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A vote for McLeod is a vote for our future

Faith. Family. Integrity. Mr. Mac has lived a life of service to, and has experienced all, aspects of education. From supporting his wife as a teacher and administrator to becoming a coach and … more

Davis is devoted to Sumter, will have some new ideas

Good morning everyone! After spending the last 30 years drinking coffee with much of Sumter while pretending to have a real job at Sumter Cut Rate, I have had the opportunity to not only observe, … more

McLeod is experienced board member, accessible to voters

Matthew "Mac" McLeod is a life-long friend who is an experienced school board member, having served from 2006 until the consolidation of Districts 2 and 17 in July of 2011. He is also currently a … more

Consider the unusual vote for change in S.C. education

This is a "think piece." I want you to think about the idea of addressing your voting day in a whole new way of thought to reach your decision. Maybe you have voted down the party line and hoped for … more

A third major political party is needed

Let's call it the American Party or the Peoples Party. The reason is that neither the Republican or the Democratic Parties represent voters/taxpayers. For example, (1) immigration and border security cannot … more

Today's Germany is the best Germany the world has seen

BERLIN - In one of contemporary history's intriguing caroms, European politics just now is a story of how one decision by a pastor's dutiful daughter has made life miserable for a vicar's dutiful daughter. Two of the world's most important … more

Why are Republicans accused of racism? Because we're silent

Over the past two years, Republicans have focused on spreading opportunity, and it has paid dividends: From the creation of opportunity zones in some of our nation's most distressed communities to amazing job-creation statistics and low unemployment … more

Trump and the Post: Whose side is Mitt on?

If there is a more anti-Trump organ in the American establishment than The Washington Post, it does not readily come to mind. Hence, in choosing to send his op-ed attack on President Donald Trump to the Post, Mitt Romney was collaborating with an … more

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor's note: In keeping with many years' custom, we present the famous editorial "Is There a Santa Claus?" written by the editor of the New York Sun, Francis Pharcellus Church, in 1897. The question of the editor was asked by Virginia O'Hanlon. … more

Thank you to Gail, staff of diner for support in 2018

Happy New Year! The members of the Dalzell Volunteer Firehouse would like to publicly thank Gail Turk and the kind staff of D&L diner on Peach Orchard Road for their kind support in 2018. These great folks have provided the meals for our … more

A little darkroom magic with Sumter's Santa Claus

Santa Claus is the late Hubert Duvall Osteen, longtime editor/publisher/owner of The Sumter Item. He's holding the Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1952, edition of The Sumter Daily Item. The darkroom photo magic - done long before … more

Merry Christmas, Chreasters

WASHINGTON - Christmas remains wondrous, but it arrives at a difficult moment for Christianity in the United States. We still see Christmas trees strapped to the tops of cars, neighbors lighting up their homes and kids getting as excited as ever. … more

Culture of arrogance and secrecy at DHEC

The board of directors of the state's largest and perhaps most vital regulatory agency, the Department of Health and Environmental Control announced it had selected a fellow board member to be the agency's new director. The selection of board … more

That stupidity of the wall

WASHINGTON - As The Wall dominated the week's news, a pitiful juxtaposition of two realities - one the hard truth, the other a lie - emerged to clarify the destructiveness of the American president's toxic narcissism. Federal workers facing their … more

Editorial Roundup: Jan. 11, 2019

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat Jan. 8 There will have to be compromise to end shutdown A government shutdown. A border wall. Political impasse. America is the loser as the important issues of … more

S.C. prisons need far more guards - and transparency

Editor's note: This column first appeared in The Post and Courier of Charleston. Here is what the people who run South Carolina's prisons don't want you to know: that a month before America's deadliest riot in a quarter century they were warned … more
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