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OPINION: The presidential campaign is at knife's edge

The presidential campaign is at knife's edge. Both parties' campaigns assume that patterns of support will closely resemble those in 2016. And both are making surprisingly little effort, considering how close that contest turned out to be, with the … more

LETTER: Calvin Hastie would do an outstanding job as mayor

I am happy to see that my friend Calvin Hastie has filed to run for mayor of Sumter. Calvin is a quality individual with deep roots in the Sumter community. He graduated from Lincoln High School, went to S.C. State on an athletic scholarship and … more

Opinion: A prayer for our country we call America

Dear Jesus, with sincere gratitude we humbly thank you for life in general. We realize that the spiritual climate may not be the best as we speak, but nevertheless we thank you because it could have easily been worse. Allow us, dear Lord, to thank … more

Letter: Rev. Blassingame has best interests of citizens at heart

I am writing this letter in support of Rev. Dr. James Blassingame's campaign for election to City Council Ward 2. I am honored to speak on his behalf and offer the citizens a glimpse into the character of a friend and mentor. As sheriff of Sumter … more

Letter: Congress should pass National Suicide Hotline Designation Act

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and it's important that we be there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's theme for the month is to #KeepGoing, by taking simple actions to … more

Opinion: Recognizing the art of giving political speeches

I was talking to a friend not long ago who was pretty down on politics in all its forms. "I actually find real enjoyment in politics," I told him. He asked if I was nuts. No, I said, there's a lot of pleasure - even joy - to be found in … more

OPINION: Simple principles for having a great day

Work hard. You feel better and have more money working than if you are doing nothing. Your job is not forever. Visualize the work you want to do, and then move your life toward that kind of work. This may require training. Working a low-level paying … more

OPINION: Our highest quest is to know God

The Christian worldview of life is about learning what God requires and willingly accepting the call to become a devoted disciple of Christ. This life-changing decision has everything to do with yielding mind, body and soul to the Creator of heaven … more

Opinion: Today and yesterday

In matters of race and other social phenomena, there is a tendency to believe that what is seen today has always been. For Black people, the socioeconomic progress achieved during my lifetime, which started in 1936, exceeded anyone's wildest dreams. … more

Letter: News about poor service at post office isn't surprising

I'm writing about my experience with the United States Post Office in the Sumter Area. The worst experience goes back to Jan. 17, 2018. About Jan. 5, I had ordered computer ink from Ink2go. I should have received those cartridges within several … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat Sept. 2 Residents should get their REAL ID card, move ahead The debate over personal identification most often centers on issues of voting and ID theft. But there … more

Sumter branch NAACP statement on Liberty STEAM Charter School

The Sumter Branch NAACP has received several inquiries from NAACP members, community leaders and organizations regarding the new Liberty STEAM Charter School and its approval to operate in Sumter County beginning in the 2021 school year. The … more

OPINION: World Honey Bee Day - Another reminder that 40 % of insect species now threatened with extinction

World Honey Bee Day came and went, but it wasn't a celebration: More than 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction. Thanks to science, we know exactly why: Habitat loss, pollution from pesticides, invasive species and climate change all … more

Opinion: Even in pandemic, we need to connect

Shopping the Classroom Teachers call it shopping the classroom. When one teacher is leaving, other teachers grab stuff they can use. Melissa Szymanski's room was the Rodeo Drive of classroom shopping, the Fifth Avenue of fifth grade. By the time … more

Opinion: Where do we all go from here?

The year 2020 has certainly been a year to remember, and it isn't over yet. We have experienced almost 34,000 wildfires compared to almost 29,000 during the same period last year. That's 5,000 more wildfires fought this year compared to last year … more
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