Tim Carswell of Charleston has won The Post and Courier's Golden Pen award for July for his letter to the editor "City should ease up on entrepreneurs."
Mr. Carswell opened his letter with: "Lately I have noticed a trend that is causing me to shake my not-so-bony fist in righteous indignation. The city of Charleston has taken a turn to what looks to this casual observer like stiff opposition to entrepreneurs.
"The latest example is the proposed tightening of the hours for new bars and restaurants in a certain area (although an outcry from the business owners has been sufficient to cause the city to rethink the issue)."
He added: "And now sting operations are being planned on private homeowners offering accommodations to tourists, rickshaw drivers for unlicensed tours and most recently, a new alternative to taxi cabs, UberX."
And: "If you're willing to take a risk with your own money and sweat, you should get a break. It's hard enough to make an idea a reality without so much government oversight. At least one of the city's oldest family-owned furniture businesses was started many years ago by a man selling his wares from a pushcart. Try that these days and see how far you get."
He concluded his letter:
"I have a water feature in my backyard. I'm thinking about charging a dollar to see it."
Golden Pen winners are invited to an annual luncheon with the editorial staff.
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