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OPINION: China won't die laughing

WASHINGTON - Dictators. Always so humorous. Take China's communist officialdom. You've probably heard about the "South Park" episode last week that the Chinese government didn't find amusing. And the fake apology from the comedy show's creators, … more

OPINION: Newspapers protect your First Amendment rights

With just 45 words the founders guaranteed five - no, six - basic freedoms, fundamental American rights. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of … more

OPINION: Is there someone you need to forgive to avoid carrying hate?

Many have watched the powerful television report of Brandt Jean's act of forgiveness toward Amber Guyger, who killed his brother, Botham Jean. The scene of him hugging her and extending forgiveness toward her has been replayed over and again and … more

Letter to the Editor: Thank you to all who made Art in the Park a success

We wish to express appreciation for the success of the 13th Annual Art in the Park, held on Sept. 21 in Memorial Park. Although presented by Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association, the event was a collaboration involving an array of vendors, … more

Opinion: Times may change, but need to support free press has not

Once upon a time, having a job at a newspaper meant working in one of the most imposing buildings in town, inhaling the acrid aroma of fresh ink and the dusty breath of cheap newsprint and feeling mini-earthquakes under our feet every time the … more

Opinion: Overreach, the Achilles Heel of autocrats

It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the democratic wave sweeping Europe in the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse. It seems like yesterday that we hailed the Arab Spring and its potential for democratization across the Middle … more

Opinion: Legal gun owners should support rights Nov. 16

Legal gun owners should support rights Nov. 16 Almost daily we hear the negative rhetoric from politicians, media and celebrities against gun owners and the Second Amendment. Talking about confiscating certain firearms or passing more laws seems … more

Opinion: 1st Amendment binds all freedoms

Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the fabric of the First Amendment. The blood of patriots is the seed of the Republic. The founders and those who … more

Opinion: Team Sumter can do great things when we unite

On Aug. 27, 2019, Sumter County Council received a briefing from Mr. Jay Schwedler, president and CEO of Sumter Economic Development, on future investment projects in Sumter and Lee Counties. During … more

Opinion: Trump's abuse of power has invited impeachment

WASHINGTON - It's fair to say at this juncture that America's Quid and Ukraine's Quo have been caught in bed together. The fevered search for a damning quid pro quo since the White House released a readout of Donald Trump's July 25 telephone call … more

Opinion: Support the important work of journalists

It is easy in these times of "fake news" and denigration of the media to forget the importance of your local newspaper. It is National Newspaper Week, so take time to consider what value your local newspaper brings to your community and your … more

Opinion: Why is media absolving Bidens of wrongdoing?

WASHINGTON - Let's be clear: President Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was not "beautiful" or "perfect." Far from it. Trump should not have asked Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden or to cooperate with his private attorney … more

Opinion: S.C. Editorial Roundup

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat Sept. 26 Increasing rates of violence against women in S.C. For a society that professes to celebrate women, disturbing realities remain. A new national … more

Opinion: The Korean Peninsula: A dangerous neighborhood

SEOUL, South Korea - In 1950, when Han Sung-joo was 10, shrapnel from an artillery shell lodged in his hip. This happened as Gen. Douglas MacArthur's troops, fresh from the bold Incheon landing, were retaking this city - it would be lost and retaken … more

Opinion: Don't let Trump pollute our lakes, streams

The real star of my 1992 movie, "A River Runs Through It," was not supposed to be Brad Pitt. It was supposed to be Montana's iconic Big Blackfoot River, which starts as a watery thread up near the Continental Divide and runs down to its confluence … more
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