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Give local businesses a chance before it's too late

Give local businesses a chance before it's too late It's happening do you see it? Online shopping has become so commonplace no one seems to be thinking of the adverse results. Local businesses, brick-and-mortar stores, are struggling and will … more

Businesses that rent Dumpsters plagued by other slobs using them

Businesses that rent Dumpsters plagued by other slobs using them I am responding to K.D. Singleton's letter to the editor that was printed in The Sumter Item on Friday, March 9, 2018, in reference to litter and Dumpster renters. I have several … more

USPS postmaster has his head in a hole

What's happened to our mail delivery? We live on Rural Route 4 and got absolutely NO mail delivery yesterday (Jan. 18). This has happened several times in the last four months, and complaints to the USPS … more

Hamm is playing the cards of a covert few

History does repeat itself. Several months ago, a local minister wrote that members of our school board do not ask the superintendent probing questions. Well, we have an interim superintendent … more

Thank you to those who helped after accident near Shaw

Shaw Air Force Base has been a valued part of the Sumter community for my entire life. Many of my friends have served or are serving at Shaw in some capacity. The impact that the military has on our … more

Idiocy must stop if we want a strong America

Recently, a letter to the editor on a Fox network segment criticized the Democratic Party for its foolishness on DACA, immigration reform and many other segments related to immigration. They (the Dems) are more interested in "illegals" than in our … more

All lives matter, no matter our color

We are living in a world today, in my opinion, is a very dangerous world! Why in the name of all that is holy can't we get along with each other and never look at skin color? We were all made in the image of God. Each one of us when we bleed … more

Who is to blame for local funding problem?

The left and right hands of the government are not working together on the local government fund, "Sumter County councilman bothered by funding comment." Someone is to blame, and it needs to get resolved in a public forum. Either County Council … more

Keep God in this great nation in which we are favored

Why do we as a people that are supposedly united a people of separation? We cannot agree on anything anymore. Do you think that maybe it just may stem from the example set before us by our politicians? The ones that we put in office to represent … more

Our government can't and won't save us from anything

Conservativism can't save us. Republican voters got what they wanted. A strongman to take back the country and fix the financial and social mess caused by Obama and the progressives. To celebrate, the Republican-controlled House, Senate and … more

Let's not demonize the wrong things or groups for tragedies

Does something need to change with regards to our current firearms situation? Yes, no doubt. But like everything in life, there is a right and wrong way of going about things. The new bill proposed by Rep. Brawley starts out with the wrong … more

The only hope for America is God and His commandments

Is there hope for America? The things we see in the news locally and nationally are terrifying and disturbing. Is there hope? In Psalm 78, we are commanded to teach the next generation about God and "his wonderful works that he hath done." Then … more

Disadvantages of Regular Paperless Testing in district

John went for his annual physical, and his doctor gave him an overall score of his health on a scale of 1-100. John would like details, not a score. John would like to know what area is deficient, so that John can focus on those areas, "his" areas … more

Governor respects state's veterans

Editor's note: This letter was sent to Gov. Henry McMaster in Columbia. Dear governor, In your State of the State report on Jan. 24, 2018, you stated you wanted to eliminate the state income tax on retired … more

Not doing the job at the federal level

We send our House representatives and Senate senators to Washington to act on our behalf. They are required to pass an annual budget for Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. What they do is to kick the can down … more

Children want to walk out to get out of class

Has the Sumter School District decided on how to handle the student walkout scheduled for Wednesday? If you are in support of this, that somehow the majority of these children really are that … more

Sen. Graham is showing his true stripes again

Kudos to Hubert D. Osteen and Victor Davis Hansen for their editorials in the newspaper on Jan. 21. Many of us are in agreement, and IF so much of the media would write and report the actual news … more

All politicians bought, sold by interest groups

Here is an idea ... Want to get the NRA out of all of the politicians' pockets? Me too. And while you are screeching about that, how about we get all pharmaceutical, oil, heck, any special interest money out of their pockets as well. Maybe, … more

Rural communities should not be invisible to decision makers

Community residents and parents of students at Rafting Creek Elementary, Delaine Elementary and Mayewood Middle schools are rightfully concerned about the potential closing of their … more

Clinton has little respect for other women

I am blessed with the different women in my life ... my wife, sisters, friends. And when I hear Hilary Clinton explain her loss AGAIN, this time the reason being that women were told who to vote for … more
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