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The guardrails can't contain Trump

WASHINGTON -- The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign …

Federal power spins its ever-growing web

WASHINGTON -- A blind spider creeping through America's judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two …
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Recalling the glory days at the Bowery

While visiting Murrells Inlet and the Grand Strand this week I ran across an article in the Myrtle Beach Herald about a legendary establishment I frequented in my younger days: The Bowery. It's a honky tonk, one of the very finest in Myrtle …

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This week, Sumter Item reporter Bruce Mills outlined the latest on the Sumter School District's financial woes in a story titled, "Committee challenges board on new budget." Read it online at www.theitem.com. Several committee members said …
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Writer asks for accounting of zoning decision along highway

I would like to know how the property at 1625 Hwy. 521 South in Sumter got changed from agricultural-residential to commercial. How much money changed hands and whose hands did it wind up in to get this done? This property is in the middle of a …

Friends remind community that Barbara Nave still missing

On February 9th of this year, our dear friend, Barbara Nave, went missing and has not yet been found. Barbara is a sister, mother, grandmother, teacher, member of our community and a friend to many. You may have seen her "MISSING" flyer around …
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It may be a bumpy ride with Trump

The Democrat party continues to do a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States. So many of the party's hardcore base of lefties and Hillary disciples, when they are not having …

Infantile left the real losers on Election Day

In the aftermath of last week's bitterly fought presidential election, the nation was treated to the winners and losers behaving with graciousness and civility. President Obama set the tone when he called on the nation to accept the outcome and …
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Raise gas tax before election-year politicking

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Sun News April 6 Raise gas tax before election-year politicking Taxes on gasoline and other motor fuels are effectively user fees; motorists pay for using roads when they …
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