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Letter to the editor: We need to stop underfunding the Air Force

I would like to expand a little on my letter of Feb. 17 where I talked about underfunding the Air Force. The Air and Space Forces Association annually host a symposium where the leadership of the Air Force talk about our Air and Space Forces. The … more

Letter to the editor: We need people on the school board who will stand up for taxpayers

The letter to the editor written by Maureen Calvo on Sept. 22 is one of the best I have ever read on this page. I would rather read hers than any of the other so-called commentaries written by smart people. I am glad we have The Sumter Item here to … more

Column by Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: God grants His salvation to anyone who desires it

Our devotion is on this thought, "Salvation's Only Requirements" and my text is found in Acts 20:21 and Ephesians 2:8-9 where we see, "Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance … more

Commentary: Active today or radioactive tomorrow?

As I write, there remains a grave danger that the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Energy plant in Ukraine, Europe's largest, could have a meltdown, similar to the catastrophic one at Chernobyl. All it would … more

Letter to the editor: Taxpayers expect scrutiny, accountability, transparency from school board

Editor's note: This letter is written in response to Sen. Kevin Johnson's letter to the editor of Aug. 30, 2022. After happily serving as a special educator in the state of Pennsylvania for 38 years, I retired. A year and a half later, my … more

Commentary: America needs to get control of its borders

Nearly five million foreign nationals have entered the United States since Biden became president. Some people call them undocumented immigrants, some call them unauthorized immigrants, many call them illegal immigrants. If they were entering the … more

Commentary: Justice for nation's farmworkers

When you buy produce, you might assume that it is farmed and harvested with minimal standards of justice or it wouldn't be legal to sell in grocery stores all across America. But farmworkers in the most productive valley in the U.S. have a … more

Letter to the editor: U.S. military is in shambles, leaving the country vulnerable to enemies

In reference to Bush Hanson's recent letter to the editor of Sept. 17, Bush was right on, of course, but I would like to add a few more things. In my opinion, it's not just taking the Air Force for granted. Our complete military is in shambles … more

Opinion: As tide turns against Russia, Putin's options narrow

A desperate Vladimir Putin is a dangerous Vladimir Putin, and there are signs Putin's situation in Ukraine may be becoming desperate. In the last week, the Russian army in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine was driven out of some 2,200 square miles of … more

Letter to the editor: This election is important to Sumter's future, the quality of life for its citizens

Mr. Mayor, please do not abridge the people on the Eastside's right to vote I have written to the editor for years, sometimes under the pen name Terry Evans. Now things are changing for the worst, and sometimes things have improved in Sumter. … more

Letter to the editor: We should not take the U.S. Air Force for granted

This Sept. 18th, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Air Force. Over these 75 years, your Air Force has done some outstanding work in defending the United States, and I couldn't possibly list all the achievements. For example, did you know that … more

Opinion: Can kindness curb conflict? The science of the smile

I had been outside since 5:45 a.m., in 50-degree drizzle. My feet were soaked despite several changes of socks. My fellow outside poll observers, Republicans and Democrats alike, looked just as forlorn as we answered voters' questions in Virginia … more

Letter to the editor: Memorial service for Senior Master Sgt. Maggard is Sept. 24 at Heath Pavilion

On Sept. 26, 2022, we will encounter the 20th anniversary of the untimely death of Senior Master Sgt. Timothy "Tim" Maggard. The evening prior to his planned retirement from Shaw Air Force Base, Tim attended a Men's Meeting at his church, and once … more
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