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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

Editorial roundup: Sept. 14, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Sept. 10 Uranium spill investigation is rightly reopened The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rightly reopened an investigation into whether radioactive material … more

It's our Constitution, not Kavanaugh

One of the best statements of how the Framers saw the role of the federal government is found in Federalist Paper 45, written by James Madison, who is known as the "Father of the Constitution": "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to … more

Democrats like to talk about Trump breaking norms. Now Obama is.

WASHINGTON - When Barack Obama took the oath of office as president in 2009, George W. Bush wished him well and left the political stage, determined to never publicly criticize his successor. It is a vow he kept for the entire eight years of Obama's … more

Things left behind

PAWLEYS ISLAND - Tuesday morning, I did what millions of people have done in hundreds of places for centuries. I picked the few favorite items that I could take with me before abandoning my home to the fates of an impending disaster. They're only … more

No, I'm Spartacus! Booker launches gladiator bid

WASHINGTON - It was Day Three of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings when Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J,, launched his 2020 presidential bid as a Thracian gladiator. His eyes glimmering pools of earnestness, Booker girded his loins and told the chamber that … 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

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

Democrats' visions of hand signals from white supremacists

The highlight, at least for some television watchers, of the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court came when the young woman seated directly behind the nominee rested her … more

We shouldn't have forgotten our oneness after attacks

[Today], it will have been 17 years since that awful day when we were attacked. Do you remember how you, we, felt that day ... and the months thereafter? I do. I was never more proud to be … more

Focus in epidemic should be on reducing demand for opioids

The recent commentary by Professor Walter E. William titled "Enough's enough with violence in Chicago" that appeared in The Sumter Item in August was informational. The 1,718 Chicagoans shot since … more

S.C. schools need tougher reading, writing standards

In 2015, South Carolina adopted new standards in English language arts (ELA) after making the decision to "un-adopt" the Common Core. In doing so, the state was well within its rights. But South Carolina also has a responsibility to make sure its … more

To op-ed writer: If you can't serve honorably, don't serve

WASHINGTON - The "deep state" exists after all. But it turns out that deep state is not made up of the permanent bureaucracy, shadowy intelligence officials or even Obama administration holdovers; rather it is made up of President Trump's own senior … more

Let's keep our lower tax rates

Prior to an election, many politicians talk about helping the "working middle class," but for decades these good citizens have seen no improvement in their finances, until now with the new tax rates. However, it is not the lower tax rates they will … more

Confirmation hearing is all a partisan show

WASHINGTON - If you missed Day One of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court hearing, just try to imagine a mud-wrestling contest attended by banshees howling at the referee. Between senators interrupting the all-wise-and-patient Judiciary Committee … more
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