“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.com.


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Can you envision a West Ashley without cars?

The West Ashley Master Plan took another step with the Work in Progress presentation by consulting firm Dover Kohl Saturday at Citadel Mall, with about 250 people in attendance.  The presentation focused on more high-density development and more people walking,

13 CCSD principals reassigned due to new evaluation process

The Charleston County School District implemented a new teacher evaluation system called Value Added Measurements (VAM) in the middle of the school year. VAM evaluates teachers based on various standardized test scores. It is designed to measure individual student progress

Environmentalists inconsistent when it comes to building in wetlands

Local environmentalists and politicians constantly beat the drum that we need more bike paths, sidewalks, and mass transit to take cars off the road and reduce our carbon footprint.  Why aren’t they speaking up when it comes to new development on

Paving wetlands is the real environmental threat

President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order allowing the Interior Department to review the prospects of oil and natural gas leasing in Atlantic and Arctic ocean waters which are currently off-limits. The environmental lobby quickly sent out a message

Should there be a park at “The Pig”?

Rumors are swirling that the City of Charleston is interested in purchasing the property formerly occupied by Piggly Wiggly at “suicide merge” at Sam Rittenberg Blvd. and Old Towne Rd. and converting the 2.5 acre parcel into a park. Faison

McCoy legislation battles James Island overdevelopment

James Islanders have had it with recent high density development such as The Standard apartments on Maybank Highway, The Core apartments being built next to the Standard, and the proposed 132-unit Central Park complex being built in the old Carmike

Trump can be the President who ended the income tax

During President Donald Trump’s inaugural address, he said, “Don’t let the Washington politicians ever tell you that something can’t be done. I refuse to accept that!” Now he has a chance to prove it by calling for a landmark overhaul

Media filter – how news outlets can report events completely differently

There is a wide variation on how local news outlets cover stories.  The Tues. Charleston City Council meeting at the James Island Recreation Center provides a great example of that.  A capacity crowd was filled with people from the group

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