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Trump administration seeks more time to reunite families

SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration asked a judge Friday for more time to reunite families who were separated at the border under its "zero-tolerance" policy to prosecute every person who … more

We've spent decades vilifying teachers. We're surprised we can't recruit more?

The State's recent series documented that South Carolina is facing thousands of vacant teaching jobs and very few young people willing to fill them. Statewide, there's been a 30 percent drop in college students seeking an education degree. No … more

College destruction of black students

Amy Wax, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, has come under attack and scathing criticism because she dared criticize the school's racial preferences program. In an interview with Brown University economist Glenn Loury, discussing … more

Justice Kennedy's 1st priority: The First Amendment

It became official just after lunchtime on Wednesday, just after the Supreme Court announced its final decisions of the term and went into recess. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the 104th person to serve on the court, is retiring, effective just after his … more

Declaring independence

Editor's note: In celebration of the Fourth of July, The Sumter Item presents "The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies" for your holiday reading enjoyment. - - - In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the … more

In celebration of our propositional nation

On this July Fourth, with the recent opening of Sumter's Temple Sinai Jewish History Center, we are reminded of a letter that George Washington wrote to a Jewish congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1790. In this letter, Washington assured … more

No party for old white men

For Nancy Pelosi, 78, Steny Hoyer, 79, and Joe Biden, 75, the primary results from New York's 14th congressional district are a fire bell in the night. All may be swept away in the coming revolution. That is the message of the crushing defeat of … more

USC is improving African-American enrollment and graduation rates

COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina is providing tremendous opportunities for African-American and other minority students in South Carolina, resulting in surging enrollment and graduation rates. African-American freshmen enrollment rose … more

We can't rely on public officials to surrender information

Guilford County commissioners voted this year to move all public notices required by state law from local newspapers and their websites to the county's website. Four companies that publish newspapers in the county recently filed suit to have the … more

Trump should modify tariffs to avoid chaos worldwide

Dear President Trump, I have a suggestion for you. I request you modify the 25 percent tariff on steel and the 10 percent tariff on aluminum. The threat of a worldwide trade war with … more

Why we're journalists: Thoughts after the Annapolis newspaper shooting

Our newsroom, as I’m sure newsrooms throughout the country, was a little on edge on Friday. We ran a story about another mass shooting in our paper. This one was different. It was one that … more

Congrats, Trump voters. You've been vindicated.

WASHINGTON - For those conservatives who voted for Donald Trump because of the Supreme Court, congratulations: You've been vindicated. Had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election, she would have replaced the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia … more

Editorial roundup: June 29, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Post and Courier June 25 Stirling is making progress on prison reform, needs support Why should we care about what happens in South Carolina prisons? Because 87 percent of … more

Supreme Court's 'Bartleby' decision

"I would prefer not to." That was the invariable reply of the title character of Herman Melville's 1853 story "Bartleby, the Scrivener," when asked by his employer to perform a task. It's also a phrase you might use to describe the opinion of the … more

On immigration, Democrats give Trump the upper hand - again

WASHINGTON - Democrats just can't help themselves. They were winning the battle over family separations at the southern border. Americans of all political persuasions were horrified by the images of children in cages separated from their parents. … more

Democratic party has stooped to bullying Republicans

We now have a member of the U.S. Congress openly calling for the harassment and stalking of the president and anyone else that might be associated with him. We have Democrats not only … more

How the unhinged left is helping Donald Trump

If progressives hate Donald Trump so much, why are they trying so hard to get him re-elected? They may believe, with justification, that Donald Trump is vulgar and mean-spirited. They may think he acts more like a bully in middle school than a … more
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