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Harriet and Goodwin Nuff are regular columnists at CharlestonToday. “Hattie” is a social critic and technology watchdog who comments on local issues, corporate incompetence, consumer frustrations, and more. Her husband “Goodie” is a part-time gardener who takes life pretty much as it comes, especially on the weekend. Not as acerbic as his better half, he nevertheless scrutinizes the news to form his own conclusions. We hope you will enjoy their insights and repartee. A Nuff is a Nuff © 2015 • all rights reserved.

12 Steps for Curing the Country’s Addictions

Sunday, August 2, 2015
by Hattie Nuff
12 Steps for Curing the Country’s Addictions

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH (hey, that rhymes with the name of my column)! Anyway, as I’ve been telling Goodie—and he even agrees with some of my ideas—I’ve been thinking about all this stuff for a long time and it’s time to just say it. Things don’t seem to be getting better, so I might as well. Now don’t... Read »

Land of the Free? Home of the Brave?

Sunday, October 20, 2013
by Goodie Nuff
Land of the Free? Home of the Brave?

MY DEAR HATTIE likes to fasten onto a problem, go on a rant, and steam like a kettle even though she knows it won’t do much good. Nothing seems to change much just by complaining, does it? Sure, sometimes anger pricks our conscience. Makes us stand up and look a situation more square in... Read »

Shush Already at the Concerts!

Saturday, June 9, 2012
by Hattie Nuff
Shush Already at the Concerts!

GEEZ… when are people gonna figure it out? Isn’t it obvious that paper and plastic wrappers are a concert’s worst enemy? — though recording poles and paraphernalia—which are ugly and block our view—are starting to make a strong case. But it’s the noisemakers that really gotta go. And that includes the people making it!... Read »

Hospitality at our Hospitals

Friday, October 30, 2009
by Hattie Nuff
Hospitality at our Hospitals

I know. They’re there when we really need them, thank the good Lord. But something’s gotta change. Fact is, we don’t need health care reform. We need health cost reform and health administration reform. First you get hit with big charges that are only hinted at prior to the “procedure.” Then all that mystifying... Read »

Coffee in Restaurants

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
by Hattie Nuff
Coffee in Restaurants

Why don’t restaurants get it? If you’re gonna do one thing right, then at least do coffee right. Put a little more in the darn filter each time. Pay a little—just a little—more for some decent beans. And, please, enough of those thick mugs I can barely get my old lips around. I know... Read »

Recommended Remedies for Doctors

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
by Goodie Nuff
Recommended Remedies for Doctors

NOBODY LIKES TO GO to the doctor. And it’s no accident that we all say, I’m going to the doctor, because it’s the same everywhere. There are exceptions, but they’re easily forgotten in the maze of mediocrity. How did this happen? Who started the trend of office assistants being surly, nurses seeming matter-of-fact, and... Read »

Chintzee-Katchip at Chic-Fil-A

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
by Hattie Nuff
Chintzee-Katchip at Chic-Fil-A

It’s a nice (for fast food) place. Clean, attractive, good chicken sandwiches, fun desserts, and an indoor playground for my grandsons. But they better be careful before they go the way of McDonalds, as in fries—waffle fries no less—that taste a little stale. But my bigger concern is those itty-biddy packages of catsup (and... Read »

A Rebate Revolution

Sunday, October 4, 2009
by Goodie Nuff
A Rebate Revolution

Thank you all (you know who you are) for your empathetic notes in response to Hattie’s last diatribe. No, it was not easy coming down from my “appliance” experience with Sears and Best Buy, but I’ve recovered and even had a little brain storm. What I’m thinking now is that we customers ought to... Read »

How to Drive Customers Away: by Sears and Best Buy

Sunday, September 27, 2009
by Hattie Nuff
How to Drive Customers Away: by Sears and Best Buy

Sears and Best Buy are up to their devil-in-the-details shenanigans again. They still think that boondoggling customers is good business: “pull ’em in the door with a lure and then… ‘wham’… you got ‘em.” How can they not realize by now that it is no more than a cheap tactic that turns customers off?... Read »

Lurches on Lockwood

Friday, September 25, 2009
by Goodie Nuff
Lurches on Lockwood

I’m almost taking them for granted—almost. Except there’s this one bump, particularly in the left lane, about a quarter mile after you turn onto Lockwood coming from the Ashley River Bridge, right before the overpass. That thing is like one of those equestrian jumps (what kind of word is ‘equestrian’ anyway?) where the horse,... Read »

Recycling at Costco

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
by Hattie Nuff
Recycling at Costco

Ever wonder why all those odd-shaped boxes are piled up next to the wall on the other side of the checkout stands at your Costco “club” (how come I never see boxes that shape anywhere else)? Well, I finally figured it out; finally saw through the scheme. It’s their way of recycling. Sure, under... Read »

Educational ? Lottery

Sunday, September 20, 2009
by Hattie Nuff
Educational ? Lottery

Hey, I’m in favor of a good thing. Especially when it comes to kids. After all, their potential—regardless of their roots—is unlimited. So, is it just me, or am I the only one wondering where the millions (billions?) generated by the educational lottery has gone? Certainly not into the schools. I mean, whose education,... Read »

Old Age in the New Age

Thursday, September 17, 2009
by Goodie Nuff
Old Age in the New Age

My dear Hattie, how I love her. I came home one day last week and noticed that, after all these years, she had backed her car the entire way up our narrow driveway so as to be facing out. She’s not a particularly good driver, and I smiled. But same thing the next day... Read »

Wine in Restaurants

Monday, September 14, 2009
by Hattie Nuff
Wine in Restaurants

Let’s see. A bottle of wine costs me and the girls seven dollars. Which means the café we like probably gets it for about four dollars. But then they turn around and list it on their menu for $28 (yes, marked up seven times). Or $6 a glass—and usually a suspiciously small ‘glass’. Ever... Read »

Solutions for AT&T

Friday, September 11, 2009
by Goodie Nuff
Solutions for AT&T

As you can imagine, I’ve been inundated with emails about Hattie’s AT&T rant. (For some reason no one’s telling her.) Anyway, based on ideas that have come in so far, here’s what I think AT&T should do. First, acknowledge that there are two problems: service and customer service. The first problem is… well, have... Read »

Checking out at Costco

Thursday, September 10, 2009
by Hattie Nuff
Checking out at Costco

I sort of understand the person who checks my card when I enter Costco. After all, it’s a club. Before you step into the big barn (ever notice that smell in there?) they have to be sure it’s you. Never mind that I always use my sister’s card. Anyway, what I don’t get is... Read »

The New AT&T is Getting Old

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
by Hattie Nuff
The New AT&T is Getting Old

THEY CALL THEMSELVES the new AT&T. But what they don’t tell you is that it stands for Aggravating, Terrible, & Tedious. Aggravating because of the trouble it takes to get service from them. Terrible because of the quality of service you finally do get, and tedious because of the way you are treated by... Read »

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