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Most humanistic settings require a certain posture from the participants. A boxer enters the ring with his fist clenched and somewhere near his chin. A baseball player places a glove on the non-throwing hand and leaves the dominant hand free to … more
One candidate says we must save democracy. The other says we must save America. Winston Churchill saved Great Britain, but I cannot think of any other I would celebrate with such words. Most of us do not think very much of the idea of seeing … more
How long must families wait? It's been nearly two months since the House has passed a bipartisan expansion of the Child Tax Credit and sent it to the Senate. Estimates are that this bill will benefit 16 million children in families with low incomes, … more
Today's devotion is centered on celebrating the blessing of Resurrection Sunday that is coming up this week. My thought is found in Romans 6:8-11, as we see the words contained therein, "But Alive unto God." This passage reads like this, "Now if we … more
Our President Biden, in his State of the Union address, spoke many times about people and corporations need to pay their "fair share" in taxes. I am confused as to what "fair share" means. Who makes the decision what fair share is? Washington? Poor … more
I am responding to an article written on March 6, 2024, "McElveen will not seek reelection for 4th term in S.C. State." Sen. Thomas McElveen is an unbelievable, gracious, kind and outstanding statesman. He will go down in history as one of the best … more
My late wife, Connie, and I, both Sumter natives, were excited when I was able to begin medical practice here in our hometown in October 1967. And how fortunate we were to raise our family here! We often hear that the years go by so quickly. With … more
The Super Tuesday results ensured the renominations of former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden, barring some unanticipated adverse health events. So, who's going to win in November? Polls give us clues. Trump continues to have the … more
Our devotion brings this thought, "Never Serve Sin," and my text is found in Romans 6:5-7, where we see, "For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our … more
One day this week - maybe today, maybe Wednesday - we likely will hear South Carolina House leaders congratulating themselves for approving a state budget that gives an even more significant raise to teachers than the ones we've seen the past few … more
I am writing to express my frustration and disappointment over the more than two-year closure of the bridge on East Red Bay Road. This bridge is a vital link for many residents and businesses in the area, and its prolonged closure has caused a lot … more
The devotion today is titled, "Hope is only in the Lord," and my text is Psalm 146:5. "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God." (KJV) There is a hymn that we sing at the church, and it goes like … more
If you've never held a sheep's brain in your hands, I recommend it. I cradled this woolly quadruped's brain and, like Mufasa lifting a baby Simba into the air, displayed it for 100+ PK-12 educators in February 2020. Participants took turns … more
The official end of winter is weeks away, but signs of spring are everywhere as February turns to March. As much as March has been known for unusual weather, conventional wisdom has it that if Old Man Winter doesn't hit hard by mid-month, the … more
I have been subscribing to The Item for years and have no complaints. I prefer a hard copy of the local news over the online option. I also have antenna television, and my complaint with it is the number of lawyer commercials shown. There are sooo … more
Help can't wait when emergencies strike - not for the family displaced by a disaster, the patient in need of lifesaving blood or the deployed service member alerted to a family crisis at home. Every day, when our neighbors cope with emergencies … more
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