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Political circuses

Our political system, including both the Democratic and Republican parties, has been described at various times as a circus. And for many years the late Drew Pearson penned a popular syndicated column whose title, "The Washington Merry Go Round," … more

Here's a plan for California to secede from America

There's a lot of talk going on about California seceding from the union. Well I think they should. I even think I have a good plan to make them the great republic of California to include leadership, economics and logistics. First of all, a new … more

Democrats need to nominate some decent people for office

Democrats ... all you needed to do was nominate pretty much anyone but Hillary Clinton and there would have been a very good chance that a democratic president would have filled this seat on the Supreme Court. Stop screeching about how unfair every … more

S.C. election reform could restore trust

Americans have lost trust in their democratic institutions and elected representatives. This holds true at the national and state levels, and South Carolina is no exception. Restoring trust is essential to the survival of republican government in … more

We need to work together to tackle S.C. opioid crisis

The Charleston County Medical Society wrote an op-ed that was published Aug. 13 in The Post and Courier. I appreciate the group engaging in this discussion, and I want to offer some additional thoughts, mainly focused on long-term sustainable … more

Thank you to all who helped make Art in the Park successful

We wish to express appreciation for the success of the 12th Annual Art in the Park, held on Sept. 22 in Memorial Park. Although presented by Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association, the event was a … more

Rep. Smith is a leader for families in Sumter and S.C.

More than 17,000 children across South Carolina were abused or neglected last year - most at the hands of their own parents. The cost to each child's physical and emotional development is incalculable. Children in Sumter are no exception. Last … more

Sen. Jiminy Cricket showed up at hearing

WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. Jeff Flake may have become a momentary hero for Democrats hoping to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has cinched the role as Jiminy Cricket of the U.S. Senate. Never one to shy away … more

Senate committee members should reflect on their own behavior

The "swamp" in Washington is getting deeper by the day. I have been watching the Kavanaugh hearings with utter disgust. Christine Ford has been treated with kid's gloves, while Brett Kavanaugh has been pummeled as if punched by a professional … more

Sumter is better because of Crawford's work, dedication

Two weeks ago I attended the funeral of Bruce A. Crawford Sr. He was one of the best police officers I ever worked with. We were partners in investigations back in the '80s. Bruce started law enforcement in the '70s. There were no computers, … more

Several committee members have never asked for investigations

Back in the late '60s, early '70s Dean Martin hosted celebrity roasts. One of the guest roasters was Red Buttons, whose act was to point out other members of the roast and state, "Never got a dinner." So, here are members of the Senate Judiciary … more

Prosecutor expertly picks apart the case against Kavanaugh during his hearing

WASHINGTON - The decision by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley to have Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell question Christine Blasey Ford may well be remembered as a brilliant - and quite possibly pivotal - choice. No … more

Racial disparities in suspensions, expulsions of students

President Barack Obama's first education secretary, Arne Duncan, gave a speech on the 45th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where, in 1965, state troopers beat and tear-gassed hundreds of peaceful civil … more

Conviction without proof isn't how this country works

About 20 years ago, I sat on a jury for an assault case. This guy on trial sure looked like he was involved in it ... and the prosecutor could not prove it because of lack of evidence. When we … more

Are Republicans born wimps, 'nice guys'?

Republican leaders are "a bunch of wimps," said Jerry Falwell Jr. Conservatives and Christians need to stop electing "nice guys." "The U.S. needs street fighters like Donald Trump at every level of government because the liberal fascists Dems … more
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