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I once had a very close friend named Charlie. We spent every day together, much of the night, too. I got to learn about his family and old neighborhood, and he got to learn about mine, and then one day I saw him no more. I went my way and he went … more
As we all arose and anxiously turned on the news to see the latest on the natural disaster in Florida, many of us couldn't help remembering another Sept. 11 morning 16 years ago. We awoke and turned on the news, unsuspecting, only to be confronted … more
The largest threat to our prosperity is government spending that far exceeds the authority enumerated in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. Federal spending in 2017 will top $4 trillion. Social Security, at $1 trillion, will take up most … more
Editor's note: Dan Geddings is a weekly columnist for The Sumter Item. Email Geddings at Because of Hurricane Irma, Clarendon County Council will hold its regular meeting originally scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11, on Thursday, … more
Is Donald Trump a rogue Republican - an independent president rather than a party leader? Or is he simply remaking, in fits and starts and with the establishment kicking and screaming, the GOP in his own image? This is a central political question … more
Can President Donald Trump and the Republican-majority Congress make a deal? That's a question raised by the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. DACA, put in place by … more
With a storm breathing down the state's neck, people turn to state and local governments for leadership, safety and solutions. While government gets scrutiny year-round, maybe we should look at what's working so we appreciate it more - and examine … more
To honor the conclusion of summer, this column is a look back at one of the favorite stomping grounds of those of us who grew up in the 1950s. That would be the Pawleys Island Pavilion. It was a popular spot for teens and others who liked to dance … more
"Congress has been dropping in relative power along a descending curve of 60 years' duration, with the rate of fall markedly increased since 1933. ... The fall of the American Congress seems to be correlated with a more general historical … more
Editor's note: Now that summer is ending, this column from Sunday, June 24, 1990, might provide some chuckles for our column readers. One way to beat the summer heat is to go to the movies. It started for me in the "old days," for lack of a … more
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