TO A BROKEN MENTAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM: Friday marked the six-year anniversary of the murder of Dana Davis, allegedly stabbed multiple times at the hands of her schizophrenic daughter, Christina Mavris. According to Mavris’ sister, Madalyn Wheatley, Mavris was hospitalized several times for her illness before the alleged killing. But her health care costs were too much, and Davis tried to take care of her daughter as best she could without professional help.

That move unfortunately led to Davis’ death.

When Mavris was imprisoned, she was hospitalized, deemed incompetent, released, and then re-arrested to face trial, which will likely begin this week. Odds are good she won’t get the help she needs if she is imprisoned, and she will be placed in general population with other inmates as a schizophrenic — a toxic mix. South Carolina, and our nation, need to work harder to help the mentally ill.

If there were better options, Davis would still be alive, and Mavris would not be facing jail time without the mental health treatment she desperately needs.


TO PALACE MALICE: Even though Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice didn’t win the Kentucky Derby, he’s a winner to all of us in Aiken. He’s the first horse in many years to represent Aiken’s own Dogwood Stable and its president, W. Cothran Campbell. Winner or loser — Palace Malice, Dogwood Stable and Cot Campbell have made Aiken proud.

TO ELIZABETH SUPAN: Supan, an 21-year teaching veteran and current teacher at Aiken Elementary School, was named the Aiken County School District Teacher of the Year at a banquet on Monday. It’s a honor well-deserved, according to her peers, students and Aiken Elementary Principal Becky Koelker. We offer a well-deserved pat on the back to Supan.

TO DR. RICHARD MALTZ: This USC Aiken music professor worked for years on the opera “Bambino,” which opened Friday at USC Aiken’s Etherredge Center. The opera is based on the “curse” of Babe Ruth, that began when the Boston Red Sox sold him to the New York Yankees in 1919. Without Ruth, the Red Sox didn’t see another World Series win until 2004. This dry spell for the Red Sox was deemed the “Curse of the Bambino.”

You can still catch the play today at 3 p.m., as well as at the University of South Carolina’s Drayton Hall on May 10 or May 11 at 7:30 p.m. and May 12 at 3 p.m.