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The impulse to save our most cherished moments is a powerful force. When you ask people to choose three possessions to save from a burning house, one of the most common answers is a photo album.

Maybe that’s because photographs tell the stories of our lives – a timeline of memories filled with faces we love and places we have been. Photos speak directly to our emotions; they capture our attention and give us the power to show people who we are and what we do.

When composed professionally, they shine a light on our personalities, relationships, and families. After all, every human emotion has a place in photography.

Whether you need to steal someone’s attention with a stunning headshot or want to save your most loving family moments, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Hilton Head Island, SC I delight in the adventure of photography. I constantly immerse myself in whatever genre I’m shooting and seek new ways of bonding with my subjects to provide them with a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Unlike other photographers, I use my technical knowledge of photography, ability to connect with people, and artistic creativity to produce memorable photos for my clients. I believe that providing folks with a client-centric experience sets me apart from other photographers in Hilton Head Island.

Some professionals may be wonderful composers but cannot understand what their customers want. Others are great at connecting but don’t have the training or experience to make their work truly special.

When you choose Adam Chandler Photography, rest assured that you are hiring a photographer with creativity, imagination, and a keen eye for detail. You won’t ever have to worry about sacrificing one quality for another.

I have a wide range of professional experience in the world of photography. I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of subjects, from local families to corporate business professionals in the Lowcountry. As a photographer in Hilton Head Island with more than a decade of experience, my top priority is not only to capture beautiful images but also to provide you with a relaxing, enjoyable photography session.

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Our Company Mission Is To Exceed Expectations

Your family is probably the single most important part of your life. From children to grandparents, and even nieces and nephews, building a strong family bond secures your legacy for the future.

You will grow and change with your family throughout life and encounter many memorable milestones along the way.  One of the best ways to document these milestones and relive your memories is with a family photo session.

I love family photography and strive to pour my soul and creativity into each shoot. While each session is different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the unique personality, affection, and energy of each family so I can provide authentic, engaging pictures and a uniquely fun experience.

Whether you have a newborn baby that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Hilton Head Island is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:

  • Beaches – Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah Island, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places – Washington Square, Broad Street, Ravenel Bridge
  • Historical Sites – Hilton Head Island Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Whatever location you choose for family photography in Hilton Head Island, the Holy City is a wonderful place in which to immerse yourself with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Hilton Head Island, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much is the opportunity to get creative. I gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for – be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a relaxed style of direction to get your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that are full of life and happiness.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

With each year that passes, we grow – both literally in size and also in mind. Having annual family photographs helps document the advancements and growth you have in life. Family photography in Hilton Head Island is a great way to remember the quirks or personality traits in your children, or to immortalize an important event like a high school graduation. Since we grow and change so fast, many families arrange for yearly family photo sessions to see their family’s growth year over year.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are achieved. From a child’s first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember such happy events than with photographs. Whether you are welcoming a new puppy into your life or just landed the job of your dreams, celebratory pictures of your family will give you heartwarming memories for the rest of your life.

Create Memories

The smiling, radiant face of your daughter after losing her first tooth. The loving glance between newlyweds. The happy father, beaming with pride after his son scored his first touchdown. As a professional photographer in Hilton Head Island, SC, drawing out these feelings and emotions and capturing them on film is one of my greatest joys. Not because the pictures are great, but because you, as my client, will have so many years of enjoyment looking back at them.

Portraits And Headshots In Hilton Head Island, SC

A great headshot shows you at your best – whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today’s world of digital dominance, having a professional headshot or portrait of your team is becoming a necessity. It’s no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.

Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many humans just aren’t very photogenic. I know that for some clients, it can be hard posing for a professional photo; knowing their headshot or portrait might make the rounds with future employers.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots. Unlike some amateur photographers, I know how to draw out your personality to capture you at your best. I know how to compose your portrait based on the industry you work in or the goal that you have with your photoshoot. Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because I advise them every step of the way – from the clothes they should wear to the expression they should have.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

Portraits And Headshots In Hilton Head Island, SC
Show Your Personality

Show Your Personality

A great headshot can help give people an idea of your personality before you sit down to meet them. For instance, a serious glance at the camera might convey determination. A big smile may say “I’m approachable.” My goal is to match your expression with your personality with every headshot or portrait I take.

Show Your Professionalism

Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are much more likely to interview you or call your business if you look professional. You have taken the time to invest in your brand, and the important people you’re sharing your headshot with will appreciate your effort.

Stand Out on Social Media

Stand Out on Social Media

Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you are looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn, a headshot lends an air of professionalism that you won’t get with a selfie.


                     Show Off Your Current Look

Show Off Your Current Look

Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up to date headshots, you’re showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

Show Your Personality

Qualities Of A Great Photographer In Hilton Head Island, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning the best pieces of camera equipment. While a great camera gives clients the clearest, highest quality photos available, it won’t help me connect with my subjects. I strive to give clients a fun, enjoyable photo session. I use my knowledge and experience to help set up the perfect shot. After connecting with my client, I draw out their personality to produce a stunning final product.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because I am different from my peers in the best ways possible. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

Imagination

Imagination

I consider photography to be an artform – one that requires a creative mind and heaps of imagination. A great photographer needs to be able to take something ordinary and transform it into something beautiful. A back-alley puddle is about as mundane as it gets, but with the right technique and a little imagination, it can turn into something with much more substance.

Passion

Passion

This quality might seem like a no-brainer to most, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen photography that is missing something. More often than not, the photographer isn’t passionate about the subject or model that he or she is photographing.

Patience

Patience

Patience is an essential quality for all great photographers. Some days, picture lighting won’t cooperate. Other days, it’s hard to get that big happy smile from younger clients. That’s why patience and flexibility are so important. As a professional with years of experience, I understand that I must have the patience to deal with whatever comes my way and the flexibility to make the most out of any situation.


                     People Skills

People Skills

All photographers are created differently. Some photographers are more aloof and put in the bare minimum effort when it comes to speaking with clients. Others, like myself, relish the opportunity to talk with customers. That’s because interacting with subjects allows me the chance to see their vision and transform their idea into art. Talking with subjects lets me draw out their emotions and put younger subjects at ease. People skills are a must in this industry. Luckily for me, it’s one of my favorite parts of the job

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Hilton Head Island, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Every element of a photograph should be reviewed to ensure cohesiveness. You might think that a family photo session is cut and dry in terms of composition and detail, but all elements of a photograph must come together to convey the vision that my clients desire.
When you hire me as your photographer, I take all the following elements into consideration:

  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Emotion
  • Storytelling

If you have a goal you want to construe with your photographs, helping you achieve that goal is often found in the details.


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I am proud to say that I am very passionate about my work. However, I’m also passionate about giving my clients the most enjoyable, care-free photography experience possible. My passion drives me to work harder, push farther, and strive to be better every day that I wake up.

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about their vision. If you are in need of professional photography, let’s talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you’re looking for family photography in Hilton Head Island or want new headshots for your employees, I am here to help every step of the way.  

Latest News in Hilton Head Island

Jasper County Schools Going All-Remote Until Sept. 10

(TNS) — Jasper County School District is moving all students to remote learning until at least Sept. 10, Superintendent Rechel Anderson announced Saturday afternoon.Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School moved to remote learning Aug. 23 after the district recorded 24 COVID infections and 96 quarantines — including the school's entire football, volleyball and cheerleading teams — in the first week of school."Due to the surge of the contagious virus, COVID-19 Delta variant in our community and schools, and the n...

(TNS) — Jasper County School District is moving all students to remote learning until at least Sept. 10, Superintendent Rechel Anderson announced Saturday afternoon.

Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School moved to remote learning Aug. 23 after the district recorded 24 COVID infections and 96 quarantines — including the school's entire football, volleyball and cheerleading teams — in the first week of school.

"Due to the surge of the contagious virus, COVID-19 Delta variant in our community and schools, and the number of students and staff in quarantine, it is imperative that we temporarily cease in-person learning until September 10, 2021," a Saturday district press release read. "We will reevaluate date before the return date for further direction."

As of Saturday afternoon, the district reported 20 COVID infections and 62 people in quarantine among students and staff on its online dashboard, which is updated every Friday.

All school athletics will be suspended during the closure, and students will be required to log in every day for e-learning to be marked present, according to the district press release. Teachers will still go to schools to deliver remote instruction.

For students who don't have a school technology device, the district will distribute a form on Monday to schedule a time for device pick-up. There is a $35 technology fee, but there will be space on that Monday form to indicate financial difficulties, according to the press release.

Families will be able to pick up five days' worth of school breakfasts and lunches on Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on each school's campus.

South Carolina schools are currently prevented from moving permanently to virtual instruction due to a state budget proviso. If more than 5 percent of a district's students are in long-term virtual learning, the district could lose up to half of its per-pupil funding for each virtual student over that limit.

However, S.C. Department of Education spokesperson Ryan Brown said last week that the proviso does not apply to temporary school closures.

In the last month, Jasper County has reported record-breaking averages of new COVID-19 cases. As of Friday, the county's seven-day average of newly confirmed infections was 27 per day.

There has been no word in Beaufort County of moving entire schools to virtual learning. Beaufort County School District Superintendent Frank Rodriguez has repeatedly declined to name specific metrics he would use to determine whether to return classrooms, schools — or the entire district — to virtual schooling.

On Aug. 16, the first day of school, Rodriguez said he would "monitor very closely, case by case" and stay in touch with state and local health officials.

As of Wednesday, Beaufort County School District has logged at least 311 COVID-19 infections among students and staff, and had 2,008 people in quarantine.

©2021 The Island Packet (Hilton Head, S.C.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Jasper County closes administrative buildings after surge in COVID cases among employees

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Jasper County closed its administrative offices to the public after more than a fifth of its almost 300 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 or had to quarantine in the past month, a news release said. The Town of Bluffton also changed its COVID policy for its public buildings, reducing the number of staff working in each place at a time.

In Jasper County, all business will be conducted by phone, email and drop-box at least through Labor Day.

“The closure is needed to protect the health and well-being of county staff as well as those coming to do business at the county offices,” the release said.

Since July 26, Jasper County has had 64 COVID-related cases among employees, the release said. Twenty-one of those employees tested positive for the virus, 24 had negative test results but had to quarantine due to exposure, and 19 new cases are awaiting test results, according to human resources director Nicole Holt.

“We are a small staff to start with, but when we have this many people out sick or in quarantine, it does affect our ability to meet and serve the public face to face,” Holt said. “We apologize for the inconvenience and are hopeful we can re-open to in-person service sometime after Labor Day.”

County Administrator Andrew Fulghum said although the county would like to conduct business in person, staff is already trained on how to conduct business in other ways because emplooyees had do so for months during the pandemic.

“We are looking at a number of approaches and initiatives to improve our situation, not only for our employees but for all Jasper County residents,” Fulghum said.

Jasper County public schools have also gone all-virtual through at least Sept. 10.

Before the closure, the county had already partnered with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to sponsor multiple vaccine clinics for state residents age 12 and older.

“If you haven’t had the vaccine yet, I urge you to talk to your doctor or call DHEC and get accurate answers,” Barbara Clark, chair of the Jasper County Council, said in the release. “Our Lowcountry hospitals are filled with COVID cases again, with people on ventilators and people dying, and we have a free vaccine that can minimize your chances of dying.”

Jasper County and the City of Hardeeville have never passed local mandates requiring face masks in public buildings at any point during the pandemic, but the municipal offices have all experienced closures. The Town of Ridgeland is currently requiring masks in its buildings.

As of Monday, Hardeeville and Ridgeland offices are still open for regular business. The same is true for offices in neighboring Beaufort County, Hilton Head Island, Beaufort and Port Royal.

The Town of Bluffton started operating with a reduced staff Monday to “limit the opportunity for the coronavirus to spread among the public and employees,” the town said in an announcement. Masks aren’t mandated in Town Hall, but employees and visitors are asked to wear them. Masks and hand sanitizer are available at the entrance.

“The objective of implementing a hybrid-operation is to service our residents while doing our part to control infection rates,” Bluffton Town Manager Stephen Steese said in a news release. “Town staff is well-versed in working remotely as they keep the business of the town moving forward. This step is necessary, at this time, to keep our community and employees safe.”

South Carolina school mask mandate ban sparks federal civil rights investigation

The U.S. Department of Education has opened a civil rights investigation into a South Carolina budget measure aiming to stop K-12 schools from issuing mask mandates, the federal agency announced Monday.The inquiry follows President Joe Biden’s warning to Gov. Henry McMaster and governors in Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah with...

The U.S. Department of Education has opened a civil rights investigation into a South Carolina budget measure aiming to stop K-12 schools from issuing mask mandates, the federal agency announced Monday.

The inquiry follows President Joe Biden’s warning to Gov. Henry McMaster and governors in Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah with similar bans to back down. And it comes ahead of a South Carolina Supreme Court hearing Tuesday, when the high court will hear arguments whether to keep the ban in place.

The Biden administration’s investigation is exploring whether the prohibitions on mask mandates discriminate against students with disabilities or who are at heightened risk for severe illness caused by COVID-19.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said his agency has “heard from parents from across the country — particularly parents of students with disabilities and with underlying medical conditions — about how state bans on universal indoor masking are putting their children at risk and preventing them from accessing in-person learning equally.”

He continued, “It’s simply unacceptable that state leaders are putting politics over the health and education of the students they took an oath to serve.”

Governor’s Office spokesman Brian Symmes again called the investigation “another attempt by the Biden Administration and to force a radical liberal agenda on states and people who disagree with them.”

“Governor McMaster isn’t going to stand for it because he knows that parents – not federal bureaucrats – know what’s best for their children,” Symmes said. “Under South Carolina law, anybody who wants to wear a mask – in a school setting or elsewhere – is free to do so, but the governor isn’t going to ignore a parent’s fundamental right to make health decisions for their children.”

The investigation will specifically address whether the provision in South Carolina that is intended to ban schools from mandating mask usage violates part of the Rehabilitation Act, which protects students with disabilities from discrimination. The investigation also will look into potential violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination by any public entity.

In a letter to McMaster, the federal agency’s civil rights office said prohibiting schools from requiring students to wear masks stops schools from being able to implement proper health and safety procedures to protect students from COVID-19 exposure.

In recent weeks, South Carolina’s COVID-19 cases have surged due to the state’s low vaccination rate as delta variant cases have emerged.

In the letter, the Office of Civil Rights officials said they are concerned that the restrictions on mask mandates “may be preventing schools … from meeting their legal obligations not to discriminate based on disability and from providing an equal educational opportunity to students with disabilities who are at heightened risk of severe illness from COVID-19.”

In response, the state Department of Education said in a tweet that officials had already issued guidance to schools about students who are covered under the Americans with Disabilities and the Rehabilitation acts.

“There are instances where the consideration of mask mandates is necessary for specific individuals who provide instruction and related services to, or come into contact with, students who are medically fragile, have immunocompromised and immunodeficiency conditions, or are otherwise at significant risk for medical conditions that make them more likely to become seriously ill, consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control,” state officials said in a letter distributed to schools.

State education officials said issuing mask mandates should be done on a case-by-case basis.

“These decisions must not be based on state and/or local across-the-board policies, procedures, practices, and prohibitions,” they said. letter read.

The legal debate over South Carolina’s mask measure will come to a head Tuesday.

The South Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments twice Tuesday morning after the City of Columbia and the Richland 2 School District asked the high court to block enforcement of the provision.

Separately, last week, parents and disability groups filed a lawsuit against McMaster and other state officials over the move, claiming that the ban is making them choose between their children’s health and education.

Flounder population hits historic low in SC. What local biologists propose to fix it

Pursuing southern flounder in brackish waters of salt marshes and rivers is a popular pastime in Beaufort County and across South Carolina.But the population of the unusual fish that has two eyes on its left side and swims sideways is markedly declining.New fishing restrictions went into effect in July in South Carolina to address the problem. And another effort, this one based in Beaufort County, is under way to increase...

Pursuing southern flounder in brackish waters of salt marshes and rivers is a popular pastime in Beaufort County and across South Carolina.

But the population of the unusual fish that has two eyes on its left side and swims sideways is markedly declining.

New fishing restrictions went into effect in July in South Carolina to address the problem. And another effort, this one based in Beaufort County, is under way to increase the population of the popular, bottom-dwelling finfish that fools its prey by disguising itself.

A $5 million program at South Carolina Department of Natural Resource’s Waddell Mariculture Center in Bluffton could one day lead to the production of millions of hatchery-reared southern flounder to bolster flagging wild populations.

The center on Port Royal Sound conducts research on growing different marine species in ponds and stocking those fish to enhance wild populations. It is already stocking red drum and cobia in state waters.

Now it is in the preliminary stages of building a stock enhancement program for southern flounder, but it will be tricky.

Flat fish, which spend most of their life swimming or lying on water bottoms on their side, require precise environmental conditions during hatchery production, SCDNR says. And in the past, hatchery offspring often ended up all male, partially albino or otherwise unlikely to survive.

“We have a lot of questions we need to answer before we can start putting fish back in the water,” Joey Ballenger, manager of SCDNR’s Inshore Fisheries Research Section, told the Beaufort Gazette and Island Packet.

The first regional assessment of flounder, published in 2019, found numbers at historically low levels and a 20-year decline, primarily due to overfishing.

The flounder population is regional, Bellenger notes, with fish located in the waters off the Atlantic Coast from the Carolinas to Florida. “There is mixing all up and down the coast,” he says.

The study also said that rebuilding the flounder fishery in 10 years would require a drastic 72% reduction in coast-wide harvest annually. For a theoretical harvest of 1,000 pounds, that would be a reduction to 280 pounds.

“Obviously, from a resource management agency perspective, we don’t want to see a decline of this nature in any of our resources,” Ballenger said.

Declines in the population of wild southern flounder from the Carolinas to Florida are prompting states to implement new rules to curb the fishing harvest.

In South Carolina, state lawmakers, at the urging of SCDNR fisheries biologists, passed more stringent flounder regulations, limiting the number caught by any method to five per person and increasing the minimum size of “keeper” to 16 inches (it had been 15). Those regulations went into effect July 1.

And last month, SCDNR conservation officers in Beaufort County charged five people following a major investigation into the illegal commercial harvest and sale of flounder and other saltwater finfish species. Charged were two Bluffton men and a Georgia man who, while gig fishing, allegedly caught too many fish, including flounder, that were too small. Staff at Hudson’s Seafood House and ELA’s on the Water restaurants on Hilton Head Island, and the Maiz Taqueria Food Truck in Bluffton also were cited.

Flounder research and the stocking effort at Waddell also could be part of the solution, the SCDNR says.

Red drum and cobia stocking programs pioneered protocols for responsibly stocking saltwater fish over the past 30 years, the agency says.

Biologists estimate as many as 50 million to 100 million young flounder would need to be stocked annually to rebuild South Carolina’s diminished population.

Studies are now under way to ensure hatchery-raised fish have the same genetic makeup as wild populations to avoid unintended harm, Ballenger said. Completing the baseline genetics research will take three to four years.

It will take four to five years before fish are released.

Waddell, one of the country’s largest and most sophisticated facilities for mariculture research, is located on the Colleton River. Its 1,200-acre physical plant, which includes ponds and tanks, allows researchers to expand laboratory work to commercial scale.

For the flounder work, an estimated $5 million is needed to retrofit and repair Waddell’s facilities to allow for maximum production, in addition to $753,000 annually to cover ongoing program costs, SCDNR says.

Funding for the planned upgrades was OK’d in the state budget this year, while the flounder stocking program will be funded through a recent increase in recreational saltwater license fees, also passed by the Legislature.

Ballenger said the work is in the preliminary stages.

For the project, wild flounder are being collected across the state. They will serve as offspring-producing “brood stock” at the Bluffton center. The hope is some of the brood stock will spawn this winter, but it depends on how well the fish take to the new environment, Ballenger said. Flounder spawn in late December through early March.

Because female flounder produce far fewer eggs than red drum, a flounder stocking program will require as many as 1,500 of female brood stock. By comparison, SCDNR currently maintains 20 female red drum brood stock.

One of its interesting qualities is that females grow much larger than the males. The largest males in South Carolina grow to 12 inches, and “that’s pushing it,” Ballenger says. Females, meanwhile, can approach 30 inches long.Flounder love the salt marsh habitat and hang out in brackish water, around marsh edges and rivers.

That means that the state’s entire fishery is dependent on females because keepers must be at least 16 inches. “Males don’t ever reach that size,” Ballenger said. The size difference comes down to how many eggs the females can produce, with a bigger body allowing more eggs, Ballenger says.

Southern flounder also are somewhat unusual in that they move offshore to spawn, compared to other species that spawn in estuaries, Ballenger says. Biologists aren’t sure where they go to spawn, he said.

Capt. Michael Paul Thomas, of SCDNR’s coastal Region 4, says flounder rely on camouflage to protect themselves, lying flat on the bottom and blending in with sediment before ambushing fish and shrimp.

Gigging at night, when the salt marshes and rivers are alive with life, is one popular technique used to catch them, he says.

“A shark may come cruising by,” Thomas says of fishing at night. “You never know what you are going to see.”

Gigging involves patrolling shallow water in flat-bottomed boats with lights that illuminate the water — and flounder. Long poles with attached prongs are then used to catch them.

Since the new flounder rules went into effect, Thomas thinks most fishermen are being extra cautious to avoid catching fish that are too small. Undersized fish can be returned to the water, even if they have been stabbed. Officers conduct regular patrols, including at night, he said.

“We do our best to get the word out,” Thomas says SCDNR conservation officers and the new rules.

Masks, like seatbelts and other rules, save South Carolina lives

Don’t like mandates designed to protect you? Then don’t wear a seatbelt, expect waiters and cooks to wash their hands after using the bathroom, wear shoes in a restaurant, cross at a crosswalk, get a driver’s license, follow safety protocols at work, stop at stoplights, learn gun safety, drive anywhere near the speed limit, require your surgical team to be licensed and wear masks, expect groceries to be disease free, or worry about a couple of extra beers “for the road.”Americans never liked mandates. Eve...

Don’t like mandates designed to protect you? Then don’t wear a seatbelt, expect waiters and cooks to wash their hands after using the bathroom, wear shoes in a restaurant, cross at a crosswalk, get a driver’s license, follow safety protocols at work, stop at stoplights, learn gun safety, drive anywhere near the speed limit, require your surgical team to be licensed and wear masks, expect groceries to be disease free, or worry about a couple of extra beers “for the road.”

Americans never liked mandates. Every one of the above mandates was designed to solve a problem that was injuring or killing the population, was contentious when first passed, and still has folks who will not follow it. But every one has done what it was designed to do: save lives and reduce injury to you and others when you follow it.

No politics or spin, just common sense.

- Thomas Balliet, Bluffton

President Joe Biden celebrating the Kabul airlift is like the captain of the Titanic celebrating the lifeboats.

- Blair Lee, Hilton Head

The front page of the Gazette, Aug. 25, reported 1,300 local students in quarantine the first week of school; and it covered a lawsuit by disability rights groups over the governor’s ban on school mask mandates. Brian Symmes, spokesman for the Governor’s Office, is quoted saying: “the only truly inclusive option is to allow every parent to decide whether their child will wear a mask at school.” Nonsense. “Every parent” does not have the right to determine school curriculum, or hours. Every parent does not have the right to let his child endanger my child. The majority of South Carolina residents have indicated their desire to protect their children and keep them in school. But, a small, vocal, anti-mask minority, for political reasons, has been given way too much say. It is time to expose this phony rhetoric of “freedom” for what it is, an excuse for the minority to bully the majority. Our nation has an enemy, COVID-19. Most of us are trying to fight that enemy with the best weapons we have. We want to keep ourselves, and our neighbors, safe. But some of us are harboring that enemy and calling it “freedom.”

- Palmira Brummett, Beaufort

Senator Tom Davis is participating in a study committee that will explore the implications and consequences of South Carolina joining a Regional Transmission Organization (RTO). This means uprooting our current energy system and turning it on its head. Joining an RTO means South Carolinians are at risk for higher energy rates that studies show is not greener or more reliable.

If we join an RTO, federal control over South Carolinians’ decisions increases. With federal control, comes greater expense and loss of state autonomy. Many South Carolinians, especially those in Beaufort County, cannot afford a rate hike, especially those who live on fixed incomes. We just witnessed the catastrophe in Texas that left many in the dark and cold without food and shelter for their families. With hurricane season in full swing, why would we want to bring that risk to South Carolina?

Senator Tom Davis is a co-chair on the committee and one of the biggest proponents for joining an RTO. Senator Davis has proven to be fair and honest. I hope that he will objectively study this issue and reach a conclusion that puts the best interest of South Carolina and our district first.

- Connie Smith, Hilton Head

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