by Sandra Stringer
I studied pretty hard to be ready to go into the polls on November 8, 2016. I read the Charleston Post & Courier and the Charleston City Paper, I checked out four or five different voter guides on the interwebs. I had a list! I checked that sucker twice! Three times! And you know what? I still saw things on my ballot that I wasn’t prepared for or couldn’t vote on. The first was for a James Island representative for the school district. The fact that this would be available was mentioned NOWHERE.
The second thing was that while I knew that the James Island Public Service District candidates existed, in researching them I could find nothing more than their names. I’m not going to vote for someone just because I see a sign on the side of the road or in someone’s yard with the candidates name on it. I wanted to know who they were and why they were or were not qualified.
So, November 8, 2016. That was the day I made a vow to myself.
That evening I made a proclamation at the dinner table: “Mark my words, I don’t care what I have to do to find out, NEXT year I’ll know everything that’s going to be on that ballot AND I’ll know what each candidate is all about!”
From that vow came the idea for what you’re now reading. This website is devoted to gathering information and facts. We won’t have opinion pieces outside of occasional reviews of books, movies, shows, etc. because frankly Charleston’s Post & Courier already serves that need very well. The same goes for investigative reporting.
In fact, if you don’t already have a subscription to the Post & Courier, I strongly recommend that you get one. You will see a lot of links to their stories in our Other Sites section, because they cover James Island regularly, but you’ll only be able to access their articles a few times before a subscription is required. I pay far less than the newsstand price to have a hard copy delivered to my door every day plus the digital subscription. You are paying for world class journalism from a real newspaper that actually pays attention to local issues. Believe me, it is a dying industry, and we are lucky to have the P&C. If you can afford it, I strongly recommend you get a subscription.
The other strong journalistic presence here is the Charleston City Paper. Their coverage is more irreverent, and they too have a remarkably strong writing staff. You’ll often see them cited on our Other Sites page. I’ve been addicted to their paper for years. It’s fun and always packed full of good stuff. Pick up copies of their paper and visit their website for all kinds of local coverage.
So why do we even need the Bugle? Hopefully we will draw attention to available resources about James Island and even create a few of our own. And for the rare gaps in coverage from the local papers, such as figuring out just who the heck is running for the James Island Public Service District and why you should vote for them, our plan is to get that sort of information for you. Plus, we can show off the things we love about living on James Island and the lowcountry.
We will rely on you, our readers, to let us know when you think there’s something we can add to the dialogue.
As you can tell, we have a strong Stringer family presence on our team right now. It helps to have talented family members! Hopefully over time others who are interested in participating in keeping James Islanders informed and aware. Maybe you?
I have no idea if this will work or if anyone will bother to read it, but I’m really glad you’re reading this right now and will maybe check in with us from time to time to catch up on James Island.
Thanks for reading!
Sandra Stringer is our Editor.