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Old 06-05-2007, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by JayCT View Post

I was surprised to read that food was taxed there. Is that true? Do they tax food you buy in the store? If so, that really stinks and should have been mentioned on this thread earlier. In CT, we do not tax food bought in a gracery store because it is a necessity. Thanks for the heads up. Jay
Yep, it's true. They nickel and dime you to death down here. Food is a luxury (tax) because by the time you pay your bills, there's not much left for food! hahahah

I just got my old job back in Connecticut-with a $4 raise from when I was in CT 2 years ago. That means I will be making $8 MORE an hour than down here. My income (not counting the 4 extra weeks in a year) for 4 weeks will be $1,024 extra a month)

My rent will be $980 for a 2 bedroom--which includes heat, hot water, water, sewer, trash removal. I am moving to a city...I could get a cheaper rent if I moved to a smaller town, but I want to be near the water (one mile from the beach) and the university I will be attending.

My rent here in North Carolina for a 2 bedroom is $550 (it would be much more if I lived in let's say...Raleigh). That's a $430 difference a month of rent. BUT my CT rent includes heat, hot water, sewer, water, trash removal, and my income will be $1,000 MORE. Here, I have to pay water, sewer, hot water, heat, and trash removal extra. Gas heat to heat my house, by the way, is the same price as Connecticut, and yes, it still gets cold here!) Car gas is not much cheaper, and here I drive 18 miles one way to work. In CT I will drive 2 miles.

Car sticker in CT is $20 for 2 years... $30 for ONE year down here... etc. etc.

I am moving back to Connecticut FRIDAY!!!!! Woo hoo!


Old 06-05-2007, 09:00 AM
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Default Religion in the South

Originally Posted by Sierra2Caden View Post
I have never met the most unfriendly, judgmental, shove our religion down your throat, people in my life.
These people *claim* they are religious. What a joke. AND I have never had so many men...who CLAIM they are so religious... MARRIED MEN ...try to jump my bones in my life. It's so hypocritical.
Old 06-05-2007, 09:37 AM
Location: NC USA
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I have never had anyone try to shove religion down my throat here in NC. I have met a number of religious people here but none have been pushy or over-bearing. I had the same experience in CT. Plenty of churches to go to and people believed however they saw fit. Actually I am glad to be around some people with standards too although you are right, people slip up.
Old 06-10-2007, 08:42 AM
Location: Rural CT.
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Originally Posted by kd83 View Post
I'd learn how to make a decision for myself and not base my decisions on what other people think. Also I would not come on here (whether or not it was your intent does not matter) and start YET ANOTHER NC vs CT thread that turns into 15 pages of bickering like every other thread. You've experienced both places. They are your kids. They are your pros and cons. Like you said your neighbor loves it there, which just proves everybody will have different opinions and all that matters for YOUR move is what YOU think. Unless you feel like you are very uninformed or missing some pros/cons on the two states, there really is nothing someone should be able to tell you that will make your decision for you. Sorry I'm an A-hole, but I cant take another one of these threads starting up. I dont personally think theres a "right or wrong" solution. The only right or wrong is created by false regret in your own mind. Dont let it overcome you, just enjoy whichever decision you make and dont think about "did I make the wrong decision."
The beauty of message boards like this is that you can post where you want and read what you want. If you dont like the 15 pages of bickering...DONT ADD TO IT!

Freedom of speech and purpose of message boards...start threads, and contribute to threads on any subject you want. The poster WILL decide for themselves, just gathering more info and possibly more insight not previously realized.

Kudos to the original post. And of course, kudos to you for posting your opinion. Here's to another 15 pages.
Old 06-10-2007, 12:57 PM
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I've been in the same shoes as you and I moved back because it never felt like HOME to me. If you're longing to be back home in CT, then come back.
Old 06-10-2007, 02:09 PM
Location: Connecticut
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Hi all.

I haven't really taken the time to read the whole forum, but based on the title of the thread, I'll make a few comments.

I don't even think one can begin to compare North Carolina to Connecticut. Connecticut is among the most cultured states in the nation, has excellent food (much less of that fast food crud that litters the streets in NC), a very well-educated population with some of the best public schools in the nation.

Granted many new homes here are cookie cutter, the lots that they're on are vastly different from each other giving each new home it's own character. NC has rows and rows of homes that look exactly alike on the same amount of property (about .25 acres each) and they're really shoddily built.

The weather? Well, while the warm weather is nice, CT has four seasons. Once you're getting tired of one, the next one is beginning. Snow for Christmas is how it should be. Foliage is amazing and beautiful. And we all know about the Spring rain. It's actually nice, IMO.

You have the shoreline, an hour north the artsy Litchfield Hills with mountains, the world's largest casinos and the quiet corner if you want to get away from it all. You have the Naugatuck Valley in Northern Fairfield County which was the foundation in the 1960's for immigrants from Italy, Poland, and Ireland (no wonder some of the best pizza places are there!). Just 15 minutes south you have the Gold Coast housing some of the richest people in the world, and the Hartford area with many insurance executives.

In NC, you have Charlotte and a few other cities, but once you reach the outer suburbs, you have absolutely nothing. No New York, no Boston, no Newport, no Jersey Shore. The sheltered life in NC definitely reflects on the states general conservative (non-progressive) attitude.

IMO, I will never live anywhere else. CT is great.
Old 06-10-2007, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Limbo View Post
My wife and I moved our entire family to Leland, NC two years ago. Leland is along the coast between Wilmington and Southport. We are having a VERY difficult time deciding on going back or staying in NC.

Both states have pros and cons.

CT (Cons) - high taxes, long winters and honestly we worked to pay our mortgage.

CT (Pros) - Our family lives in CT, higher paying jobs, people are better educated, and the quality of life is higher: parks, topography, musuems, fine dining, hay rides etc. etc. Basically, all the things that make New England, New England.

NC (Cons) - a lot of crime, lower standard of living, education, humid summers, alligators, snakes, bugs, rednecks (comparable to Stafford Speedway on race night) and tons of illegal immigrants. I'm not a person that ever distinguished between black and white, asian or hispanic until I moved here and honestly I feel like a minority. Plus, being a very conservative Yankee from the North doesn't seem to endear you to the locals.

NC (Pros) - Weather, beaches, low taxes and life is more affordable - giving us more time to spend with the kids.

THESE ARE MY OBSERVATIONS and not meant to anger anyone. I've lived in CT for 9 years and lived in NC for 2 years and am simply giving my impression of the differences between the two states. I have people living next door that love it here so I may simply be a malcontent.

I just want to do what is right for my kids and I'm not sure spending more time with them outweights the advantages that I feel CT has to offer. Down here we don't know a soul so we don't have to worry about impressions or what the kids are wearing. In CT it always seemed to matter how much you made, where you lived etc.

I own my own business and my wife works for PPD (largest company in the area) so income doesn't really factor into this decision for us. Also, the schools may be better in CT but our kids are all Honor Roll students and doing extremely well (that is because I have the time to spend on their education).

Ok, based on what I've written or based on your own experiences vote.

Would you go back to CT or stay in NC.

Thanks - any and all input is welcomed.
South Charlotte/Fort Mill sc is the best.
Old 06-11-2007, 06:25 AM
Location: NC USA
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Wow, Dave Mags, you are right! You certainly have shed some light and changed my opinion.
Old 06-11-2007, 08:53 AM
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Cool North Carolina is more progressive than Connecticut

Originally Posted by jeremeyk482 View Post
The sheltered life in NC definitely reflects on the state's general conservative (non-progressive) attitude.
I am conservative yet I consider myself to be very progressive. Why does it appear to me that many liberal people are so arrogant that they think that places that don't fit their liberal ideas are not progressive?

What evidence do you have to show that Connecticut has more culture than North Carolina. The NHL hockey team Hartford Whalers, for example, moved from Connecticut to North Carolina and became the Carolina Hurricanes. The team couldn't make it in Connecticut and moved to North Carolina, where it became very successful and won the Stanley Cup in 2006. Sports are part of a region's culture, so it would appear to me that NC has a cultural advantage over CT.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is also coming to Charlotte soon. NASCAR, while it has southern roots, is now very popular among people from all parts of the USA from all socioeconomic levels.

If North Carolina is not progressive, then why is it growing at a far faster rate than Connecticut? Most people would rather live in an area that is progressive rather than not progressive. Connecticut is growing very slowly in population so it doesn't appear to be very progressive to me. In my visits to Connecticut, it appears to me that the quality of life in Connecticut lags behind the state where I currently live, Arizona.
Old 06-11-2007, 09:32 AM
Location: Cheshire, Conn.
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Originally Posted by Highpointer View Post
I am conservative yet I consider myself to be very progressive.
I believe that there are two separate issues here: progressive and culture. I haven't commented on which state is presumed to be better and won't. But as for "progressive," a definition of the word is in order.

Many folks consider progressive to mean: 1) accepting of all others (race, religion, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status) and illustrating it by changing laws to protect all citizens; 2) willing to challenge the status quo for the greater good (universal health care, environmental laws, banning smoking in public places, banning the use of cell phones while driving); 3) advancing and supporting medical research (stem cells); and 4) making education available to all.

Some folks consider progressive to mean: 1) creating a business climate that supports economic development and population growth.

North Carolina isn't the reddest of the Red states. The fact that it's growing isn't a result of it being progressive. It's more likely a result of a better (perceived) business climate and weather. (I totally disagree with the latter, by the way.)

As for the Whalers, Hartford wasn't their first home. Whether they gave it a valiant effort or not, who's to say. Anyone familiar with Connecticut realizes that we have our pick of MLB, NFL, or NHL teams from which to choose because of our proximity to New York and Boston. The Whalers' fanbase was up for grabs: Whalers, Islanders, Rangers, and Bruins. Sports are extremely popular here as witnessed by our support of UConn Basketball and the rivalry of NYY and BOS.
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