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Opinion: Losing our core freedoms by not knowing we have them

Ignorance may well have been bliss to 18th-century English poet Thomas Gray, but in 2019, widespread ignorance of our core freedoms and how our government functions is just plain dangerous. A just-released Survey of Civic Literacy, conducted by … more

Opinion: The end of everything - or not

PAWLEYS ISLAND - A new United Nations report projecting the extinction of one-eighth of all animal and plant species should rattle the cages of any remaining skeptics regarding climate change and the central role humans have played in Earth's … more

Opinion: Discrimination, Disparities II

Last week's column discussed Dr. Thomas Sowell's newest book "Discrimination and Disparities," which is an enlarged and revised edition of an earlier version. In this review, I am going to focus on one of his richest chapters titled "Social Visions … more

Opinion: Will Biden's long career help or hurt?

Joe Biden has been around a long time. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, at age 29 (he reached the Constitution's required age of 30 before taking office in January 1973). No one in the current Senate was there then; the current … more

Opinion: Let Venezuela decide its own destiny

"Who would be free themselves must strike the blow... "By their right arms the conquest must be wrought." So wrote Lord Byron of Greece's war of independence against the Turks, though the famed British poet would ignore his own counsel and die … more

Opinion: The Trump Whisperer and his dark worldview

NEW YORK - Understanding Donald Trump's foreign policy is a challenge, since the president has written and spoken little on the subject for most of his life. So how to make sense of his worldview? Is there a Trump Doctrine? Michael Anton, a … more

Drama from school district fits with conspiracy theories

I am not one given to conspiracy theories. However, the drama this school board has put forth for the last couple of years seems to fit right in. This inept school board of supposedly … more

Opinion: Barr hearing was much ado about nothing

WASHINGTON - If Shakespeare had titled Attorney General William Barr's appearance on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would have called it "Much Ado About Nothing." Democrats seized on the supposed "bombshell" that special … more

OPINION: Biden is making himself into a big target

In today's toxic political environment, if they can see you, they will kill you. The feeding frenzy that engulfs front-runners is much like a nuclear reactor. The chain reaction it catalyzes gets more and more intense until it explodes in a bomb … more

OPINION: Now is not the right time to further fund school district

I commend the Rev. Canty for his candid assessment of our school district's situation in The Sumter Item last Sunday and agree with everything he said including the district needing more funds. … more


Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier April 26 Environmental bills send statement of support from Senate South Carolina senators made a strong statement in support of the environment with their votes to … more

OPINION: Spearman's sub teaching gig no substitute for leadership

Teachers all across South Carolina walked out of their classrooms to come to Columbia on Wednesday to lobby the General Assembly to adopt meaningful education reforms. Days before the rally, state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman … more

OPINION: The empathy factor in the 2020 race

WASHINGTON - In 2008, when Sarah Palin entered the stage to debate her fellow vice presidential candidate, Joe Biden, she asked him first thing: "Hey, can I call you Joe?" It was a charming moment. In Palin's aw-shucks manner, she not only … more

Opinion: Thank you to Summerton community for help after car problem

On Thursday, April 18, my family and I were driving from New York to Florida. A problem with our car left us alone in the middle of the Summerton community. We were more than blessed to meet Ellen Ardis (pro-tem mayor) as well as the Hill family. … more

Opinion: Biden plays the race card during his announcement

As he debated with himself whether to enter the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination, Joe Biden knew he had a problem. As a senator from Delaware in the '70s, he had bashed busing to achieve racial balance in public schools as stupid and … more
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