“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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Memorial Day origin – decorating veterans’ graves

As Americans celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends, many are not aware of the holiday’s origin or what it represents. At the conclusion of the Civil War or War Between the States, in the spring of 1865, local communities

Panthers’ tax incentive will not “cost” state $115 Million

There has been a lot of misinformation about the 15-year, $115 million tax incentive plan for the Carolina Panthers to move their headquarters from Charlotte to Rock Hill. The incentive is similar to the ones offered to Boeing and Volvo,

Don’t politicize the issue of flooding

Governor Henry McMaster signed an executive order in December 2018 to establish the South Carolina Floodwater Commission. McMaster wrote, “The Commission will work to provide solution-based discussions and to identify and implement short-term and long-term recommendations to alleviate and mitigate

Transportation sales tax projects must be re-aligned

The decision by Charleston County Council to use transportation sales tax funds to complete the I-526 project will require council to re-align the projects covered by the 0.5% sales tax approved by county voters in 2016. The tax will generate

Time to start an anti-litter ad campaign

It has been nearly three months since Charleston City Council passed an ordinance banning the use of carry-out plastic bags, plastic straws, and styrofoam containers. The ordinance won’t completely take effect until December 1 of this year. Meanwhile, why not

It’s ok to criticize the media

I want to start out by thanking Representative Mark Sanford for his years of public service. I voted for him every time his name was in the ballot from 1994 to 2018. He was a staunch fiscal conservative and a

The Old Guard wants to keep West Ashley down

Post and Courier columnist Steve Bailey published an opinion piece Sunday which blasted a proposed aquatic and wellness center project in West Ashley. Bailey, a longtime columnist for the Boston Globe and a downtown resident, represents the Old Guard notion

Bike paths are not a civil right

If you listen to a lot of Charleston elected officials and bicycle activists, you would get the impression that bike paths are a civil right. They tell us that the bicycle is a form of transportation and the government owes

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