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Letter to the editor: Powering through a pandemic - thank you

Building and maintaining the system that powers the lives of millions of people is no easy feat and not for the faint of heart. Whether climbing a 40-foot pole or sky-high in an elevated bucket truck, lineworkers help return life to normal after … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Saturday, April 17, 2021

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Index-Journal April 13 Extending the effort behind weeklong littering crackdown One could certainly argue that the South Carolina Highway Patrol should have better things to do … more

Opinion: Will Joe Biden's Jim Crow big lie boomerang?

The big lie works - until it doesn't. The big lie in this case is Joe Biden's charge that the changes in Georgia election law passed by the majority-Republican legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp on April 1 are "Jim Crow on … more

Column by Manning Pastor Sam Livingston: The last first and the first last

In the gospel according to Matthew, we find these words recorded from the mouth of Jesus, "Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, … more

Column by Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: God will supply all our needs

I want to bring this thought to your heart today, "Consider the Care of our Heavenly Father." My text is in Matthew 6:26-29, where we read, "Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your … more

Opinion: Mask wearing in America

Like most everyone else, I'm tired of wearing a mask. Every time I go to the grocery, a restaurant, church or work, I have to put on a mask. Not long ago, if we wore a mask into a bank or convenience store, the attendants would be alarmed and … more

Opinion: Putin and Xi have their red lines in the sand, too

What are Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping up to? In recent days, Russian tanks, artillery, armor, trucks and troops have been moving by road and rail ever closer to Ukraine, and Moscow is said to be repositioning its 56th Guards Air Assault Brigade … more

Letter to the editor: Look no further than Peach Orchard Veterinary Clinic for your pets

There are quite a few veterinarians in Sumter ... I am sure all very well qualified. I am writing to say how wonderful Peach Orchard Veterinary Clinic is. Dr. Williams and her staff are simply the best. We have been using them for our four dogs … more

Opinion: Selling Santee Cooper is transformational change S.C. deserves

Fifty years ago, Isaac Samuel Leevy Johnson, Herbert Fielding and I stepped into the state capitol to take our places as South Carolina's first Black members of the General Assembly. It was a milestone on a road of transformational change. And, … more

Opinion: American vaccine patriotism vs. vaccine globalism

When the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines first proved their efficacy, preventing nearly 95% of coronavirus infections in those who got the shots in test trials, a vexing issue immediately arose. Who should get priority in receiving these life-saving … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Friday, April 9, 2021

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Index-Journal April 7 Outcry about 'vaccination passports' Do you have a driver's license? If so, do you keep it handy, especially when driving and shopping? Do you have a … more

Pastor Sam Livingston of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Manning: The Healer

After the enormous exodus of enslaved people out of Egypt, the Lord of Host made a covenant with the freed people. The author of the Old Testament book Exodus captured the moment, "And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD … more
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