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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

Lies, lies - and dadgum lies

WASHINGTON - Michael Cohen's guilty plea Thursday that he lied to Congress about Donald Trump's interests in building a Moscow tower comes as little surprise - everyone attached to this administration seems to lie with ease. And yet it's explosive … more

Protect yourself, others against flu during National Influenza Vaccination Week

With the spirit of giving resting upon us during this holiday season, there is no better public gift you can give than providing flu vaccinations for yourself and your family. The annual flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and … more

The enduring miracle of the American Constitution

This column is excerpted from Charles Krauthammer's forthcoming posthumous book, "The Point of It All." The book and column were edited by his son, Daniel Krauthammer. In October 1981, when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated, the … more
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