleep or not paying attention.
Mount Pleasant police say they never got a call from dispatch, although a local resident called twice to report people breaking into his neighbor's house.
the folks who opposed merging 911 services are going to have a field day with this one.
By the way, there will be a press conference today at 3:30 at the consolidated dispatch center on Palmetto Commerce Parkway (near the future recycling facility!) to talk about this. Or so the sheriff's office says.
So stay tuned. We will have something online as soon as we know what they're going to say.
Maybe they were just calling the wrong number, and some guy in MtP. wondered why he kept getting calls telling him to get over to Cooper Estates.
It all makes sense now
Also, gun owners - and non-gun owners - take note: The man who called the police had a pistol and got it out, but he did not shoot anyone. He had the gun for his family's protection - he didn't go all vigilante.
Of course, if he had, he wouldn't have been arrested. Weren't any cops coming, thanks to dispatch.
Just read in the Washington Post that most Americans can't find Syria on a map, which isn't a surprise since most people can't find themselves on that "you are here" map at the mall.
We just need to make sure the guy dropping the bombs can find Syria on a map.
I'm sure 911 dispatch would tell you that all these cell phones are a headache. It's hard to tell where the call is coming from when the phone can move.
Surely this guy gave them an address, though. You would think that would be the first thing dispatch asks - especially since most people turn their phone GPS off. Usually because they're up to something - ha.
This just in - Baby Veronica celebrates her 18th birthday, moves to undisclosed location.
Guess watching Fox with Dick Cheney beats this custody battle.
So what do you guys think about the College of Charleston renting waterfront space for temporary classrooms? They say it's within easy walking distance of the college.
Sorry, three-quarters of a mile isn't easy to walk in 10 minutes between classes. Guess we'll be seeing more skateboarders. Sigh
The thing about Castro hanging himself that struck me was his family getting upset with his jailers. I guess family is family, but if someone in my family had locked up a bunch of women for a decade, raping them repeatedly, I might not be real quick to protest anything that happened to him.
Ok folks, we're going to wrap up this week. Gotta go help Andy Paras get that new air conditioning system in his house.
And by help, I mean that Mic Smith and I will sit in the air conditioned truck drinking Sonic slurpees, asking Andy if it's hot enough for him.
See you next week.