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We need Canty as the next president of Morris College

We need Canty as the next president of Morris College This is an open letter to the State Baptist Education and Missionary Convention, the Morris College Board of Trustees, alumni, students and the Sumter community. I am writing this open letter … more

Moral values and customs vs. laws

I'm approaching my 82nd birthday, and my daughter will occasionally suggest that modernity is perplexing to me because I'm from prehistoric times. As such, it points to one of the unavoidable problems of youth - namely, the temptation to think that … more

What should we fight for?

"We will never accept Russia's occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea,'' declaimed Rex Tillerson last week in Vienna. "Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to … more

State's judicial screening process worked in S.C.

Something remarkable happened in South Carolina legal and political circles on Dec. 5. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before the Judicial Screening Commission. News reports have focused on the … more

Look out everybody: Doomsday is coming because of GOP tax bill

I'm scared. Really, really scared. And I'm seriously thinking of renouncing my citizenship and leaving the United States of America while I still can. If you have to ask "Why?" I'm guessing you've been in a coma and don't know how the Republican … more

Republicans are guaranteed to win more seats next year

When Donald Trump first announced he was running for president, I jumped right on the bandwagon. I was told I was nuts. You can go on YouTube and look up literally every soundbite of … more

Thanks to everyone for making tour and tea a success

A "Very Southern" thank you to the homeowners, sponsors and patrons for making "A Very Southern Christmas" Holiday House Tour and Tea a huge success this year! The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter is so proud of our 68 sponsors and hundreds of … more

Remembering Scott Rumph's kindness, generosity

One Saturday evening many years ago, I attended a party at Sunset Country Club. Scott Rumph was looking for my husband, Lea Givens. I told him that Lea was in Atlanta for a medical meeting and that I planned to fly from Columbia on American Airlines … more

Thank you to community for help with annual project

Thanks Community Cookie Bakers! The 25th “Shower Shaw with Cookies” exceeded all expectations and established a new record for this annual project. 5,131 cookies, accompanied by 4,750 … more

The meaningful life and legacy of Ernest Finney

We mere mortals will never comprehend the discipline, courage, patience and sheer intellect it took to be Ernest Finney Jr. Men like him come along once in a generation, if we're lucky, and there's probably no one in America who fully compares to … more

Independence hypocrisy now alive in Europe

Officials in Catalonia, Spain's richest and most highly industrialized region, whose capital is Barcelona, recently held a referendum in which there was a 92 percent vote in favor of independence from Spain. The Spanish authorities opposed the … more

Can the U.S. stop North Korea from becoming a nuclear power?

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-North Korea confrontation is nearing another tense inflection point, with North Korea signaling that it could be ready for negotiations with Washington soon, even as it moves toward becoming a full nuclear-weapons … more

Republicans' tax wager is worth gamble

WASHINGTON - The Republicans' tax legislation is built on economic projections that are as confidently as they are cheerfully made concerning the legislation's shaping effect on the economy over the next 10 years. This claim to prescience must amaze … more

Something must change in electing S.C. judges

Over the span of the last three years, I have had this dream, maybe an obsession, of becoming an attorney. It is a very noble profession and one that requires a sound mind, sound intelligence and sound experience. But this is not about me. This … more

Is Gen. Flynn's recent defection a death blow?

Why did Gen. Mike Flynn lie to the FBI about his December 2016 conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? Why did he not tell the FBI the truth? As national security adviser to the president-elect, Flynn had called the ambassador. … more

We are partisans without principles

What do evangelicals and other social conservatives have in common with liberal feminists and the secular left? More than either side would like to admit. Once upon a time, the religious right thought sexual misconduct - certainly involving … more

Oil and S.C. waters just don't mix

You wouldn't know it in coastal South Carolina, but some state lawmakers are still open to offshore oil exploration. That needs to change. Testifying before an ad hoc House committee on offshore drilling this week, Sen. Stephen Goldfinch, … more

Elizabeth Warren is a progressive fraud

My favorite Elizabeth Warren story involves a cookbook. Warren, who was at that time posing as a trailblazing Cherokee, actually contributed recipes to a recipe book with the name, I kid you not, "Pow Wow Chow." But here's the best part of the … more

Small business owners oppose GOP tax plan

Editor's note: This originally ran in the Post and Courier as a letter to the editor on Nov. 30. The verdict of small business owners is in for the GOP tax reform plans that would give a permanent 43 percent tax cut to big corporations. That … more

Some late-season scouting in the woods

The narrow path was trodden with scores of tracks, winding around the old bleached skeleton of a fallen tree, coming up out of the deep thickets and crossing this old lane - then heading out toward the agricultural fields. Just ahead another trail … more
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