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Here's a plan for California to secede from America

There's a lot of talk going on about California seceding from the union. Well I think they should. I even think I have a good plan to make them the great republic of California to include leadership, economics and logistics. First of all, a new … more

We shouldn't have forgotten our oneness after attacks

[Today], it will have been 17 years since that awful day when we were attacked. Do you remember how you, we, felt that day ... and the months thereafter? I do. I was never more proud to be … more

Democrats need to nominate some decent people for office

Democrats ... all you needed to do was nominate pretty much anyone but Hillary Clinton and there would have been a very good chance that a democratic president would have filled this seat on the Supreme Court. Stop screeching about how unfair every … more

With technology, we've lost control of our prisons

My name is Robert Johnson; many of you know me as the correctional captain shot six times in the chest and abdominal areas on the order of inmates. I have traveled to many parts of this country giving talks to police organizations, new FBI agents, … more

Focus in epidemic should be on reducing demand for opioids

The recent commentary by Professor Walter E. William titled "Enough's enough with violence in Chicago" that appeared in The Sumter Item in August was informational. The 1,718 Chicagoans shot since … more

It's time to have the talk during the Era of Trump

In this Era of Trump, it's time for the talk. This talk is different from the talk that black parents are having with their sons and daughters on how to survive traffic encounters with law … more

Much of harm done to press is its own doing

I have read with interest the recent commentaries in The Sumter Item defending the press and news media in general from the president. Titiana Diaz, who I think is probably the least experienced, had … more

Loved ones' lives hang in the balance with coroners, sheriffs

Loved ones' lives hang in the balance with coroners, sheriffs I have been pondering several things that have surfaced during the recent postings and utterances surrounding the coroner's race in Clarendon County. First of all, some of the … more
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