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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

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
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