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South Africa should adopt Mandela's principles

South Africa has been thrown into the news because of President Donald Trump's recent tweet that he instructed his secretary of state to "closely study" alleged land seizures from white farmers in South Africa. Earlier this year, a land … more

Justice Kennedy's 1st priority: The First Amendment

It became official just after lunchtime on Wednesday, just after the Supreme Court announced its final decisions of the term and went into recess. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the 104th person to serve on the court, is retiring, effective just after his … more

College destruction of black students

Amy Wax, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, has come under attack and scathing criticism because she dared criticize the school's racial preferences program. In an interview with Brown University economist Glenn Loury, discussing … more

Declaring independence

Editor's note: In celebration of the Fourth of July, The Sumter Item presents "The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies" for your holiday reading enjoyment. - - - In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the … more

Democrats' visions of hand signals from white supremacists

The highlight, at least for some television watchers, of the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court came when the young woman seated directly behind the nominee rested her … more

Trump's failure to condemn bigots of alt-right tars his presidency

WASHINGTON - How can a president as successful as Donald Trump be so unpopular? Fueled by his historic tax reform and an unprecedented regulatory rollback, the economy grew by 4.1 percent in the second quarter. The unemployment rate is just 3.9 … more

In celebration of our propositional nation

On this July Fourth, with the recent opening of Sumter's Temple Sinai Jewish History Center, we are reminded of a letter that George Washington wrote to a Jewish congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1790. In this letter, Washington assured … more

How can journalists create more unity against Trump's anti-press tactics?

A former editor described Donald Trump as a "magician" who has "led (journalists) by their noses around the circus ring by his cheap acts." How can journalists create more unity against Trump's tactics? Tatiana Diaz, 30, sophomore, Grand Rapids … more

Congrats, Trump voters. You've been vindicated.

WASHINGTON - For those conservatives who voted for Donald Trump because of the Supreme Court, congratulations: You've been vindicated. Had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election, she would have replaced the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia … more

In spies battle, Trump holds the high ground

In backing John Brennan's right to keep his top-secret security clearance, despite his having charged the president with treason, the U.S. intel community has chosen to fight on indefensible terrain. Former Director of National Intelligence James … more

Civics education more important than ever before

A revival for civics education in our schools, even colleges, could not come soon enough. The impending appointments of several Supreme Court justices during the next few years brings to light how void our populace is on the most fundamental aspects … more

Keeping weapons out of newspaper buildings is crucial

For many years, I have advocated that newspapers implement measures to keep strangers out of newsrooms. My initial advocacy was provoked by my observations around the state that many newsrooms seemed to allow anyone off the street to walk … more
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