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Features : Survey Last Updated: Feb 26, 2010 - 12:47:23 PM


What should our local officials be focusing on?
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Feb 3, 2010 - 11:31:55 AM

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Readers of The Daniel Island News, mirroring their neighbors across the country, are most concerned about fiscal responsibility, education, and job creation, according to recent survey results. Specific to Daniel Island, and neighboring communities, readers talked about recycling, bike trails and widening of Clements Ferry Road.

Here’s how our readers answered the question: "What are some of the major issues that our local officials should be focusing on?"

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"Fiscal responsibility statewide."

 

 

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"As for Berkeley County, I would like to see the widening of Clements Ferry Road begin soon. I would also like to see some more tax incentives for businesses to come to our area to help boost the local economy and spur job growth."

 

 

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"1. Reduce spending. Period. Reduce spending. Freeze spending. Government must live within our means; and 2. See #1."

 

 

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"1. They all must focus on fiscal responsibility; 2. Develop plans for growth that include infrastructure before we are inundated with more traffic and other structural woes; 3. Much focus on supporting economic development to help move our region forward."

 

 

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"Local economic development."

 

 

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"Securing local job-providing industries, aligning government spending with tax revenues to avoid deficit spending."

 

 

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"Education. The growing discrepancy between what we say we want from government and our willingness to pay--basically how do we prioritize during these difficult economic times? For instance, if we don’t want to raise city taxes, can we really ask/expect for more parks on Daniel Island? If we want government programs cut, what services does one personally benefit from that you want removed? Easy to say cut their services!"

 

 

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"Please solve the recycling problem on DI!"

 

 

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"Crime, teen pregnancy and traffic."

 

 

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"Schools, schools and schools!"

 

 

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"I would like the city and county to work together to get bike trails continued out to Blackbaud Stadium. There are a considerable number of pedestrians that have to walk/bike on a narrow shoulder of road. It’s been 10 years - it’s time!"

 

 

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"Widening of Hwy 17 in Mt. Pleasant which they are going to be working on. Crime in all parts of the city and of course education. They need to lengthen the school year and have better programs to increase the graduation rate for high school dropouts."

 

 

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"Responsibly-planned growth and development; sustaining/retaining locally-owned businesses."

 

 

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"Property taxes."

 

 

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"State: They need to do something that would allow more SC students to be admitted to state universities. Good students are being denied admission every year. In addition, job creation, green initiatives. Berkeley County needs to mandate recycling - our landfills cannot sustain the amount of trash we create. Job creation is needed here as well."

 

 

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"Environmental concerns & decreased development."

 

 

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"Unemployment, taxes, controlled growth."

 

 

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"Education (enhancing our school systems) and some kind of tolerances program (this area is not very diverse and there are some very real issues with how we see those who are not the same as us). I overheard a junior high student who moved here from NJ say the ‘N’ word was used multiple times from his classmates."

 

 

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"Dog park on the island."

 

 

 

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