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How does The Sumter Item make the largest impact for a better Sumter? How do we sustain local news in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties at a time when similar communities are losing their local news sources across the country? How do we best … more
For the last 130 years, there has not been a Sumter County without The Sumter Item. I do not anticipate that to change. A lot has changed in those 130 years at the national level, local stage and within the walls of what is currently Sumter … more
If you are going to vote in the GOP primary, please consider these facts. There are not enough MAGA voters to reelect Trump, so to win he would need to attract independents and swing voters who don't like him very much. Remember the 2022 red wave … more
Post and Courier Jan. 31 Gates of hell? McMaster's tough-guy attempt is mostly just embarrassing Gov. Henry McMaster is right: South Carolina doesn't need any more unions. You know what else we don't need? We don't need any more of … more
Today, I want to conclude the thought that we've been looking at with "Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem." My text is Psalm 122:6, where we see, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee." (KJV) We've been looking at the … more
Should Sumter County's most vulnerable citizens be protected from potentially unscrupulous business owners? If County Councilman Carlton Washington's proposed rule change is approved, that could be the case. At the Jan. 23, 2024, Sumter County … more
Generosity throughout Sumter contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan's Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Across the U.S., the project collected 10 million shoebox gifts in 2023. … more
It worries me that people often do not say what is really on their minds. It worries me even more that some people cannot resist always saying what is on their mind. One of the things I appreciate about pithy bits of wisdom is that they tend to be … more
I am responding to nauseating noise about Morris College facilities and issues on the campus. I am a former student of Morris College. Morris College is a very fine and excellent institution with marvelous and superb facilities. The late Dr. Luns C. … more
What went wrong with Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign? You can list many arguable mistakes, as you can with any campaign, and you can add, as some reporters have, that the candidate was not likable or good at retail campaigning - which mostly … more
Just a thought. With math scores so incredibly low in Sumter School District, how about kids K-8th grade are not allowed to use calculators or phones for basic math? Our kids are not learning even the most basic of math skills. They need to … more
Index-Journal Jan. 18 Hutto proposal has appeal but needs vetting State Sen. Brad Hutto has an interesting proposal, one he made a couple of years ago, too, as a means of luring medical doctors into the Palmetto State's rural areas. … more
This is in reply to the person from Georgetown who wrote a letter to the editor on Jan. 19. I believe and agree with your whole first paragraph. That's where it stops. If I were guessing where you relocated from it would be in the general area of … more
Anger, resentment, jealousy and hate are terribly draining emotions. If you have any of these going on in your life, then you're going to be tired most of the time. They can be mentally exhausting. Maybe you are free and clear of any of these. If … more
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