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Veterans stand proud after serving their country and would do so again

2018 - The year of the veteran - the year is almost gone. But so are many of the veterans. What has happened to all the strong, young men and women who fought the battles of World War II, Korea and Vietnam? I saw a lot of them today. I went to … more

Who lost the world Bush 41 left behind?

George H.W. Bush was America's closer. Called in to pitch the final innings of the Cold War, Bush 41 presided masterfully over the fall of the Berlin Wall, the unification of Germany, the liberation of 100 million Eastern Europeans and the … more

Coverage helped bring others out to hear testimony

I wanted to say "thank you" to reporter Adrienne Sarvis and The Sumter Item for your article on Jim Sonefeld (Hootie and the Blowfish) and his visit to our meeting at Celebrate Recovery this past Friday night. Because of the article, we had … more

Trump is an almost inexpressibly sad specimen

WASHINGTON - Half or a quarter of the way through this interesting experiment with an incessantly splenetic presidency, much of the nation has become accustomed to daily mortifications. Or has lost its capacity for embarrassment, which is even … more

Career Center needs proper ventilation, air conditioning

Dear Sumter School District officials and Sumter School District's Board of Trustees, Sumter County administration, Sumter County Council members and the Sumter County legislative delegation members: I toured the Sumter Career and Technology … more

At age 70, time to rethink NATO

"Treaties are like roses and young girls. They last while they last." So said President Charles De Gaulle, who in 1966 ordered NATO to vacate its Paris headquarters and get out of France. NATO this year celebrates a major birthday. The young … more

Sumter 2040 should address electricity, voting, education

Sumter 2040? We need the state of South Carolina to totally get rid of "voter registration" and register all voters automatically when they reach voting age. The registration is used to prevent citizens from voting for several reasons including … more

Thank you to Lee school board members for support, dedication and encouragement

Thank you to lee school board members for support, dedication and encouragement I want to thank our school board members (Lee County School District) for their hard work and dedication. Thank you for your support and encouragement. A special … more

Editorial roundup: Feb. 8, 2019

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat Feb. 5 S.C. seems to be indefinite home of nuclear waste South Carolina did its part during the Cold War. The Savannah River Site produced plutonium and tritium for … more

Small change could make big difference for jobs in S.C.

President Donald Trump can help us unlock dynamic growth and innovation in a sector of the economy important to all South Carolinians by acting on a little-known, but hugely impactful opportunity called the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal … more

Think things are bad now? They were lots worse in 1919

The hundredth anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting of World War I in Europe came and went with surprisingly little notice last Nov. 11. Commemoration was muted for a conflict that took the lives of some 15 million to 19 million … more

Brexit vote shows how direct democracy can be dangerous

"In my country the people can do as they like, although it often happens that they don't like what they have done." - Winston Churchill, 1946 LONDON - During the Second World War, as U.S. power was eclipsing Britain's, Harold Macmillan, a … more

South Carolina against the tides

CAMDEN - Tom Mullikin is that guy - you know, the one who finishes Christmas dinner, then takes off to scale Mount Everest, conducting business by satellite phone to check progress on his plan to build an ocean reef upon his return. Yes, a … more

Work continues on Sumter School District excellence

Editor's note: The Rev. Ralph Canty, elected the chairman of Sumter School District Board of Trustees on Monday, wrote this statement to the board after being named chairman. Over the course of this district's emergence, we have come full circle. … more
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