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Remembering Louis Fleming, and keeping a hand on the plow

The day that I write this op-ed, Thursday, January 19th, is a difficult day for me and for my entire family. It marks 10 years since my father, the Honorable Louis Fleming, passed from this earth. Today, the day you are reading this, will be on a …

Buckle up: Wild ride ahead

In his inaugural address, 45th President Donald John Trump made clear his intentions: "What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th, 2017 will be remembered as …
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Obamas will be missed by millions

Peniel Joseph writing in the Guardian, Jan. 7: The Obamas leave the White House, if not the world stage, having accomplished, through sheer force of will, something entirely unprecedented in American history: humanizing the black experience by …
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Writer sees pattern of poor leadership in School District

First, I would like to begin by thanking the five puppets on the Sumter School Board who approved the budget freezes. You approve anything that Dr. Baker proposes. I did read in the paper that Mr. …

Dr. Baker shouldn't shoulder all the blame

I am so tired of all the blaming that has been directed to Dr. Frank Baker over the school district issues. Dr. Baker is an extremely honest and dedicated man who gives 110 percent of himself to this …
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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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Higher priorities in S.C. than internet porn

Recent editorials from newspapers covering South Carolina The Chronicle of Augusta, Georgia Dec. 25 On the effort to ban pornography in S.C. Are the roads all fixed? Are the schools all top-notch? Are all the Palmetto State's needs …
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