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Rediscovering America: A quiz on the 1918 flu pandemic

We're living through history. There has been much speculation about what the coronavirus means for America and for our future as a country. While none of us has lived through anything like this before, it is not the first time our country has … more

Opinion: Is the pandemic killing Biden's bid?

"This is the question that is going to dominate the election: How did you perform in the great crisis?" So says GOP Congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma in today's New York Times. GOP National Committeeman Henry Barbour of Mississippi calls the … more

Opinion: Managing a disaster

I'm not sure whether COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, China, in the U.S. qualifies as a true disaster. Putting the disease in perspective, we might look at current influenza illnesses. According to Centers for Disease Control estimates, between … more

Opinion: Saluting the nation's unsung heroes

In spite of the uncertainty that COVID-19 has caused, there are still many industries filled with hardworking men and women who are continuing to work amid the coronavirus outbreak. From hospitals to delivery services to physical security companies … more

Letter: Inexperienced gun owners can benefit from quality training

Concern for personal and family safety in trying times has convinced many (some previously anti-firearms) to buy guns. These are largely new, inexperienced gun owners. Many gun shop owners report … more

Letter: Americans are allowing rights, freedoms to be taken during outbreak

It is not the coronavirus that scares me but what is happening in this country that does. I understand the virus is dangerous and can be deadly to some. But the way Americans are so easily and … more

OPINION: Coal plants, coal ash aren't part of energy future I envision for S.C.

When it comes to coal ash, South Carolina already has more than we'd like. Duke Energy, Dominion and Santee Cooper generate electricity from coal and still haven't figured out how to store the state's current stockpile of coal ash safely. That's … more

OPINION: Collective national effort can conquer this virus

"These are the times that try men's souls." Those are not my words, or course. Many of you probably recognize them as the words of Thomas Paine from his December 1776 essay "The Crisis." But they are most appropriate for the times we face in our … more

Editorial roundup: Friday, March 27, 2020

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Index-Journal March 24 Responsibly reporting on the new coronavirus Newspapers are accustomed to criticism. It comes with the territory. This newspaper has not shied away from … more

Letter: Daffodil Arts and Craft show must be canceled

The past few weeks have been very hard pressed with so many emotions. As it has been brought to everyone's attention, we want what is best for our participants as well as the public. The Centers for … more

Letter: Sumter is an amazing town to live in because of everyone's care, help

I would like to give my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Postal Service for the daily delivery of mail and packages. They have not missed one day of work and are always on time. I would also … more

Opinion: Must we kill the economy to kill the coronavirus?

"We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself," tweeted the president on Sunday night, adding that, after the current 15-day shutdown, "we will make a decision as to which way we want to go." President Trump is said to be privately … more

Opinion: Are Americans all-in for long coronavirus war?

"It's a war," says President Donald Trump of his efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, and likening his role to that of "wartime president." New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo welcomed the president's claim to his commander-in-chief role in the … more

Opinion: Sumter business in the time of coronavirus

This letter is to all of the business owners who, despite closing their doors to the public, and despite the ability of their employees able to do their work from home, continue to demand their … more
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