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Use of lottery's $61M decided next week

I urge Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, and chairman of the state's Ways and Means Committee to do the right thing with the winnings from the lottery. This is an open letter to Murrell Smith. Everyone in the state … more

Opinion: Mike Pompeo's war warning to China based on old treaty

As President Trump flew home from his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un, Mike Pompeo peeled off and flew to Manila. And there the Secretary of State made a startling declaration. Any armed attack by China on a Philippine ship or plane in the South … more

Opinion: Might the push for reparations benefit Trump?

WASHINGTON - Tiptoeing along the edge of caricature, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says: Native Americans should be "at the table" with African-Americans for a "robust discussion" about making some Americans pay reparations to other Americans to atone for … more

Opinion: Earth is not fragile

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims that "the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change." The people at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change agree, saying that to avoid some of the most devastating impacts of … more

Opinion: Trump's lying ears

WASHINGTON - If he were alive today, Mark Twain might say the following: "There's lies, damned lies - and Donald Trump." The president of the United States not only lies routinely, but he believes other people's lies without a modicum of … more

Opinion: S.C. needs more access to options for energy

South Carolina's recent headlines tell a frustrating story about energy. The state has weathered the nuclear debacle at V.C. Summer, dangerous handling of coal ash, and unfortunately, some of the highest power rates in the country. The underlying … more

Opinion: Common-sense gun reform would save lives. Republicans should get behind it.

Last week was a historic week for those who support strengthening our laws to prevent gun violence. On the 25th anniversary of the Brady Law going into effect, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation giving law enforcement officials … more

Sumter is fortunate to have talent, entertainment

Sumter Little Theatre has done it again. They just finished with a fantastic production of "Sherlock Holmes," and what a performance they gave! It was so well done - the five actors and actresses … more

Opinion: Cohen's 'bombshell' testimony didn't explode

WASHINGTON - Michael Cohen was supposed to provide "bombshell" testimony against President Trump. Well, the bombshell didn't explode. Not long ago, many were speculating that Cohen might have recorded conversations with Trump admitting that he … more

Opinion: The importance of border security

Any American who has turned on their TV or glanced at a newspaper over the past few days and weeks knows that border security and maintaining our national sovereignty has been at the top of the news. This debate has raged on for years, for decades … more

Opinion: In politics, you need priorities to focus on each day

It's been many decades now, but I still remember a piece of advice I got not long after entering Congress. It came in passing from a prominent journalist as we were talking about the bewildering array of issues Congress faced. Every day, he told me, … more

Opinion: Leaders of United Methodist church should move forward with Wesley's doctrine

In light of the recent article in The Sumter Item about the United Methodist Church, I would like to offer two quotes from John Wesley (1703-1791), the primary leader of the societies that eventually … more

Opinion: Justices push to broaden rights of national citizenship

WASHINGTON - There have been many memorable - and eventually consequential - Supreme Court dissents that affirmed principles that, in time, commanded a court majority. It is, however, rare that a justice's opinion concurring in a unanimous ruling is … more

Opinion: Pope Francis' sex abuse speech was disgraceful display of excuses

WASHINGTON - Pope Francis' closing address to the Vatican Summit on Child Protection was a disgraceful display of excuses and evasions. He began with extended meditation on how a "great number of" abuse cases are "committed within families." He … more
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