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September 14, 2016

History and Preservation
Toward a More Truthful and Useful Charleston History
Charlie Smith

When the Charleston County Planning Commission's sub-committee on Historic Preservation announced last year that consultants had been hired to conduct the 2016 update of the Historic Resources Survey, I was initially very excited that we would finally be addressing some of our past failures to protect important historic sites and buildings throughout Charleston County.

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April 25, 2010

'Gator aid

Road Kill from a different perspective-1.jpg

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April 01, 2010

Cruise Ship Forum
A need for state and local ordinances?
Citizens concerned about pollution issues

Warwick Jones

We thought it a good forum. Four featured speakers eloquently gave their views – generally critical - of cruise ships and their impact on the environment and beyond. Their views resonated well with the audience that numbered well over 200. The questions and comments from the audience indicated considerable concern over the cruise ship industry and in particular, the impact of cruise ships on Charleston. And from the tone of their comments, many citizens wished the cruise ships would go elsewhere.

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September 14, 2009

The March in Washington
A defining experience for a Charleston citizen

The following is an e mail that was send to me and others by Marsha Baxter. She travelled to Washington for the event on a Charleston Tea Party bus and participated in the march. Her letter says it all. Editor

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April 17, 2009

The Charleston Tea Party – more attendees than Mayor estimated
Some pictures
Warwick Jones

In common with many other cities in the nation, Charleston held its "tea party" on April 15. Held on the last day for filing federal tax returns, it was also symbolically linked with the Boston Tea Party and its protest against the excise duties. But Charleston's "party" was more than a protest about taxes. It was also a protest against the seeming out-of-control government spending and the infringement of state and individual rights.

The "party" was held at the base of the Customs House and drew an estimated 2000 to 4000 people. We were told by one of the attending police officers that the Mayor had told the police to expect only about 250 people. The police also attempted to maintain traffic flow along East Bay Street but were thwarted by the crowd. They eventually closed the street.

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March 03, 2009

The taunts never end
Let’s really be real

Pat Jones

“Racists”, “cowards” and “unable to face reality”; it has not been a good couple of weeks for being white or conservative (if that is the term for a non-liberal). And now outrage by national columnist Leonard Pitts over a less-than- charming cartoon in the New York Post.

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February 16, 2009

Some images from Australia
Coming out of the "Wild"

I hope viewers will forgive us for posting something that has nothing to do with local, state or Federal issues. But the photos, sent by a friend in Australia, the Editor's place of birth, are so heart warming! In these contentious and difficult times, we thought viewers would appreciate the tenderness of the meeting of "wild" animals and humans as they share common hardships - a heat wave and bushfires.

For the record, koalas are protected. They live in coastal areas of Eastern Australia and feed only on eucalyptus leaves. Don't even think of trying to buy one!

The Editor

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January 30, 2009

Recession Turns Japanese?

Most of us are concerned about the course of the economy and the measures planned in Washington to stimulate a recovery. The following article was published on the web site of We thought it insightful and of interest to our viewers. It was written by James Quinn, a senior director of strategic planning for a major university.

Every day seems worse than the previous day: 500,000 people laid off every month. A banking system on life support. Plummeting home prices. Retailers going bankrupt in record numbers. Mounting foreclosures. And consumer confidence at record lows.

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September 21, 2007

Election forum in Radcliffeborough Neighborhood
Contenders for Council and Mayoral positions speak
Warwick Jones

There was little heat emanating from last night's meeting of the Radcliffeborough Neighborhood Association where candidates for the City Mayoral and District 3 Council representative made presentations. In the 5 minutes allotted to each aspirant, all addressed the 3 major issues, defined by the Neighborhood Association, for Radcliffeborough. But issues beyond these received only modest attention at best. Interestingly there was no discussion about the Sofa Store fire. Indeed, the matter got only a fleeting mention by one candidate.

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August 10, 2007

Planning Commission to hear request to move Urban Growth Boundary
Meeting on Monday August 13 at 4 pm


We know that many of our viewers are interested in the proposed Long Savannah development in West Ashley. To be able to undertake the development, the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) needs to be moved. The request for the move is being made by the developer to the Planning Commission at its meeting this coming Monday August 13. The meeting will begin at 4 pm at

County Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building
4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, SC
August 13, 2007

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August 09, 2007

"No significant changes" planned for Market area
Should the City make such a promise?

Warwick Jones

The second public meeting relating to the City Market area was held this morning. Probably reflecting the early morning timing, it was not as well attended as the first. We estimate about 40 to 50 persons in attendance with vendors in the majority. Attendance was over 200 at the first meeting.

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July 29, 2007

The Market area needs to change
But how to do it?
Warwick Jones

The market area needs to change, but how to do it? The City-organized charrette held on Friday evening allowed citizens and vendors to comment on what they would like to see at the City market area along Market Street.

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June 29, 2007

Citizens denied information on meeting of Commission
Chairman of St Andrews Parks and Playground criticized

Lee Edwards

The actions of the Chairman of the St Andrews Parks and Playground Commission (P&P) in relation to an enquiry by citizens over millage rates seem unjust and probably illegal.

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June 25, 2007

Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation gives $2.2 million in 2006
MUSC and Center for Birds of Prey major local beneficiaries
Warwick Jones

We started following the Spaulding Paolozzi Foundation over a year ago when we found that Mayor Riley was a director and the Foundation was supporting Clemson’s effort to locate its School of Architecture in Ansonborough. We recently obtained a copy of its 2006 Form 990 submission to the IRS. There is little controversial in it but we thought that readers may be interested in the report.

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Hard questions need to be asked about Charleston’s tragic fire
Laxity, poor judgment and management?

Marc Knapp

How many mistakes does it take to kill 9 men? Answer: Only one.

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June 17, 2007

On Fathers Day, some thoughts on fathers

Today is Father’s Day. Two articles follow, from the Wall Street Journal and the Post and Courier.
We think they say it all.

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January 30, 2007

Choosing Not To Be Free

Shawn Keller
Captain, US Army Reserves

I’ve already done one year in Iraq and will be going back for another soon. A lot of people “thank me for my service to the Country” and I suppose most of them genuinely mean it. Some people even go so far as to thank me for “fighting for their freedom,” but the cynic in me is starting to question how much Americans truly want to be free.

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May 16, 2006

Government by Stealth
The State exposes intrigue behind the financing of the Hunley museum
The State newspaper recently ran a three part series entitled Government by Stealth. It was written by John Monk. The focus was the proposed Hunley Museum and it's likely extraordinarily high cost. It highlighted the role of Senator Glenn McConnell in pushing for the development and the unusual and questionable steps he took secure finance. To realize his vision for the museum, the Senator drew in Clemson University, which seemed a willing partner in the intrigue, even if it meant sacrificing financing educational objectives.

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April 18, 2006

A "grumpy" old friend responds
It's not so different in Australia
Warwick Jones, Editor

Perth, the West Australian State Capital is a city similar in many respects to Charleston. It is on the coast, has a pleasant climate and is fast growing. But as this extract from a letter of a friend indicates, it has many other similarities. I thought viewers might be amused by his thoughts and complaints. Many look very familiar. As the saying goes, "it's the same the whole world over……"

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December 05, 2004

Golf Tunnel Loan - A Reality Check

G. Robert George, P.L.S., P.E.
Councilmember, District 12
The City of Charleston

The Post and Courier editorial of Friday, November 26, 2004 discounting the rumored use of the half-percent sales tax revenue to repay the city's $ 1.2 million General Fund Loan to the Municipal Golf Course leaves the impression that this loan will be repaid by the Municipal Golf course within approximately ten years. A review of several recent city audits leaves a very different impression.

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August 27, 2004

A thought for the Governor

Submitted by Joe Lolli, 7867 Russell Street Drive, Edisto Island

Retain a span of the Pearlman Bridge and develop Drum Island
Dear Governor Sanford,

Regarding the dismantling of the Grace and Pearlman bridges after the new Ravenel Bridge is finished, why not consider allowing the state to sell off Drum Island and let the part of the Pearlman bridge over Town Creek to remain in place providing access to that island? The sales proceeds from Drum Island could substantially offset part of the state's contribution to the new bridge cost.

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July 09, 2004

Can Ansonborough survive as a residential community?

Warwick Jones, Editor

Ansonborough is an integral part of the historic section of the City of Charleston. But its relevance and importance will diminish if the development nibbling at its fringes continues. The shadows cast by the developments on Meeting and Calhoun Streets touch the residential area. Other developments may cast longer shadows.

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