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Letter to the editor: Item needs to dig into attorneys' fees related to special education

I see that today's headline features the amount of money that the school district has paid to Dave Duff related to the superintendent fiasco. Has The Item dug into how much the district spends on attorneys' fees related to special education? Dave … more

Manning Pastor Sam Livingston: Don't lose your head

During my college years in Greensboro, North Carolina, at N.C. A&T State University, I recall an episode that took place in a boarding house on Park Avenue. The dwelling was a huge two-story structure that rented rooms to males within the second … more

Letter to the editor: Thank you to all who made Art in the Park 2022 a wonderful day

We wish to express appreciation for the success of the Art in the Park 2022, held on April 23 in Memorial Park. Although presented by Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association, the event was a collaboration involving an array of vendors, … more

Column: Infrastructure law connects rural S.C. to new opportunities

No matter where we live, every one of us benefits from successful farmers and a strong rural economy. We all know farms put food on our tables. Farmers, livestock producers, private lands foresters and the communities to which they belong and … more

Letter to the editor: Adjustment, enforcement of speed limit needed on Alice Drive

Why not increase the speed limit to 45 on Alice Drive between Broad Street and South Wise Drive or start enforcing the current speed limit? Also consider making right lane a turn only going to Wise Drive. I have had too many near misses with people … more

Opinion: It's not exactly Trump's Republican Party

Is it Donald Trump's Republican Party? You can make the case it is, as partisan Democrats do, from the victories of various candidates endorsed by the former president in Republican primaries. But it's not an airtight case, and Trump's batting … more

Letter to the editor: Muzzle strategy handed down from slavery is alive today

One of my physician colleagues at Tuomey Hospital here in Sumter, South Carolina, about 20 years ago remarked in a medical staff meeting, "Someone has to stop her!" He was referring to me after I spoke out in a meeting about an instance where a … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Saturday, May 21, 2022

The Index-Journal May 18 Show us the money Knock knock. Who's there? PR Firm. PR Firm who? Karl Allen's PR firm, that's who. Now go away. Not a funny knock-knock joke? Correct. It's not funny. Nor is it funny that … more

Letter to Editor: Delay in rebuilding Manning Avenue Bridge is slowing economic development in South Sumter

I was appalled after attending the recent Manning Avenue bridge "meeting" held by SCDOT, surrounding the bridge replacement project. Citizens were clearly upset as many, including myself, had anticipated a formal presentation with an immediate plan … more

Letter to the Editor: For a moral world, there needs to be more adherence to God's teachings

The word "fool" or one of its derivatives is used frequently in the Bible. My parents taught me as a child not to call anyone a fool. However, God calls some people fools and some actions foolish. The word is translated from the Greek word "moria" … more

Letter to the editor: Woman's sentence is example of injustice

There can be no more glaring example of injustice in our country than the 4-year sentence received by local community activist, Mrs. Brittany Martin. She led protests in 2020 after the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. She was convicted of … more

Letter to editor: Thank you to Morris College for helping students succeed in life

Dear President Leroy Staggers, As I reached out from the nation's capital to write this letter as a professor of English at Howard University in Washington, D.C., I am grateful to Morris College for allowing students who otherwise would not have … more

Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: Jesus wants to be your friend

Our devotion today is on this thought, "Jesus Wants to be Your Friend," and my text is John 15:13, where we read these words: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (KJV) J. Wilbur Chapman, evangelist in … more

Letter to the editor: New law exempting military retirement from state income tax will be beneficial to state, retirees

As president of the local chapter of the Air & Space Forces Association (formerly known as the Air Force Association) and chairman of the Sumter County Veterans Association, I would like to thank our state legislature and Gov. McMaster for passing … more

Opinion: Evil people will always find a way to carry out evil schemes

A good person did not enter a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 people and wounding multiple others. A good person did not enter a church in Laguna Woods, California, wounding many and killing one person. A good person did not enter a … more

Letter to the editor: Officials must clear the way for replacement of Manning Avenue Bridge

The State Historic Preservation Office, the Federal Highway Administration and the National Registry of Historic Places have established deterrents in the process of replacing the deteriorating, dilapidated Manning Avenue Bridge, despite its … more

Opinion: Why would U.S. give war guarantee - to Finland?

Seeing Russia invade Ukraine, historically neutral Finland has undergone a late conversion and decided to join NATO immediately. Why? Because NATO membership means the world's strongest power, the United States, under Article 5 of NATO, would go to … more
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