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Letter to the editor: More needs to be done about litter in Sumter

I want to thank F. D. Schmidt and K. D. Singleton for writing letters to the editor about litter. I also want to thank The Sumter Item for its articles on litter and for recognizing groups, such as the Boy Scouts, for taking on the project of … more

Column by Pastor Joey Durham: Jesus will give you the courage you need

Our devotion today is "Comforting Courage," and my text is Isaiah 41:10, where we see, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand … more

Letter to the editor: Disgusted to see the condition of our post office's American flag

I am a 26-year retired veteran of the United States Air Force and a citizen of Sumter. My wife went to our post office on Main Street, and when she noticed the deplorable and disgraceful condition of the United States flag along with the POW flag … more

Column: Partisan strife produces high voter turnout - and no big boost to either party

The last decade has seen a boom in voter turnout - for both parties. Between the 2012 and 2020 presidential elections, total voter turnout rose 23%, with Democratic turnout up 23% and Republican turnout up 22%. Yet, because of the changing … more

Letter to the editor: The public deserves to be heard in meetings

Multiple recent stories in The Item have reported that public participation has either been restricted or suspended in meetings of Sumter City Council, county council and school board. COVID-19 precautions underlie the county council and school … more

Letter to the editor: Why we need a Black Chamber of Commerce

Being that it is Black History Month, this is an awesome time to discuss as a community the history of American Chambers of Commerce. This is not an attempt to separate or segregate, rather an awesome opportunity to improve on "One Sumter." The … more

Letter to the editor: Lack of respect, responsibility and education trashing our community and world

I am just one of many who are writing in to address the massive amount of trash along our roadways and elsewhere. I live between a neighborhood market and a KFC, and by the time folks reach my house, they have finished their snack or meal, and … more

Column by Manning Pastor Sam Livingston: Church after the pandemic

For the last year, so many parishioners have experienced worship services differently. We have either eliminated or reduced our in-person services. The COVID-19 virus disrupted the entire year of … more

Letter to the editor: We need enforcement, long-range solutions to Sumter's deplorable litter situation

I am a longtime resident of Sumter County, and for years it has bothered me about how much trash is thrown on our streets and on our roadways. I invite you to take a look at Mooneyham, Commander, Boulevard and St. Matthew Church roads in Sumter … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: The Index-Journal Feb. 23 U.S. passes another grim COVID-19 deaths milestone 500,000-plus. That's where the United States' COVID-19 death toll stands. It's a staggering figure and one … more

Letter to the editor: Punishment for littering will help with problem

In the Feb. 19, 2021, newspaper article about littering, Mr. McCormick made a very inaccurate statement. He said, "It's safe to say that everyone hates litter." If that statement were true, then there would be no litter. When I first moved back … more

OPINION: Bill de Blasio wanted to stick it to Trump. Instead, he lost a hockey fight.

WASHINGTON - Bill de Blasio just learned the hard way: Don't pick fights with hockey players. The New York mayor got his jersey pulled over his head and a few of his proverbial teeth knocked out this weekend after the city's hockey community came … more

Column by Rep. Jim Clyburn: America needs us to get outside our comfort zone

We are observing Black History Month during historically challenging times. In addition to COVID-19, we are besieged by chronic economic insecurities, exacerbating racial inequalities and serious gender inequities. As a history buff, I usually … more

Letter to the editor: 20th Medical Group should be proud of their work to give vaccines

My wife and myself received our COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday the 23rd of February at the theater on Shaw Air Force Base. I would hope that every vaccination station anywhere has a smooth operation as the 20th Medical Group. Whoever designed … more

Opinion: Is Biden prepared to lose Afghanistan this year?

Is President Joe Biden prepared to preside over the worst U.S. strategic defeat since the fall of Saigon in 1975? For that may be what's at stake if Biden follows through on the 2020 peace deal with the Taliban to withdraw all U.S. forces from … more
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