Election blues and birth of the James Island Bugle

“Washington Votes; first time since 1874. Washington, D.C., April 30. It was a long time between votes, 1874 to 1938, but the Capitol bridged a gap today when its residents cast a city-wide ballot on the question of whether suffrage shall be voted to the voteless community. Mr and Mrs Paul R. Henry are shown depositing their ballots while Miss Magdalena Gale registers them, 4/30/38” – from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.

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.

Sandra Stringer

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.


11 thoughts on “Election blues and birth of the James Island Bugle

    1. Thanks! I can tell you there won’t be that many books reviews because there has to be a connection to James Island for us to cover it! Having said that, there is one book review already posted – click on the Art tab at the top of the page!

  1. Thank you for what you’re doing. The first two paragraphs were exactly what I did/felt leading up to the election. This election was my first time voting and I already knew that I never wanted to be someone who pressed the party button and was done with it. But they sure don’t make it easy for you. I was surprised I could barely find anything even on the referendum choices. So thank you again and I look forward to the next election.

    1. I’m looking forward to how much quieter the next election will be! 😉 We’ll certainly be all about covering every aspect of the James Island ballot, that’s for sure! Thanks so much for reading!

      1. If you’re referring to how you get the Bugle, it is only available online! Just go to jamesislandbugle.com to check on our latest stories!

  2. Re: the ballot quandary on Election Day.
    The Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration website contains abundant information on all things related to the electoral process in our county. Need to know who’s running? Check the site. Where do I vote? Again, check the site. Curious as to how the Electoral College works? Ditto. Loaded with info you can use to be an informed member of the electorate.

    1. They didn’t provide information on the individual candidates for JIPSD and what their platforms were, am I right? I’m pretty sure I looked at that site too, and it had about as much information as any other site on what I REALLY wanted to know! If I am incorrect, please direct me to a link that had that information. I am always happy to be schooled!

  3. So glad this started. What a great idea! Toasting you on the launch of this project, which I sincerely hope will have ‘legs’ and stay around for a long time.

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