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There's a word for Democrats' negotiating: Insanity

WASHINGTON - Good news for the incoming House Democratic majority! They have something President Trump really, really wants: money to build a border wall. Trump is desperate for this money. Mexico won't give it to him. Only congressional Democrats … more

God loves you; there's nothing you can do about it

That common respect for each other in the way we interact or speak to each other is out the window. Our leaders are seen by the world as big rude kids with the name calling. That if you prey on the fears of others you can get them to go along with … more

If Army stands with Maduro, what is Plan B?

"Pay the soldiers. The rest do not matter." This was the deathbed counsel given to his sons by Roman Emperor Septimius Severus in A.D. 211. Nicolas Maduro must today appreciate the emperor's insight. For the political survival of this … more

Thank you to Brabham for commitment to hospital, Sumter

Over the past eight years, I have had the privilege of being able to serve side by side with John Brabham on the Tuomey Hospital Board, the Tuomey Foundation Board and the Palmetto Health (Prisma) … more

Operating private business differs from governing a public entity

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees must utilize good judgment and clear thinking in the reconstruction and reorganization processes they will be undertaking. Sumter School District and its Board of Trustees must be cognizant of the fact … more

Thank you to Sumter for sharing meaning of Christmas through shoebox project

I am writing to thank Sumter residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors … more

Border security that is smart, just, merciful

This month we experienced some unprecedented events in the Hall of the House. On Jan. 15, we celebrated what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 90th birthday, had he been allowed to live. On that date, we passed a resolution in the House … more

Who benefits from Democratic control?

In 1976, Gerald Ford won 15 percent of the black vote. That's the most of any recent Republican presidential candidate. In most elections, blacks give Democrats over 90 percent of their votes. It's not unreasonable to ask what have blacks gained … more

Why I joined lawsuit to stop seismic testing off S.C. coast

I recently received a lot of attention when I joined a lawsuit to block seismic testing off the coast of South Carolina, so I wanted to explain my reasoning. People who support offshore exploration see it as a way to bring in billions of dollars … 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

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
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