“Lowcountry Watchdog”


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Editor John Steinberger is a navy veteran, former teacher and longtime political activist. His Lowcountry Watchdog commentaries are designed to advocate for the average lowcountry citizen whose views are often ignored by local government and media. To discuss a topic of interest with John, email him at john@lowcountrysource.colophondev5.com.


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Why the push for apartments in shopping centers?

There is a concerted effort in the Lowcountry to retrofit our suburban shopping centers with apartment units. That was an idea presented at the August meeting of the West Ashley Revitalization Commission on Wednesday. Doing so would not only be

D’Souza traces roots of the “resist” movement

In the movie Death of a Nation, filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza traces the Democrat “resist” movement to 1860 and the election of Abraham Lincoln. Democrats later resisted the abolition of slavery, the women’s suffrage movement¬†and the civil rights movement of the

Small town living thrives in NC Highlands

Lowcountry Source has throughly documented the effect New Urbanism has had on West Ashley and how the area’s suburban character is under siege. The push for high density apartment complexes and non-descript urban design and the steady drumbeat urging residents

When will flooding really be a priority?

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg wrote on his official Facebook page earlier in the week that flooding (prevention) was his top priority. If that were truly the case, money would have been allocated in the 2018 budget to improved the city’s

McMaster veto protects privacy rights

Governor Henry McMaster issued a veto Friday on the South Carolina Industry, Workforce and Education Data Warehouse proviso in the 2018-2019 state budget. The proviso would allow data collection and sharing of education and certification data on South Carolina residents

Ashley Bakery takes custom orders

One of my birthday indulgences is apple pie. I will not eat the ones sold in grocery stores. There are many bakeries in West Ashley, but apple pie is not an option in most of them. We used to order

We’ve got Harry’s Griffin’s back

Charleston’s daily newspaper, which often tells us that West Ashley has too many parking spaces or that we should commute by bicycle, seems to be targeting 23-year-old Charleston City Councilman Harry Griffin. The latest example was going after Griffin in

Ferry boats could get bicyclists downtown

For many years, Charleston-area bicyclists have been clamoring for a way to safety get their bicycles from West Ashley to downtown Charleston and back. A plan to block off a lane of vehicular traffic on the Legare Bridge and dedicate

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