Editorial Cartoon
Columnists Read more

Goldwater 2.0

MENLO PARK, Calif. - Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were …

Welcome to Sumter. We're happy, damnit

New Yorkers hate you. But that's OK, they hate everybody. And now, although too many southerners didn't need it, we kind of have proof. This long held belief by many south of the Mason-Dixon line was verified in a recent study published by the …
Notable & Quotable More

Notable & Quotable: Sunday, July 6, 2014

Obama 'waiting for history to recognize greatness' In "The Daydream and the Nightmare," Peggy Noonan writes, "Obama isn't doing his job. He's waiting for history to recognize his greatness." Read it online at www.wsj.com: I don't know if we …
Letters to the Editor Read more

Sumter needs to focus on youth in the community

When did we give over to the criminals? We sit in our homes held hostage to crime. We are afraid to venture out after dark. Loud noises cause us to duck and look for cover. Our rights as citizens are controlled by the crime in our neighborhoods. A …

Free school lunch benefits all children in sumter

In reading the letter from Wallie Jones on July 18, what was his meaning? Is he comparing children to deer dogs? Does he mean that children starved for two weeks will eat anything? The free lunches, which I commend Sumter for, are for all children, …
Editorial Roundup More

July 24, 2014

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier of Charleston July 22 Wrong-way energy choices The Obama administration won't allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the United States, …
Have something to say?

Send your letter to letters@theitem.com, drop it off at The Sumter Item offi ce, 20 N. Magnolia St., or mail it to The Sumter Item, P.O. Box 1677, Sumter, SC 29151, along with the writer’s full name, address and telephone number (for verification purposes only).

Letters that exceed 350 words will be cut accordingly in the print edition, but available in their entirety at www.theitem.com/letters/.