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You can't win if you don't play; Development HQ

Three weeks ago we announced plans to discontinue the Saturday print edition in November. Here's the column I wrote about it: http://bit.ly/2bP1jzQ. In a nutshell: "The Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, edition of The Sumter Item will be your final …

A nice column about Trump

WASHINGTON - When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, Don't you have anyone over there who can write something positive about Donald Trump?, I thought, well, that could be fun. But hard. Then, as if the Muses and Fates …
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Notable & Quotable: Thursday, Aug. 25

From an Aug. 19 statement by Sen. John McCain on the death the previous day of U.S. Gen. John Vessey: He came up through the ranks. A private in the Minnesota National Guard in 1939, he fought in North Africa and Italy in World War II. …
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Obamacare failing because of price tag

A recent Sumter Item commentary described the financial plight of big insurance companies. For example, Aetna drops out of the exchanges. Why is this happening? The answer is simple. The healthy citizens did not sign up. Possibly, they read the …

Deplorable roads need attention from DOT

I am making a plea for someone to change the leadership of SCDOT in Sumter County. Potholes are in countless roads, traffic signs are covered with vines, leaning over or completely knocked down. There are dead trees everywhere just waiting to …
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Police commended for unity efforts

Sumter's law enforcement leadership should be congratulated for its recent community relations efforts in strengthening ties to all citizens. A Thursday forum at the Sumter Opera House kicked off the initiative led by Sumter Police Chief Russell …

Trump saves GOP from itself

In The Sumter Item's Friday NOTABLE & QUOTABLE column, far-left New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, eschewing any pretense of balance and objectivity, brayed that he hoped "Hillary Clinton wins all 50 states and the Democrats take the …
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Editorial Roundup: Aug. 23, 2016

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: Aug. 17 The Post and Courier Affordable Care Act fails in its basic promise The Affordable Care Act's title conveys a false promise. Its predictable failure to fulfill that pledge was …
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