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Opinion: Will 'whiteshift' save America from ethnic strife?

If you've been paying any attention at all to journalism in recent years, you surely have noticed those stories predicting, often with a certain relish, that the United States is about to become a majority-minority country. Such predictions, as … more

Opinion: The higher education in America

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at Ohio University Richard Vedder's new book, "Restoring the Promise," published by the Independent Institute based in Oakland, California, is about the crisis in higher education. He summarizes the … more

Editorial roundup: Friday, May 17, 2019

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat May 12 Stopping violence needs to be done in proactive way It's been 10 years. In May 2009, the point was driven home brutally in Orangeburg County: Police … more

Opinion: Tariffs: The taxes that made America great

As his limo carried him to work at the White House on Monday, Larry Kudlow could not have been pleased with the headline in The Washington Post: "Kudlow Contradicts Trump on Tariffs." The story began: "National Economic Council Director Lawrence … more

Opinion: Top 7 ways to spend $1B on S.C. public education

For the past year, South Carolina Future Minds Executive Director Caroline Mauldin has had the privilege of gathering once a month with some of South Carolina's finest leaders in public education through the S.C. Education Policy Fellowship Program. … more

Opinion: China started this trade war, not Trump

WASHINGTON - Before President Trump announced that he was imposing 25% tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of Chinese goods, he got encouragement from an unlikely source: Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. The Senate Democratic leader, who … more

Opinion: United Way is making a difference

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and it's an opportunity to take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of prevention educators in our community. Since the year 2000, Sumter County's teen births have decreased from 387 per thousand to 125 … more

Opinion: To reduce money in politics, reduce politics in the allocation of money

WASHINGTON - The progressive catechism teaches that there is "too much money" in politics. A codicil to this tenet, written in fine print, is that the term "money" does not apply to money from George Soros, government employees' unions, … more

Opinion: Women who run

WASHINGTON - Conventional wisdom in my inner circle of sorcerers and sources has been that the first female president will be a Republican. This is because America is still mostly a center-right country, and voters would feel more comfortable with a … more

OPINION: Things sometimes gradually go sour all at once

WASHINGTON - A man who worked in a boxer's corner in a 1962 match against Cassius Clay, as he still was known, explained why the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round: "Things just went sour gradually all at once." It can be like that when … more

OPINION: We'll be remembered for what we do today

Sumter 2040: South Carolina should get rid of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and allow all reputable businesses to sell all legal items. This would save taxpayers lots of dollars. Since truth and honesty are hard to find in today's world, in … more

COMMENTARY: Trouble brews in Biden's presidential campaign

WASHINGTON - Joe Biden's presidential campaign is in trouble. That may sound crazy. The former vice president just opened up (according to one poll) a 32-point lead over the rest of the Democratic field. But beneath the surface, trouble is … more

OPINION: Crime stats may not be reliable or valid

I will not go into the details of the research that I did in 2016 regarding the crime statistics of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office as reported in The Sumter Item on Tuesday, May 7, by Sheriff Anthony Dennis. As I indicated then and I … more

Opinion: To improve, Congress needs to look inward

There are a lot of reasons why Congress finds itself hamstrung in Washington and discounted by the people it serves at home. These include long-term trends over which it has little control: the political polarization of the country; the oceans of … more
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