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Let's not make same mistakes with school district again

When I learned that former Superintendent Frank Baker was elected to the Sumter School Board, I was amazed that the voters of Sumter had chosen to put the fox back in the hen house, since … more

Trump's surprisingly reflective, disciplined speech

"This year," President Trump stated in his widely viewed and positively rated State of the Union address, "America will recognize two important anniversaries that show us the majesty of America's mission and the power of American pride." "On … more

Sumter roads, education and gun registration should be focus

Sumter 2040: Sumter should get rid of all four-way stop signs. In 1986, there was a survey of four-way stop signs in South Carolina. It determined that it cost the motoring public more than $2,000 … more

OPINION: Sumter community deserves to know the why of the school board's decision

There is one lingering question on our community's mind since the vote on Jan. 28; why? Let's forget for a moment that the vote which took place was illegal and how it was ever allowed to come to a … more

OPINION: Sumter School District must move forward, not backward

The Sumter School Board recently voted to reopen Mayewood Middle School after it had been closed. Its students were assigned to a newly renovated and program-enriched R.E. Davis College Preparatory Academy. The vote to return about 140 students to … more

Thank you to Brabham for commitment to hospital, Sumter

Over the past eight years, I have had the privilege of being able to serve side by side with John Brabham on the Tuomey Hospital Board, the Tuomey Foundation Board and the Palmetto Health (Prisma) … more

Editorial roundup: Feb. 8, 2019

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat Feb. 5 S.C. seems to be indefinite home of nuclear waste South Carolina did its part during the Cold War. The Savannah River Site produced plutonium and tritium for … more

Small change could make big difference for jobs in S.C.

President Donald Trump can help us unlock dynamic growth and innovation in a sector of the economy important to all South Carolinians by acting on a little-known, but hugely impactful opportunity called the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal … more

Sacrificing Northam will not be enough

"Once that picture with the blackface and the Klansman came out, there is no way you can continue to be the governor of the commonwealth of Virginia." So decreed Terry McAuliffe, insisting on the death penalty with no reprieve for his friend and … more

The U.S.' political center is up for grabs. Trump just made a play for it.

WASHINGTON - With Democrats embracing neo-socialist policies to eliminate private health insurance and fossil fuels, America's political center is up for grabs. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump made a concerted - if … more

Destroying freedom of speech for some will destroy our country

Abraham Lincoln said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it is because we destroyed ourselves." Freedom of speech is being … more

Is reality optional?

Suppose I declare that I am a king. Should you be required to address me as "Your Majesty"? You say, "Williams, that's lunacy! You can't prove such nonsense." You're wrong. It's proved by my declaration. It's no different from a person born with XY … more

For 100 years, history on a deadline

Editor's note: This Oct. 15, 2019, The Sumter Item will celebrate its 125th anniversary. The Greenwood Index-Journal, The Charleston Post and Courier and The Sumter Item are the only three remaining independently owned daily newspapers in South … more

Yearbook politics

WASHINGTON -- In 1983, just before winning a third term as Louisiana's governor, Edwin Edwards famously said the only way he could lose the race was "if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl … more

Congress should repeal tax on places of worship, charities

It is well known that the tax bill passed last Congress with only Republican votes gave trillions of dollars in tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy on the backs of America's working families. What is not as well known is that to pay for that … more
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