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FDA policies kill in failing to approve drugs

Among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's responsibilities are approval and regulation of pharmaceutical drugs. In short, its responsibility is to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs. In the performance of this task, FDA officials can … more

Veterans stand proud after serving their country and would do so again

2018 - The year of the veteran - the year is almost gone. But so are many of the veterans. What has happened to all the strong, young men and women who fought the battles of World War II, Korea and Vietnam? I saw a lot of them today. I went to … more

Doctors are here to stay in talking about prevention of gun violence

Last month, doctors across the country opposed the National Rifle Association stance that they shouldn't be a part of the national gun violence conversation, telling us to "stay in your lane." Conversations on social media and in the news were quick … more

What lies behind malaise of the West?

Is it coincidence or contagion, this malady that seems to have suddenly induced paralysis in the leading nations of the West? With lawyer-fixer Michael Cohen's confession that he colluded with Donald Trump in making hush money payoffs to Stormy … more

S.C. editorial roundup: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Dec. 9 Laws to help protect heirs' properties are helping families Until recently, black people who acquired land after the Civil War had been losing their properties … more

There's a word for Democrats' negotiating: Insanity

WASHINGTON - Good news for the incoming House Democratic majority! They have something President Trump really, really wants: money to build a border wall. Trump is desperate for this money. Mexico won't give it to him. Only congressional Democrats … more

Lessons from hurricanes bode poorly for our future

The end of the 2018 hurricane season is a good time to take a step back and see what we've learned from recent storms. In the last two years, 18 North Atlantic hurricanes struck the U.S., five of which were very dangerous by any measure. It is … more

A vote for animals is a vote for humanity

WASHINGTON - For people who support the humane treatment of animals, including those that end up on America's dinner plates, passage this week of the farm bill would be a gift befitting the season - and a grand bipartisan gesture to close out the … more

On Saudi Arabia, Trump channels his inner Bush

WASHINGTON - In recent days, many have sought to contrast President Trump with President George H.W. Bush. But there is one area where Trump is channeling his inner George H.W. Bush - and not in a good way. His response to the murder and … more

Brown's muscular progressivism would challenge Trump in 2020

"The money man dealing himself a hot royal flush. Then giving you and me a phony hand like a pair of tens or something." - "Waiting for Lefty," Clifford Odets, 1935 WASHINGTON - With his gravelly voice and his lack of senatorial sheen - even … more

Coverage helped bring others out to hear testimony

I wanted to say "thank you" to reporter Adrienne Sarvis and The Sumter Item for your article on Jim Sonefeld (Hootie and the Blowfish) and his visit to our meeting at Celebrate Recovery this past Friday night. Because of the article, we had … more

How American democracy is losing the world

If Donald Trump told Michael Cohen to pay hush money to Stormy Daniels about a one-night stand a decade ago, that, says Jerome Nadler, incoming chair of House Judiciary, would be an "impeachable offense." This tells you what social media, cable … more

Thank you to Hines for help, going above and beyond

My family and I would very much like to thank Hines Furniture Company for their gracious help. Recently, we needed to get a La-Z-Boy lift chair for my husband. We have been customers at Hines here in Sumter for many years, but this store did not … more

People can be racists no matter their own race

How appropriate would it be for a major publicly held American company to hire a person with a history of having publicly made the following statements and many others like them? (In the interest of brevity, I shall list only four.) "The world could … more

Epstein accusers deserve due process

WASHINGTON - Recent revelations about billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's sweetheart deal with government prosecutors - thanks to a cadre of all-star defense attorneys who basically treated underage accusers like throwaways - are the tip of … more

George H.W. Bush is most successful 1-term president

George H.W. Bush "gave the nation its most successful one-term presidency." He "was the best one-term president the country has ever had and one of the most underrated presidents of all time." So said two not impartial sources - the late … more
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