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California results suggest blue wave has crested and ebbed

The nation is just past halftime in the 2018 primary election cycle. Twenty states - containing the majority, 228 of 435, of House districts - have held their primaries, and all but the three with runoffs have chosen their nominees. The latest … more

A note to Krauthammer's readers

In a note to readers, Charles Krauthammer relayed the news that he is losing his battle with cancer. His doctors have determined that he does not have much longer to live. This hits us very … more

Obama took lying to new heights with the Iran deal

WASHINGTON - When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration increasingly appears to have been a bottomless pit of deception. First, President Barack Obama failed to disclose to Congress the existence of secret side deals on … more

Sumter School district needs mill increase to improve our schools

Education is the key to economic success, and a good education does not come without the support of the entire community. I have made it my priority to do all I can to support and improve Sumter … more

Codes enforcement goes a long way to keeping a city beautiful

I recently returned from a trip to my hometown of Delray Beach, Florida. While there, I decided to drive around some of the old areas in the hood where I hung out as a teenager. To my surprise, I … more

Washington needs to stop tearing country apart, keep its promises

Our country is embroiled in many horrible situations, and our paid congressmen and representatives continue to spend valuable time on the "Russian collusion" in our elections. Where is the good we … more

McCain has stellar record of public service, leadership

On Election Day, June 12, Sumter County will affirm or replace incumbents. I am convinced that a stellar record of public service outweighs political promises and platitudes. In the race for … more

Boehner's right that it's Trump's party right now

"There is no Republican Party. There's a Trump party," John Boehner told a Mackinac, Michigan, gathering of the GOP faithful last week. "The Republican Party is kind of taking a nap somewhere." Ex-Speaker Boehner should probably re-check the old … more

Shame on Google for treating U.S. military as evil

WASHINGTON - Giving in to pressure from its workforce, Google recently announced that it is pulling out of Project Maven, a groundbreaking Pentagon program to harness artificial intelligence to sift through and interpret video imagery from drones. … more

Ruling misses point on chambers of commerce, taxpayers' dollars

Throughout the separate but equal branches of American governance, full transparency typically is a value more in policy than in practice. For every legislator, executive or jurist who may truly support open government and public access to … more

Baker helped save Sumter restaurant

As the June Republican primary election for the Sumter County Council District 2 seat is just around the corner, I thought of a story I wanted to share. My father, retired Air Force, has been in the … more

Past versus present Americans and gun control

Having enjoyed my 82nd birthday, I am part of a group of about 50 million Americans who are 65 years of age or older. Those who are 90 or older were in school during the 1930s. My age cohort was in school during the 1940s. Baby boomers approaching … more

Why we all must be wise stewards of our coast

As a man of faith, I feel called to honor the beauty of our coast as a way of showing respect for our Creator. As a former legislator, I feel a responsibility to stand against dirty and dangerous offshore drilling. And as a resident of the … more

Maybe history is repeating itself

The whining Democrats just won't shut up, and one of their more vocal whiners, Congressman Adam Schiff, keeps popping up to lead the falsehoods and the resistance against the Trump administration. In his more recent drivel, Schiff pretended shock, … more

Baker has worked hard to serve his district

On June 12, Sumter County voters go to vote for various candidates for office. I would encourage you to consider voting for our son, Artie Baker. He is running for re-election for what would be his 20th … more
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