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Dave Barry's colonoscopy journal

I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point … more

Editorial roundup: June 3, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Island Packet May 27 Supreme Court ruling on who's subject to FOIA South Carolina citizens took it on the chin May 23. The state Supreme Court made it much harder, if not … more

Democrats' dishonesty hands Trump winning issue

WASHINGTON - How evil is MS-13? Last year, two gang members in Texas reportedly murdered a teenage girl as an offering to Satan. According to prosecutors, the gang leader (known as "Diabolico") told the young girl that "the Beast" wanted "a soul" … more

It's reassuring that some parents teach children to be respectful

As a military veteran, hardly a day goes by that some thoughtful citizen doesn't express their gratitude to me for my small contribution to the nation's security. Makes me proud of … more

Our military families face education challenges

Thousands of military service members will soon be undergoing the all-too-familiar ritual of receiving their orders to move to a different region of the country as part of a permanent change of station. PCS orders, which peak around now, trigger … more

Danger of authoritarianism may come from center, not the right

"Across Europe and North America, centrists are the least supportive of democracy, the least committed to its institutions and the most supportive of authoritarianism." So wrote political researcher David Adler in The New York Times after analyzing … more

Is there a 2nd connection between Tuskegee Airmen and Shaw?

The artist rendition for Veterans Park depicted in this year's Memorial Day Celebration Program shows a P-47 "Razorback" painted in the colors of the famous Tuskegee Airmen … more

People shouldn't be fined by Code Enforcement for others' littering

Upon my return home from another one of my out-of-state trips, I was informed by my husband that the Code Enforcement officers had visited my home to charge me a $500 fine or … more

Don't let SCANA kill our veterans' S.C. solar jobs

Over the next several weeks, six state legislators, including Sen. Sean Bennett, R-Summerville; Sen. Hugh Leatherman, R- Florence; and Sen. John Matthews, D-Bowman, are tasked with finalizing the state budget, which includes language to promote … more

You can thank Republicans for your right to try clinical trials

WASHINGTON - Imagine the horror of learning you have a terminal illness for which science has not yet come up with a treatment. Now imagine receiving the same diagnosis and then learning a promising new treatment exists that could save your life - … more

Candidates for office shouldn't be seeking to become richer

I am writing to inform I attended the Sumter County Democratic Party Breakfast on May 26 on Broad Street, Sumter. This was an opportunity for me to listen and meet those who are … more

What is America's cause in the world today?

After being sworn in for a fourth term, Vladimir Putin departed the Kremlin for Annunciation Cathedral to receive the televised blessing of Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church. The patriarch and his priests in sacred vestments … more

Young people ignorant about capitalism vs. socialism

Several recent polls, plus the popularity of Sen. Bernie Sanders, demonstrate that young people prefer socialism to free market capitalism. That, I believe, is a result of their ignorance and indoctrination during their school years, from … more

Editorial roundup: May 29, 2018

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Herald May 17 Tariff could hurt access to local publications Until recently, most people probably didn't have tariffs on their minds. It was widely reported the Trump administration … more

Is bellicosity of U.S. backfiring?

U.S. threats to crush Iran and North Korea may yet work, but as of now neither Tehran nor Pyongyang appears to be intimidated. Repeated references by NSC adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence to the "Libya model" for denuclearization … more

Thanks to Sumter, Bowen for outstretched arms during service

Could I please say "Thank You Sumter?" Two entities stand clear in my mind for my adopted hometown - Southern Hospitality and Ms. Debbie Bowen (D-BOW) both are thoroughly ingrained into … more
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