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Where's the outrage over Kerry's secret meetings for deal?

WASHINGTON - Democrats routinely express outrage over claims of collusion with a foreign power to undermine our democracy. So where is the outrage over revelations that former secretary of state John Kerry held not one but two secret meetings with … more

Blankenship momentum real or not?

In the final days before the West Virginia primary, breathless media coverage suggested that businessman Don Blankenship was gaining ground rapidly and had a real shot at winning the Republican Senate nomination. ABC News quoted a "national … more

Editorial roundup: May 11, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier May 8 State needs to avoid becoming a dumping ground The stalled train load of human sewage sludge from New York City was too palpable to be a mere metaphor for bad … more

Haspel is too qualified to pass up

WASHINGTON - It was one of the Clinton administration's biggest counterterrorism successes. Just weeks after al-Qaida terrorists trained by Iran blew up U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, Gina Haspel's phone rang in the middle of the … more

Church has asked for paved road too long

Church has asked for paved road too long For the past 25+ years we the members of Triumph Church at 1285 Pearson Road have been pleading with Clarendon County to pave this muddy road. The county always has given many excuses why they were not … more

How USC is working to keep the campus safe and mitigate risks

COLUMBIA - The safety and security of the University of South Carolina's students and campus community is paramount. A recent story within these pages highlighted that USC was the safest campus in South Carolina and the sixth-safest among 6,284 … more

Story reached those who could benefit from group

Thank you so much for your story from this past Friday on our recovery group, Celebrate Recovery. The Sumter Item can reach people that would not normally be aware of this group. By doing the … more

Humane slaughter in U.S. is better option

CAMDEN - When Justify barreled across the finish line to win the rain-drenched Kentucky Derby on Saturday, he was notably clean - free of the mud that covered the faces of his 19 competitors. Justify won by two-and-a-half lengths. The chestnut … more

Before and after welfare handouts and dependency

Before the massive growth of our welfare state, private charity was the sole option for an individual or family facing insurmountable financial difficulties or other challenges. How do we know that? There is no history of Americans dying on the … more

Editorial roundup: May 8, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: Index-Journal May 1 Prison system needs more checks, balances The term "maximum security" seems to be a misnomer in South Carolina's prison system. As this newspaper's special report … more

Killing solar bill was just part of utilities' anti-clean energy strategy

COLUMBIA - By now, you've probably heard that Duke Energy and SCE&G launched a surprise attack in the 11th hour against solar energy in the House and killed a pro-jobs, pro-customer solar bill. What you might not have heard is that killing the … more

National Lynching Museum is open in Montgomery

An astonishing new museum has opened in Montgomery, Alabama, which provides evidence there were about 4,400 lynchings of African-Americans in 800 counties across the South from the Civil War up to the Civil Rights era. Officially, it is called … more

On North Korea, the president should refuse to take the bait

WASHINGTON - The prospect of winning the Nobel Peace Prize is understandably tantalizing for President Trump. After all the contempt he has faced from the political establishment, watching liberal heads explode at the suggestion by South Korean … more

Wolf served up raw sewage at press dinner

Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, billed as a celebration of the First Amendment and a tribute to journalists who "speak truth to power," has to be the worst advertisement in memory for our national press corps. Comedian … more

The dangerous case of Trump derangement syndrome

Isaac Newton's third law of motion states that for every action in nature, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It can operate in politics, too. For example, Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith recently wrote, "It is part of Trump's evil genius … more
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