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Opinion: Having a Navy recruiter in Sumter would benefit a lot of people

When Rear Adm. Cedric Pringle was here, he spoke of all the opportunities available to the young men and women in the Navy. I don't think he is aware that we do not have a Navy recruiter in Sumter. You have to go to Florence or Columbia for … more

Opinion: Assault on western civilization

Western civilization was founded on a set of philosophies that focus strongly on the sanctity of individuals and their power of logic and reason. This belief led to a desire to trust things that could be proven to be true or legitimate, from … more

Enjoy reading the Declaration of Independence for July 4 holiday

Editor's note: In celebration of the Fourth of July, The Sumter Item presents the "The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies" for your holiday week reading enjoyment. - - - In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration … more

Opinion: Remembering a 'Mighty Endeavor'

Last month, we celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when American, British, Canadian and other Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. That day, in a prayer to the nation, President Franklin D. Roosevelt described … more

Opinion: It's time to be alarmed by S.C. pension system debt

A school in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was shuttered. In Three Rivers, Oregon, the school board shortened the school year five days and laid off employees. Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, will no longer have police stationed in them under a … more

Opinion: The lemon is squeezed dry

There's something attractive in the party names in the Supreme Court's decision on the relationship between government and religion: American Legion v. American Humanist Association. Both organizations, the veterans group formed after World War I … more

Opinion: Last century's immigration debate makes today's seem enlightened

"Wide open and unguarded stand our gates, And through them presses a wild motley throng ... O Liberty, white Goddess! is it well To leave the gates unguarded?" - Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1892) WASHINGTON - If you think we have reached … more

Opinion: Sumter must better distinguish 'them' from 'us' to prosper

There is perhaps nothing more devastating to a troop than a casualty caused by friendly fire. Unfortunately, incidents of this nature have happened all too often on the battlefield and in life. A soldier understands the risk when he is called up for … more

Opinion: Why millennials may be conservatives at heart

WASHINGTON - Several current trends among millennials do not bode well for Democrats. Indeed, they suggest a greater affinity for (many) Republican policies, notwithstanding a, perhaps, contiguous dislike for the GOP's leadership. Dare I say it: … more

Opinion: Providing a path to improved population health

The path to improved population health - healthy communities with high quality of life - in South Carolina is paved by a greater focus on what patients and communities need to get and stay healthy outside of clinic walls. What do healthier … more

Opinion: Yes, AOC, your generation has seen American prosperity

"An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America," says Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., whose visibility as a spokesperson for this generation has been boosted by political friend and foe, "came of age … more

Opinion: Trump: War president or anti-interventionist?

Visualizing 150 Iranian dead from a missile strike that he had ordered, President Donald Trump recoiled and canceled the strike, a brave decision and defining moment for his presidency. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, John Bolton and Vice … more

Opinion: Reparations for Slavery

Several Democratic presidential hopefuls are calling for Americans to make reparations for slavery. On June 19, the House judiciary subcommittee on the constitution, civil rights and civil liberties held a hearing. Its stated purpose was "to … more

Opinion: Sanders is FDR's unimaginative echo

WASHINGTON - That the Democrats' two evenings of dueling oratory snippets this week are called "debates" validates Finley Peter Dunne's prediction that "when we Americans are through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over … more
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