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Davis will be honest, ambitious in service to Sumter on council

Honest, integrous, loyal, reliable, ambitious, practical, considerate and genuine - these are some of the adjectives that come to mind to describe Colin Davis. I have known Colin … more

Is Hillary Clinton being secretly paid to disparage Brexit?

In the past few weeks, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has given at least four separate speeches in the U.K. that have been highly critical of Brexit. And we know she never works for nothing. But while she would be required to disclose … more

This column is CBD infused

WASHINGTON - As a new-product junkie, it was foregone that I'd swap a C-note for something called CBD, a cannabis extract promising relief from pain and anxiety, the twin banes of baby boomers recently awakened to the realization that, though their … more

It's time to have the talk during the Era of Trump

In this Era of Trump, it's time for the talk. This talk is different from the talk that black parents are having with their sons and daughters on how to survive traffic encounters with law … more

In spies battle, Trump holds the high ground

In backing John Brennan's right to keep his top-secret security clearance, despite his having charged the president with treason, the U.S. intel community has chosen to fight on indefensible terrain. Former Director of National Intelligence James … more

Keeping weapons out of newspaper buildings is crucial

For many years, I have advocated that newspapers implement measures to keep strangers out of newsrooms. My initial advocacy was provoked by my observations around the state that many newsrooms seemed to allow anyone off the street to walk … more

Catholic Church needs #MeToo, and it should start in Washington

WASHINGTON - Pope Francis' letter to the Catholic faithful this week was remarkable in that the Holy Father apologized not only for the sexual abuses carried out by Roman Catholic priests, but also for the coverup of that abuse carried out by Roman … more

Bad men but good presidents

With the continuing hysteria about Donald Trump's presidency, a few questions come to mind. The first: Can a bad man become a good president? The second: Does one's being a good man guarantee he'll be a good president? Third: Does having a good … more

Editorial Roundup: Aug. 31, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Aug. 28 Prison reform bill must be rescued A prison reform bill that passed the House with a strong bipartisan majority is slowly dying in the Senate. It must be … more

Suddenly I understand how the Reformation happened

WASHINGTON - For the first time, I understand how the Reformation happened. Reading the stunning letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano - in which the former papal nuncio says he had personally informed Pope Francis five years ago about the … more

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

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

How abortion polarized America

"Here's my question," tweets legal scholar Jeffrey A. Sachs, obviously in response to the controversy over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "What is the alternative reality where Roe was never decided, levels of partisan polarization are … more

Kavanaugh fights back at hearing

WASHINGTON - As the father of two daughters, I want them to live in a world where they are treated with respect and never experience sexual abuse - and if they ever do, they are taken seriously. As the father of two sons, I want them to live in a … more

Is this worse than 1968?

Oct. 27 in Pittsburgh, a Sabbath celebration at the Tree of Life synagogue became the site of the largest mass murder of Jews in U.S. history. Eleven worshippers were killed by a racist gunman. Oct. 26, we learned the identity of the crazed … more
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