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OPINION: What does it mean to be an American?

I've been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be an American, to have a shared stake in this country and its fortunes. In some ways, I suppose the question is unanswerable: We are a vast, diverse country, and we each answer the question … more

OPINION: Jesus paid the price for your freedom

We all may have some issues with the past. Past problems, past mistakes, past sins, past decisions and past ignorance. We live and we learn if we are fortunate enough to live. Sadly, too many obituaries are of young adults who were barely starting … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

(Columbia) The State Sept. 21 There's no time to waste. McMaster should make justice system right for our state's children Never squander an opportunity to get things right. Freddie Pough's resignation as head of the South Carolina … more

LETTER: From lunch to medical care to laptops, nothing is truly free

Gratitude is an adult virtue. When someone gives you something you didn't earn, the adult thing to do is find out where this gift came from and thank the person who gave you that gift. We label so many things in our country as "free" - free lunch, … more

OPINION: Don't go AWOL in fight against COVID-19

Friends tell me I am wasting my time trying to convince more of my fellow Sumterites to vaccinate and mask up. I cannot give up because so many people I care about are getting sick - and worse. Because I am an American, I have freedoms that other … more

Column from Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: The blood of Jesus is the only antivenom needed to save us from Satan's bite

Thank you so much for spending time reading our devotion today. I want to bring this thought to your heart, "Bitten by a Decapitated Serpent," and my text is in Genesis 3:9-15, where we read, "And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, … more

OPINION: Worry rarely changes anything

Life presents challenges to us all, and most of us understand worry. There are enough ordeals along the way of life to cause each of us to worry our heads off. However, worry will never add another day to our lives. Worry will not smooth a wrinkle, … more

OPINION: California voters get what they deserve

The nation's largest state has just voted in an election triggered by one of the nation's weirdest recall processes, and the results have come out just about where they've been before. California Gov. Gavin Newsom was elected governor in 2018 by … more

South Carolina Editorial Roundup: Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021

(Columbia) The State Sept. 13, 2021 Murdaugh murders spur rumors, conspiracy theories in SC and beyond Rumors and conspiracy theories are like fire: give them oxygen and they spread fast. Until there is an arrest in the case, the … more

Column from Manning Pastor Sam Livingston: Performing under the radar

Before the use of drones, the military used specialized aircraft to deceive radars. Stealth aircraft were designed to avoid detection using a variety of technologies that reduce reflection/emission of radar, infrared, visible light, radio frequency … more

Column from Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: The heart of God is displayed through kindness

Today's devotion is "Kindness, a Display of the Heart of God." My text is Ephesians 4:31-32 where we see, "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to … more

Opinion: The Constitution is not a suicide pact

Each year on Sept. 17th, we celebrate Constitution Day. We recognize the achievements of our founders in drafting this remarkable document, and we try to think about how the Constitution and its lessons might guide us today. In crafting our … more

OPINION: 20 years after Sept. 11, 2001 - are we better off?

When the hijacked planes hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that first 9/11, the Taliban were in control of Afghanistan and providing sanctuary for al-Qaida. Today, the Taliban are in control of Afghanistan and … more

OPINION: The feminization of America: What will it look like?

Are we witnessing the feminization of America? And if so, is that a good or bad thing, or is it, like so many quiet but ineluctable trends, a combination of the two? Perceptions of feminization come from some unexpected quarters. The (mostly) … more
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