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Opinion: Getting rid of treacherous friends

The United States has a long record of befriending the wrong people - authoritarian leaders who rely on military and police power to enforce social inequality and dictatorial rule. Washington's usual justification is promoting the national interest, … more

Opinion: Community raises questions after published article

The front-page article in The Sumter Item on Nov. 14 titled "Sumter deputies ask for pay increase" has raised questions in the Sumter community. Sheriff Anthony Dennis mailed a letter in October to each member of Sumter County Council. This letter … more

Opinion: When did Ukraine become a 'critical ally'?

On hearing the State Department's George Kent and William Taylor describe President Donald Trump's withholding of military aid to Ukraine, The New York Times summarized and solemnly endorsed their testimony: "What clearly concerned both witnesses … more

OPINION: Let's shower Shaw with cookies during the Christmas season

Dear community, LET'S SHOWER SHAW WITH COOKIES! It's that special time of year for one of our favorite projects to get started and is coordinated by Sumter Volunteers. It's time to "Shower Shaw with Cookies" for our 27th Christmas! This … more

OPINION: Youth should stop vaping to prevent new health problems

As of Oct. 15, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 33 deaths among 1,479 lung injuries. The cases span every state but Alaska and the District of Columbia, with numerous cases reported in South Carolina and North … more

OPINION: Marlin rifle was a memorable Christmas gift for young man

In the spirit of the Nationwide Pro 2A Day, I wanted to share one of the fondest memories from my childhood one Christmas when I was either 12 or 13. Like most kids I am sure I had asked for various gifts that year and went to sleep on Christmas Eve … more

OPINION: Reuben-Cooke was an inspiration, broke barriers

Sumter County has been fertile soil for producing a rich crop of persons of historical significance, who have been the first to break barriers and to transcend social, educational, economic and political mores of their respective times. From Mary … more

Editorial roundup: Friday, Nov. 15, 2019

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Nov. 11 State sheriff being accused of crimes continues epidemic When a tenth of the members of the S.C. Legislature were indicted on corruption charges in the … more

Opinion: Veteran reflects on service, memorable experiences on holiday

Happy Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2019. I never know what to say when someone says "thanks for your military service to our country, America, and its many inconveniences, rough times and the sacrifices." I say thanks, but about "that time" then and … more

Opinion: Young people are ignorant of history

A recent survey conducted by the Victims of Communism and polled by YouGov, a research and data firm, found that 70% of millennials are likely to vote socialist and that one in three millennials saw communism as "favorable." Let's examine this … more

Opinion: Medicare for All will lead to disaster for the country, destroy health system

Can Medicare For All really work and reduce the cost for the middle class? Using Medicare as it works for seniors now, let's look at an estimated annual cost for a family say a family of four. First, it will cost $1,600 per person, paid up front … more

Opinion: Festival probably brought positive attention to Sumter academy, district's programs

I am writing in response to an article in the Saturday, Nov. 9, edition of The Sumter Item. Concern was expressed over participation by several of Sumter School District's performing organizations in the Ujima Community Festival, sponsored by Ragin … more

Opinion: We're keeping a tight grip on our nuclear toys

"Everyone wants to play with the big boys, and the only way to become one of the big boys is to have nuclear toys." Attention Planet Earth! Attention Planet Earth! It is time to grow up. The words are those of Mohamed ElBaradei, then director … more

OPINION: A special Veterans Day salute

Veterans Day has traditionally been a time for Americans to pause and thank the men and women who, through many years and too many conflicts, have helped ensure the blessings we share in this free and independent land. This one-day observance lets … more
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