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I am 84 years old. I've not seen our country as divided as it is now. We have FOX TV telling everything negative about CNN. Then CNN is doing the same thing. Well, one of them is not telling the truth. What kind of example is that for our … more
To Jacqueline Hughes: This is the man who you referred to in your letter dated Jan. 28. My name is Robert Johnson, and yes, Trump did tell lies, but you would not believe any that I could show you. You say you do not understand when I say you are a … more
How did it come to pass that public employee unions, which scarcely existed 60 years ago, have come to run public schools and myriad state and local government agencies? Answers to this question, which few people think about these days, come from … more
An Old Testament story records an overwhelming infestation of frogs throughout Egypt. There was no place in Egypt where frogs were not present in large numbers. The plague was sent in response to Pharaoh's attitude toward the Israelite people who … more
Our devotion for today is, "How to be Made Spiritually Alive." My text is John 5:24-25, where we read these words, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come … more
I grew up in Sumter County and have come back frequently over the years to visit family. I now call beautiful Darby, Montana, home. If you watch "Yellowstone," you have seen where I live. I have been in Sumter quite a lot over the past few months … more
If you want to see a classic case of how President Joe Biden's regulatory tendencies are strangling the U.S. economy and raising prices, look no further than the latest Justice Department efforts to kill an airline merger that is … more
We like good news, but typically the news is not good. Too often no news is good news. In reality, no news is bad news for us all. There is lots of recent bad news. A crazed gunman entered a dance hall in Monterey Park, California, killing 10 … more
To the man who wrote a letter to the editor on Jan. 24 in response to my letter on Jan 17. I know that the English language is changing but it couldn't have changed this much. I wrote, "Can you tell us any of the lies that President Trump told?" … more
The Index-Journal Jan. 23 Life in the left lane Move it on over. Rock it on over. Move over little dog, the big ole dog is barreling down. Our state Legislature made it a priority to penalize those slowpokes who take up the left lane of … more
This past November, I spoke with a 32-year-old mom at the daycare where I work part time in Camden, a small town in rural Wilcox County in Alabama's Black Belt. I shared information on cervical cancer prevention and the HPV vaccine, which protects … more
I don't remember when it first occurred to me after arriving in Washington many years ago that at its heart, being a member of Congress meant never being entirely satisfied. And that this state of affairs is baked into our form of government. But … more
I am writing to thank Sumter-area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Generosity contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan's … more
For the past seven years, Sumter County Council has neglected public education in Sumter County. Council members often state that "education is the foundation of economic development." However, from 2016 to 2022, county council only invested … more
Our devotion for today is, "The Name of the Lord" and my scripture text is Proverbs 18:10 where we see, "The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." (KJV) This verse in Proverbs truly shows why this book of … more
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