RMC has dedicated professionals

Recently while in the hospital for 17 days, I learned something amazing. Do you have any idea how good a group of people we have?

The doctors, nurses and staff at The Regional Medical Center were wonderful. Everyone seemed concerned about my getting well. The nurses on 3 West, nurses in CCU like Amy and Carmen and the guys who tried to make me comfortable like Eric and Sam. Mike, Blake and Jenny tried to help me build back strength and keep me strong with exercises.

Numerous nurses like April Wolfe, Caitlin Swayer, Afton, Ciera, Ashley, Annie, Nantasha and many more adjusted my bed, answered questions and were polite.

Three different chaplains met with me to see that I was okay. "Miss~ Shirley cleaned my room every morning and had a good word to say. The lady serving meals was always ready with an extra cup of coffee or lunch drink. There are many people whose names I have forgotten but not their kindness nor professionalism.

I would like to thank everyone of these people and thank God for them. Our hospital has a valuable commodity -- its people! Keep up the good work. The next time you think about our hospital, remember the dedicated, professional people we have at all levels.

Chuck A. Henson, Orangeburg

Clyburn should seek end to sugar program

Sixth District Congressman Jim Clyburn is in the pocket of the nation's beet and cane sugar cartels. Clyburn continually votes to maintain the U.S. sugar program. Why? It is really quite simple, Clyburn received well over $120,000 in political donations from the sugar cartels since coming to Washington in 1993.

Thanks to Clyburn and others, the U.S. Sugar Program continues. The program is a Soviet-style command-and-control scheme that restricts planting and imports. This inflates the price of sugar in the United States to almost double the world price.

So when you go to the store to buy a snack cake or anything sweetened, you pay more. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the program means Americans pay $3.5 billion every year in increased grocery costs, which breaks down to $58 per household.

In Clyburn's 26 years in office, he repeatedly voted against sugar reform costing each South Carolina family an additional $1,392 for groceries. You have to ask yourself, is my congressman really fighting to make life better, or is he just another politician in it for the campaign contributions? It's time for Clyburn to step up and end this costly government giveaway to the cartels.

The Independent Bakers' Association is an international trade association that fights to protect the interests of mostly family-owned wholesale bakers and allied trades. For more information, visit IBAbaker.com.

Nicholas A. Pyle

President

Independent Bakers' Association

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