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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

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

Sacrificing Northam will not be enough

"Once that picture with the blackface and the Klansman came out, there is no way you can continue to be the governor of the commonwealth of Virginia." So decreed Terry McAuliffe, insisting on the death penalty with no reprieve for his friend and … more

The U.S.' political center is up for grabs. Trump just made a play for it.

WASHINGTON - With Democrats embracing neo-socialist policies to eliminate private health insurance and fossil fuels, America's political center is up for grabs. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump made a concerted - if … more
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