letters to the editor
Boy Scout banquet was inspirational
To the editor,
The Pee Dee Area Council of Boy Scouts of America concluded its impressive Distinguished Citizen Awards banquet last Thursday in a room filled with alumni of the Eagle Scout ranks and friends of Scouting.
After hearing emotional testimonials from Rev. David McIntosh, Thomas Media Groups’ Darrin Thomas, the North Star awardee and son of long term Florence school board trustee, the late Calvin Thomas, and DuPont retiree, Tim Fisher, the Distinguished Citizen Award recipient, it was apparent that more parents of Scouting age children should give serious consideration to enrolling their sons and daughters in this exceptional organization, which provides outstanding adult mentoring leadership training.
In 2018 over 1,900 youths were involved in the Pee Dee Council and were supported by over 700 adult volunteers who were community role models for the future leaders in our society.
This adult leadership resulted in 51 young men earning their Eagle Scout ranking, one of the most prestigious awards in national youth organizations.
This generation of children now have many more distractions from multiple sports and social media than ever before. Instead of becoming subliminally influenced by the many wasted hours of negative messaging on their personal cell phones, young people in Scouting can learn self-discipline, independence, high moral values, and personal responsibility including service to community while fulfilling one’s duty to God and country.
Scouting can easily blend in with all the other youth activities while still challenging them to get outdoors and participate in high adventure camping programs that teach an appreciation for nature and the environment.
Accolades are due to the recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award, Tim Fisher, whose influence during his tenure as the Scoutmaster of Troop 477 yielded 97 Eagle Scouts. While serving in other leadership roles, Mr. Fisher mentored an additional 111 Eagle Scouts who have become outstanding college graduates and successful community leaders.
The confidence of knowing that your child is developing positive life skills from being associated with Scouting is well worth the parents’ time and investment in their future.
Flu shot pros far outweigh the cons
To the editor:
According to news reports, there were already 10 flu-related hospitalizations in South Carolina in the last week of August. As a medical professional, it is concerning that the flu season has gotten off to such an early start.
While every flu season is different, it’s imperative to get ahead of the game and protect yourself and your family with a flu vaccination.
The South Carolina Department of Public Health reported 2,661 flu-related hospitalizations and 96 flu-related deaths during last year’s flu season.
No one enjoys getting a shot, but the short-term discomfort outweighs the potential for severe illness or, in the worst-case scenario, death.
And, if not just for yourself, then do it for your loved ones. Children and seniors are particularly susceptible to the flu and its complications.
Ask your physician for the vaccination; go to any pharmacy, supermarket or big box store where the shot is offered; or visit www.vaccinefinder.org.
Don’t become another South Carolina flu statistic. Please get your vaccination today.
Robert London, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
WellCare of South Carolina