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Much of harm done to press is its own doing

I have read with interest the recent commentaries in The Sumter Item defending the press and news media in general from the president. Titiana Diaz, who I think is probably the least experienced, had … more

Will trend of low birth rates be reversed?

Sometimes a society's values change sharply with almost no one noticing, much less anticipating the consequences. In 1968, according to a Gallup survey, 70 percent of American adults said that a family of three or more children was "ideal" - about … more

The hypocrisy of the Democratic Russia hawks

WASHINGTON - With his interference in the 2016 election, Russian President Vladimir Putin achieved something that none of his murderous Soviet predecessors were able to accomplish: He has turned Democrats into Russia hawks. A few months after the … more

In praise of the 'establishment'

On Constitution Day, we celebrate the creation of the Constitution of the United States, the blueprint for our American government. These days, it seems like we often take issue with those Americans who dedicate their lives to serving the … more

Protectionism proves that evidence is unpersuasive

WASHINGTON - If you are not collateral damage in the escalating trade wars, the bulletins from the wars' multiplying fronts are hilarious reading. You are collateral damage only if you are a manufacturer, farmer or consumer, so relax and enjoy the … more

Balance sheet of the forever war

"It is time for this war in Afghanistan to end," said Gen. John Nicholson in Kabul on his retirement Sunday after a fourth tour of duty and 31 months as commander of U.S. and NATO forces. Labor Day brought news that another U.S. serviceman had … more

In Texas, a Democratic template for national victory in 2020

HOUSTON - Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance ("Basket of deplorables"!) to the election of today's president, seems intent ("Impeach!"; "Abolish ICE!"; "Free stuff!", "I am Spartacus!") on a repeat performance. … more

Trump's good policies do not excuse behavior toward McCain

WASHINGTON - Since the founding of our republic, there have been precisely 1,974 members of the United States Senate. John McCain is only the eighth senator who was not also president or vice president to lie in state in the rotunda of the Capitol - … more

Ocasio-Cortez could learn a thing or two about socialism from Trump

WASHINGTON - For three months in 1917, Leon Trotsky lived in the Bronx, just south of the congressional district where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently defeated a 10-term incumbent in a Democratic primary. Because she calls herself a democratic … more

Democrats have foreign espionage problem

WASHINGTON - Imagine if it emerged that the Republican chairman of the House or Senate intelligence committee had a Russian spy working on their senate staff. Think it would cause a political firestorm? Well, this week we learned that Sen. Diane … more

Still not clear which party will lose House

We're heading into the home stretch in America's unusually lengthy (six months and nine days) primary election season. Some three-quarters of Americans have had a chance to vote for Democratic and Republican candidates for Congress, and state and … more

Loved ones' lives hang in the balance with coroners, sheriffs

Loved ones' lives hang in the balance with coroners, sheriffs I have been pondering several things that have surfaced during the recent postings and utterances surrounding the coroner's race in Clarendon County. First of all, some of the … more

Community newspapers are not a public enemy

Let's make one thing crystal clear the press is not the enemy of the American people. It is hard to believe any thinking citizen in South Carolina or around the country would actually believe that. Yet some do. These attacks against the media … more

Editorial roundup: Aug. 17, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: Myrtle Beach Sun News Aug. 10 Human trafficking is the 21st century version of slavery Human trafficking, an international, multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise, is the 21st … more
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