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Thank you (The Sumter Item) for mentioning the Friends of the NRA banquet several times in the Around Town column. The FONRA fundraiser provides money to fund youth clay bird shooting, safety … more
Phil Nobles is one of your best commentary writers, but his recent piece on Cindi Ross Scoppe and South Carolina education prompted me to wade in with the following: Some of us in Sumter County began our formal education in an old, run-down three … more
Ariail's recent editorial cartoon would be hilarious, if sadly, it did not depict Donald Trump accurately. Trump has chosen to be vulgar, a bully, petty and braggadocious on the campaign trail and since he has … more
My memory of Charlie Walker was of a mean-spirited pro-confederate Republican that talked about Williamsburg County as if there were no black people here except to play football for his pleasure. It is no big surprise that in the age of Tump he … more
This past week I underwent knee replacement surgery at Palmetto Health Tuomey hospital. I want to compliment the entire staff of Tuomey who took care of me. Dr. Ford did an excellent job replacing my knee. He explained clearly to my family and me … more
The same arguments put forth to "gut" Obamacare could just as easily be applied to the Public Service Commissions of this nation. Is there really anyone that believes our utility bills … more
I like a good joke, just like the next person. But I must admit, I just read something very funny that I thought HAD to be a joke. After some quick research, I found it to be legit. It seems a couple of black 'pastors' in Washington, D.C., have … more
Politicians need to be willing to compromise Disdain for open debate, entrenched unwillingness to work across the aisle and a propensity to play political dodge ball with constituents who ask to meet with representatives in town halls mar our … more
Curfew for fireworks would be appreciated I strongly agree and fully support Norma Beck's opinion complaint in The Sumter Item on July 11, 2017, stating the city should set curfew for shooting fireworks. Many residents also dread to see New … more
To begin with, kudos to The Sumter Item for reprinting Peggy Noonan's (Wall Street Journal) comments about President Trump's speech in Warsaw. It was no doubt provided for him by some Washington speechwriter whose normal attitude is logical thinking … more
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