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Opinion: Consider joining Friends of the Library to help support library

The Friends of the Sumter County Library have begun their annual membership campaign. Current members will be receiving their renewal form shortly. If you are not a member, applications are available at all library locations. Please consider … more

Opinion: Who cares about you?

During my student days at a UCLA economics department faculty/graduate student coffee hour in the 1960s, I was chatting with Professor Armen Alchian, probably the greatest microeconomic theory economist of the 20th century. I was trying to impress … more

Opinion: Reader thanks Hughes for letter

In response to the letter that Jacqueline Hughes wrote on Sept. 25 to The Item: Ms. Hughes, I would like to thank you for putting on paper exactly what I feel in my heart. God bless you, and God bless America. LAURA BARRON Sumter more

Opinion: 'Heartbroken' Pelosi fast-tracks impeachment

"This is a very sad time for our country. There is no joy in this," said Nancy Pelosi Saturday. "We must be somber. We must be prayerful. ... I'm heartbroken about it." Thus did the speaker profess her anguish - just four days after announcing … more

Opinion: Hope, necessity this International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Sept. 26 was the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Recognizing the growing concerns over the catastrophic humanitarian effects of even a single nuclear weapon and the findings of the "Nuclear Famine" scientific studies, … more

Opinion: Turn the page for new experiences and happiness

My dad worked in underground coal mines for about 35 years. He retired and was done with that part of his life. He never sighed that he missed the good old coal mine. He lived 30 more years, and he was very active. There is something powerful about … more

Opinion: Democrats, show me the message

WASHINGTON - We long ago established that Donald Trump is a bad guy. We've multiple times said, "This is it. They've got to get rid of him." So what's so new and awful that the president of the United States must now be impeached? Maybe a lot; … more

Opinion: Rough transcript makes it clear Democrats got ahead of evidence

WASHINGTON - Remember when Democrats insisted that President Trump was "working on behalf of the Russians," only to have special counsel Robert Mueller declare he "did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with … more

Opinion: Parker's writing about Kavanaugh was brave move

I must admit although I read Kathleen Parker's column in The Sumter Item I have not been a big fan and have criticized her work in the past. To be fair, I want to say that her article in today's edition on September 26, 2019 was honest and … more

Opinion: The truth behind small modular reactors

When things are going badly for nuclear power, the nuclear industry offers the promise of new technologies. The latest example is the Small Modular Reactor, with significantly lower power outputs compared to established reactor designs. As always … more

Opinion: The joy of politics in America

You're probably chuckling already. Seriously? "The joy of politics"? That was pretty much the reaction I got the other day when, in the middle of a conversation about how confrontational, adversarial and downright unpleasant politics has become … more

Opinion: Youth and the ignorance of history and socialism

Camille Paglia is a professor of humanities and media studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she has been a faculty member since 1984. Paglia describes herself as transgender, but unlike so many other transgender people, she is … more

Opinion: The other victim of the Kavanaugh saga

WASHINGTON - Every good story needs a hero, and the saga of Brett Kavanaugh's rise to the Supreme Court has provided one: Leland Keyser. She also became a victim when her longtime friend, Christine Blasey Ford, decided to hit refresh on a … more

Opinion: The odd couple: Trump and Powell

WASHINGTON - If ever there was a case of political miscalculation, it's the collapsing relationship between President Trump and the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Jerome ("Jay") Powell. Trump seems to have believed that he could easily … more
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