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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...
After six months of consideration, deliberation and a unanimous vote of endorsement by an appointed ad hoc committee, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg presented his 2021 budget to Charleston City Council for the first time in late October. The irony is not lost on us, and we are sure is it not...
The Daniel Island News is excited to welcome Zach Giroux to the paper’s editorial staff as a general assignment reporter. He will also assume copy editing duties.   Zach comes to us after a three-year stint with The Moultrie News. He also recently worked as a freelancer for the Island Eye...
A recent phone call between Santa Claus and his business agent, Jerry.   Jerry (J): Nicki, you there? It’s Jerry ... (pause) ... Jerry, your agent. You OK, big guy?   Santa (S): Hello, Jerry. I’m good. And you? Oh wait, I can look it up here in my naughty-and-nice book.   J (...
The wreath above the hot pool, shaped like a peace sign, was the only indication of the holiday season. A cool drizzle fell into the steaming water. We prodded each other by saying, “We’ll never see these people again” and slipped into the hot tub among the 20 strangers.   My husband Mark and...

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