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Provided by Stop Opioid Silence With the holiday season underway, the Stop Opioid Silence campaign is launching a renewed push to offer state residents the opportunity to share stories and learnings from their opioid addiction and recovery. Opioid use disorder and opioid-related death is a serious...
A long trip last month provided an abundance of reading time for me, so here is a profusion of books to choose from during the month of December. Starting with nonfiction, “In Hoffa’s Shadow” by Jack Goldsmith is a detailed and revealing (chilling?) look at the Teamsters and organized crime. The...
One of the reasons I was drawn to serve as president of the University of South Carolina is its established position as the state’s flagship university. The term “flagship” evokes many things, but in the higher education sphere it typically denotes the largest, most comprehensive public institution...
To say I’m a freak about my box of ornaments is an understatement. I get panicky when my husband takes it down from the attic, and I won’t let my kids touch it while we decorate our Christmas tree. The box contains ornaments of all shapes and sizes — round, flat, glass, plastic, homemade, store-...
Everyone matters and everyone deserves connection, inclusion, dignity, and support Dear Editor, Despite our technologically connected society, people are lonelier than ever. Nowhere is social isolation and loneliness more evident than among homebound Americans. Locally, 72% of East Cooper Meals on...
This is such an obvious, universal piece of advice that you might think it is overkill to post it on the refrigerator. You would be wrong. There is no such thing as overkill when it comes to chocolate. My earliest memories of chocolate are of my grandfather. Grandpop Shirey kept a cigar box of...
This month truly offers something for every taste. I found some of these books more engaging than others, but none were a waste of time. For the history buff, try “Revolution Song” by Russell Shorto. The subtitle of this is “The Story of America’s Founding in Six Remarkable Lives.” The Revolution...
Roadway Closures Please “stay calm and drive safely” as you traverse the Wando River Bridge on I-526 and as you navigate the island on Sunday, Nov. 17 during the 9/11 Heroes Run. The Heroes Run, which was postponed from its original date due to Hurricane Dorian, will take place this Sunday. There...
Two Thumbs Up for DI Trick or Treaters This year’s version of Halloween on Daniel Island was particularly noteworthy from our front porch. We saw many colorful costumes from both kids and their parents. We also saw families pulling wagons or driving decked-out golf cars. There were many princesses...
As we approach Veterans Day, I would like to share two very important numbers with you: 58,276 and 405. As of Memorial Day 2019, there are 58,276 names on the national Vietnam Veteran’s memorial, the Wall of Faces, honoring service members of the U.S. Armed Forces who fought in Vietnam, those who...

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