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Democrats tell young people they're in a hopeless situation

Don't you get the idea that the Democrats see more bad in this world than good? How sad. I used to see this party as one of optimism and hope. When their own "leaders" talk about … more

Thank you to Sumter organizations for support after loss of wife

I want to thank all the people who sent their kind thoughts and prayers, brought food, checked on me and my family and took care of things that we didn't notice or have the heart to address. I have lived in many places in my life, but the Sumter … more

Thanks to Glasscock for help in protecting Sumter

On behalf of all the folks in Sumter County who were blessed to fill their bags with sand donated by Glasscock Co. Inc. we send a heartfelt "Thank you." Many residents, especially senior citizens and business owners, were able to protect … more

Military vehicles useful to have on hand during disasters

Nice to see MRAP mentioned in a positive way. They are basically military trucks with a steel armor monocoque body. (Contrary to popular delusion they are not "tanks.") Besides not being vulnerable to flying debris, they can approach fires where … more

We can start reducing our demand for animal products

Beyond the widely reported devastating impacts of Hurricane Florence on the Carolinas, there is one more - of the self-inflicted variety. North Carolina is home to thousands of factory farms that raise millions of pigs, chickens and other animals … more

Ackerman used his skills, imagination to help community

I'm mourning the death of my good friend, Roger Ackerman. We met in 1984 when I joined the Sumter Rotary Club. Roger had joined in 1966, served as club president in 1978-79, was awarded Rotarian of … more

Officers take their jobs seriously and should be respected

Roughly two months ago I had a family emergency and I dialed 911 and, in all my confusion, I hung up. The very next thing, three young police officers showed at my front door. I apologized. If there's anyone out there who thinks those officers … more

City of Manning needs to answer basic questions about how it's run

As with most of Manning's taxpaying citizens, I expect that the fine points of a weak mayor/strong council form of government was left behind in Civics 101 long ago. However, I … more

Thank you to all who helped make Art in the Park successful

We wish to express appreciation for the success of the 12th Annual Art in the Park, held on Sept. 22 in Memorial Park. Although presented by Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association, the event was a … more

Conviction without proof isn't how this country works

About 20 years ago, I sat on a jury for an assault case. This guy on trial sure looked like he was involved in it ... and the prosecutor could not prove it because of lack of evidence. When we … more

October tours will share stories of cemetery in Sumter

Dearly Departed Tours: If you're a history buff, or looking for a unique and fun hour of stories from the grave, "Dearly Departed" is well worth your time. Ms. Becca and Ms. Diana have done a wonderful job putting this event together and presenting … more

Kneeling NFL players should be thankful for what they have in this country

Those three words were given in a speech by Gen. Douglas MacArthur to the West Point cadets after the general retired. Those three words are very important to my wife and I as we have a combined 47 years of service in the USAF. I spent two years in … more

Thank you to paper for participating in response to criticism of the press

The Sumter Item is to be commended for running two commentaries appearing Thursday, Aug. 16, on its opinion page in response to our president's sustained attacks on the press. One by Tatiana Diaz, a student at Grand Rapids (Michigan) Community … more

Family thanks those who donated to Salvation Army in honor of father

The Bahnmuller family would kindly like to thank those individuals who gave a memorial to the Salvation Army in memory of our father Arthur S. Bahnmuller. We have requested a list of the memorials from the Salvation Army several times, but they … more

Impact of college chaos will lead to nation's collapse

Impact of college chaos will lead to nation's collapse As a professor in a college setting for over 30 years, I have had direct contact with the college classroom setting and have personally observed some negative trends in the college and … more

Business partner was a trailblazer

On June 30, 2018, Sam Holladay passed from this life to everlasting life. Sam was my business partner for 35 years. We spent more time together than most brothers, and like brothers we sometimes didn't … more

Thank you to those who helped in emergency

June 25 will be a day that my wife, Barbara, and I will remember for the rest of our lives. Immediately after lunch, Barbara and I sat down to watch TV. About 1:10, Barbara told me that she was not … more

Let's keep our lower tax rates

Prior to an election, many politicians talk about helping the "working middle class," but for decades these good citizens have seen no improvement in their finances, until now with the new tax rates. However, it is not the lower tax rates they will … more

Senate committee members should reflect on their own behavior

The "swamp" in Washington is getting deeper by the day. I have been watching the Kavanaugh hearings with utter disgust. Christine Ford has been treated with kid's gloves, while Brett Kavanaugh has been pummeled as if punched by a professional … more

Sumter is better because of Crawford's work, dedication

Two weeks ago I attended the funeral of Bruce A. Crawford Sr. He was one of the best police officers I ever worked with. We were partners in investigations back in the '80s. Bruce started law enforcement in the '70s. There were no computers, … more
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