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Education is key to litter control in Sumter

I was driving home on McCrays Mill Road a few weeks ago and saw an all-too-familiar sight - several bags of garbage dumped on the side of the road at regular intervals. Did they fall off the back of a truck, or did someone just toss them there … more

Miseducated or stupid?

A recent Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation survey found that 51 percent of American millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist country than in a capitalist country. Only 42 percent prefer the latter … more

Gene editing is now here. It's an enormous threat.

WASHINGTON - A Chinese scientist's claim to have created the first genetically edited babies has evoked widespread condemnation from the scientific community. "This is far too premature," one American genetic scientist told the Associated … more

Making important school district decisions in hurried way is dangerous, unwise

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees heard a preliminary report from a group of superintendent search consultants Monday, Dec. 3. This specially called … more

Lies, lies - and dadgum lies

WASHINGTON - Michael Cohen's guilty plea Thursday that he lied to Congress about Donald Trump's interests in building a Moscow tower comes as little surprise - everyone attached to this administration seems to lie with ease. And yet it's explosive … more

Protect yourself, others against flu during National Influenza Vaccination Week

With the spirit of giving resting upon us during this holiday season, there is no better public gift you can give than providing flu vaccinations for yourself and your family. The annual flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and … more

The enduring miracle of the American Constitution

This column is excerpted from Charles Krauthammer's forthcoming posthumous book, "The Point of It All." The book and column were edited by his son, Daniel Krauthammer. In October 1981, when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated, the … more

S.C. editorial roundup: Nov. 30, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat Nov. 27 Policy discourages the use of corporal punishment for kids The American Academy of Pediatrics, the professional association of pediatricians, is taking a … more

Bipartisanship, thy name is Woman

WASHINGTON - As newly elected congresswomen are poised to color this city blue, one wonders what effect they'll realistically have on the gridlock known as the House of Representatives. At final count, 101 women, mostly Democrats, are headed this … more

Work continues on Sumter School District excellence

Editor's note: The Rev. Ralph Canty, elected the chairman of Sumter School District Board of Trustees on Monday, wrote this statement to the board after being named chairman. Over the course of this district's emergence, we have come full circle. … more

Trump is ready to deal. Are Democrats?

WASHINGTON - When Donald Trump first took office, many conservatives' greatest fear was that he would be too quick to cut deals with the Democrats. He had previously been a Democrat and had staked out heterodox positions on everything from spending … more

Republicans should study Colorado's change in tint

DENVER - Social scientists, say Colorado boosters, have plausible metrics identifying their state as the happiest and healthiest state, the former quality perhaps producing the latter. Or the other way around. Or maybe the tangle of causation cannot … more

Black education: What makes sense?

What do you think of the proposition that no black youngsters should be saved from educational rot until all can be saved? Black people cannot afford to accept such a proposition. Actions by the education establishment, black and white liberal … more

Legislators should reauthorize national conservation fund

For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has protected national treasures like the Great Smoky Mountains as well as places closer to home like the park at Crosswell Elementary School or ballfields and tennis courts at Palmetto … more

Trump's crucial migration test at San Ysidro

Mass migration "lit the flame" of the right-wing populism that is burning up the Old Continent, she said. Europe must "get a handle on it." "Europe must send a very clear message - 'we are not going to be able to continue to provide refuge and … more

Chief Justice Roberts is wrong. We do have Obama judges and Trump judges.

WASHINGTON - For someone trying to demonstrate that the judiciary is not political, getting into a political fight with the president sure is a funny way to do it. After President Trump called a judge who ruled against him an "Obama judge," Chief … more
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