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Re: “About that arsenic in your water...

Dear readers,

I would like to thank Sam P. for pointing out the error on the map. After speaking with some folks who recreate on the sandbar, I have created a new map that I've asked Creative Loafing editors to run as a correction when they return to work on Monday. (If I could post it in this comment, I would.) The point on the map where those people say they hang out is, according to Google Maps' measuring tool, 797 feet away from the #5 marker on the map in the article.

As someone who also hangs out on the lake, though not on the sandbar -- as Sam P. pointed out, I don't seem welcomed there -- I have witnessed people recreating in the area of the #5 marker and have video footage of people hanging out there. I have also encountered several fishermen in that cove on several occasions.

My goal as a journalist is to inform, not to do any of the negative things Sam P. suggested. I am always happy to correct an article when warranted and welcome future correction suggestions.

With that, I will say that I am disappointed by the tone of Sam P.'s comments and the other accusations that he made which are unwarranted and mean-spirited. And, to correct him, the city has only commented on the treated drinking water, not on the safety of the sandbar or the sediment in the lake. To my knowledge, no one from the city, county, state or federal government is studying the sediment in the lake or the composition of the sandbar.

What I think would be good is if both NCDEQ and independent researchers conducted studies at the sandbar to clarify this issue.

Best regards,
Rhiannon Fionn

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Posted by Rhiannon Fionn 1 on 07/23/2016 at 12:04 PM

Re: “About that arsenic in your water...

Rhiannon is a seasoned environmental journalist. She is founder, producer and director of the documentary Coal Ash Chronicles and is known as the Coal Ash Queen. So yeah, I'd say she's pretty much an authority on the subject matter. #Bye

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Posted by Jessy Hudgens Miličević on 07/22/2016 at 10:16 PM

Re: “About that arsenic in your water...

That's not the point chubs. The point is this is supposed to be a reporter or at least someone that is educated but it's convenient to stretch false things and misrepresent facts if it fits the goal . But I'm cool to go back and swim there and I'm sure hundred or so of us will be out this weekend and the city says it's safe so go ahead and come out . Meet us at the spot on this map first tho so you can see what a dumbass peice of shit this story is ok

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Posted by SAM P on 07/22/2016 at 7:18 AM

Re: “About that arsenic in your water...

So if you were swimming 1000 more feet away from where i dump acid into the water - tell me genius, are you going to keep swimming? Your logic is childish to call out something so trivial. Do some homework you sped case. Gosh, I hate uneducated dumbasses like you - use google you moron there is no excuse in this day and age for being so stupid!

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Posted by AverageJoe on 07/21/2016 at 8:06 PM

Re: “About that arsenic in your water...

Whatever high school intern wrote this story is lying about where the sandbar is actually it is at least another 1000 feet north out of that tiny picture but I guess nobody cares if you complain about environmental stuff

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Posted by Sam P on 07/21/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “An Open Letter to the President

There's something that happens in America three

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Posted by #NoLivesMatter To Cops Or Media on 07/14/2016 at 10:14 PM

Re: “What Makes An Art Crawl?

God help us all in Pageland, SC. Tim Griffin, Tim Cody, Tim Aldridge just to name some of his alias are destroying this small town. Still seeing the same posts like misappropriating funds, bullying, stealing, and absolute fraud. Tim doesn't have a A valid drivers license and it was Meil that watched his lover suffer not Kevin. It's all Public Record just look it up! That poor man Kevin is so innocent!!!!

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Posted by Pageland need help The Griffins are destroying our town on 07/14/2016 at 9:18 PM

Re: “The Unofficial Underwear Issue

Indeed, it seems either women (and men) are wearing a lot less underwear (GOOGLE "Why I Don't Wear Underwear" & "Ditch Your Panties" ... or with the Internet providing freer communication & more privacy/anonymity, they are ADMITTING (and also ASKING ABOUT IT) au naturel more freely, or to put it better BEING MORE OPEN (as in Sharon Stone & many other) about the subject! It also seems that the purpose of "panties" was pretty much to restrict women's freedom (of movement... of employment... etc.), for if anything panties collect germs rather than anything else. In short, down with panties permanently & completely unless u r completely "hooked" on them.

Posted by pantilessforgood on 07/12/2016 at 3:01 PM

Re: “An Open Letter to the President

AGGIE PRIDE. Yes ma'am. Thanks for expressing this so eloquently and fully. I'm encouraged that young people are standing out. Please keep doing what you do.

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Posted by BHM on 07/08/2016 at 12:12 PM

Re: “An Open Letter to the President

You go Megan!!! Flawlessly written.

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Posted by Tawanna Denise on 07/08/2016 at 1:23 AM

Re: “An Open Letter to the President

Oh how I love thee...this is beautifully written and addresses all things relevant to our past, present and future struggle. You are the change [ want to see in the world thank you for this!!

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Posted by Gina Janae on 07/07/2016 at 6:52 PM

Re: “An Open Letter to the President

My letter will follow yours to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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Posted by Mae Oakes on 07/07/2016 at 3:59 PM

Re: “An Open Letter to the President

I got your back Meg. Whatever I can do!

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Posted by TheUrbanDilemma on 07/07/2016 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Housing First once drew doubts, but it's hard to argue with results

What this organization has done is truly outstanding and they should be commended to the highest degree. Homeless people matter a great deal and should be treated with the same zeal as any other group looking for freedom. Homelessness could happen to anybody in an instant. All who are recipients of this level of care are extremely grateful. Keep up the good work. With that being said however I just wish the scattered site portion of the program had better options or more diversity in living quality. I know, "you take what you can get, be grateful and hush". I get that but some of the units have serious mold issues and one unit has a busted sewer pipe under the floor.The scattered sites are usually in low income area's and some of the living spaces need serious upgrades. Never the less, when it rains, a person has a dry place to stay and no more back pack everywhere not to mention a drastic reduction in run in's with the cops. It is truly a chance to start over and get on with the business of living. When the residents of Charlotte see that there's some good in most people, maybe other area's of this town will extend a hand of welcome.

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Posted by last chance on 07/03/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Charlotte hiker prepares to make second coastal trek in memory of his father

Peace and love, Matthew!!

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Posted by Debbie Caton on 06/30/2016 at 9:42 PM
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