He’s back again, this time sharing his hatred for tourism. You must hate anything that steals souls.
Kirkpatrick Sale’s opinion piece in The Post and Courier last weekend was the latest demeaning the tourism industry or lamenting the suffering of the most privileged among us.
This piece represents the mindset of the most radical of the tourism haters. These anti-tourist jihadists have taken control of the tourism debate, determined to cut off the head of the beast.
They are small in number, but powerful, dominating their community.
Your coverage helps them in many ways. When you tout the “tourism professions” on the Tourism Management Committee, mention, too, that their voice is overridden and votes rendered meaningless by the overwhelming majority of residents and those who represent their interests.
Ironic that in a state already under siege because of a 150-year-old flag, there are members of the Tourism Management Study Committee flying 21st century flags from their homes directed against tourism. This is the venue I’m afforded.
Like your editorial presentation of the argument, the process has been rendered anything but fair and balanced. “Excessive tourism” is the icing on the cake. I am offended, being branded as an accomplice, aiding a thief, guilty of stealing the soul of the city.
Rather than stealing its soul, I share it. What I began to do in August of 1977 has become an icon of the city.
How did the writer become spokesman for the city’s soul?
Has he confused sharing with stealing?
We share Charleston in a time-honored manner, under a city management system that has resulted in an anemic growth rate of just over 1 percent a year, spread over a larger area geographically.
Using city-supplied numbers, there are two more carriages an hour than there were 15 years ago in 1998. That’s what I call tourism management.
Tourism is incredibly respectful of the residential areas.
Anyone who is familiar with the tourism ordinance knows that. The problem is it will never be enough.
After 38 years, I’m convinced there’s no satisfying the ever-increasing downtown demands.
Speaking for myself, as little as the carriage numbers have increased and combined with proposals that will ensure their reduction is a recipe for ruin.
Having your livelihood eliminated for someone else’s convenience is a bitter pill. Using soul-stealing to get there is a new low.
Palmetto Carriage Works, Ltd.