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Post and Courier Jan. 10 S.C. legislators should return undeserved extra pay from 2023 Before South Carolina lawmakers get settled in for the 2024 legislative session, we need to deal with a bit of unfinished business from last year, having … more
For so many around the world, the beginning of the new year normally is a time to reflect on a festive holiday season and to get back into the daily routine. In Israel, however, it is far from a normal time. Three months have passed since the … more
It was with great joy that I read the letter to the editor in Saturday's paper, Dec. 30. The commentary next to it was about the birth of Jesus Christ and made it even better. Both made me proud to be living in the Sumter area where two men aren't … more
Today, I want to bring to your heart this thought, "Jerusalem, City of Peace." My text is Zechariah 12:1-3, where we see, "The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation … more
To explain the latest young generation's pessimism, Washington Post opinion writer Taylor Lorenz took to what was then called Twitter last February to lament "the fact that we're living in a late stage capitalist hellscape during an ongoing deadly … more
Times and Democrat Dec. 30 S.C. voters can play big role in 2024 races The presidential election year has arrived. South Carolina will again play a pivotal role with Democratic and Republican primaries early in the cycle for both … more
On Monday, President Biden is scheduled to be at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. This is the church where nine parishioners were murdered during a Bible study in 2015. The last reported time President Biden was in South Carolina was in the summer … more
The state of public education in Sumter County, with 14,000 students in Sumter School District (SSD), is not good. Restrain respect and trust from elected officials have been disruptive to the mission accomplishment of the SSD. Poor morale by … more
How's America doing? Government statisticians provide mounds of data that provide useful clues and none more so than the Census Bureau's estimates of population, announced in the holiday weeks at the end of each calendar year. The latest numbers … more
Happy New Year! Today's devotion is "The Beginning of a New Year," and my text is found in Psalm 46:1-2, where we see, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and … more
I write with deep concern about the staggering rise of debt in Clarendon County. The exponential surge from $4,649,650 in 2008/09 (Sections 1.1) to a daunting $14,744,000 in the 2023/24 budget (sections 6.1 and 6.2) represents an alarming 217.18% … more
Happy New Year! I hope it is. Who will be elected president this coming November? What will be the status of Ukraine? What will be the news out of the Middle East? How about inflation, or racism, or diversity, or political correctness, or … more
Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act has provided the public with the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. In college, I took at … more
In a recent column in your paper, Michael Barone, apparently one of your favorite conservative columnists, stated that Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon were ousted incumbents. Neither of these men was ousted in the way his column uses the … more
We have a new American flag - it's solid white. You know, the one you hoist when you surrender. Yesterday, 12,000+ illegals stormed across the Southern border. Those are the ones we know about. We're getting 300,000 - 400,000 per month. The … more
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