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Opportunity Zones will help more Americans achieve their dreams

It has been more than 50 years since the United States formally took on the "War on Poverty," and unfortunately for too many, we have yet to see a manifestation of permanent progress. Instead, we have millions of people still living in distressed … 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

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

Collusion by Obama administration, anyone?

As the likelihood that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia seems headed toward zero, the likelihood of proof of a different form of collusion seems headed upward toward certainty. The Russia collusion charge had some initial credibility … more

To understand why Trump won, look at Democratic hysteria

WASHINGTON - If you want to understand why Donald Trump is president today (and why he could very well win a second term), look to the Democrats' hysterical response to two of Trump's major foreign policy achievements over the past week. Last … more

Let's restore hope to our prison system after gang war

Editor's note: Georgetown attorney and Sumter native Ed Bell is president of the Charleston School of Law. The bloody melee that left seven prisoners dead and 22 wounded last week in Bishopville wasn't a riot. Inmates at Lee Correctional … 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

When the state condemns a disabled child to his death

WASHINGTON - Imagine your own beloved child was lying in a hospital with a mysterious brain disease. Should you, as the parent, be allowed to decide whether to continue treatment for your son or daughter? Or should the state have the power to … more

Inherent risk of sport specialization

One of the responsibilities that parents take most seriously is protecting their children from injury, whether it is buckling seat belts in a car or wearing a helmet while riding a bike. And when their kids become teenagers and want to participate … more

Trump and the invasion of the West

"It is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart," says former first lady Laura Bush of the Trump administration policy of "zero tolerance," under which the children of illegal migrants are being detained apart from their … more

Blind to real problems of today's stats

For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Dr. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, said: "Instead of admitting that racism has … more

Educational fraud at every level continues

Earlier this month, the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, aka The Nation's Report Card, was released. It's not a pretty story. Only 37 percent of 12th-graders tested proficient or better in reading, and only 25 percent did so in … more
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