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Opinion: British Labour's problems could hurt Democrats

Five years ago next month, British voters, in the largest turnout ever, voted to leave the European Union by a 52% to 48% margin. It was an unexpected result, and a harbinger of Donald Trump's even more unexpected election as president five months … more

Letter to the Editor: Biden, Harris are killing the American dream

Clint Eastwood once said, "President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people." An update! Now, it's the Biden/Harris presidency. Or, Harris/Biden? The strategy is socialism - more people hooked on government. They are … more

Column by Manning Pastor Sam Livingston: Fix it!

When the question is asked, "What do you use to fix things?," the response is usually, "It depends." This of course is correct. We use different tools to correct different types of problems. We use different words to fix different arguments. We use … more

Opinion: Birth dearth about values, not economics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that births in the USA reached another historic low in 2020. For the sixth consecutive year, the birth rate dropped - this time by 4%. The average annual drop in the five previous years was … more

Column by Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: Rely on God and you won't be disappointed

Today, I want to bring this thought to your heart, "Great is Thy Faithfulness!" My text is Lamentations 3:21-26, where we see, "This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his … more

Opinion: Developing a life plan and working on you

Have something to look forward to every day. Work a job. Work in your apartment or house. Have an exercise or health outing of some kind. Clean out a closet. Read a book. Your goal may be to sit on the porch and watch nature or the traffic go by. We … more

Letter to the editor: Letter writer needs to reread her own letter

In the letter which Dr. Brenda Williams wrote to the newspaper on May 6 referencing the city's senior advisory and directorship positions, she first gives the percentage of Blacks (48%) and whites (42%) in the city's population, then states that "… … more

Opinion: Some rotten underpinnings of Biden's positive rating

On the surface, Joe Biden seems to be doing pretty well. But underneath, there are signs of problems, areas where partisan overstretch threatens the underpinnings of what some are hailing as the new order of things. Joe Biden enjoys a 54% average … more

Opinion: What do we mean when we talk about 'common good'?

I've always been impressed that the preamble to the Constitution begins, "We the People of the United States." We've heard the phrase so often that we don't even stop to think about it. But as the proposed constitution was being debated in 1787, … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Friday, May 7, 2021

(Charleston) Post and Courier May 3 S.C. open-carry gun bill starts bad, gets worse There's probably nothing we can say at this point to convince S.C. senators who don't already realize that it's a bad idea to let concealed-weapon … more

Letter to the editor: City's senior advisory, director positions should be proportionate to Black, white population

The City of Sumter has a Black population of approximately 48% and a white population of approximately 42%, according to the 2021 U.S. Census Report. However, ironically, only 15% of Blacks as opposed to 85% of whites occupy the City of Sumter's … more

Column by Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: Motivation for faithfulness must come from the heart

Today, I want to bring this question to your heart, "Is just doing right enough?" My text is 2 Chronicles 24:1-2, where we read, "Joash was 7 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned 40 years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Zibiah … more

Column by S.C. epidemiologist Dr. Linda Bell: COVID-19 vaccines overwhelmingly successful despite small number of breakthrough cases

While some people in South Carolina and the U.S. who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 have gotten sick later after coming into contact with the virus, there is no reason to panic. The number of cases is relatively small; the vaccines are … more
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