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After pouring a second cup of morning coffee, my lovely wife, Grace, asked, “What would you like to do once you are vaccinated?” When I didn’t respond promptly, she added, “Did you hear me?”   I had heard her and, strangely, also the echo of my mother’s voice. “What would you like for...
Off-leash dogs are dangerous, illegal   Dear Editor:   On Monday, Dec. 28, a family and their off-leash dog were biking at the corner of Village Crossing and Pierce. The dog approached a woman walking her dogs. She asked the man to get his dog. He replied, “Chill out,” then (made) a very...
You just welcomed your new healthy lifestyle. You have decided to be a different person now, lose weight, exercise three times a week, quit the booze, and indulge in veggies. Congratulations!   Chances are that you will succeed. For the next couple of weeks.    But then everyday life...
The riot at the Capitol building on Jan. 6 and its aftermath have raised several serious concerns about American politics and society. These events also raise several questions and dilemmas regarding First Amendment law and freedom of speech generally. Social Media Bans: In the aftermath of the...
I have received a lot of calls regarding vaccinations and the lack of communication on how they are being distributed. On top of that, you have the news media reporting how different states are handling the distribution to different aged populations, which has caused some confusion.   I,...
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was another epidemic occurring across the United States that was claiming many lives – opioid overdoses.    With more than 33,000 deaths per year from both prescription and illegal opioid overdoses, roughly half of these deaths were attributable to...
This is the perfect weather for reading by a fire. Lots of great choices to start 2021.   First is a spectacular book by Yaa Gyasi. "Transcendent Kingdom" is the story of a woman who becomes a neuroscientist in search of the science behind the mental health issues of her beloved brother and...
I lost one of my very best people in the whole world a few weeks ago.   Calling her a “friend” of over 35 years doesn’t come close to describing what she was to me and I to her. She was an unexpected soulmate and I say that because neither of us would have ever thought two people so very...
Next year's tax season begins now and organizing and preparing now can save you time, headaches, and even money.   The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) offers these tips to help individuals get ready:   ● Organize your records now! Save your tax records, W-2s, 1099s, receipts...
Ron Shelton’s 1992 film “White Men Can’t Jump” casts Caucasian men, at least jokingly, as being overly terrestrially-bound. Mr. Shelton didn’t see me almost step on that black snake last summer! I am sure he would have promptly begun searching for another, more suitable, title for his movie...

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