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OPINION: Will war derail the president's reelection bid?

"It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future," Yogi Berra reminded us. But on "The McLaughlin Group," the TV talk show on which this writer has appeared for four decades, predictions are as mandated as was taking Latin in Jesuit … more

Opinion: We're living in the (almost) best of times

The best of times, the worst of times. Your instinct on which one we're living through is affected by your basic temperament, but it also depends on how well you're observing - and quantifying - things in the world around you. Temperamentally, in … more

Opinion: Colleges now dupe parents, taxpayers

Colleges have been around for centuries. College students have also been around for centuries. Yet, college administrators assume that today's students have needs that were unknown to their predecessors. Those needs include diversity and equity … more

Opinion: Is 'Little Rocket Man' winning? What is his game?

As of Dec. 26, Kim Jong Un's "Christmas gift" to President Donald Trump had not arrived. Most foreign policy analysts predict it will be a missile test more impressive than any Pyongyang has yet carried off. What is Kim's game? What does Kim … more

Opinion: Is France the future of the West, including the U.S.?

As that rail and subway strike continued to paralyze travel in Paris and across France into the third week, President Emmanuel Macron made a Christmas appeal to his dissatisfied countrymen: "Strike action is justifiable and protected by the … more

S.C. editorial roundup: Friday, Dec. 27, 2019

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Dec. 23 Public disclosure of donations from and to inauguration committees We're sure the nonprofits that received the leftovers from Gov. Henry McMaster's … more

Opinion: Virginia's Second Amendment attack

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam apologized for his medical school blackface stunt, but he will have much more to apologize for if he signs into law a bill that attacks Virginia citizens' Second Amendment rights. The measure is Senate Bill 16, which … more

Opinion: Threats abroad to free press carry risk for our own security

Mhuu Thit's passionate belief in human rights comes with a risk. The young Burmese journalist could end up in prison for his commitment to free speech. As the editor and founder of Channel FFE, an online publication that bills itself as an … 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

Sumter Item's Santa Claus: Dec. 24, 2019

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 … 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 … more

Opinion: Is impeachment backfiring on Democrats?

"We're gonna impeach the (expletive deleted)." Thus did the member from Michigan, Rashida Tlaib, declare last January to be the goal of the 2019 House Democratic Caucus. Wednesday night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered the goods. The House … more

Opinion: Thank you to all who attended Bigger Wednesday and everyone who sponsored the annual event

The University of South Carolina Sumter's Alumni Association would like to thank everyone who attended the 26th-Annual Bigger Wednesday celebration. This year the event included the Carolina-Clemson tailgate party and a golf tournament. The … more
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