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Education is key to litter control in Sumter

I was driving home on McCrays Mill Road a few weeks ago and saw an all-too-familiar sight - several bags of garbage dumped on the side of the road at regular intervals. Did they fall off the back of a truck, or did someone just toss them there … more

Miseducated or stupid?

A recent Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation survey found that 51 percent of American millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist country than in a capitalist country. Only 42 percent prefer the latter … more

A cold wind off Lake Michigan for U.S.

"It's the Lord of the Flies on LaSalle Street," wrote columnist John Kass in the Chicago Tribune. In case the references are unclear, whether because high schools haven't been assigning the William Golding novel in the last few decades or because … more

Nikki Haley's comet has a long tale

WASHINGTON - Seated next to President Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Nikki Haley did not look like a woman who had tortured herself over whether to resign as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. On TV at least, she looked like someone who … more

Political circuses

Our political system, including both the Democratic and Republican parties, has been described at various times as a circus. And for many years the late Drew Pearson penned a popular syndicated column whose title, "The Washington Merry Go Round," … more

The invaders

They came from Africa. Across the vast ocean on favorable winds. They had stalked the grasslands with zebra and wildebeest. In South America, they found the Pampas Region with its herds of cattle. In time, they expanded their range northward … more

Trump racking up a record of foreign policy successes

WASHINGTON - In his new book "Fear," Bob Woodward recounts that in April 2017, after President Trump saw images of dead Syrian children with their mouths foaming from a sarin attack, he called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and issued an order: Get me … more

S.C. election reform could restore trust

Americans have lost trust in their democratic institutions and elected representatives. This holds true at the national and state levels, and South Carolina is no exception. Restoring trust is essential to the survival of republican government in … more

Macron to Trump: 'You're no patriot!'

In a rebuke bordering on national insult Sunday, Emmanuel Macron retorted to Donald Trump's calling himself a nationalist. "Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism; nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism." As for Trump's policy of … more

Bipartisanship, thy name is Woman

WASHINGTON - As newly elected congresswomen are poised to color this city blue, one wonders what effect they'll realistically have on the gridlock known as the House of Representatives. At final count, 101 women, mostly Democrats, are headed this … more

Trump could be the most honest president in modern U.S. history

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history. Don't get me wrong, Trump lies all the time. He said that he "enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history" (actually they are … more

Lessons from hurricanes bode poorly for our future

The end of the 2018 hurricane season is a good time to take a step back and see what we've learned from recent storms. In the last two years, 18 North Atlantic hurricanes struck the U.S., five of which were very dangerous by any measure. It is … more

eSTEAM Festival shows what we can achieve for students

As the presenting sponsor of the first-ever Sumter eSTEAM festival, I want to say a heartfelt and gracious THANK YOU - to all of Team Sumter, especially the economic development board staff, volunteers, exhibitors, vendors, partners, collaborators … more

Caravan puts Trump legacy on the line

Our mainstream media remain consumed with the grisly killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and how President Donald Trump will deal with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Understandably so, for … more

A vote for animals is a vote for humanity

WASHINGTON - For people who support the humane treatment of animals, including those that end up on America's dinner plates, passage this week of the farm bill would be a gift befitting the season - and a grand bipartisan gesture to close out the … more
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