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We like good news, but typically the news is not good. Too often no news is good news. In reality, no news is bad news for us all. There is lots of recent bad news. A crazed gunman entered a dance hall in Monterey Park, California, killing 10 … more
To the man who wrote a letter to the editor on Jan. 24 in response to my letter on Jan 17. I know that the English language is changing but it couldn't have changed this much. I wrote, "Can you tell us any of the lies that President Trump told?" … more
The Index-Journal Jan. 23 Life in the left lane Move it on over. Rock it on over. Move over little dog, the big ole dog is barreling down. Our state Legislature made it a priority to penalize those slowpokes who take up the left lane of … more
This past November, I spoke with a 32-year-old mom at the daycare where I work part time in Camden, a small town in rural Wilcox County in Alabama's Black Belt. I shared information on cervical cancer prevention and the HPV vaccine, which protects … more
I don't remember when it first occurred to me after arriving in Washington many years ago that at its heart, being a member of Congress meant never being entirely satisfied. And that this state of affairs is baked into our form of government. But … more
I am writing to thank Sumter-area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Generosity contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan's … more
For the past seven years, Sumter County Council has neglected public education in Sumter County. Council members often state that "education is the foundation of economic development." However, from 2016 to 2022, county council only invested … more
Our devotion for today is, "The Name of the Lord" and my scripture text is Proverbs 18:10 where we see, "The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." (KJV) This verse in Proverbs truly shows why this book of … more
What are "the major problems this country faces"? Writing in The Atlantic, New York Times columnist David Brooks leads off his list with "inequality, political polarization, social mistrust" before concluding with the inevitable "climate change." … more
I hope all The Item readers are having a good start to their New Year. I hate to circle the wagons but am just getting a chance to acknowledge the letters from Mr. Campbell and Mr. Johnson who responded to my letter about Brittney Griner. Since … more
Post and Courier Jan. 18 McMaster inaugural set right tone for S.C. prosperity; follow through will be key You could argue that the positions Gov. Henry McMaster advocates don't always match his vision for South Carolina. And you … more
To the gentleman from Kingstree, Thank you ... you proved my point exactly. Your hatred blinds you from the fact that both actions by Joe Wilson and Nancy Pelosi were "disgusting." But in your hatred, you deem one perfectly acceptable and … more
Man, reading the Sumter Daily Item and the many letters the readers write in can keep you at your computer. I read the letter of Jacqueline K. Hughes (Jan. 17, 2023). Wow, she says Trump did not lie during his time in office. All presidents have … more
President Joe Biden's Labor Department recently announced a new rule that will permit money managers to play politics with trillions of dollars of people's retirement savings. The administration is pushing environmental, social and governance … more
Martin Luther King Jr. visited Ghana in 1957 to participate in the celebration of the country's independence from British colonialism. Upon returning home, he delivered a sermon called "The Birth of a New Nation" and introduced his idea for a … more
Short response to two previous letters that were in response to mine: To the gentleman, yes, I was disgusted by Rep. Joe Wilson and I continue to be by him, his S.C. GOP delegation and his entire party. However, I see that in a different light … more
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