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Will diversity be the death of Democrats?

Both of America's great national parties are coalitions. But it is the Democratic Party that never ceases to celebrate diversity - racial, religious, ethnic, cultural - as its own and as America's "greatest strength." Understandably so, for … more

The three amigas

WASHINGTON - By the Republican response to the three most-famous Democratic freshmen in Congress - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or AOC) of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan - you'd think these women were Shakespeare's … more

The Green New Deal means giant tax increases

WASHINGTON - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's now infamous talking points on the Green New Deal are the most unintentionally honest explanation of the neo-socialism now gripping the Democratic Party. Too honest, apparently. After her office sent the … more

American politics' great divide does have some crossover

One of the more striking political developments of the last few years has been the partisan sorting of American voters. It used to be that both the Republican and Democratic parties covered some ideological ground. Now, it's so habitual for … more

Sumter students are our future but are being ignored because of 'big business'

First, I would like to commend the superintendent and board members for the positive shift in our district's culture. Although it appears that the current issues are offered resolutions with politics at the forefront, I am very pleased with the … more

We need to demand excellence from Sumter school board members

We need to demand excellence from sumter school board members On Monday, I attended the Sumter School District board meeting. Sumter is my home, and I am the mother of two children in the district and one who graduated from the district two years … more

Sumter school board has gone in wrong direction with Mayewood reopening

I would like to express my reactions to the school board's vote to reopen Mayewood school. I am so glad you published the names of those who voted to reopen because I intend to keep their names available to me. I have recently returned to Sumter to … more

Department warns residents of dangers of carbon monoxide amid recent deaths

With the recent fire and toxic gas-related deaths in our state, the Sumter Fire Department would like to reiterate the importance of carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that comes from many … more

Politics shows reality keeps leaking from American life

WASHINGTON - In 1994, the Clinton administration decreed a bright shining future for education. Its Goals 2000 legislation proclaimed that by that year America's high school graduation rate would be 90 percent and American students would lead the … more

Great nations don't quit wars before they prevail

"Great nations do not fight endless wars," President Trump declared in his State of the Union address. It was a line that could have been delivered by President Barack Obama, who in 2015 memorably said, "I do not support the idea of endless … more

Marijuana use can increase risk of mental illness, violence

Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Twenty-two other states, along with U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Guam, allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Let's examine some hidden issues about … more

Someone should take over Kmart and keep it going

I hear Kmart is closing in April. I would like to see somebody step in and take over and let it remain Kmart. I remember when Kmart opened. I was in high school. It's a shame they never had an anniversary sale. If they did, I don't remember … more

Let's not make same mistakes with school district again

When I learned that former Superintendent Frank Baker was elected to the Sumter School Board, I was amazed that the voters of Sumter had chosen to put the fox back in the hen house, since … more

Trump's surprisingly reflective, disciplined speech

"This year," President Trump stated in his widely viewed and positively rated State of the Union address, "America will recognize two important anniversaries that show us the majesty of America's mission and the power of American pride." "On … more

Sumter roads, education and gun registration should be focus

Sumter 2040: Sumter should get rid of all four-way stop signs. In 1986, there was a survey of four-way stop signs in South Carolina. It determined that it cost the motoring public more than $2,000 … more
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