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OPINION: City employees need to concentrate on safe driving

While driving down Bultman Drive the morning of Nov. 7 at about 9:15 a.m., I passed a City of Sumter pickup truck driving in the right lane and noticed that the driver was holding a sandwich in his left hand and even took a bite of it. Are city … more

OPINION: True heroes rise up, make sacrifices and contributions

Veterans Day this year is especially memorable for me. I recently attended a Marine reunion of The 38th USMC OC/Basic Class 3/66. We began training at Quantico, Virginia, in early October 1965. In May 1966, the 520 who survived the process had been … more

OPINION: Trump has gone from America's president to an autocrat

A recent special issue of Foreign Affairs is devoted to profiling some of the world's most prominent autocrats: Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Rodrigo Duterte, Viktor Orban. Strangely, Donald Trump is not included. He should be … more

Opinion: Our country makes progress when citizens tackle small stuff

One of the not-so-small gifts of living in a representative democracy is that you can't accomplish things alone. Whether you're trying to get a stop sign put up on a dangerous corner or to change U.S. policy on greenhouse gas emissions, you have to … more

Opinion: Should you be afraid of the fascists in your community?

I get accused of "being over the top" and using hyperbole by conservative friends and acquaintances with increasing frequency. This is caused, in large part, by me being a vocal and active contributor to the public discourse about issues of peace … more

Opinion: The big-picture impact of Medicare for All

Medicare for All is forecast to cost $52 trillion over 10 years, which is over $5 trillion per year. That is more than the entire federal budget of $4 trillion per year. How will we raise all that money? … more

Opinion: Will Boris Johnson get big parliamentary majority as suggested by the polls?

It has been 1,225 days since an all-time-high turnout of British voters chose, by a 52 to 48% margin, to Leave rather than Remain in the European Union. Now with a general election set for Dec. 12, it looks like Britain is finally about to escape … more

OPINION: 50 years ago: The day Nixon routed the establishment

What are the roots of our present disorder, of the hostilities and hatreds that so divide us? When did we become this us vs. them nation? Who started the fire? Many trace the roots of our uncivil social conflict to the 1960s and the Johnson … more

Opinion: Let's not forget the dedication, sacrifices of those who helped bring Nevaeh home

Over the past three months, I have had the opportunity to witness true heroes in our community as they went over and above the call of duty to help bring a little girl home. We owe a great deal of thanks to Chief Russell Roark and his department … more

Opinion: Would Biden have ordered raid that killed Baghdadi?

WASHINGTON - President Trump deserves credit for ordering the operation that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It was a high-risk mission that required U.S. forces to fly hundreds of miles into al-Qaida-controlled territory to storm … more

Opinion: China's precarious future

WASHINGTON - Demography does not dictate any nation's destiny, but it shapes every nation's trajectory, so attention must be paid to Nicholas Eberstadt. He knows things that should occasion some American worries but also knows more important things … more

Opinion: The perils of downscale political parties in America

Political parties, and their travails, have been much on my mind recently as I've been speaking to radio and television interviewers about my new book, "How America's Political Parties Change (And How They Don't)." The book thesis is that our two … more
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