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Fund is important for conservation, outdoor recreation

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is an important source of federal funding that has been used to protect the public spaces that South Carolinians care about. LWCF is funded by royalties on oil and gas drilling offshore, not taxpayer dollars, and … more

Teachers leave because we don't let them teach

"Imagine seeing a 200-pound student chase down one of your teachers and punch her in the face and break her glasses and continue to punch her." "'Standardized Test Scores.' Those three words head the list of reasons teachers like me give up their … more

Democrats' foul tactics may come back to bite them

"I can't think of a more embarrassing scandal for the United States Senate since the McCarthy hearings," said Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn as then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the afternoon of Sept. … more

Ackerman used his skills, imagination to help community

I'm mourning the death of my good friend, Roger Ackerman. We met in 1984 when I joined the Sumter Rotary Club. Roger had joined in 1966, served as club president in 1978-79, was awarded Rotarian of … more

Collateral diplomatic damage could be huge

Was Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and then his body cut up with a bone saw and flown to Riyadh in Gulfstream jets owned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman? So contend the Turks, who … more

Officers take their jobs seriously and should be respected

Roughly two months ago I had a family emergency and I dialed 911 and, in all my confusion, I hung up. The very next thing, three young police officers showed at my front door. I apologized. If there's anyone out there who thinks those officers … more

The lunatics, the asylum and the Democratic Party

You know that old line about how the lunatics have taken over the asylum? Well, they have. And the mental institution under attack is the Democratic Party. The nuts on the street - the progressives who block traffic and shout in the faces of … more

Is Trump about to intervene in Syria's civil war?

Is President Donald Trump about to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war? For that is what he and his advisers seem to be signaling. Last week, Trump said of Syrian President Bashar Assad's campaign to recapture the last stronghold of the … more

Will burly men stop House Democrats' blue wave?

Do they live in two different worlds? White college graduate women favor Democrats over Republicans in House elections by a 62 to 35 percent margin. White non-college-graduate men favor Republicans over Democrats in House elections by a 58 to 38 … more

Thank you Sumter for support during campaign

I would like to thank the citizens of Sumter for their support and encouragement during this recent election season. Nearly 1,000 people trusted me with their votes; and despite the fact that I did not tally the most votes, I feel confident in … more

Coleman has passion for improving education

Having known Josh Coleman for several years now, I have watched with interest his passion and desire in making education in Sumter County a meaningful and interesting experience for the students and teachers alike. This issue is also personal for … more

Avenatti's white-man offense and red-hot lies

WASHINGTON - At last, Democrats and Republicans have found common ground in hoping that Michael Avenatti, the wannabe progressive president, will soon disappear. Best known as the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels and more recently for … more
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