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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

We need to demand excellence from Sumter school board members

We need to demand excellence from sumter school board members On Monday, I attended the Sumter School District board meeting. Sumter is my home, and I am the mother of two children in the district and one who graduated from the district two years … more

Sumter school board has gone in wrong direction with Mayewood reopening

I would like to express my reactions to the school board's vote to reopen Mayewood school. I am so glad you published the names of those who voted to reopen because I intend to keep their names available to me. I have recently returned to Sumter to … 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

Great nations don't quit wars before they prevail

"Great nations do not fight endless wars," President Trump declared in his State of the Union address. It was a line that could have been delivered by President Barack Obama, who in 2015 memorably said, "I do not support the idea of endless … more

Marijuana use can increase risk of mental illness, violence

Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Twenty-two other states, along with U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Guam, allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Let's examine some hidden issues about … more

Someone should take over Kmart and keep it going

I hear Kmart is closing in April. I would like to see somebody step in and take over and let it remain Kmart. I remember when Kmart opened. I was in high school. It's a shame they never had an anniversary sale. If they did, I don't remember … more

Let's not make same mistakes with school district again

When I learned that former Superintendent Frank Baker was elected to the Sumter School Board, I was amazed that the voters of Sumter had chosen to put the fox back in the hen house, since … more

Trump's surprisingly reflective, disciplined speech

"This year," President Trump stated in his widely viewed and positively rated State of the Union address, "America will recognize two important anniversaries that show us the majesty of America's mission and the power of American pride." "On … more

Sumter roads, education and gun registration should be focus

Sumter 2040: Sumter should get rid of all four-way stop signs. In 1986, there was a survey of four-way stop signs in South Carolina. It determined that it cost the motoring public more than $2,000 … more

OPINION: Sumter community deserves to know the why of the school board's decision

There is one lingering question on our community's mind since the vote on Jan. 28; why? Let's forget for a moment that the vote which took place was illegal and how it was ever allowed to come to a … more

OPINION: Sumter School District must move forward, not backward

The Sumter School Board recently voted to reopen Mayewood Middle School after it had been closed. Its students were assigned to a newly renovated and program-enriched R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy. The vote to return about 140 students to … 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
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