These last few weeks — the weeks that represent life since coronavirus entered our lexicon, homes, and business lives — created a new normal. And, as we begin reopening businesses and government services again, it’s time to readjust to the next new normal that exists somewhere between before COVID-19 and after the stay-at-home orders – our ever-changing COVID-19 world.
At the paper, we continue to have our editors, writers, graphic artists and salespeople work mainly from home in an effort to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus and to protect ourselves and our families. At the same time, we are committed to reporting and producing the news each week. We delivered the news through the shutdown and we will deliver the news through this stage of change.
Elections and Letters to the Editor
As we all transition, some things do remain the same. For example, elections and campaigning continue to be an important part of our civic life. The paper continues to report on candidates and elections and to run letters to the editor concerning elections and other issues. We also continue to adhere to a policy to promote a lively but respectful debate in our letters section. Please note that if you want to submit a letter to the editor regarding the candidates in the June 9 primary, the last day to submit a letter is May 24. It is our policy not to print letters to the editor concerning candidates in the paper’s edition immediately preceding an election. After the May 28 edition, we will not publish letters relating to the June 9 election.
Save the Date
Transitioning back to a more active island also includes bringing back an updated events calendar — our “Save the Date” section. Please let our editor, Boots Gifford, know about your save the date items so we can bring that information back to the paper. You can send those items to email@example.com
. And if your organization formerly had been included in the list of regularly scheduled meetings, please complete this survey to be reinstated: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/58Z9P9G
Informative and Engaging Features
Finally, exploring the waterways, especially in and around Daniel Island and the Cainhoy peninsula, is one of the blessings and joys of living in the Lowcountry during the warmer months of the year. Our features this week continue our longstanding tradition of delivering informative and engaging articles that highlight community water access, boating and fishing fun, as well as dredging and commercial impacts on our waterways. Also, water safety is of prime importance, now more than ever. In addition to using water access points, piers and beaches in a manner to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, remember to practice smart water safety. You will find articles relating to these issues and more in this week’s paper.
Let’s adjust to the next new normal together.