The Grand Strand News, April 2 article “COVID-19: You bet your life,” used hypothetical death rates of 1.5% in one place and 4% in another. Although those numbers may turn out to be correct, the death rate may also turn out to be 0.15% or 0.4%: it is too early to know. Be cautious when comparing death rates from COVID-19. Some quote death rates as percent of those tested positive, others as percent of diagnosed, and others might use percent of population. How death is classified is another issue. As of March 17, in Italy the average death age was 79.5, and 99% had diabetes, heart, pulmonary, or other, often terminal, diseases. If they died after being diagnosed with the Virus, there death was listed as caused by the Virus, irrespective of whether they would have died of their underling health issues. As the reported death rate from the Virus goes up, the reported death rate from other diseases goes down. Others make a distinction on whether death was caused by the Virus or an underlining health issue.

Philip Holberton

Traditions Club, Litchfield


Dear Editor,

This letter is on behalf of Allison Sippel Peteet who is running for Georgetown County Treasurer in the upcoming primary elections on June 9, 2020.

As our current County Treasurer she has instituted creative and efficient practices which have saved the county and taxpayers considerable cost. Whenever we have had business in her offices we were treated professionally with kindness and efficiency.

We feel very comfortable and grateful that Allison is at the helm with our county’s finances.

Robert and Claudia Insley

Pawleys Island


Dear Editor,

It is nice to have someone looking out for us. That is why I am voting to re-elect Allison Sipple Peteet as Georgetown County Treasurer on June 9, 2020.

Because of her skills and experience, Georgetown County has benefited from the job she has done in the treasurers office. She has successfully brought new ideas and procedures to make the office more efficient. Allison commits herself to any project she undertakes and she is just getting started.

Allison is a bright community leader. Her care and compassion are on display weekly through her FB post and updates for the residents of Georgetown.

I have known Allison for over 20 years so these are just a few reasons I am voting to re-elect Allison as Georgetown County Treasurer.

Tom Johnston



Dear Editor,

Please go out and vote for Allison Peteet in the June 8, 2020 primary for Georgetown County Treasurer.

I have known Allison for 35+ years and I supported her during the last election. I knew she was going to do a great job because she loves Georgetown County and it shows. Besides her normal duties as treasurer she also runs an informational Facebook page on behalf of the Georgetown County Treasurer’s Office. This page keeps us up to date on everything happening in the county.

She has also made the Treasurer’s office run very smoothly. She has done a great job collecting past due funds, streamlining the payment system and she does all of this professionally and thoughtfully.

Please let’s work to keep Allison in office. Go out and vote in the June 8th primary, it is important as she is opposed. Then we will all re-elect her in November!

Thank you,

Donna Altman

Lowcountry Prep

Dear Editor,

From a parent who home schooled for years, I want to share my heart-felt thanks to the faculty and staff at Lowcountry Preparatory School. Their decision to continue teaching our students through Zoom, the day after Governor McMaster closed all schools in the state, is truly admirable.

Transitioning to this mode of instruction on the fly requires that a teacher have many skills in his/her repertoire. I am not talking about computer skills. I am talking about things like trust in the child and a genuine willingness to communicate that trust; a willingness to let go of all nonessentials and keep a laser focus on developing core content; acceptance that it is better to keep advancing even 1% every day than to lose any ground we have gained all year long; and appreciating that in today’s world people can be in the same room and be disconnected while people can be in different places and still connect deeply. Many parents choose a school first and foremost for its teachers. The teachers at LPS are their day-to-day leaders in thinking big thoughts. We are counting on them to help our kids pass the test of life. They have not let us down.

During this international crisis, I am grateful our kids get up at the same time every morning. I am grateful our kids are not being given packets to sift through. The material our teachers teach is important, but the relationships are infinitely more so. The fact that they keep showing up, and having conversations with our kids when the world around them is coming a little undone, the fact that they know our kids and are holding them accountable to do good work, providing them some normalcy and stability and expecting THEM to keep showing up and being responsible in ways they know how, that is what matters to me as a parent. That is why what you are doing is right and smart and good.

The execution can never be perfect, nor should it be graded on such a basis. Everyone at LPS gets an A+ from my family for the response you bravely chose for our kids. The LPS leadership and teachers took the hard way when you could have taken any number of easier ways. I have taught my kids at home, on the road, remotely, and online while traveling for sports. Maintaining quality while giving up control is not for the gutless or fainthearted. The fact that you all keep showing up with grace and humility and keep soldiering on the best you can deserves nothing but praise and awe. We are all indebted. Thank you for your service when no one would blame you for padlocking the doors and taking a vacation. Your example is a fine one to all of our children. I, for one, will make sure my children notice.

Sincerely yours,

Kristin Bohan

Pawleys Island

Surviving the Coronavirus

To the Editor,

School closings, sports event cancellations, food hoarding... We live in a new Coronavirus-induced world. Yet some personal health facts remain unchanged.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer good advice for preventing community spread and personal infection: apply social distancing, sanitize surfaces, wash your hands, don’t touch your face. But, there’s more...

Does anyone wonder why uncounted numbers of infected people develop no symptoms and only 20 percent of symptomatic people require hospitalization? It’s because they have an effective immune system able to fight off the virus. But the CDC does not talk about that, perhaps for fear of offending powerful animal food industries.

Fortunately, good advice on boosting our immune system is readily available on the internet from trusted sources like WebMD and Healthline. And the advice is always the same:

Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruits and leafy


Refrain from dairy, other fatty animal products, and sugar-laden foods

Maintain daily exercise of 30-60 minutes

Minimize your stress level and get adequate sleep

Did I mention that this advice works great for all other nasty bugs as well?

Gary Tipton


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