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OPINION: Twitter politics' roots in tabloid-war politics

Sometimes the latest new thing is something antique. That's especially true in American politics, which has had seriously contested presidential elections every four years (with one exception) since 1800 and competitions between the same two durable … more

OPINION: Letter writer must be in a make believe world

This is concerning the letter to the editor on Dec. 4 about Mark Sanford becoming president of the United States. The writer doesn't realize he is living in a make believe world. First, our famous former governor lied about hiking on a trail … more

OPINION: Obama's health care promise was a lie. Dems are at it again about insurance.

WASHINGTON - In 2009, President Barack Obama promised that under Obamacare, "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what." Millions of Americans believed him, and … more

Thank you to all for Showering Shaw with Cookies this season

Thanks community cookie bakers! You "Showered Shaw" with 3,288 dozen cookies in our 27th endeavor to sweeten up the holidays for our friends at Shaw. That's 39,456 cookies from a caring Sumter community. More than 3,000 cards accompanied the sweet … more

Opinion: Why trust matters in government

To me, it was a thunderclap. Years ago, when I was in Congress, we were in the midst of a tense, contentious debate. Members had gotten irritated, levying charges back and forth, and tempers were rising. It was starting to look like we might just go … more

Opinion: Red staplers, retired school teachers are better when working

Palmetto Prep, a program designed to help high school graduates become eligible to play college football, had built a strong athletic program. They had good coaches, adequate facilities and great recruiters. The athletic component was strong, but … more

Opinion: Ignore Minsky's warning about bull markets at your peril

During the 2008-09 global economic and financial market crisis, we painfully learned about a Minsky moment. That is the moment when asset prices, including equity prices, collapse following a prolonged period of reckless speculative … more

Opinion: Sanford would make a wonderful president, sees Trump for what he is

I haven't written to your paper for a number of years, as I grow older and have many more distractions. When I moved to South Carolina in 2000 upon retirement, I was already familiar with Mark Sanford and Lindsey Graham and admired them both. I … more

OPINION: In Hong Kong, it's America vs. China now

At first glance, it would appear that five months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong had produced a stunning triumph. By September, the proposal of city leader Carrie Lam that ignited the protests - to allow criminal suspects to be extradited … more

OPINION: President Trump has done more for the country in 3 years than Obama did in 8

The last few months have been troubling for this state and for what is going on in Washington and the man we, the people elected, President Trump. Ask yourself why are we continuing to pay those politicians? All they have talked about is impeach … more

OPINION: The impeachment pseudo-event

"The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America" is the title of a 1960s book by historian and librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin. Pseudo-events, he wrote, are staged solely to generate news media coverage. Real events involve independent actors … more

Opinion: Entrepreneur sent our words across ocean

On Nov. 30, we celebrate the 200th birthday of Cyrus Field, whose mostly forgotten project succeeded in bringing us closer together. His cable across the Atlantic meant messages could arrive in minutes instead of days or weeks. As a young man, he … more

OPINION: Is Macron right? Is NATO brain dead?

A week from now, the 29 member states of "the most successful alliance in history" will meet to celebrate its 70th anniversary. Yet all is not well within NATO. Instead of a "summit," the gathering, on the outskirts of London, has been cut to two … more
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