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Deployments are needed to prevent unknowable threats

The numbers are small, the terrain unfamiliar, the cast of characters chaotic and the clash of interest hard to decipher. Nevertheless, President Donald Trump's sudden, perhaps impulsive decision to withdraw 2,000 American military personnel from … more

The worst enemy of black people

Malcolm X was a Muslim minister and human rights activist. Born in 1925, he met his death at the hands of an assassin in 1965. Malcolm X was a courageous advocate for black civil rights, but unlike Martin Luther King, he was not that forgiving of … more

Shutdown over border control is stupidity, but we will rebound

To avoid any repercussions, I will use "idiocy" to describe my view of what is going on in Washington at this time with our elected officials, whom we elect to serve us (at least … more

S.C. prisons improving since deadly riot but not fast enough

Despite inmates intentionally overflowing toilets to flood cells where locked-down prisoners also ate their meals, South Carolina prisons have come a long way since the deadly April 15 riot at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville. Clearly, … more

Send Islamic State fighters held in Syria to Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON - President Trump's decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria is already having unintended consequences. The U.S. departure could lead to the release of 1,100 Islamic State fighters now held in detention camps in northeastern Syria … more

Fertility rate in U.S. is headed to all-time low

In 1957, 4.3 million babies were born in the United States. In 2017, 60 years later, the number was 3,853,472. That's an 11 percent decline, in a nation whose population has nearly doubled over those six decades. And though there are a few days left … more

I was arrested for having nunchucks in N.Y. I'm glad the law was overturned.

WASHINGTON - I was arrested for having nunchucks in New York. I'm glad the law was overturned. When news broke last week that a federal judge had ruled a New York law banning possession of nunchucks unconstitutional, I felt vindicated. You see, … more

Christmas 2018: Not the worst of times

"Deck the halls with boughs of holly," goes the old Christmas carol. "'Tis the season to be jolly." Yet if there were a couplet less befitting the mood of this capital city, I am unaware of it. "The wheels are coming off" was a common commentary … more

Not every difference is a social injustice

Much is made about observed differences between sexes and among races. The nation's academic and legal elite try to sell us on the notion that men and women and people of all races should be proportionally represented in socio-economic … more

Will president hold firm on Syrian pullout?

"We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there," wrote President Donald Trump, as he ordered the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Syria, stunning the U.S. foreign policy establishment. Trump overruled his secretaries of state … more

The Grinch has lost his mind

WASHINGTON - 'Tis not the season to be jolly, thanks to Donald Trump. His sudden, unilateral decision to withdraw troops from Syria, forcing the resignation of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis - one of the last bulwarks against the president's … more

A third major political party is needed

Let's call it the American Party or the Peoples Party. The reason is that neither the Republican or the Democratic Parties represent voters/taxpayers. For example, (1) immigration and border security cannot … more

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor's note: In keeping with many years' custom, we present the famous editorial "Is There a Santa Claus?" written by the editor of the New York Sun, Francis Pharcellus Church, in 1897. The question of the editor was asked by Virginia O'Hanlon. … more

A little darkroom magic with Sumter's Santa Claus

Santa Claus is the late Hubert Duvall Osteen, longtime editor/publisher/owner of The Sumter Item. He's holding the Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1952, edition of The Sumter Daily Item. The darkroom photo magic - done long before … more

Merry Christmas, Chreasters

WASHINGTON - Christmas remains wondrous, but it arrives at a difficult moment for Christianity in the United States. We still see Christmas trees strapped to the tops of cars, neighbors lighting up their homes and kids getting as excited as ever. … more

Political parties need to up their game and do better

Two weeks ago in this column, I asked what is to blame for the weakness of the heads of government here and in Western Europe: institutional failure, voter fecklessness, leaders' personal weaknesses or some combination of all three? This week, … more
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