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Epstein accusers deserve due process

WASHINGTON - Recent revelations about billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's sweetheart deal with government prosecutors - thanks to a cadre of all-star defense attorneys who basically treated underage accusers like throwaways - are the tip of … more

George H.W. Bush is most successful 1-term president

George H.W. Bush "gave the nation its most successful one-term presidency." He "was the best one-term president the country has ever had and one of the most underrated presidents of all time." So said two not impartial sources - the late … more

Operating private business differs from governing a public entity

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees must utilize good judgment and clear thinking in the reconstruction and reorganization processes they will be undertaking. Sumter School District and its Board of Trustees must be cognizant of the fact … more

China tried to strike at Trump - and missed mark entirely

WASHINGTON - "When you strike at a king you must kill him," Ralph Waldo Emerson once said. Well, this year China tried to strike at President Trump for daring to launch a trade war with Beijing - and missed the mark entirely. After Trump imposed … more

Bush will be missed, and it was a pleasure to work under him

I, Marion Richburg, retired U.S. Air Force technical sergeant, had the great privilege of meeting George H.W. Bush when he was the director of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). I was assigned to the SR-71 Blackbird Reconnaissance Group USAF, … more

Thank you to cookie bakers for sweetening holidays for Shaw friends

Thanks community cookie bakers! You "Showered Shaw" with 3,696 dozen cookies in our 26th endeavor to sweeten up the holidays for our friends at Shaw. That's 44,252 cookies from a caring Sumter community. More than 3,000 cards accompanied the sweet … more

Who lost the world Bush 41 left behind?

George H.W. Bush was America's closer. Called in to pitch the final innings of the Cold War, Bush 41 presided masterfully over the fall of the Berlin Wall, the unification of Germany, the liberation of 100 million Eastern Europeans and the … more

Who's to blame? Weak leaders, weak institutions, weak voters?

In the wake of the off-year elections, conservative analyst Yuval Levin saw no winners. "It is the weakness of all sides, and the strength of none, that shapes this moment." You can see what he means. Donald Trump hasn't gotten everything he … more

#MeToo's unintended consequences

WASHINGTON - A recent Bloomberg News headline came as no surprise: "Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost." In a word, it was inevitable. Some men are so concerned about the possible repercussions of what they might say or … more

For just a few days, let's be the nation Bush wanted us to be

WASHINGTON - President George H.W. Bush called on us to be a "kinder, gentler nation." Sadly, we are far from that ideal. Our politics has never been that kind and gentle, to be sure, even in Bush's day. Still, it has been unseemly to watch how some … more

Thank you to God for opportunity to travel to South Africa

Thank you to God for opportunity to travel to South Africa To whom it may concern the story of Prophetess Stephanie Mathis, a local pastor of Triumph Ministries here in Sumter. As the call came to seek after prophetess to be the guest infuser … more

Education is key to litter control in Sumter

I was driving home on McCrays Mill Road a few weeks ago and saw an all-too-familiar sight - several bags of garbage dumped on the side of the road at regular intervals. Did they fall off the back of a truck, or did someone just toss them there … more

Miseducated or stupid?

A recent Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation survey found that 51 percent of American millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist country than in a capitalist country. Only 42 percent prefer the latter … more

Gene editing is now here. It's an enormous threat.

WASHINGTON - A Chinese scientist's claim to have created the first genetically edited babies has evoked widespread condemnation from the scientific community. "This is far too premature," one American genetic scientist told the Associated … more

Making important school district decisions in hurried way is dangerous, unwise

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees heard a preliminary report from a group of superintendent search consultants Monday, Dec. 3. This specially called … more
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