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South Carolina editorial roundup: Saturday, July 31, 2021

(Columbia) The State July 26 Want your vote to count? Keep an eye on S.C. legislature Redistricting and gerrymandering aren't sexy. No summer blockbusters or viral videos will highlight the drawing of legislative districts. But if … more

Letter to the editor: Campaign calls for increasing federal contracting goals for small businesses

Below is a statement of Elayne Brunson, COO and co-founder of the Sumter Black Chamber of Commerce, regarding the announcement of Sen. Lindsey Graham of his request of $230 million in federal money for military base construction in South … more

Manning Pastor Sam Livingston: When is it going to drop?

In the retail and entertainment industry, we often hear this phrase, "When is it going to drop?" The scenario may be played out when a professional athlete is about to present a new sneaker to the general public. Depending on who the athlete is, … more

Letter to the editor: Reader enjoyed recent article on Charlie Barnes

Hats off to Dennis Brunson for the story in the July 20 Item sports page. He captured in vivid fashion the debut of Charlie Barnes for the Twins. I felt the emotions and the execution of pitches. I was at Commercial Park! Prophecy: There … more

Letter to the Editor: Thank you for letting us choose whether to mask

Kudos to the South Carolina Department of Education and our Gov. Henry McMaster for giving parents the decision to mask or unmask their school children. I'm sure that the teachers, workers and employees are equally pleased with the freedom to make a … more

Opinion: Why voters vote as they do in our country

Maybe it's just a professional preoccupation, but I've always been intrigued by why voters cast their ballots as they do. I've never made a formal study of it but have talked with plenty of them over the years, and one thing sticks with me from … more

Opinion: Why the left can't let go of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol

To understand what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's select committee investigation of the Capitol Hill events of Jan. 6 is all about, a good place to begin is with the sentencing hearing last week of Paul Hodgkins. A crane operator from Tampa, … more

Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: The Word of God can be trusted

Thank you for reading our "Gleanings" from the Open Bible Baptist Church! I want to bring this thought to your heart titled "Something Sure to Trust." In 2 Peter 1:19, we read these words, "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do … more

Letter to the editor: Thank you to Access Medical for helping our mother

Kudos to the best medical equipment people in Sumter, Ronnie Mills and David Ramos of Access Medical. Our mother was discharged from a rehab center in Florence without necessary supplies needed for home care, including a bed. They stepped up when … more

Letter to the editor: Make your voice heard this week

After 10 years, it's finally back! South Carolina's state Senate has announced their redistricting committee, and that committee is traveling around the state. For those who may not know, every 10 years (after the Census is conducted), South … more

Opinion: Speech suppression is habit-forming

Speech suppression is a habit that the Biden administration and its liberal supporters can't seem to break. Many staffers may have picked up the habit in their student years: Colleges and universities have been routinely censoring "politically … more

Opinion: 12 years without a minimum wage raise in America

We've hit a terrible milestone for the federal minimum wage - 12 years without a raise. The last increase was to $7.25 an hour on July 24, 2009. That's so long ago, the top movies that year were Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Harry Potter … more

Guest opinion: Wearing masks even if vaccinated for COVID-19

Some people state that even though the delta variant is spreading, they do not need to wear a mask if they are fully vaccinated. Well, the recent news is stating that lots of people are testing COVID-19 positive even though they are fully … more

Letter to the editor: Children deserve bright future, not brainwashing

S.C. children and families deserves better than what we have. We must remove those who desire to implement racist ideology into our school systems, communities and society from office and from power and influence and to call them out every time they … more

South Carolina editorial roundup: Friday, July 23, 2021

The (Orangeburg) Times and Democrat July 19 Attacking laws on voting is about power The debate about voting and voting laws in the United States is truly more about partisan politics than objective analysis. A common refrain is … more

Opinion: The fast track to a life of turmoil

A happy and secure life does not mean immediate gratification. We have heard these words before, "I want it all, and I want it now." Wanting the things of life as quickly as possible is natural. Some climb the career ladder quickly, achieving … more
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