Maybe our senators think memories are short in Orangeburg. We had a county school board. These good citizens were giving of their time for the benefit of education.

Our two senators decided without notice or explanation to abolish that board. So have they already selected the people they want on their board? Do we have to pay for another election?

How will this new superintendent be selected? Have they already selected one of their own?

If the citizens are not allowed a vote on this bill to consolidate Orangeburg County school districts, we certainly can make our voices heard in the next general election. We will not forget.

Louise Hughes, Orangeburg

Consolidation, not merger

I have read two of your recent articles about the pending bill that would consolidate school districts in Orangeburg County. A lot of the "range of views" can be attributed to the use of the word “merger” interchangeably with consolidation.

The bill clearly calls for consolidation -- a new entity, with a new name. It does not state or imply one or more districts being merged into and existing district.

Merger -- District 5 + District 4 + District 3 = District 5

Consolidation -- District 5 + District 4 + District 3 = Orangeburg County School District

Help the citizens understand, don't contribute to the misunderstanding.

James L. Myers, Orangeburg

‘Don’t Fry Day’

What follows Wednesday and Thursday? This week, it’s “Don’t Fry Day” – an occasion to raise awareness for sun safety and encourage everyone to protect their skin.

An estimated 5.6 million Americans will confront skin cancer in 2017. Unfortunately, the “all natural” movement puts millions more at risk by advocating against common sunscreens.

In its sunscreen guide released this week, EWG attacks oxybenzone, one of our most effective broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protectants, and Vitamin A, an antioxidant that prevents the sun’s aging effects. But dermatologists say it would take 200 years of regularly applying either of these ingredients before you’d ever see a health effect. Conversely, just 15 minutes of fun in the sun can damage your skin.

Fear over sunscreen “nanoparticles” is also farfetched. The tiny particles clump together, which prevents your body from absorbing them. Plus, when natural mineral ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are small enough, they don’t leave that annoying white residue on your skin (good bye lifeguard nose!).

In reality, sunscreens face the same rigorous safety screenings as over-the-counter medications. So as you splash your way into warmer months, remember to lather up and trust the science of SPF for a sunburn-free summer.

Dr. Joseph Perrone

Chief Science Officer

Center for Accountability in Science

Washington, D.C.


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