As some are aware, this column that I call, “Southern Perspective,” is in its 11th year. I must admit that when I began writing for the local newspapers in 2007 I never expected to be still writing it in 2018. Some might say, “Why Not?” didn’t you think politics and national issues would be as serious in 2018 as in the midst of the recession of the Bush administration back in 2007? In truth, back then I didn’t think that far ahead. It was enough to pick up the newspaper each day and find the subject of tomorrow’s commentary.

I teach a Sunday school class each week and about once a month I bring in a substitute. I am convinced my people need some relief from time to time. I have felt that way about the column, though there continues to be no dearth of subjects that seem to need commentary.

This time, it is me who needs some relief. I am going to take a vacation from writing for a while. That is not because I am tired and need to rest. Instead, my wife has developed some medical problems that are dominating our lives right now. We are going to focus totally on getting her well and back on her feet. Writing occupies my mind every day and I need to use my mental energy on more important things. Any prayers you can send our way will be greatly appreciated.

Will I be back down the road? I anticipate that I will, that is if the local newspaper and GateHouse Media syndication will have me. My best thought for you is to keep reading your newspaper. In these troubled times, it is still the best source of in-depth news available.

Until we meet again, I sincerely wish you well.

— You can reach Dr. Mark L. Hopkins at presnet@presnet.net. Books by Hopkins, “Journey to Gettysburg, The Wounds of War, The World as it was When Jesus Came,” and “Facts & Opinions on the Issues of our Time,” can be acquired at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and through the E-mail above.