On a day when the stock market (and what most folks now jokingly refer to as their “savings”) takes another dive, The Post and Courier’s front page has a black and white photo of the long lines during the depression under a headline that reads, “Depression? This was a depression.”

Solid story. Entertaining at times, something writer Brian Hicks thrives at. It’s filled with a few sad stories from old folks who lived through the Great Depression. The story is basically that we, generally speaking, don’t know hard times.

If you didn’t already feel like a big ol’ complainer, you only had to turn a few pages into the local section to find “Realtors envision growth,” where we’re told that things are looking up. … Stop laughing.

Brushing off talk of a slowing economy, local officials and real estate agents gathered Tuesday to talk about how to handle the 85,000 new residents they expect to move into Charleston County over the next 12 years.

It was all great news to the 150 or so real estate agents who gathered at James Island County Park for the presentation, which was organized by the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors. The new residents will require 42,000 new houses, according to the county’s projections.

“With the economy the way it’s been the last couple years, we’ve seen our industry affected just like everything else,” incoming president Gettys Glaze said after the meeting. “But the beauty of it is, people still want to come here, and this outlines how we’re going to deal with it.”

Personally, I’d have liked to see a few more inches on this story (calling them on their “projections”), rather than the space given to Keith Summey’s bypass surgery.

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