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A third major political party is needed

Let's call it the American Party or the Peoples Party. The reason is that neither the Republican or the Democratic Parties represent voters/taxpayers. For example, (1) immigration and border security cannot … more

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor's note: In keeping with many years' custom, we present the famous editorial "Is There a Santa Claus?" written by the editor of the New York Sun, Francis Pharcellus Church, in 1897. The question of the editor was asked by Virginia O'Hanlon. … more

A little darkroom magic with Sumter's Santa Claus

Santa Claus is the late Hubert Duvall Osteen, longtime editor/publisher/owner of The Sumter Item. He's holding the Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1952, edition of The Sumter Daily Item. The darkroom photo magic - done long before … more

Merry Christmas, Chreasters

WASHINGTON - Christmas remains wondrous, but it arrives at a difficult moment for Christianity in the United States. We still see Christmas trees strapped to the tops of cars, neighbors lighting up their homes and kids getting as excited as ever. … more

Political parties need to up their game and do better

Two weeks ago in this column, I asked what is to blame for the weakness of the heads of government here and in Western Europe: institutional failure, voter fecklessness, leaders' personal weaknesses or some combination of all three? This week, … more

The political landscape ahead

In the days following George H. W. Bush's death, it was impossible to ignore the mood that settled over much of the country: a yearning for the civility, dignity and inclusiveness that the former president represented. It was a form of bipartisan … more

Mueller probe could turn out to be a disaster for the Democrats

WASHINGTON - All of Washington is focused on the political peril President Trump faces from Robert Mueller's investigation. But the Mueller probe could very well turn out to be a disaster, not for Trump, but for the Democrats. The special counsel … more

Thoughts on Arizona's 2020 race

WASHINGTON - As resumes go, it's hard to fathom a better fit to fill John McCain's Senate seat than the nation's first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat - Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey apparently thought so, too. On … more

Can America fight two Cold Wars at once?

Kim Jong Un, angered by the newest U.S. sanctions, is warning that North Korea's commitment to denuclearization could be imperiled and we could be headed for "exchanges of fire." Iran, warns Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is testing ballistic … more

FDA policies kill in failing to approve drugs

Among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's responsibilities are approval and regulation of pharmaceutical drugs. In short, its responsibility is to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs. In the performance of this task, FDA officials can … more

Veterans stand proud after serving their country and would do so again

2018 - The year of the veteran - the year is almost gone. But so are many of the veterans. What has happened to all the strong, young men and women who fought the battles of World War II, Korea and Vietnam? I saw a lot of them today. I went to … more

Doctors are here to stay in talking about prevention of gun violence

Last month, doctors across the country opposed the National Rifle Association stance that they shouldn't be a part of the national gun violence conversation, telling us to "stay in your lane." Conversations on social media and in the news were quick … more

What lies behind malaise of the West?

Is it coincidence or contagion, this malady that seems to have suddenly induced paralysis in the leading nations of the West? With lawyer-fixer Michael Cohen's confession that he colluded with Donald Trump in making hush money payoffs to Stormy … more

S.C. editorial roundup: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier Dec. 9 Laws to help protect heirs' properties are helping families Until recently, black people who acquired land after the Civil War had been losing their properties … more

There's a word for Democrats' negotiating: Insanity

WASHINGTON - Good news for the incoming House Democratic majority! They have something President Trump really, really wants: money to build a border wall. Trump is desperate for this money. Mexico won't give it to him. Only congressional Democrats … more
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