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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

Demonizing white men

Rush Limbaugh's December 2018 Limbaugh Letter has an article titled "Demonizing White Men." It highlights - with actual quotations from people in the media, academia and the political and entertainment arenas - the attack on white men as a class. … more

Sumter Opera House offers top entertainment

If you were not at the Sumter Opera House this past Friday to see Joshua Lozoff, you missed a highly entertaining event. Seth Reimer does an excellent job of bringing top shows to Sumter. He deserves your support. I would hate to see SOH programs go … more

Democrats' America: Heart of darkness

If it was the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that black and white would come together in friendship and peace to do justice, his acolytes in today's Democratic Party appear to have missed that part of his message. Here is Hakeem Jeffries, … more

S.C. improved fight against human trafficking, a lot more to do

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and South Carolina has a lot to be proud of when it comes to fighting modern-day slavery. Our state has made the biggest improvement in the nation in fighting human trafficking, … more

Let them eat cake

WASHINGTON - When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, "Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me," he inadvertently foreshadowed the government shutdown of 2018-19. Fitzgerald was alluding to the wealthy class, which he had … more

Sumter needs a new, full-time mayor to look to the future

Sumter 2040? The people of Sumter make Sumter what it is, good or bad. Many things need to change. We need a new form of government. We need a "strong mayor" form of government. We need a "full-time" mayor that can be held to account for Sumter. … more

If Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were a conservative

WASHINGTON - If Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., were a conservative, all anyone would be talking about is how uninformed she is. She would be facing trick questions from reporters designed to expose her lack of knowledge, and brutal sketches … more

We must focus on future and superintendent

Recently, I had the bittersweet privilege of standing on the grounds of the former Savage-Glover Elementary School. The schoolhouse has been razed, and the property is now the home of Mount Zion Baptist Church. I then rode past the former Lincoln … more

Commitment to diversity, inclusion is essential for the next USC president

The University of South Carolina is embarking on the search for its 29th president, a historic moment in the life of any university. USC's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee recently sent a letter to the Board of Trustees highlighting our … more

Editorial roundup: Jan. 25, 2019

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat Jan. 23 A League of Women Voters analysis of South Carolina's voting technology shows continued software deficiencies in the Election Systems and Security technology … more

Thank you to Lee board for hard work, commitment

Editor's note: This letter to the editor from a student in Lee County School District was written in recognition of School Board Member Appreciation Month. Thank you to board for hard work, commitment I would like to thank you for all the … more

Why do people like Lindsey Graham come to Congress?

WASHINGTON - Back in the day, small rural airports had textile windsocks, simple and empty things that indicated which way the wind was blowing. The ubiquitous Sen. Lindsey Graham has become a political windsock, and as such he - more than the … more

Trump shows leadership while Democrats pander to resistance

WASHINGTON - Last week, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia offered President Trump some advice on how to end the current border wall standoff. "Always try to find a solution in which both sides come out ahead," Warner told the president. It's … more
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