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Opinion: Ending homelessness begins with housing first

Editor's note: Demetress Adams-Ludd is a resident of Sumter and social work graduate student with the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work online. "Unfortunate," "sad," "pitiful," these are a few words used … more

Opinion: Were you relieved or disappointed with Mueller's findings?

WASHINGTON - Ask yourself this simple question: When you heard the news that special counsel Robert Mueller concluded that President Trump had not engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia, were you relieved or disappointed? Be honest. If … more

Opinion: Sumter customers can speak out against Duke Energy Progress fee increase proposal

If Duke Energy gets its way, the fees on your electric bill will soon triple. When Duke Energy sends you a bill, you may notice a "fixed charge," the fee that Duke sticks on your bill every month, without fail or explanation. No matter how little … more

Opinion: Mueller report makes normal election possible

WASHINGTON - Robert Mueller's report is a gift to the nation, which now knows what was already a reasonable surmise: that its chief executive's unlovely admiration for a repulsive foreign regime, Vladimir Putin's, is more a dereliction of taste and … more

Opinion: University corruption continues

Last week's column discussed the highly publicized university corruption scheme wherein wealthy parents bought admission at prestigious universities for their children. That is dishonest and gives an unfair advantage to those young people but won't … more

Opinion: Sumter's baseball fans would appreciate reports on players

Recent sports page articles are excellent, namely close followup on Ja Morant at Murray State and Charlie Barnes. Now baseball season is here. We need progress reports on Lathan Todd (The Citadel), Tradd James (College of Charleston) and … more

Opinion: Why Joe may be courting Stacey for 2020 campaign

Of 895 slots in the freshman class of Stuyvesant High in New York City, seven were offered this year to black students, down from 10 last year and 13 the year before. In the freshman class of 803 at The Bronx High School of Science, 12 students … more

Opinion: Old rules of thumb yield to even older ones

Success in politics - and in political predictions - depends on the ability to distinguish between old rules of thumb that don't apply any more and old rules of thumb that do. Take the old rule that an officeholder's chances of re-election depend … more

Opinion: Trump isn't biggest threat to Constitution

WASHINGTON - Who is the biggest threat to our constitutional order? It is not President Trump. Ever since Trump took office, Democrats have been telling us he is an authoritarian who threatens our system of government. Well, today it is Democrats … more

S.C. editorial roundup: March 24, 2019

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier March 20 Bill would weaken dam-safety laws after multiple floods In 2015, torrential rains fell across South Carolina, and about 50 dams failed, triggering South … more

Opinion: Sumter's litter problem is a people problem

Sumter 2040: Litter in Sumter is not the problem. Like all problems, it's a "people problem." We have too many people that don't seem to be "housebroken." Sumter is a "stage," and we are actors on that stage. Let's not go onto that stage looking and … more

Opinion: This novel will have you pining for the days of George W. Bush

WASHINGTON - Nostalgia is what Thomas Mallon is counting on to help draw readers to his new novel, "Landfall," which takes them on a long stroll down memory lane, back to the golden days of ... President George W. Bush's second term. Really. So, if … more

Opinion: Who spawned Christchurch killer?

Last Friday, in Christchurch, New Zealand, one of the more civilized places on Earth, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, an Australian, turned on his cellphone camera and set out to livestream his massacre of as many innocent Muslim worshippers as he … more

Opinion: Too rich to run in 2020 as wealth is a liability

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump has given success a bad name. That is, the president's much-boasted-about wealth has soured many Americans' taste for even the Horatio Alger bootstrapping stories. These days, as income inequality has become a leitmotif … more

Opinion: The losers running for the Democratic nomination

WASHINGTON - Look at the losers running, or considering a run, for the Democratic presidential nomination. I don't mean that pejoratively. I mean it literally. Beto O'Rourke's presidential candidacy is the ultimate expression of the … more
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