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Hallmark Christmas TV continues to astonish

Beginning around Thanksgiving and ending the day after Christmas, my wife keeps our bedroom television tuned to the Hallmark Christmas Channel. I quit fighting this powerful holiday force long ago. I fall asleep to it and sometimes wake up in …

Need a perfect stocking stuffer? Try a flightless bird

This column first appeared on Sunday, Dec. 4, 1988. Every time the little reminder appears in the newspaper counting down the shopping days until Christmas, the anxiety attacks begin. Some people are organized. They do their Christmas shopping …
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Notable & Quotable: Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

From Bill Rogers, executive director of the South Carolina Press Association, on the need for more media (and public) attention and education about the importance of reforming the state's Freedom of Information Act: Some major FOI reform bills …
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Be careful what you wish for in politics

An interesting coincidence appeared on the Thursday Sumter Item's editorial page. First was a political cartoon with the punch line "... not sure I'm ready for a third Bush!" - an obvious reference to the possibility of Jeb Bush following his father …

Thanks to those removing 'twistedness' from Alcolu

The "Wheels of Justice" grind very slow. It was always known, however never openly discussed, that George Stinney was not the individual who "supposedly," now exonerated, murdered the two young girls in Alcolu. I grew up in Alcolu within walking …
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Editorial roundup: Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg Oct. 27 Impact of bullying must be recognized Despite a dramatic increase in public awareness and anti-bullying legislation nationwide, the …
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